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8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection North Bandiana, Vic

The 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection is staffed by volunteers from the Regimental Association and contains documents, photographs and objects relating to citizen soldiers from Northeast Victoria and date from the late nineteenth century through to the present day.

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Milpo Bandiana Vic 3694
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+61 0400 212 831

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By appointment only

Location

Building 129 Carlisle Drive North Bandiana Vic

Anthony 'AJ' Hunter 26 November 2017 9:22 PM

A fantastic start - I hope to see more of your collection in the future

Barry Hacker 6 December 2017 6:16 AM

I have been following your work with great interest. All 8/13 VMR Association volunteers are to be congratulated. Well done.

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833 items

833 items

Manual

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Heavy card covered manual with fabric spine, screw bound being Standard Notes for Armourers and Fitters Armourer. Published by Airforce Headquarters Melbourne August 1943.

Historical information

Contains information about .30 and .50 Browning Machine Guns which were common to aircraft and armoured fighting vehicles used by 8/13 VMR. Technical manuals and User Handbooks were essential equipment for Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME) tradesmen permanently attached to Armoured Corps regiments as Light Aid Detachments (LAD) or Tech Support Troop (TST) and were responsible for repairs and maintenance of a nature beyond the expertise of AFV crewmen and just short of major rebuilds undertaken by Base Workshop detachments.

Significance

Part of a collection of workshop manuals and user handbooks relating to equipment on issue to 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles during the latter half of the twentieth century.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ink stamp on title page " 8/13 VMR Regimental Collection "

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Colour photograph of two officers of ' A ' Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles on parade at Buna barracks Albury 1986. Squadron Second - in- Command is handing over the parade to Squadron Commander Major Ian Docking

Historical information

The 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles was raised as a regiment of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps on 1 May 1948 with Headquarters in Melbourne and squadrons in Sale, Benalla/Wangaratta and Albury. In 1955 Regimental Headquarters moved to Wangaratta and a second squadron was located at Albury. The Sale squadron transferred to 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse. In 1977 8/13 VMR Regiment was reduced to an independent squadron A Squadron 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles and in 1991 was linked with 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse forming the VMR Squadron of that regiment.

Parade card

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

White three fold card being Programme of Parades for Half-Year ending 31st dec 1939 for 13th (Gippsland0 Light Horse Regiment, 3rd Cavalry Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division. Commanding Officer Lieut Col WG Hopkins

Historical information

13th (Gippsland) Light Horse Regiment was a unit of the Citizen Military Forces or Militia with its Headquarters in Sale Victoria and depots throughout Gippsland. The regiment in 1939 was still horse mounted but converted to armoured vehicles soon after becoming the 13th Armoured Regiment.

Significance

Fine example of a document setting out the program of parades and training obligations for a citizen soldier in the immediate pre-Second World War period.

Document

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Colour brochure advertising " The Lighthorsemen "

Historical information

A’ Squadron 8/13 Victorian mounted Rifles hosted a special screening of the movie “The Lighthorsemen” at the Regent Theatre Albury on 11 September 1987. The official party included the Area Commander Albury-Wodonga Military Area, Honorary Colonel 8/13 VMR and Officer Commanding ‘a’ Squadron 8/13 VMR. The VMR Heritage Troop mounted a Lance-Guard in the theatre foyer and the Albury City Band played prior to the screening. Proceeds from the function were donated to Legacy.

Photograph - Officer of the Light Horse c.1939.

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Coloured photograph with green fibreboard mount of Lieutenant Des Martin of Wodonga in Light Horse uniform on horseback.

Historical information

Lieutenant Des Martin took part in many Anzac Day Marches in Melbourne riding with a small group leading the march.

Significance

Uncommon post-WWII photograph of a mounted officer of the Light Horse. Has added significance because the uniform is held in the 8th/13th VMR Collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

Officer of the Light Horse c. 1939. The tunic and Sam Browne belt was worn by Lieutenant Des Martin ( pictured ) of Wodonga who served in the 8th Light Horse Regiment in the pre-war militia and the 2/2 Pioneer BattalionAIF during WW11

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of 106 mm Recoiless Rifle mounted on Jeep. Photo taken at a recruiting display where members of public were able to inspect weapons closely.

Historical information

Jeep mounted 106 Recoilless Rifles were the equipment of Anti-tank Troop 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles , 1970s.

Booklet

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Blue covered booklet " Infantry Training Volume 1. Infantry Platoon Weapons Pamphlet No. 7 Grenades and Pyrotechnics. All Arms 1970.

Historical information

Infantry Platoon weapons introduced from experiences during the Vietnam War.- includes Amendment Part 2 Trip Flares

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Two colour photographs of group of officers in mess uniform seated at table at a formal dinner at Commercial Club Albury 30 April 1988..

