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4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room Macleod, Victoria

NOTICE: VISITORS SHOULD REPORT TO THE GREENSBOROUGH HWY ENTRANCE TO ARRANGE ESCORT ON BASE. PHOTO ID WILL BE REQUIRED.

The Unit History Room (UHR) has been a part of the 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse Regiment for many years. In 1969, discussions commenced within the unit to canvass the notion of a Regimental Museum. Eventually, in 1987, a Board of Trustees was formed which established the Museum with ownership of objects vested in the Trustees.

Why we are here
The UHR’s mission is to conserve, interpret and exhibit equipment, relics, icons, artefacts, memorabilia, and historical information related to:
• the 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse Regiment;
• its antecedent, associated and successor units and elements;
including the history of these in the context of the Australian Light Horse and, the Royal Australian Armoured Corps in order to:
• understand and commemorate the Regiment’s history;
• support the morale, education and training of the Regiment; and
• promote community awareness of the Regiment’s history and achievements.

What we collect
The collection focusses on:
• matters pertaining to individual and unit histories of 4/19 PWLH and its antecedent and associated units and organisations,
• the context of these in the Australian Light Horse and the Royal Australian Armoured Corps
• related equipment and artefacts
The scope of historical interest includes military, political, social and cultural aspects

How we are organised
The UHR is an element of the Regiment reporting to the Commanding Officer and Trustees.

Getting to know us

• The UHR is open on Monday and Thursday mornings (except public holidays). We can open at other times by appointment. Group visits from organizations are welcome.

Object donations
We often receive offers of donations of objects of interest. There is increasing community awareness that, when cleaning up, objects of possible historical significance should be sent to a museum rather than the tip.

Museum practice is for object donations to involve a transfer of ownership to the museum. Potential donors sometimes ask that it be treated as a long term loan, “in case I want it back one day”. If you are not happy to let it go, then it is better to keep it. In the case of medals, we would like to be sure that the family agrees to the donation.

Not all donations are of particular relevance to the UHR. With a clear title to the item, we can transfer it to a more appropriate collection. Or, we may decline a donation.

Situations vacant
The UHR is looking for volunteers who can commit for the long haul. The types of work involved include: preparation and maintenance of displays, photographing and cataloguing of objects, escorting visitors, and picture framing.

In accordance with museums practice, the Unit History Room DOES NOT provide valuations of objects

We are located at Simpson Barracks, Watsonia.

Enquiries: Unit orderly room, phone 8481 7905

Contact Information

location
Simpson Barracks Macleod Victoria 3085 (map)
phone
+61 (03) 9442 5205

Contact

Opening Hours

Monday and Thursday mornings or by appointment. Closed public holidays VISITORS SHOULD REPORT TO THE GREENSBOROUGH HIGHWAY ENTRANCE TO ARRANGE ESCORT ON BASE. PHOTO ID WILL BE REQUIRED.

Entry Fee

Suggested donation $5

Location

Simpson Barracks Macleod Victoria

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The collection focuses on history of the 4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment.
The scope includes the modern day Regiment established in 1948 and its antecedent units dating back to the Kyneton District Mounted Rifles of 1861.

David Brown 12 May 2016 4:01 PM

can you help me please Im doing up a ferret scout car at are Army Museum could you if possible email me a photo or diagram of how the Battries are set up in side the Ferret please, I live in Aussie W.A. You have a great pages on the Victorian Collections its a WOW thank you. David.

Roy Arnott 8 June 2016 8:11 PM

David FSC manuals here. Including Electrical www.ferret-fv701.co.uk/manuals.htm Regards Roy Arnott

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1597 items

1597 items

Booklet - Technical Manual Auxiliary Generator (Homelite Model HRH-28) for Medium Tank M3

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

A soft covered booklet published for information and guidance primarily for Ordnance maintenance personnel, covering adjustment and operation, operation, maintenance and repair of the auxiliary generator

Inscriptions & Markings

TM9-1752

Medals - Africa Star

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Full size and miniature Africa Star medals. Miniature has clasps: North Africa 1942-43 8th Army 1st Army

