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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

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Visible Record Book

Key words

artillery
fire missions

Green plastic covered visible record book in which various artillery fire mission pro forma are inserted in clear plastic sleeves onto which fire missions can be written

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

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Assault Rifle, AK47

Key words

ak47
assault rifle

Assault Rifle, AK47 This firearm has been rendered inoperative

Historical information

Army Report No 1016506 Stock Code 66-1528-861

Inscriptions & Markings

Serial No 11061475

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

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Plaque- 4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment

Key words

plaque
4th/19th prince of wales's lighjt horse regiment

Plaque, wooden shield shaped backing on which: 4/19 Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment badge in centre, Regimental battle honours on individual metal plates around periphery. Colour patches of Royal Australian Armoured Corps. 4th, 17th & 19th Light Horse Regiments, & 2/4 Armoured Regiment mounted above badge

Inscriptions & Markings

Maker's sticker on back

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

Booklet - Manual of Land Warfare Part 2 Armour Training Vol 4 Pam 2 The RAAC Schedule of Range Practices 1983

Key words

armour range practices

Soft covered booklet dealing with progressive training in all levels from individual qualification courses to sub-unit continuation training and individual training for various levels of promotion.

Inscriptions & Markings

7610-66-108- 8327

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

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Booklet (2 copies) - Manual of Land Warfare Part 2 Infantry Training Vol 4 Pam 5: 7.62 mm Self Loading Rifle L1A1 & Automatic Rifle 7.62 mm L2A1

Key words

rifle slr 7.62
automatic rifle

A soft covered booklet aimed at providing the soldier with the necessary information for him to develop the confidence and knowledge to efficiently handle and maintain these weapons.

Inscriptions & Markings

DSN 7610-66-107-1254

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

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Booklet - Australian Army Manual of Land Warfare Part 2 Infantry Vol 4 Pam 9 5.56 mm Austeyr Individual Weapon Family F88,F88C, F88S & Grenade Launcher

Key words

steyr

A hard covered loose leaf booklet providing instructors with material to teach the maintenance, handling and shooting skills of the 5.56 mm Austeyr Individual Weapons Family

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Belt, Web, 1937 Pattern

Key words

uniform
webbing
belt
equipment

Web belt, 1937 pattern with brass buckles and keepers. Original finish - not treated with blanco, paint etc.

Historical information

Standard Army issue item from 1937. In service during and after World War 2.

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

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Book - Australian War Memorial

Key words

history
guide
australian war memorial

Hard cover book, 114 pp, including fold out plans of the memorial

Historical information

Guide to the Australian War Memorial as at 1945

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Revolver, Webley .455

Historical information

Army Report No 2615055 Stock Code 66-1476-091

Inscriptions & Markings

Serial No 75977

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Radio Set SR C-45

Key words

radio
c-45
communications
signals

A VHF radio for use in vehicles or as a truck & ground station. Consisting of three main units: the sender/receiver, the power supply unit (SUV), and an aerial tuning unit. Power supply 24 Volt DC

Inscriptions & Markings

Radio No A247, SUV No A 544

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VHS Video Tape - 40's Style Concert 25 July 1995

Key words

band
video
concert

VHS Video Tape

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CD - Laying Up Guidons 7th August 2005

Key words

cd
laying up guidons

CD of still photos.

Historical information

On 7th August 2005, the 4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment held a ceremonial parade at the Shrine of Remebrance to present to the Shrine Trustees, for laying up, the guidons of the 8th, 13th, 17th, 19th and 20th Light Horse Regiments. The CD contains photos of the event

Significance

The 4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment was the custodian of the history of the 4th Light Horse Regiment and the Regiments whose guidons were laid up. After the laying up the Regiment parades a single guidon - that of the 4th Light Horse Regiment

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

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Hat Badge - 4th Light Horse Regiment

Key words

4th light horse
militia
badge army

Hat Badge, 4th Light Horse Regiment, Militia. Brass. Mounted in glass fronted wooden frame with letter from donor.

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Signal

Key words

signal
ammunition
4th light horse

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.

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Photo Album - Exercise Far Horizons, September-October 1993, 4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment RAAC

Key words

training
army exercise
far horizons
michael k cecil
m113a1

Slip binder containing 68 photos of Exercise Far Horizons conducted by 4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment during September-October 1993

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

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Stereographic Photographs - The Victorian Contingent. S.S. "Medic" off to South Africa

Key words

boer war
ss medic

2 photographs: albumen silver stereograph, It shows SS Medic pulling away from wharf, with a crowd of onlookers

Historical information

Contingent departing for Boer War of 1899-1902

Inscriptions & Markings

Title

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Video Cassette Tape - Roger's Farewell 21.10.95

Key words

baussman
video
band

Philips 8 mm video tape Dining out of S/Sgt Roger Baussman on his retirement from the Regiment

Historical information

Band member S/Sgt Roger Bausssman, 30/8/1938 - 2/2/2011, dining out on his retirement from the Army

Inscriptions & Markings

P5-90, 90

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Correspondence File - Museums Unit 4/19 PWLH

Key words

correspondence
amala

Registry file dealing with Museum matters. It contains papers about the then proposed Army Museum of Australia Light Horse and Armour Network (AMALA)

Inscriptions & Markings

594-3-1 Part 3

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Photograph

Key words

band
photo

An informal colour photo of a red jacketed army band gathered in front of, and on, two M113A1 Armoured Personnel Carriers of the 4th/19th PWLH. The location appears to be Puckapunyal.