Historical information

This dinner commemorated the 40th Anniversary of the raising of 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regiment which linked 8th, 13th, and 20th Light Horse Regiments.

Inscriptions & Markings

“At rear: Sergeant R Ellison, Corporal Carr. From left: Major J Gay, Colonel C Brewer Area Commander AWMA, Brigadier D Perry Commander 4th Task Force, Major R Morrison Officer Commanding ‘A’ Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles, Colonel Howard Director Royal Australian Armoured Corps, Colonel John Neale Honorary Colonel 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles, Colonel G Garde, Colonel P Tremaine”

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Framed colour photograph of Twentieth Light Horse ( VMR ) Regiment guidon. Red with gold fringe badge in centre. Purple over yellow colour patch with battle honours of the Twentieth Light Horse.

Inscriptions & Markings

Guidon of the Twentieth Light Horse ( VMR ) Regiment

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of 3rd Cavalry Brigade Band - mountrd on pineboard

Inscriptions & Markings

3rd Cavalry Brigade Band

Uniform

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Green tank suit worn by crewmen of armoured fighting vehicles in 1970s; five patch pockets, one with slots for pencils. Full length front zip fastener.

Historical information

This version of a crewman's overall replaced two earlier versions of the garment, one black in colour and the second green. This version dispensed with the internal over-the-shoulder braces. Replaced in 1990s by garment in disruptive pattern material.

Significance

Representative of uniform worn by tank crewmen in period 1972-89.

holster

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Leather Luger pistol holster with strap securing flap was manufactured by Leder-ZweeisungsAmt-Abteilung (LZA), or leather supply office to the German war department at a factory in Cologne. It was brought to Australia as a souvenir by a British soldier who migrated after the war.

Historical information

This object was donated to the collection by a Trooper Russell Wells 8/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles. It was brought home by his father who was serving in the BEF. He later migrated to Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

"LZA J Coln" inscribed on back of holster; "1917" stamped om inside of flap.

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of two soldiers of 8th Light Horse sitting between tents.

Historical information

The 8th Light Horse (Indi) Regiment superseded the 16th Light Horse in 1919. It had its headquarters at Benalla with sub-units throughout the Upper Murray and Northeast Victoria. In December 1941, the regiment converted from horse to mechanised, initially as 8th Reconnaissance Battalion then in July 1942 it became 8th Cavalry Regiment and served in Northern Territory. As Japanese threat to the mainland declined the regiment was disbanded

Significance

Shows aspects of life when Regiment was in camp.

Magazine - Black and Gold

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Regimental magazine of the 20th Australian Motor Regiment ( AIF ) titled " Black and Gold " prepared and printed while posted at Merauke Dutch New Guinea 1944. Thirty six pages, saddle - stitched and stapled.

Historical information

The 20th Light Horse (Victorian Mounted Rifles) was raised in 1920 as part of the 3rd Cavalry Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division, Citizen Military Forces, with Headquarters at Seymour and depots along the Goulburn Valley from Mansfield to Tocumwal in southern NSW. In December 1941, 20th Light Horse (Victorian Mounted Rifles) converted from horse to mechanised, initially as 20th Motor Regiment. In 1943 the Regiment was deployed to Merauke, Dutch New Guinea. Upon its return in April 1945, the Regiment was redesignated 20th Pioneer Battalion. It was disbanded following the end of the war. 20th Light Horse was the only light horse regiment to serve overseas in WWII.

Significance

Rare copy of Regimental magazine produced while on overseas service,WW11

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in ink across top edge of cover " V.G.Groutsch."

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of 16 soldiers in line with two Officers standing in front. All are wearing Light Horse uniform. Part of a collection of 20th Light Horse photographs circa 1939.

Historical information

No 1 Troop C Squadron 20th Light Horse Regiment drawn from the farming community of Tocumwal, personified the strength of citizen soldiering in rural Victorian and Southern NSW in the period following World War One and especially in the years immediately prior to the second World War. Building on the strength and enthusiasm of the Tocumwal Troop other Troops were raised at Finley, Berigan and Jerilderie. The Tocumwal Troop won the coveted Hutton Trophy in 1937 and 1938, defeating crack Troops from other States. The 20th Light Horse (Victorian Mounted Rifles) was raised in 1920 as part of the 3rd Cavalry Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division, Citizen Military Forces, with Headquarters at Seymour and depots along the Goulburn Valley from Mansfield to Tocumwal in southern NSW. In December 1941, 20th Light Horse (Victorian Mounted Rifles) converted from horse to mechanised, initially as 20th Motor Regiment. In 1943 the Regiment was deployed to Merauke, Dutch New Guinea. Upon its return in April 1945, the Regiment was redesignated 20th Pioneer Battalion. It was disbanded following the end of the war. 20th Light Horse was the only light horse regiment to serve overseas in WWII.