Historical information

The Africa Star was granted for operational service in North Africa from the date of the entry of Italy into the war on 10 June 1940, up to the date of the cessation of operations against the enemy in North Africa on 12 May 1943. The Africa Star may also be awarded for operational service as a member of the Australian Defence Force during the Syrian Campaign in the period from 8 June 1941 to 11 July 1941. Eligibility This medal is awarded for a minimum of one days operational service in North Africa, west of the Suez Canal between 10 June 1940 and 12 May 1943 and in Syria between 8 June 1941 and 11 July 1941. The Medal The Africa Star is a six–pointed star of yellow copper zinc alloy. The obverse has a central design of the Royal and Imperial cypher, surmounted by a crown. The cypher is surrounded by a circlet containing the words ‘The Africa Star'. Stars issued to Australian personnel have recipient names engraved on the plain reverse. The Ribbon The Africa Star ribbon colours represent the desert and the service of the Armies, Naval Forces, Merchant Navy and the Air Forces. Clasps Three clasps were issued for the Africa Star: 8 th Army 1 st Army North Africa 1942-43 Only one clasp is worn and when the ribbon is worn alone a ribbon emblem, ‘8', ‘1' or silver rosette as appropriate is worn to denote the award of a clasp.

Inscriptions & Markings

No recipient engraved

Document - Staghound Armoured Car

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

A six page document giving a description of the vehicle, its systems and sketches of transmission layout, inspection plates and drain plugs.

Magazine Publication - Australasian Post 28 May 1959

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Includes 4 page article "Galloping Death" about Light Horse charge at Beersheba 31 October 1917

Inscriptions & Markings

$5 price sticker

Signal

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

A signal sent to the Officer Commanding Det 4th Light Horse Regt in regard to re-arming, directing him to have all their rifles and Mk VI ammunition returned to the Citadel Magazine in Cairo, and be re-issued with Mk VII ammunition and rifles sighted for the Mk VII. Signed by Chief Ordnance Officer Cairo.

Book - Heroes and Gentlemen. Colonel Tom Price and the Victorian Mounted Rifles

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Hard back book

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 0 9589289 0 8

Junction Box 4 Way

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Four way junction box of aluminium construction used as a cable splitter in a wireless control harness.

Significance

Equipment used by the Regiment

Inscriptions & Markings

ZA 46982

Christmas Card

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Post Card, hand made

Historical information

Service of Frank Phillips Prior to the commencement of World War I, Frank Phillips served in the Minyip Troop of the Light Horse militia. His civilian occupation was that of clerk. On 22 August 1914 he enlisted in C Squadron 4th Light Horse Regiment. The 4th Light Horse Regiment embarked on the troop ship “Wiltshire “ for training at Mena Camp, in Egypt. During May 1915 the Regiment was deployed to the Gallipoli campaign in a dismounted role. After seven months, the Gallipoli campaigned was abandoned and the troops withdrawn. On return to Egypt the 4th Light Horse Regiment divided with one component deployed to Palestine and the other to the Western Front. Frank went on to serve in Palestine. He was promoted to Sergeant while at Gallipoli and, in Palestine, was promoted to Captain, serving as Adjutant of the Regiment. He was granted furlough to return to Australia from 14 October 1916 to 12 March 1917. On 16 January 1918 he was Mentioned in Despatches Citation: At Hill 750 near Bir El Esani on 30-4-17 he led an attack on Hill 750 under heavy rifle fire capturing the position and 7 armed Bedouins. On 23-5-17 during reconnaissance, he led and attack on 790 under very heavy rifle and machine gun fire and captured the position, inflicting losses on the Turks. He has, at all times, set a fine example of courage to his men. 22 October: 1918 he was awarded the Military Cross Recommendation of Commanding Officer – For exceptional gallantry and devotion to duty on the 28th September 1918, during the crossing of the JORDAN near EL MIN, this officer (adjutant of the Regiment) personally reconnoitred for crossings under heavy M.G. fire and led the Regiment to the only available crossing, rendering invaluable assistance during the crossing. On 3oth September when the Regiment was advanced guard on to KAUKAB, this officer’s personal reconnaissance to confirm patrol reports was of the highest order and utmost value to his C.O. culminating in the capture of KAUKAB with a mounted attack and the

