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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

Entry Fee

Nil

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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968 items

968 items

Mug

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

Silver plated mug with handle and inscribed on side.

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 redesignated 20th Pioneer Battalion and deployed to Merauke, Dutch New Guinea. The regiment was disbanded at the end of the war, 1945. 20th Light horse was the only light horse unit to serve overseas in WWII.

Significance

This is one of a collection of mugs presented by officers of a Light Horse regiment drawn from rural and regional Victoria in the period between the World Wars.

Inscriptions & Markings

20th Australian Light Horse Officer's Mess. Presented by Lieutenant J.S. Christie

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph clipped on fibre backing with clear Perspex front cover showing soldiers in armoured corps uniform marching through Melbourne city street; crowds on both sides of the street. Photo is a photographer's rough proof.

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

Below photograph "2/8th Armoured Regiment, Melbourne 17 1- 1941", on face of photograph "Rough proof only"; and ink stamp on top margin of photograph "Edwin G. Adamson / A.R.E.S. [Chart]res House 165 Collin[s Street] [Melb]ourne Tel [?]"

Plaque

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

Stained wooden shield - shaped plaque with 8th Cavalry Regiment insignia and two engraved panels.

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. The regimental association visited the 8/13th VMR Museum at Buna Barracks Albury on occasions.

Significance

Well made plaque in fine condition commemorating a WWII Regiment.

Inscriptions & Markings

Top panel " Presented to 8/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Museum Albury.". Lower Panel " From 8th Cavalry Regiment Victoria 1986."

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of officers at camp September 1939 at Corowa. Governor General Lord Gowrie in attendance.

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

Rare photo of gathering at outbreak of W0rld War 2

Inscriptions & Markings

" Governor General Lord Gowrie VC, Officers of 2Cav Div and 8th Light Horse at Corowa Camp 1st September 1939 " followed by a list of names

Booklet - Demobilisation Procedure Book

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

Buff coloured card covered booklet being Demobilisation Procedure Book No 240700 for NX 112296 Captain W M Rutledge; saddle stitched and stapled.

Historical information

Captain William Robert Rutledge volunteered for the AIF 25 June 1917 as an 18 year-old farm labourer of Hay NSW. He served as No 6935 with 35th Battalion on Western Front; wounded in action April 1918; Returned to Australia March 1919. Served in 21st Light Horse (CMF) between the wars. WWII service NX 112296 12 September 1942 – 4 October 1946, in 26 Work Company with rank of Captain.

Significance

Part of a collection of memorabilia acquired by a district soldier with service in 1st and 2nd AIF and in CMF between the wars.

Inscriptions & Markings

"NX112296 Capt William Robert Rutledge 25 Aust Works Coy"

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of troops marching from newly built Hopkins Barracks en route to the parade ground.

Historical information

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’.

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of Captain Tom Arrowsmith, Adjutant of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles wearing beret, headphones and greens, sitting in turret of Centurion tank. Location not known; possibly Vietnam.

Historical information

Captain Tom Arrowsmith was an ARA officer who was posted as Adjutant of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles in 1986.

Photograph

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

Two colour photographs of Trooper Chris Ellison, a member of the 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles Heritage Light Horse Troop which provided the escort to the Reviewing Officer, Colonel G.K. Howard.

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

Gas mask

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

Cylindrical metal canister with hinged lid and light fabric carry strap containing Gas Mask type GM15. Inside hinged lid are printed instructions for use of mask.

Historical information

German gas mask brought back from Western Front as a souvenir by a member of 13th Battery AFA (Albury Battery) and included in a collection of memorabilia donated to the 8/13th VMR as the local citizen soldier force.

Significance

Representative of a souvenir of the Great War brought home by a soldier from the Albury area. It is complete and in very good condition.

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of Staghound Armoured Car bogged on side of road. Vehicle markings indicate negative has been printer in reverse. 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

" Staghound bogged "

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of two officers of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles in mess dress being Captain Lyle Jackel ( left ) and Major Robert Morrison.

Historical information

Photograph taken at Squadron Ball at Wangaratta 7 October 1989 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 two soldiers beside camouflaged truck and trailer.They are Trooper M. Roberts ( standing ) and Sergeant P. March of ' A " Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles during Exercise ' Long Shot . ( 1986 ).

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.

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of Corporal Shane Walch, a member of the 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles Heritage Toop which mounted a Lance - Guard at the film screening at Albury 11 September 1987.

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

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.

Trophy - McClure Cup

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

Silver cup with two handles mounted on Bakelite base being the McClure Cup for most efficient NCO in Albury Battery 1935-36 . inscription on side of cup.

Historical information

Battery Quartermaster Sergeant Harold Bauerle served with the Albury Battery in the 1920s and 1030s. Shortly following Federation the military unit in Albury was redesignated No 4 New South Wales Battery Australian Field Artillery (AFA). It was under the command of Major John Wilkinson, an Albury solicitor and comprised about 100 citizen soldiers, 4 guns and about 40 horses. Training centred on the Albury Drill Hall located in Victoria Street. A reorganisation in 1912 resulted in the Battery being named No 17 Battery AFA. When war broke out in 1914 the Battery then under the command of Major Joseph Shellshear, and Albury doctor, offered its services as a trained artillery battery to the Australian Imperial Force (AIF). The Battery cooled its heels and continued to train till July 1915 when a second division was raised in the AIF and trained artillery was needed. When the call came 150 officers and men of the 17th Battery went into the AIF, many to the 13th Battery with Major Shellshear in command and others to other AIF batteries of the 4th and 5th Artillery Brigades. The 13th Battery was adopted immediately by the townsfolk of Albury as the Albury Battery. The Battery served in France and Belgium and was involved in all the major battles fought by the Australians perhaps most notably at Noreuil where the Battery found itself surrounded but continued to fight till eventually the enemy was driven back. Following the war members of the Battery nominated this battle as their most significant achievement and consequently a newly developed recreational reserve on the Murray River foreshore was named Noreuil Park. In 1919 the Battery resumed training as part of the Citizen Military Forces or Militia. Changes of title were frequent, first 27th Battery, then 60th Battery and finally 40th Battery AFA. Battery commanders included Captain Leslie Colquhoun, an Albury real estate agent, Captain Roy Collings, Albury town clerk and Captain Clifton Mott a newspaper editor. The Depression of the early 1930s almost brought about the closure of the Albury Battery but it survived through the intervention of the mayor, Alderman Alfred Waugh, who made direct representation to the Minister for Defence. When the Second World War erupted in 1939, the Battery was at full strength and a rich source of officers and trained men for the second AIF. Militia training of the few remaining officers and Albury adopted the 2/23rd Infantry Battalion which had been raised at the Showground. Following WWII, CMF soldiering recommenced in the form of an armoured regiment, the 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles. After nearly a half a century of service in war and peace the Albury Battery has faded and exists now in this collection of objects and images.