Significance

This is one of a collection of photographs featuring a Light Horse regiment drawn from rural and regional Victoria in the period immediately prior to mobilisation for World War 2 (1939-1945).

Inscriptions & Markings

" Tocumwal Troop ; Left : Lt. B. Fyffe. Right: WO11 V. Groutsh Military Medal

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of 3 crewmen of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles beside a M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier. From Left to Right: Trooper Garrick, Corporal R Ellison, Sergeant W Russell.

Historical information

The 8th Light Horse (Indi) Regiment superseded the 16th Light Horse in 1919. It had its headquarters at Benalla with sub-units throughout the Upper Murray and Northeast Victoria. In December 1941, the regiment converted from horse to mechanised, initially as 8th Reconnaissance Battalion then in July 1942 it became 8th Cavalry Regiment and served in Northern Territory. As Japanese threat to the mainland declined the regiment was disbanded.

Document

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Typed assessment of the performance of armoured vehicles during Exercise "Northern Explorer" in September 1988. Document is titled "A Veh Ops in the Tindal AO" prepared by Trooper D J Pratt 1 Troop A Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles. Three pages dated 22 September 1988.

Historical information

In 1988, as part of a Defence of Mainland Australian policy, defence of facilities of strategic importance in northern Australia were allocated to Army Reserve units. ‘A’ Squadron was allocated the defence of Tindal Air Force base located 15 KM outside Katherine in Northern Territory. Consequently the Squadron deployed on Exercise ‘Northern Explorer’ to gain first-hand knowledge of operating conditions for mounted and dismounted patrolling in the area.

Significance

Rare example of an assessment prepared by a trooper in a Victorian Citizen Military Forces regiment during an exercise in Northern Territory.

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Three colour photograph of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles Heritage Troop preparing to participate in Bicentenial celebrations at Wodonga 2 January 1988.Troop members are : Captain Robert Morrison, Corporals Nigel Morris, Shane Welch, E. Touzel, Lance Corporal Russell Walsh, Troopers Adrian Younger and Chris Ellison.

Historical information

The Light Horse Troop provided escort to VIPs, mounted drill display and tent pegging display.‘A’ Squadron 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles took part in Bicentennial Parade at Wodonga 2 January 1988. Parade included Light Horse Heritage Troop, Historical Vehicle Club and current armoured vehicles.

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of single line of soldiers fallen-in in a vacant allotment surrounded by houses and fences. Part of 20th Light Horse collection.

Historical information

The 20th Light Horse (Victorian Mounted Rifles) was raised in 1920 as part of the 3rd Cavalry Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division, Citizen Military Forces, with Headquarters at Seymour and depots along the Goulburn Valley from Mansfield to Tocumwal in southern NSW. In December 1941, 20th Light Horse (Victorian Mounted Rifles) converted from horse to mechanised, initially as 20th Motor Regiment. In 1943 the Regiment was deployed to Merauke, Dutch New Guinea. Upon its return in April 1945, the Regiment was redesignated 20th Pioneer Battalion. It was disbanded following the end of the war. 20th Light Horse was the only light horse regiment to serve overseas in WWII.

Significance

This is one of a collection of photographs featuring a Light Horse regiment drawn from rural and regional Victoria in the period immediately prior to mobilisation for World War 2 (1939-1945).

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of Father Christmas arriving at a children's party in a Doodlebug Scout Car. One of a collection of photographs of 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regiment between 1948 and 1951.

Historical information

The 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles was raised as a regiment of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps on 1 May 1948 with Headquarters in Melbourne and squadrons in Sale, Benalla/Wangaratta and Albury. In 1955 Regimental Headquarters moved to Wangaratta and a second squadron was located at Albury. The Sale squadron transferred to 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse. In 1977 8/13 VMR Regiment was reduced to an independent squadron A Squadron 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles and in 1991 was linked with 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse forming the VMR Squadron of that regiment.

Significance

Unique collection of photographs showing the first years of an armoured regiment of the post-Second World War era Citizen Military Forces showing equipment, uniforms, training and social activity and some personalities.

Inscriptions & Markings

" Sgt's Mess Xmas Party "

Place Mat

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Circular decorative silver place mat, engraved at centre, with plastic base

Historical information

Major Robert Morrison served with 8/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles 1979-1990. In his civilian occupation he was a TV and radio announcer. He served as commentator at numerous military functions including the Tattoo.