Significance

The 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse Regiment has a long and distinguished history that pre-dates Federation to colonial Victoria’s mounted troops. Our history parallels that of the nation, including its active participation in some of the most inspiring events in Australian Military History including the Defence of ANZAC and the charge at Beersheba. The Regiment is based on a linkage of the two post-World War II Victorian Army Reserve RAAC units - 4th/19th Prince of Wales’ Light Horse and 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles. From these units we derive our links with the six Light Horse Regiments of Victoria and Southern New South Wales (4th, 8th, 13th, 17th, 19th and 20th Light Horse Regiments.) The Regiment proudly bears the guidon of the 4th Light Horse, with the guidons of the remaining regiments being laid up in the crypt of the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance. During World War I, the 4th Light Horse Regiment served with distinction on three fronts – Gallipoli, Palestine and the Western Front. Corporal, later Captain, Phillips was a member of the 4th Australian Light Horse Regiment. He created the post card while serving with the Regiment as a Corporal at Gallipoli.

Inscriptions & Markings

From Cpl Frank Phillips, 4th Australian Light Horse Regiment. Entries in pencil Front: Addressed to Andrew Phillips (father) at Minyip, Victoria, Message: “A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all, Made while on my day out. Love Frank” Reverse Top Centre – 4 LH Badge Centre – cloth map of Australia stapled to card Bottom – Print of flag stapled to card, Irish green ensign, Union flag in canton, gold coloured Irish harp on fly. Notations: Broadmeadows, Wiltshire (Troop Ship), Shrapnel Gully, Suicide Gully, Courtney’s Post Mena, Mex, Heliopolis, Imbros, Gallipoli, Turkish soil underneath (flag), Australia on Turkey, Lone Pine, Leans Trench, Constantinople, All honour to our Irish comrades, To greet you 1915-16. From the shells, yells, and little Hells, of the Darda Dardenelles 0 – 0 May you enjoy your Xmas dinner as I hope to enjoy my Xmas billy in the trenches.

Plaque - Chaplain Corps

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Shield shaped wooded plaque, badge of Chaplains' Corps affixed

Inscriptions & Markings

Presentation plate: Presented by CHAPLAIN Pat Purcell

Sun Compass

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Metal construction. One fixed and one rotatable aluminium disc with a vertical steel gnome at the centre. The lower disc is marked with bearings in mils, the upper with time of day. There is a rotatable aluminium arrow under the 2 discs. A 33 mm dia spirit level is fixed to the top disc.

Historical information

This type of kit was used by the Regiment for vehicular cross country navigation. The crew commander would stand in front of the vehicle with a prismatic compass and guide the driver to align the vehicle on the back bearing of the required direction of travel. The discs were set for time of day and the required bearing and the driver would watch the compass and steer so that the shadow of the gnome was on the arrow. The compass would be re-set about every half hour to adjust for rotation of the Earth. In featureless country navigation was by dead reckoning by direction travelled by compass and distance travelled from the vehicle odometer. Armoured vehicles are now equipped with GPS navigation aids rendering the sun compass obsolete

Significance

Type of equipment used by the Regiment on exercises

Inscriptions & Markings

On spirit level "GENERAL #847"

Dental Treatment Cards

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Blank dental treatment cards (3 off)

Inscriptions & Markings

AF-1 5033

Booklet - Artillery Training Vol III Field Gunnery Pam No 3, Part III Concentration of Observed Fire 1943

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Paper covered booklet superseding Artillery Training Vol III 1934 Chapter XV. Dealing with methods of control, application of fire, procedures and communications

Inscriptions & Markings

Not to be published

Framed Photograph - WW1 Turks in action against Light Horse at Sheria

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Framed b&w photo. In foreground, Turkish cavalry waiting to go into action, a mounted officer in front of them. In middle distance a line of infantry in lying position on a ridge. On the left is a group of observers, probably HQ group.

