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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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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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Heritage Troop light horsemen on escort duty

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

Three colour photographs of light horsemen of the Victorian Mounted Rifles Heritage Troop escorting a car bearing a VIP to a parade at Buna Barracks Albury.

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of 8/13 VMR Regimental Association led by Lieutenant Colonel D.J. Hunter joining the march past.

Historical information

‘A’ Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles conducted a parade at Buna Barracks, Albury on Sunday 1 May 1988 to mark the 103rd Anniversary of the formation of the Victorian Mounted Rifles and the 40th Anniversary of the linking of the 8th (Indi), 13th (Gippsland) and 20th (Victorian Mounted Rifles) Light Horse Regiments to form the 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles. Colonel G K Howard, Director of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps was the Reviewing Officer. The Pipes and Drums of the 5th/6th Battalion Royal Victorian Regiment provided the music for the occasion. Following the parade Colonel Howard officially opened the Regimental Museum.

Photograph

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

Collection of colour photographs showing 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles when conducting a Driving and Servicing Course at Port Augusta South Australia, 1989.

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.

VMR 1st contingent

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

Framed print of Mounter Rifles Unit First Contingent Victoria.

Photograph

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

Two colour photographs of ' A ' Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles marching to Holy Trinity Church Benalla 4 August 1985 prior to the Centenary Church Service.

Historical information

The Victorian Mounted Rifles was raised as the mounted arm of the Victorian Colonial defence force in 1885. It was under the command of Colonel Thomas Caradoc Rose (Tom) Price (1842-1911). Price was born in Tasmania, educated in Hobart Town and at Scotch College, Melbourne, before entering the East India Military College, Addiscombe, England. He was commissioned on 7 July 1861 in the Madras Infantry and began twenty years’ service in India with several regiments, retiring in April 1883. On his return to Victoria he was tasked with raising of a force of one thousand, to be known as the Victorian Mounted Rifles, and appointed a lieutenant-colonel in the Permanent Military Forces. Companies of the Victorian Mounted Rifles were raised in rural districts throughout Victoria. The soldiers were paid a small annual allowance and were required to provide their own horse. Many members served in contingent to the Boer War. After Federation the VMR was gathered up into the Australian Light Horse.

Photograph

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

Black anf white photograph of soldier sitting on a General Grant tank, wearing khaki drill uniform, boots, web anklets and beret.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. "

Document

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

Typed copy of Administrative Instruction for A Squadron 8/13 VMR to support Army Display and Fair 19-21 February 1988 held at Watsonia. Light Horse Troop provided static display and tent pegging display. Five pages including nominal roll.

Booklet

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

Blue covered booklet " Infantry Training Volume 4 Part 1, The Battalion 1967

Historical information

Written to outline the ractical & administrative doctrine for the Australian Military Forces.

Significance

Covers the handling of the Battalion in tropical areas.

Photograph

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

Black and White photograph of tented camp in bush setting at Puckapunyal

Historical information

Camp Run a Muck " was a Centurian tank camp conducted by 8/13 VMR - date???

Significance

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

" Sgt. Madjeric, Camp Run - a -muck, Puckapunyal "

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of collection of weapons and other debris beside a railway line in desert

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of 3 soldiers, one sitting, two standing, of the 13th Light Horse.

Historical information

235 Trooper A. Gray of Edenhope Vic. The 13th Light Horse Regiment (AIF) was raised t Broadmeadows Victoria in March 1915. Following service at Gallipoli the regiment was broken up with squadrons going to France as Divisional Cavalry Squadrons of 2nd, 4th and 5ht Divisions. The regiment was reformed as firstly 1st Anzac Corps Mounted Troops and lather Australian Corps Mounted Troops.

Inscriptions & Markings

" A Gray 13 ALH France "

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph in wooden frame - two mounted horsemen with trooper standing in front

Inscriptions & Markings

Corowa Camp 1939 ( Sept. ) Left - Trumpet Major Dobbie, 2 Cav. Div. Band. Centre - Lord Gowrie VC, Governor General of Australia. Right - Major Morrison, OC 8th Light Horse

Photograph

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

Large coloured mounted photograph of Parading the Guidons 8/13th Victorian Mountes Rifles annual Camp 1959. Pineboard mounted

Inscriptions & Markings

Parading the Guidons 8/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Annual Camp 1959 Beersheba Barracks

Soldier beside armoured vehicle

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

Colour photograph of soldier standing in front of M577 Armoured Command Vehicle ( ACV ) of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles during annual exercise in Ivanhoe NSW area, 1980. Trooper David Macdonald was the ACV driver.

Historical information

In this exercise A Squadron 8/13 VMR operated under command of 2nd Cavalry Regiment. Trooper MacDonald later was commissioned as a Lieutenant commanding 2 Troop ( Cobram ).

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 on lower frame.

Historical information

Lieutenant Colonel MW Fairless was Commanding Officer of 8/13 VMR 1965 - 1969. 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. M.W. Fairless ED 1965 - 1969 "

photograph

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

Colour photograph showing Prince Charles and Princess Diana alighting from the Royal Car at the saluting dais.

Historical information

The Light horse Heritage Troop of the 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles provided mounted escort to the Royal couple, HRH Prince Charles and HRH Princess Diana. In 1985, the portion of Puckapunyal Army Camp housing the Armoured School and Corps Museum underwent a major rebuild. The new facility named Hopkins Barracks was officially opened by HRH Prince Charles on 31 October 1985. Prince Charles, who was accompanied by his wife HRH Princess Diana, is Colonel in Chief of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps (RAAC). The Barracks is named to honour Major General R N L Hopkins who was instrumental in the development of the RAAC and is affectionally known as the ‘father of the Corps’.

