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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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Opening Hours

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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527 items

527 items

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of five soldiers of the Corryong Troop of the 8th Light Horse Regiment posing outside tent

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The 8th Light Horse (Indi) Regiment superseded the 16th Light Horse in 1919.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

Part of a series showing aspects of camp life circa 1932

Inscriptions & Markings

Lower edge of mount " 8th Light Horse Corryong Troop "

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph ,mounted on card, of 20 soldiers standing and sitting. All are in cotton drill work dress, wearing slouch hats with plumes, boots but no leggings. 20th Light Horse Regiment in camp, circa 1939.

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

Sepia photograph of soldiers of Corryong Troop 8th Light Horse at funeral of Lieutenant General Ernest Squires

Historical information

Lieutenant General Ernest K Squire was Chief of Staff of Australian Army who died 2 March 1940 in Melbourne and was buried on 5th March. 8th Light Horse was in full training at Torquay..

Significance

Rare photo of soldiers from North East Victoria on Guard of Honour duty.

Inscriptions & Markings

" 8th Light Horse ( Corryong Troop ) as " Guard of Honour " at funeral of Lieutenant General Squires Melbourne 1940 "

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of two soldiers wearing drill uniforms and berets. One is wearing goggles. 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

" Alan Cunningham , Ken Kothoff "

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of two soldiers of the 8th Light Horse Regiment AIF wearing slouch hats and armed with rifles. They are near three figures wearing helmets lying on the ground, possibly men of the Imperial Camel Corps or British infantry.

Historical information

The 8th Light Horse Regiment was engaged in the battle to capture Turkish defences at Tel El Khuweifle 16 Kilometres north of Beersheba from 1 to 6 November 1917. Other units were drawn from Imperial Camel Corps, British Yeomanry Division, New Mounted Rifles and 53 Welsh Division. The 8th Light Horse Regiment AIF was raised at Broadmeadows Victoria in September 1914 under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander White and formed part of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade. The regiment served at Gallipoli where in a courageous but ill-fated charge at the Nek on 7 August 1915 it suffered horrendous casualties including Lieutenant Colonel White. Rebuilt in Egypt under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Maygar VC the regiment went on the serve throughout the Middle East Campaign. Colonel Maygar died of wounds at Beersheba when the regiment was attacked by enemy aircraft while waiting to follow up the successful charge of the 4th LH Brigade on 30 October 1917. The 8th Light Horse AIF was disbanded in 1919, but soon after re-raised as the 8th (Indi) Light Horse in the Citizen Military Forces, superseding 16th (Indi) Light Horse.

Significance

Part of a rare collection of photographs of 8th Light Horse Regiment AIF during WWI (1914-1918).

Inscriptions & Markings

Below photograph "Stony desert landscape known as Khuweilfe ( Thirsty Ridge ), 8 miles north of Beersheba. Only had a little water hence the name",

plate

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

White circular shaped side plate with a red monogram incorporating the regimental badge in the rim denoting the object was made specially for 13th Light Horse Officers' Mess. The red on white is the colour patch of the regiment.

Historical information

Presented as part of a collection of memorabilia from the former 13th Light Horse Regiment to 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles when it was raised in May 1948 as the descendent regiment of the 8th, 13th and 20th Light Horse Regiments.

Significance

Well provenanced link to an historic Victorian mounted regiment

Inscriptions & Markings

"13th (Gippsland) LH Regt" above regimental badge, and "Officers' Mess" below badge. Marked on base of plate " 'Duraline' Supervitrifies Grindley Hotelware Co England" and "Loftus Moran Pty Ltd Melbourne"

Badge

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

Metal badge featuring crossed semaphore flags. Awarded to qualified signaller and worn on the right sleeve of the tunic between elbow and wrist band.

Significance

Example of a military skills insignia worn by an Australian soldier in WWI (1914-1918).

Wallet

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

Leather pay book cover presented by Old Geelong Grammarians to VX 60307 Trooper Geoffrey Fink, 2/8th Armoured Regiment together with presentation certificate.