Inscriptions & Markings

"1998" written on back

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Photograph - Col Frank Pearson

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frank pearson
photographs

Coloured photo of Colonel Francis (Frank) Pearson OAM ED. Mounted in wooden frame.

Historical information

Francis Charles Pearson was born on 23rd August 1913 in Ballarat. During the course of his long life -he died just before his 96th birthday - he was a successful businessman, notably in the field of air conditioning, as well as a world renown farmer noted for his cattle breeding methods. This was in addition to a meritorious military career. Frank Pearson enlisted as a 16 year old cadet in 6 Field Company, Australian Engineers on 29 Jan 1930., CSM in 1935, he transferred to 2 Field Coy RAE on 1 July 1936. Next, he joined the cadre of 2 AA Searchlight Coy, RAE and was commissioned on 14 Oct 1939. That unit became 53rd AA Coy, providing personnel for 1/54 AA Coy late in 1939. Lt Pearson was was 2IC at this time. When the unit was mobilised on 14 Sep 1940, T/Capt Pearson was appointed OC. Seconded to the AIF on 14 May 1941 he was appointed to raise A Squadron, 2/6 Armoured Regiment, and once that was done, he raised B Squadron. Promoted temporary Major in June 1942 he served with the regiment in Stuart tanks during the difficult operations around Cape Endaiadere and Buna from October 1942 until April 1943. After return to Australia the regiment waited in vain for further operational employment. Frank Pearson was demobilised on 23 October 1945. With the raising of the Citizen Military Forces in 1948, Major Pearson was appointed 2IC 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles. On 1 January 1953 he assumed command of 4th/19th Prince of Walers's Light Horse Regiment, a post he held until the end of 1956. After service in more senior postings he retired with the rank of Colonel on 24 August 1964. From then until just a few years before his passing, Colonel Pearson remained actively involved in the life of his regiment. Following a couple of less successful attempts to do so, he was instrumental in establishing the regimental museum, these days the Unit History Room. Undaunted by a continuing sequence of changing venues it is to his credit that the history of the regiment is not only preserved but readily available to today's members of the unit and the general public.

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

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Book - Royal Australian Armoured Corps Voice Procedure Notes for RAAC Instructors

Key words

radio procedures
training manual

Soft covered book of notes divided into lessons in the suggested order of teaching.

Inscriptions & Markings

7610/AMF/00038

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

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Booklet - Tactical Notes for the Infantry Commander

Key words

hand book
infantry training

A soft covered booklet containing a summary of useful tactical information for infantry commanders in the field

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Document - Enemy Infantry Weapons

Key words

soviet army weapons

Three page stapled document covering the following weapons: AK47 & AKM Rifles, RPK light machine gun, RPG 7V, RPG 7D anti tank missile launcher, the Draginov sniper rifle and M57 light mortar

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

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Booklet - Range Tables (Part 1) for QF 25 PR Guns Marks 1 & 2 1942 Amendments (No 2)

Key words

range table
25 pdr

Paper Booklet, Amdt No 2 Range Tables for Super Charge

Inscriptions & Markings

Not to be published

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

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Pike

Guidon pike, black painted wood with brass fittings, in two sections screwed together.

Historical information

Guidon of the 4th Australian Light Horse Regiment flown at ceremonial parade at Beersheba, Israel, on 31 Oct 2017, to commemorate the centenary of the Light Horse charge . The guidon has since been laid up in the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne.

Significance

Refer historical note

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Conversion table - Staff Duties in the Field 1949 Appendix G Conversion Table Degrees to Mils

Key words

conversion degrees mils

Conversion table, degrees to mils

Inscriptions & Markings

WO Cod No 8457

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Framed photograph

Framed studio b&w photo of 4th Australian Light Horse Regiment troopers, Richard Gook (standing) and William Snodgrass (seated)

Inscriptions & Markings

4th Light Horse Regiment 1914-1919 Richard Henry Gook Enlisted 10 SEP 1914-1919 - RTA 31 AUG 1916 William Archibald Snodgrass Enlisted 20 AUG 1914 - RTA 20 NOV 1918

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Rifle, 303 Lee Enfield

Key words

rifle
lee enfield
303

Rifle, 303, Lee Enfield, short magazine This firearm has been rendered inoperative

Inscriptions & Markings

Serial No 202346

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

Mess Tins

Set of two aluminium mess tins. Smaller fits into larger. Rectangular with rounded corners, Fitted with folding handles

Historical information

Standard personal issue item

Significance

Standard personal issue item c 1960's +

Inscriptions & Markings

Government broad arrow on each

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Booklet - Recognition Handbook Foreign Weapons & Equipment (USSR)

Key words

soviet weapons

Soft covered booklet of photographs and descriptions of Soviet weapons and equipment

Inscriptions & Markings

Army Code No 70009

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