Significance

Part of collection of photographs of a rare event on the Australian military calendar, the opening of Hopkins Barracks Puckapunyal by HRH Prince Charles, Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps (RAAC) on 31 October 1985.

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"

Framed plumes - Kangaroo feathers

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

Wooden frame with glass front contain set of emu plumes and a cutting from a magazine giving a history of the wearing of the plumes which are whimsically called 'kangaroo feathers'.

Significance

Well presented display panel showing plumes and giving a history of their wearing by Australian mounted soldiers.

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of group in mess building at Buna Barracks Albury on Cambrai Day 30 November 1986. From left : seated Corporal Cook Bruce Bullock, majors Robert Morrison, Ian Docking and Max Oates. All were former members 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.

Iluminated Nominal Roll

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

Framed illuminated nominal roll of the 7th Australian Light Horse (VMR) 1907. Stained wooden frame with glass panel. Lists officers, NCOs and men of the regiment arranged in troops drawn from Avenel, Broadford, Yea, Seymour,Murchison, Nagambi, Rushworth, Dookie, Shepparton, Numurkah, Mansfield, Cathkin and Alexandra. Boer War battles listed around the periphery.

Inscriptions & Markings

On reverse of frame, paper label "Purchased from Geo. Styles Gallery 50 Hunter Street Sydney Phone 233.2628"

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of grave of Trooper J. Elliott 8th Light Horse Rregiment.

Historical information

No. 733 Trooper James Alexander Elliott died of wounds 10 August 1916 near Romani, Egypt. Part of a collection of photographs taken by an unknown photographer serving with 8th Light Horse Regiment in Middle East 1916-1918.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. 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.

Inscriptions & Markings

" Tpr J Elliott killed 9. 8. 16 "

Manual

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

Cream coloured soft covered manual being Inspection Instructions ( Provisional ) Overhaul Comet Tanks. 88 pages and 6 fold out sheets. Stapled on short edge. Published by British Army September 1948

Historical information

Comet was a WW11 British tank. Publication possibly issued to CMF Units in anticipation of receiving Comet tanks in early post war period. Instead Centurion tanks were received, 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

Dyna tape on front cover " 629.28.Bri

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of soldier mounted on horse. 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

" Warrant Officer V.G. Groutsch MM C Squadron 20th ALH. Served through ( out ) with Regt. to 20 Pnr Bn. until disbanded Captain on Discharge. "

Booklet

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

Blue plastic covered booklet " Australian Army Infantry Section Leading 1970". Bound with two metal screws.

Historical information

Issued to ARA and CMF units incorporating many lessons learned in Viettnam War

Significance

Representative of tactics in latter part of 20th Century

cooks at camp

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

Black and white photograph of four 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles soldiers standing behind table outside a tent. One is in white cook's dress.

Historical information

This group were the Regimental cook for Annual Camp 1973. Sergeant Robertson was the Regimental Sergeant Cook.

Significance

Good photo showing cookhouse staff at camp.

Inscriptions & Markings

" Blue Bullock, Lin Lacey, Sgt. Jimmy Robertson.". One soldier not identified.

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of dinner following Anzac Day Service, Corowa, 1985. Cataflalque party members Trooper Roberts ( far left ) Trooper Stevens ( nearest camera ) and Warrant Officer 2 D. Coxhead, all of ' A ' Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles.

Historical information

Catafalque party members were traditionally invited to an after service function. 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 group of soldiers of VMR Squadron 4/19Prince of Wales's Light Horse studying maps on bonnet of Land Rover during annual exercise in Northern Territory 1994.Major M. Annett wearing slouch hat, Sergeant Gary Wynn,without hat,,on his left.

Historical information

The Dibb Report into mainland defence of Australia,1986, among other things identified the requirement for protection of key assets in Northern Australia and the possibility of involving Army Reserve (Ares) units in this thus releasing regular forces for offensive operations. Dibb also pointed out that this defined role would result in a huge lift in Ares morale. In June 1988, the 3rd Division (3Div) conducted a Tactical Exercise without Troops (TEWT), Exercise ‘Distant Trumpet’ in the Katherine- Darwin area to study problems associated with defence against low level incursions against Tindal RAAF Base. Exercise ‘Northern Explorer’ followed in October of that year when units of the 3Div including A Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles sent patrol groups to get a first taste of environment and conditions. Post-Exercise reports had to include recommendations re: health, equipment and adaptation of Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs) in preparation for the new role deploying to Northern Australia. The first deployment by 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles was in 1988. Deployments continued in following years. In September 1993, 3 Troop (Wangaratta) VMR Squadron 4/19 PWLH commanded by Captain Kelvin Robertson deployed to NT. The training began with airfield defence at Tindal followed by a 1000km recon into Arnhem Land in four Landrovers. The troop reported on the conditions of the roads, airfields, bridges (mainly causeways) resources such as fuel supplies in the towns and infrastructure. Each troop taking different route. 3 Troop had the Northern route through Kakadu National park across the East Alligator River to Oenpelli then to Maningrida and Ramangining and south to the Central Arnhem Road and back to Tindal Air force Base.

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

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. "

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of soldiers of 13th Light Horse sitting on steps of building. Back row L to R: WO1 ATA Pattinson, WW Woodward,, Signal Sgt HD Ford. Centre row: ( unknown ) SQMS R Christie, Sgt. JD Morey, WO11; Front row ; Trumpeter Sgt CJ Rennie;WO11 A Hamilton, Sgt W , Gardiner

Historical information

The 13th Light Horse Regiment (AIF) was raised t Broadmeadows Victoria in March 1915. Following service at Gallipoli the regiment was broken up with squadrons going to France as Divisional Cavalry Squadrons of 2nd, 4th and 5ht Divisions. The regiment was reformed as firstly 1st Anzac Corps Mounted Troops and lather Australian Corps Mounted Troops