Historical information

Geoffrey R Fink volunteered for military service in early 1940. He served initially with 3rd Division A.A.S.C. but was discharged as being in a reserved occupation at the Aircraft Production Commission. He resigned from the Commission and joined the AIF on 28 July 1941 and was allotted to 2/8th Armoured Regiment. He served with the regiment in New Guinea and on return to Australia was transferred to No 41 Landing Craft Company serving out the war in the South Pacific. The 2/8th Armoured Regiment was raised in June 1941 under the command of Lieutenant Colonel W G Hopkins with officers and men selected from the wider AIF in Victoria. The regiment trained in newly arrived M3 General Grant tanks at Puckapunyal before moving north to Singleton, then the Wee Waa plains. The regiment sailed for New Guinea in April 1943 and carried out mobile defence to airfields at Port Moresby, Milne Bay, Dobadura and Popondetta. The regiment returned to Australia in February 1944 and disbanded as an armoured regiment and retrained as Nos 41, 42 and 43 Landing Craft Companies. They returned to the South West pacific serving at Bougainville, Balikpapan, Lae and Wewak.

Significance

Representative of gifts made to old boys serving in WWII (1939-45) by a school association. Forms part of a comprehensive collection relating to one soldier.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signatures on presentation certificate " Leigh Falkiner, J.S.Cook" and third signature unreadable.

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of two men, one in civilian dress. 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. Lieutenant Colonel Tom Fogarty was Commanding Officer of 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles 1948-1955.

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

" Lt. Colonel Tom Fogarty C.O. 8/13th VMR Puckapunyal 1950"

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of line of General Grant tanks- mounted on pineboard

Inscriptions & Markings

B. Squadron, 8/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Puckapunyal 1953

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of soldier in Battledress uniform, black beret and 8/13 VMR hat badge demonstrating a Bren Light Machine Gun to a group of young men as part of a Recruiting Display.

Historical information

In 1965, 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles held a sustained Recruiting Drive. It was the responsibility of individual CMF units to do their own recruiting and training.

Significance

Collection of photographs showing an armoured regiment of the Citizen Forces in the 1960s as it transitioned from wheeled armoured vehicles to tanks to M113 armoured personal carriers.

Inscriptions & Markings

" Trooper T. Terhaar, later WO 2 . A Bren Gun to a group of youths in Dean Square. XXX later Trooper Jackson

flag

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

Two flags sewn together; an Australian red ensign and a French tricolour. Mounted in wooden frame with clear perspex cover.

Significance

Unusual souvenir of the war made or purchased by an Australian soldier.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in ink along hem of Australian flag: "JD Smith Hazebrouck June 15th 1918"

Photograph

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

Sepia photograph of soldfer in uniform posed against a background of a house. He is not wearing belt and bandolier, and has no plumes in hat. 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).

Inscriptions & Markings

" No V 24635 Trooper R Quinlan. "

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of group of light horsemen in single rank with lances and pennants.

Historical information

Escort for Major General Sir Winston Dugan on his arrival in Melbourne to take up the post of Governor of Victoria. The Escort comprised Lieutenant HG Fyffe, Sergeant C Thorburn, Trumpeter G Pyle and 12 troopers all drawn from the Tocumwal Troop of the 20th Light Horse Regiment.

Significance

Historical photograph of Vice Regal escort drawn from Light Horse Regiment. It is well provenanced, and in good condition. Possibly the last mounted escort in Victoria drawn from serving military.

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled "Vice Regal Escort at Government House Melbourne 17/7/1939"

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of 3 soldiers of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles with Commander of 3rd Division, Major General Jim Barrie at Divisional Shooting Competition Puckapunyal 1977.

Historical information

" A " Squadron 8/13 VMR won the 3rd Division Small Arms Competition in 1977.

Inscriptions & Markings

" 3 Div Small Arms Competition 1977. Cpl. S. Loughton, Cpl. B. McDonald, Tpr. J. Ranftel being congrarulated by Major General Barry. "

Book

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

Soldiers Record of Service book

Inscriptions & Markings

VX 60307 Fink Geoffrey Roland ( 24 - 10-21 ) Clerk C/E Enlisted 28 - 7 - 41

Uniform

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

Khaki tunic with 2nd Division Artillery colour patches, four overseas service chevrons on right sleeve, gun sergeant's rank chevrons and metal trade badge, metal 'Australia' titles on epaulets, Rising Sun collar badges, gold wound stripe on left sleeve, ribbon bar: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victoria Medal. Leather belt and bandolier. Worn by Sergeant Edwin Patino 13th Battery (Albury Battery) AIF on the Western Front WWI.