Inscriptions & Markings

" Major R.N. Morrison 1979 - 1990"

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of Captain John Mclean, Lieutenant Gordon Maloy and retired Major Norman Whitehead MC being presented with trophies at the Regimental Farewell Parade at Buna Barracks Albury 1976.

Historical information

In 1977 the 8/13th VMR was reduced to Independent Squadron status titled " A Squadron 8/13 VMR. This is one of a collection of photographs found at the Cobram Tip They were handed to local Member Tim McCurdy MLA who in turn handed them on to former 8/13th Sergeant Adrian Younger who in turn placed them in the Regimental Collection..

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Colour photograph of soldiers grouped in bush setting.

Historical information

Regiments conducted Courses Camps to train RAAC crewmen.The 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles was raised as a regiment of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps on 1 May 1948 with Headquarters in Melbourne and squadrons in Sale, Benalla/Wangaratta and Albury. In 1955 Regimental Headquarters moved to Wangaratta and a second squadron was located at Albury. The Sale squadron transferred to 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse. In 1977 8/13 VMR Regiment was reduced to an independent squadron A Squadron 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles and in 1991 was linked with 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse forming the VMR Squadron of that regiment.

Inscriptions & Markings

" Lt Tom Goode debriefing ASLT Troopers Course on Puckapunyal Range 1982."

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of White Scout Car bogged in bushland: soldiers digging it out.

Historical information

Collection of photographs showing early evolution of an armoured regiment of the Citizen Forces as it progressed from WWII equipment and uniforms to post-war equipment and uniforms. Silver regimental hat badges are worn in place of Rising Sun badge.

Significance

Unique collection of photographs showing the first years of an armoured regiment of the post-Second World War era Citizen Military Forces showing equipment, uniforms, training and social activity and some personalities.

Inscriptions & Markings

" 1956 White Scout Car bogged in Chiltern area. "

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white portrait of Lieutenant Latter of 8th Light Horse Regiment wearing service ribbons for WW1

Historical information

The 8th Light Horse (Indi) Regiment superseded the 16th Light Horse in 1919. It had its headquarters at Benalla with sub-units throughout the Upper Murray and Northeast Victoria. In December 1941, the regiment converted from horse to mechanised, initially as 8th Reconnaissance Battalion then in July 1942 it became 8th Cavalry Regiment and served in Northern Territory. As Japanese threat to the mainland declined the regiment was disbanded.

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Colour photograph of M 113 A1 Fire Support Vehicle about to begin battle run during ' A ' squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles Annual Camp 1986 at Puckapunyal.

Historical information

Battle runs were a live firing exercise designed to test capability of all members of Fighting Vehicle crew.The 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles was raised as a regiment of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps on 1 May 1948 with Headquarters in Melbourne and squadrons in Sale, Benalla/Wangaratta and Albury. In 1955 Regimental Headquarters moved to Wangaratta and a second squadron was located at Albury. The Sale squadron transferred to 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse. In 1977 8/13 VMR Regiment was reduced to an independent squadron A Squadron 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles and in 1991 was linked with 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse forming the VMR Squadron of that regiment.

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Colour photograph of Lieutenant Colonel Alan Cunningham at Cambrai Day at Buna Barracks Albury. Colonel Cunningham was a former Commanding Officer of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles.

Historical information

Cambrai Day is celebrated annually by Armoured Corps regiments of the British Commonwealth. It marks the anniversary of the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917 when a force of more than 400 British Mark IV Tanks broke the defences of the German Hindenburg Line, It was the first large-scale, effective use of tanks in warfare. Cambrai turned from a battle of great success to failure, but it heralded a new type of warfare and changed the nature of the battlefield forever.The gathering at Buna Barracks Albury, Beersheba Barracks Wangaratta, Bapaume Barracks Benalla and Salamaua Barracks Cobram on 30 November 1986 was the inaugural meeting of the 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Association

Card Folder - Aircraft Description

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Buff coloured two fold card giving details of main elements of aircraft description, Printed by Defence Print Sydney for 1A Eastern Command.

Inscriptions & Markings

Indistinct signature on front cover.

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of infantry soldier, Private Dale, during Exercise " Fiery Cauldron " Puckapunyal

Historical information

In the period 5-20 March 1988, ‘A’ Squadron 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles participated in an exercise conducted at Puckapunyal by 4th Infantry Brigade (Reserve) codenamed ‘Fiery Cauldron’. Other units participating included 5th/6th Battalion and 8th/7th Battalion Royal Victorian Regiment, 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse Regiment and 1st Armoured Regiment. The training focussed on armoured/infantry cooperation, in particular the use of armoured personnel carriers.

Inscriptions & Markings

" Private Dale takes a rest. "

Photograph

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Black and white photograph of AIF gun crew of 18 pounder in action at Noreuil