Significance

This trophy is representative of community support for a Citizen Military Forces unit drawn from a regional NSW Town in the period between the World Wars.

Inscriptions & Markings

"McClure Cup / for / Most efficient NCO / 1935-36 / won by / BQMS H.C. Bauerle"

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

boots

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

Brown leather officer's campaign boots with hook and eye fasteners and fabric laces.

Historical information

Officer's campaign boots worn by Brigadier Geoffrey Austin Street MC who served in WWI at Gallipoli and on the Western Front. Following the war he was placed on the Reserve of Officers. He returned to military service in 1931 as Squadron Commander in the 4th Light Horse. He was promoted to the command of the regiment after l8 months' service, and finally to the command of the Third Cavalry Brigade which included the 8th Light Horse Regiment. Brigadier Street had entered Federal Parliament in 1934 and in November 1938 was seconded from military duties to serve as Minister for Defence in the Lyons Government . He was serving in this capacity in the Menzies government when he was killed in an air crash near Canberra on 13 August 1940.

Significance

Representative example of officer's leather campaign boots from the 'between the wars' period. Well preserved example of the boot makers art, complete and in fair condition. Owned by well known Australian soldier and politician tragically killed at commencement of Second World War.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped on inner side of legging section "W Abbott & Son London & Paris"

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 group of 54 soldiers

Historical information

Postcard written by Albury soldier, Reg Ryan, serving with 20th Field Artillery Battery AIF, to his sister Gertie Ryan, Gertie Ryan was active in raising funds in Albury to support troops overseas.

Inscriptions & Markings

Reverse of photograph used as postcard - Addressed ' Dear Gert " and signed " Reg "

Book - Kokoda

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

Book titled Kokoda by Peter Fitzsimons

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of M113 Light Reconnaissance Vehicle ( LRV ) stranded in an anti tank ditch during training.

Historical information

Incidents of this kind occurred as crewmen tested the limits of their vehicle.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

" M113 in a awkward position. Driver : trooper Grundy "

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of officers at camp September 1939 at Corowa. Governor General Lord Gowrie in attendance.

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

Rare photo of gathering at outbreak of World War 2.

Inscriptions & Markings

" Governor Lord Gowrie VC. officers of 2 Cav Div and 8th Light Horse at Corowa Camp 1st Sep 1939 " followed by list of names.

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of four members of a vehicle patrol of ' A ' Squadron 8/13 VMR at Ferguson River, Northern Territory, during Exercise 'Northern Explorer."

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.

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of three soldiers of ' A ' Squadron 8/13 VMR using a whip antenna to establish communication with their base while on patrol during exercise ' Northern Explorer.'

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.

Book

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

Hard cover collection titled The Fourth Year of the War in pictures - covering all theatres of conflict in World War Two - forms part of a six volume set

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of 4 soldiers of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles, one holding a trophy won at 3rd Division Shooting Competition 1977

Inscriptions & Markings

" 3 Div Small Arms Competition 1977. L to R: Tpr B Lowden, Tpr J Emery, WO T. Tterhear, Cpl R McDonald "

Photograph

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

Colour photograph showing parade about to carry out the " Advance in Review Order " movement.

Historical information

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.

Tray

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

Circular silver tray with raised edge,engraved at centre and around perimeter and also on base

Historical information

Captain Lyle Jackel, a Wangaratta citizen soldier joined 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles in 1965 as a trooper. He progressed through the ranks, retiring as a captain in the 1990s. He is a member of the Regimental Association.

Significance

Fine example of a skill at arms trophy presented by an officer of the Army Reserve. The pithy comment engraved on the base adds to its uniqueness.

Inscriptions & Markings

At centre: "8/13Victorian Mounted Rifles. Best aggregate Small Arms Score. Presented by Capt. L.K, Jackel 1965 - 1990" Around Edge " Capt. J.S. McLean OC TST1990" - Capt.J.F.McLean TO VMR 1991 - Capt.J.F.McLean TO VMR 1992." Capt. L.K. Jackel 2IC VMR 1993 - Lt. H. Burvill VMR 1994" ON Base " Those who beat their swords into ploughshares usually end up ploughing for those who kept their swords"

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of s0ldier in khaki drill shirt and beret with silver Rising Sun hat badge. 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. Following WWII service Sergeant Ron Braddy joined the Citizen Military Forces and served in 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles.

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

" Ron Braddy "

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of 2 men in uniform standing beside WW11 Jeep with machine gun mounted on pedestal. Photo is taken at Buna Barracks, Albury. Both soldiers are wearing WW11 webbing; one has steel helmet, the other is wearing 8/13 VMR beret.

Historical information

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.