Historical information

Sergeant Edwin Robert Patino was a member of the 13th Battery (Albury Battery), 5th Field Artillery Brigade. A single man previously from Sydney and a plasterer by trade, he enlisted on 3 July 1916. In April 1917 he was wounded in the leg at Bullecourt. He recovered and returned to the Battery, was promoted to Bombadier; and later to Sergeant. He arrived back in Australia in October 1919. His uniform and personal items were donated to the Albury branch of the Returned Services League (RSL) many years later and were passed to the 8/13 VMR Collection to be added to other Albury Battery memorabilia..

Significance

The significance of this historic object is enhanced by the presence of other memorabilia belonging to this soldier. It is well provenanced and adds to the connection of a regional city with a military unit which bore the unofficial, but oft used title Albury Battery in WWI.

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of 5 soldiers of Numurkah Troop, 20th Light Horse Regiment, circa 1938

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).

Inscriptions & Markings

" Back L to R W. Green, J. Brown, F. Christie : Front L to R. J. Laidlaw, J. Morriss. "

Drinking glasses

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

4 various size glasses denoting 50th Anniversary of 2/8th Armoured Regiment Association

Historical information

The 2/8th Armoured Regiment was raised in June 1941 under the command of Lieutenant Colonel W G Hopkins with officers and men selected from the wider AIF in Victoria. The regiment trained in newly arrived M3 General Grant tanks at Puckapunyal before moving north to Singleton, then the Wee Waa plains. The regiment sailed for New Guinea in April 1943 and carried out mobile defence to airfields at Port Moresby, Milne Bay, Dobadura and Popondetta. The regiment returned to Australia in February 1944 and disbanded as an armoured regiment and retrained as Nos 41, 42 and 43 Landing Craft Companies. They returned to the South West pacific serving at Bougainville, Balikpapan, Lae and Wewak.

Inscriptions & Markings

2/8th Armoured Regiment Association

Hat

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

Khaki fur felt slouch hat with emu plumes, seven fold puggaree and bronze 20th Australian Light Horse bat badge with red felt backing.

Historical information

Head gear of the 20th Australian Light Horse Regiment. This regiment was raised post-World War One (1914-18) with headquarters at Seymour Victoria and depots in towns in the Goulburn Valley from Mansfield to Tocumwal in southern New South Wales. The regiment changed its role to infantry during World War Two (1939-45) and served in Dutch New Guinea, It was the only light horse of the militia period to serve outside Australian territory during WWII.

Significance

Representative of the headgear complete with emu plumes and regimental badge of an historic Australian Light Horse regiment which existed between 1920 and 1945.

Hat

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

Busby which belonged to C R Burn Esq 8th Hussars with metal box for hat and metal tube for plume. Busby was worn at Balaclava during the Crimean War 1854. Leather inner with brown fur outer covering; red cloth flap on right side; gold braid, white horsehair plume and red feathers at base or plume, gilt link chinstrap. The busby was presented as a gift to 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles by its affiliated British regiment, 8th Queen's Royal Irish Hussars in 1954.

Historical information

8th Hussars formed part of the Light Brigade which took part in the famous charge.

Inscriptions & Markings

On lid of hat box: " C R Burn Esq 8th Hussars" and "Hawkes and Co Piccadilly London"

trophy

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

Ornate silver cup with two handles intended for shooting competition in 20th Light Horse Regiment. There is no record of it being awarded.

Historical information

Donated to the 8th/13th VMR Collection as part of a collection of regimental silver from the 20th Light Horse Regiment circa 1950. 20th Light Horse (Victorian Mounted Rifles) was raised following WWI as part of the 2nd Cavalry Brigade AMF. It had its HQ at Seymour and sub-units along the Goulburn Valley extending to Tocumwal in NSW. During WWII the regiment was motorised then served as infantry in Dutch New Guinea. It was the only light horse regiment to serve overseas in WWII.

Significance

Is a representative example of a trophy from between the wars. The size, material and decoration show the relative affluence of the officers of a regiment from regional Victoria. The fact it carries no record of being awarded might indicate it dates from immediately prior to WWII when the regiment was mobilised and moved from its base area.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Field Firing Trophy / presented / by the Officers of the / 20th Australian Light Horse Regiment / Won by". Hallmarks on base and "8725 6PT"

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of two soldiers standing beside Staghound Armoured Car. Both are wearing uniform boots and web anklets and berets. One is wearing web belt, and the other a Sam Browne belt.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.

