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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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1599 items

1599 items

Book - Organizational, DS, GS, and Depot Maintenance Manual Antenna Equipment RC-292

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

Clear plastic cover and bound photocopy of the Technical Manual that provides operators with the knowledge to erect and operate the Antenna Equipment RC-292

Inscriptions & Markings

TM 11-5820-348-15 23 May 1966

Trench art

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

Hand made metal map of Australia with brown leather band hand stitched and brass metal buckle

Historical information

Wrist badge for self identifiaction made by 2381 C.W. Smith as Trench Art during service in WW1

Significance

Manufactured during WW1 by C.W. Smith as an item of identification in case of an adverse occurrence during his operational service

Inscriptions & Markings

“2381 C.W.SMITH/1ST FIELD SQDN./A.N.Z. MTD DIV M.” Inscribed on front of metal map

Book - The Australian Light Horse

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

Hard covered book, 105 pages

Historical information

Scope - 1818 to 1960

Inscriptions & Markings

Cancelled stamp of previous owner - B Sqn, 3 Cav Regt

Book - The Australian Imperial Force in France During the Main German Offensive 1918

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

Hard covered book of 825 pages

Book - The Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918 Volume IV The AIF in France 1917

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

Hard covered book of 1030 pages

Book - Photographic Record of the War

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

Reproductions of prictures taken by the Australian official photographers (Captains G H Wilkins MC and J F Hurley, Lieutenants H K Baldwin and J P Campbell and others. Annotated by CEW Bean and H S Gullett

Book - Australia During the War

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

Hard covered book of 922 pages

Book - The Official History in the War of 1914-1918 Vol X Rabaul

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

Hard covered book of 412 pages

Book - The Australian Flying Corps in the Western and Eastern Theatres of War 1914-1918

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

Hard covered book of 490 pages

Book - The Official History of Australia in the War 0f 1914-1918 Volume VII Sinai and Palestine

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

Hard covered book of 844 pages

Untitled

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

Book - The Australian Imperial Force in France During the Allied Offensive 1918

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

Hard covered book of 1099 pages

Book - The Story of ANZAC From 4 May 1915 to the Evacuation of the Gallipoli Peninsula

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

Hard covered book of 975 pages

Inscriptions & Markings

Third Edition

Book - The Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918 Vol 1 The Story of ANZAC The First Phase

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

Hard covered book of 662 pages

Historical information

From the outbreak of War to the end of the first phase of the Gallipoli Campaign May 4, 1915

Inscriptions & Markings

Seventh Edition 1937

Uniform, service dress - WO2 David Key

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

Service Dress, complete. With medals: Vic Police Valour Award for Bravery Medal, Vic Police Diligent and Ethical Service Medal, Royal Life Saving Society of Australia Bravery Cross Medal, Bravery Award and Bar, National Emergency Medal (Vic Fires 2009), National Police Service Medal, Defence Long Service Medal, National Medal, Aust Defence medal

Historical information

WO2 Key has provided distinguished service to the 4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment

Book - The Battle of Coral. Vietnam Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral, May 1968

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

Paperback book

Significance

Describes a major Australian engagement of the Vietnam war

Book - Army Australia An Illustrated History

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

310 x 240 x 25mm

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 0 86777 061 9

Book - Making the Legend - The War Writings of C E W Bean

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

Paper back of 246 pages

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 0 7022 2398 0

Book - The Forgotten War - Australia and the Boer War

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Paperback book of 234 pages

Book - The Colonial Volunteers

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

Hard covered book. The defence forces of the Australian colonies 1836-1901

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 0 04 302003 8

Book - Riders of Destiny

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

Hard covered book of 189 pages The 4th Australian Light Horse Field Ambulance 1917-1918 An autobiography and History

Historical information

Autobiography of Patrick Mcfarlan Hamilton during his service with the 1st Australian AIF

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 1 876179 01 5

Hat Khaki Fur Felt

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

Hat Khaki Fur Felt with 7 fold puggaree with one maroon fold. Broken chin strap, no badge

Inscriptions & Markings

Government arrow and "T S"

Hat Khaki Fur Felt

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

Hat Khaki Fur Felt with green cloth single band puggaree which has cotton Volunteer Defence Corps badge sewn on, brass rising sun badge on brim

Historical information

The Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC) was an Australian part-time volunteer military force of World War II modelled on the British Home Guard. The VDC was established in July 1940 by the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL) and was initially composed of ex-servicemen who had served in World War 1. The government took over control of the VDC in May 1941 and gave the organisation the role of training for guerrilla warfare, collecting local intelligence and providing static defence of each unit's home area. General Harry Chauvel, who had retired in 1930, was recalled to duty in 1940 and appointed Inspector-General of the VDC. Chauvel held this position until his death in March 1945. Following the outbreak of the Pacific War, the Government expanded the VDC in February 1942. Membership was open to men aged between 18 and 60, including those working in reserved occupations. As a result, the VDC reached a peak strength of almost 100,000 in units across Australia. As the perceived threat to Australia declined, the VDC's role changed from static defence to operating anti-aircraft artillery, coastal artillery and searchlights. Members of inland VDC units were freed from having to attend regular training in May 1944 and the VDC was officially disbanded on 24 August 1945

Inscriptions & Markings

Maker's label on head band -RG & RI Stebbins, 14 Willow Court, Donald , Vic 3480

Hat Khaki Fur Felt

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

Hat Khaki Fur Felt with 5 fold cotton puggaree and emu plumes, Size 6 7/8, no badge

Inscriptions & Markings

Owner's tag: K Harrington

Saddle

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

WW1 Officers Pattern Riding Saddle c/w stand

Hat, Khaki, Fur Felt

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

Hat khaki fur felt with emu plumes, rising sun badge and 11th Light Horse badge on puggaree

Historical information

In style of 11th Light Horse but a recent replica

Significance

The 11th Light Horse is an ancestor unit of the Regiment

Inscriptions & Markings

No maker's mark

Painting - M113A1

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

Oil on canvas painting of an M113A1 (No 134567) of 4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment

Historical information

The vehicle depicted was on issue to the Regiment

Significance

Painting was from a photograph of the vehicle in Swanston Street Melbourne during a freedom of entry parade in late 1980's or 1990

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed by artist (C Rule)

Booklet - Extracts from Australian Imperial Force Orders

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

95 page soft covered booklet

Historical information

Issued by General Birdwood, Commanding AIF

Inscriptions & Markings

AWM Stamp

Booklet - Priced List of Equipment

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

Soft covered 16 page booklet giving prices of Army equipment

Historical information

Notified in A.A.Os dated 31 October 1939

Training Pamphlet - Drill (All Arms) 1953

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

Soft covered booklet

Historical information

Issued by Military Board

Inscriptions & Markings

2/1617 WO2 Lyon KM, 39,