Inscriptions & Markings

Caption: WW1 Turks in action against Light Horse at Sheria. The fighting lasted several days. The Turkish cavalry in foreground, waiting, ready to go into action. This was a struggle for water and was known as the Junction Fight. Photo from Museums Whyte collection

Book - Technical Manual User Handbook for HF Dipole Antenna Kit AS-F104

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Hard plastic covered loose leaf manual for the HF Dipole Antenna Kit AS-F104 detailing a general description, deployment, operator servicing, and field and base repairs

Significance

Used by the Regiment

Inscriptions & Markings

NSN 7610-66-130-4069

Publication - Beersheba: Legend of the Light Horse

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Insert to the "Weekend Australian" 28-29 October 2017. Articles include: "Friends from Birth" by Greg Sheridan, "Brigade of Bushmen" by Jonathan King, "A Remarkable Feat of Arms" by Jean Bou, "Enduring Friendship" by Chip Le Grand, "Walers" by Stephen Romei

Historical information

The 4th and 12th Australian Light Horse Regiments charged Beersheba on 31 October 1917

Significance

Published to mark centenary of charge of Australian Light Horse at Beersheba, 31 October 1917

Booklet - Australian Armoured Corps Pam No 6 The Armoured Brigade Provisional May 1941

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Soft covered booklet covering the organisation, formations and movement, communications and general role and tasks of an armoured brigade.

Photograph - Australians in Egypt?

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

A sepia toned photograph mounted on card, of a well laid out camp. Lines of soldiers are marching past a saluting station. There is no indication of where or who it is. The buildings in the background suggest Egypt. Uniforms are Australian

Staff duties in the Field 1949

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

A hard covered loose leaf booklet covering the duties of command staff. Has amendments to No 23 and there is an additional amendment, No 2, that was superseded in 1959, and, Appendix F. The second copy is a reprint with amendments in 1958

Inscriptions & Markings

WO Code No 8457

Uniform- RAN

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Royal Australian Navy camouflage pattern uniform shirt and trousers. With velcro attached badges: member name "Hall", RAN White Ensign, RAN badge, epaulette badges of rank - Petty Officer.

Historical information

RAN service issue uniform

Significance

Members of 4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment were deployed with the RAN in Australian Border Force. Uniform reflects joint service operation.

Inscriptions & Markings

8415 66 157 0577

Correspondence File - Depot/General/Relocation Park St

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Registry file dealing with the relocation of the Regiment's Park St, Princes Hill, depot. Covers period 11 Oct 1989 to 1 Feb 1996

Inscriptions & Markings

File No 267-1-5

Book - Notes for Operators Regimental Radio Equipments

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Hard covered, lace bound book detailing the operation, testing and maintenance of AN/PRC10, C PRC 26 TYPE D, amplifier power supply AM-598/4, WS 510, antenna RC292, and other equipments

Inscriptions & Markings

7610-66-014-2062

Bayonet, Swedish Model 1896

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Knife bayonet , Model 1896, 21 cm blade, for Swedish Mauser Rifle

Inscriptions & Markings

078, 638, No 829, Swedish crown, crown & anchor stamp, No 3a,

Book - The South West Pacific 1941-45

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Hard covered book,

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamps and markings of previous owner - Defence Library Service, Watsonia

Newspaper cutting - Will they live to see Boer War honoured?

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

An article from the "Senior News" about the memorial to be erected in Canberra and whether the first descendents will be there if it is erected. Includes photo ex servicemen/ descendents

Pistol

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

8532 PL Pistol This firearm has been rendered inoperative

Historical information

Army Report No 2598371 Stock Code 66-1526-862

Document - Signal Training (All Arms) Pam No 7 Radiotelephone Procedure 1969 Amendment List No 3

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Amendment List No 3 to Signal Training Pam 7 1969

Significance

Used by the Regiment

Inscriptions & Markings

DSN 0652-03-029-1400

4th Light Horse Regiment Association 1914-1946

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

A paper covered booklet containing a list of members

Book - Manual of Map Reading, Photo Reading ing and Field Sketching1929

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Hard covered book covering map reading, field sketching and air photo reading for use of Officer candidates, Officers and Non-commissioned Officers. Reprinted with amdts Nos 1 - 4 1939

Inscriptions & Markings

26 Manuals 412

Book - Technical Manual / User handbook Radio Set AN/PRC77

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Hard covered loose leaf book detailing operator, organisation, maintenance, description, installation and operating instructions for the radio set AN/PRC77

Significance

Handbook for equipment previously used by the Regiment

Inscriptions & Markings

7610-66-027-7622

Booklet - Infantry Training Vol 1 Infantry Platoon Weapons Part 4 Machine Carbines 1949

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Soft covered booklet incorporating amendment No 1. Deals with 9mm Owen and Austen Machine Carbines