Inscriptions & Markings

" Major Bert Shannon, 8 Squadron, Major Ben McGeogh "

flag

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

Red ensign with Union flag canton and emblem in centre of fly. The emblem is a five pointed star surrounded by a motto “Heavens Light Our Guide” and set in a sunburst. Prior to 1947, it was the flag of British India at international events. It was superseded by the current Indian tricolour when India became independent. Rope runs through the hoist.

Historical information

The emblem and motto is that of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India established by Queen Victoria in 1861 shortly after the Indian Mutiny to honour Indian princes and chiefs, presumably those who had remained loyal to the crown, and British officers and administrators. The use of English in the motto perhaps indicated English was the language of the British Empire superseding the Roman Empire with its Latin. The wording is sufficiently vague to include other faiths to which many Indian princes belonged. This flag was probably brought home as a souvenir at the end of WWII (1939-1945)

Significance

Rare example of the flag of an allied nation in World War 2 (1939-1945).

Book

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

Black clothboard covered bank book issued by the National Bank of Australasia Limited, Benalla Branch for the account of the 16th Light Horse Public Monies Account. The book was in use from December 1912 to March 1919.

Historical information

The 16th Light Horse Regiment was a Citizen Military Force unit located in North East Victoria with its Headquarters at Benalla. The regiment came into existence as part of a reorganisation of Australian Military Forces in 1912 replacing earlier Victorian Mounted Rifles units, and was in turn redesignated 8th Light Horse (Indi) Regiment in 1919.

Significance

A rare bank book detailing how a CMF regiment conducted its financial affairs in the pre-World War 1 (1914-1918) period.

Booklet

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

Grey covered booklet of " An Act for punishing Mutiny and Desertion and for the Better Payment of the Army and their Quarters, 1807." 216 pages, thermal bound. Good quality reproduction, undated.

Historical information

Reproduction of a British Parliament Act governing the Army 1807

Significance

Rare example of 1807 Act relating to Army

Photograph

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

Framed black & white photograph of soldiers from 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles engaged in a training exercise at night in a bush area. Ten troops in photograph armed with Bren light machine gun and .303 Lee Enfield rifles. Light wooden frame with glass panel.

Historical information

Training of this nature often carried out on Nail Tree Hill just west of Albury during a night parade. Soldier with Bren LMG Sergeant J Bauerle, Officer giving hand signal Lieutenant Allister Waite.

Significance

Representative of night parade training carried out by CMF soldiers in early 1960s.

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of Armoured Car bogged on side of road. Tactical sign of 2nd Armoured Brigade on right mudguard.

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

" Staghound Armoured car 1956' Exercise in Chiltern/ Rutherglen area."

Photograph

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

Black and White photograph of bivouac beside river. Several soldiers of the 8th Light Horse Regiment AIF, two horses, pontoon bridge, and washing drying on line beside bivouac.

Historical information

The 8th Light Horse Regiment AIF was raised at Broadmeadows Victoria in September 1914 under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander White and formed part of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade. The regiment served at Gallipoli where in a courageous but ill-fated charge at the Nek on 7 August 1915 it suffered horrendous casualties including Lieutenant Colonel White. Rebuilt in Egypt under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Maygar VC the regiment went on the serve throughout the Middle East Campaign. Colonel Maygar died of wounds at Beersheba when the regiment was attacked by enemy aircraft while waiting to follow up the successful charge of the 4th LH Brigade on 30 October 1917. The 8th Light Horse AIF was disbanded in 1919, but soon after re-raised as the 8th (Indi) Light Horse in the Citizen Military Forces, superseding 16th (Indi) Light Horse.

Significance

Comparatively rare collection of photographs of 8th Light Horse (AIF) on operations in Egypt and Palestine 1916-1918.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Crossing the River Jordan"

Photograph

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

Framed black and white photograph of officer wearing black beret with 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles hat badge. Inscription panel on lower frame.

Historical information

Lieutenant Colonel { A ) Cunningham joined 8/13 VMR in 1948.He rose through the ranks to become Commanding Officer 1962 - 1965 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

One of a collection of photographic portraits of Commanding Officers and Officers Commanding of the regiment/independent squadron from its inception in 1947 to its linking with 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse in 1991.

Inscriptions & Markings

" Lt. Col. A Cunningham ED 1962 - 1965 "