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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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33 items with documents

33 items

Diary - Diary 1916

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

Black cloth soft covered diary kept by 854 Pte Harry Derrick 37th Battalion AIF for the period 16 February 1916, the day he left Tallangatta Valley, to 31 December 1917. To fit two years into a one year diary, Derrick made use of every spare space in the small book.

Historical information

Private Harry Nutman Derrick, a native of Tallangatta Valley in NE Victoria served with the 37th Australian Infantry Battalion 10th Brigade, 3rd Division AIF. He was wounded on three occasions. On the third occasion he was captured near the village of Clery on 30 August 1918. He died in a German military hospital on 12 November 1918 the day following the Armistice. A transcribed copy of the diary is held in the Local History Section of the Albury LibraryMuseum.

Significance

This diary documents the day-to-day activities of a private soldier of the AIF during almost two years at war including two occasions on which he was wounded and evacuated to England. Its significance is enhanced by the presence of his death medallion in the 8/13 VMR Collection.

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of soldier wearing beret, binoculars around neck and holding an F1 submachine gun. Soldier is Sergeant Robin Ellison, 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles on exercise near Howlong, NSW, September 1979.

Historical information

A reporter and photographer from the Border Morning Mail Albury, visited a troop of the 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regiment on a 116 day annual exercise in September 1979. An article entitled "Hide and seek in the bush" written by Tony Wright appeared in the newspaper on 18 September 1979 accompanied, by this photograph taken by Peter Batson. Sergeant Robin Ellison, a citizen soldier, had 20 years service with the regiment.

Significance

Fine study of citizen soldier from the Albury region during training.

Document

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

Five page collection of notes on history of 8th Light Horse Regiment

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

Well researched notes with references on history of Regiment.

Menu

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

Menu and Place mat for dinner at Commercial Club for the Cadre Club, 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles, 16 October 1986.

Historical information

Army Reserve regiments had ARA officers and senior NCOs for training and administrative purposes

Inscriptions & Markings

Both documents are extensively autographed by Cadre members and partners.

suitcase

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

Suitcase of pasteboard with jute fabric facing, wood and metal external protection strips, leather corner protectors, leather handle on each end, two metal locks and leather security strap. Case has internal lift-out tray and ribbon letter rack on inside of lid. Lined throughout with fabric. Case was used as an officer's trunk by Captain Charles Arblaster 8th Light Horse Regiment.

Historical information

This case was used by Captain Charles Arblaster, a graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon, who served with the 8th Light Horse Regiment at Gallipoli where he was wounded and evacuated to the United Kingdom for treatment. He returned to Egypt and transferred to the 53rd Infantry Battalion and proceeded to the Western Front where he was wounded and taken prisoner of war at Fromelles on 20 July 1916 and died of wounds four days later. He was aged 21. His personal effects were returned to his family in this case. His diary was transcribed by Doug Hunter in 1997 and the original returned to the donor.

Significance

A rare example of an officer's trunk used in WWI. It is well provenanced and of particular significance to his family, it being the case in which his personal effects were returned following his death. It is in good condition considering its age and travel history.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stencilled on lid "C Arblaster"

Document

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

Typed administrative instruction for the parade through the streets of Albury on 27 July 1985 to mark the Centenary of the Victorian Mounted Rifles- three pages dated 31 May 1985.

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.

Document

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

Typed administrative instruction for parade through main streets of Cobram 24 August 1985 to mark the Centenary of the Victorian Mounted Rifles. 3 pages dated 14 Augusst 1985.

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.

Document

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

Typed history of the 8th Light Horse Regiment AIF 1915-1919 prepared by Captain William McGrath when posted as Adjutant of the Regiment 1917-1919.

Historical information

William McGrath enlisted as a Trooper in the 8th Light Horse in 1915. He rose to the rank of Squadron Sergeant Major and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on Gallipoli. McGrath served throughout the war with 8th Light Horse Regiment progressing through the officer ranks. This history was compiled from personal knowledge and the war diary of the regiment. McGrath's successor as adjutant, Captain Austin, is believed to have had input into the document and for some years was thought to have been the originator.

Document

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

Typed document setting out the training directive for ' A ' Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles for the training year 1987 - 1988. Eight pages, dated May 1987 and signed by Officer Commanding Major J. Gay.

Historical information

This document sets out the plan for a years training by an Army Reserve Unit.

Document - Unofficial History of 13th Light Horse/Armoured Regiment

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

Typed document prepared by Mr Claude H Wilson, President of the 13th Light Horse Regimental Association 1987. Scanned and posted as pdf file.

Historical information

This history was prepared by Mr Claude H Wilson, President of the 13th Armoured Regiment Association in the late 1980s and draws on a diary by a member of the WWI 13th Light Horse.

Significance

Valuable historical source of a Victorian regional military unit in both WWI (1914-1918) and WWII (1939-1945).

Document

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

Typed Administrative Instruction for ' A ' Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles Support to Beechworth Easter Parade and Harrietville Bi - Centennial Spectacular 2 - 3 April 1988. Eight Pages including Nominal Roll.

Historical information

Example of planning involved in local regimental support to communities in North East Victoria.

Document

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

Typed document outlining the situation of ' A ' Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles Regiment as at 9 March 1987. Two pages.

Historical information

This Document gives a concise insight into an Army Reserve unit in 1987.

Document

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

Typed draft of a letter from Lieutenant Robert Morrison ' A ' Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles to Major M. Parker, Director Royal Tournament Committee, Horse Guards, London exploring the possibility of a team from 8/13 Heritage Troop competing at the Royal Tournament in 1986. He suggests horses might be provided by affiliated regiment 14/20 Hussars as they did in 1891.

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.

Document

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

Typed Administrative Instruction for A Squadron 8/13 VMR support to Corowa Bicentenial Show 27-28 February 1988. Current unit, light Horse Troop, and Historical Vehicle Club participated. Six pages including nominal roll.

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.

Document

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

Typed report on exercise ' Northern Explorer ' 15-20 September 1988 prepared by Captain G. Carrington ' A ' Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles. Seven pages, dated 1 October 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.

Document

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

Roneo copy of typed document " Exercise Fiery Cauldron A Sqn 8/13 VMR Post Exercise Report ", six pages plus annexure. Dated 6 April 1988, signed Major R.N. Morrison Officer Commanding.

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.

Diary - On patrol, nothing doing, very hot.

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

Diary and notebooks of 2678 Lance Corporal George A Hall, Anzac Provost Corps, AIF, World War One (1914-1918).

Historical information

The diaries and notebooks of 2678 Lance Corporal George Hall, Anzac Provost Corps were lodged with the 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Collection in the 1990s. Only in 2018 were they transcribed by Albury social historian Jan Hunter and published with the ISBN 978-0-992496-96-8.

Significance

Rare diaries & notebooks of a WWI military policeman.

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.

Document

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

Typed copy of Administrative Instruction for A Squadron 8/13 VMR support to Bicentenial Exhibition 31 December 1987 to 5 January 1988, dated November 1987. Nine pages including nominal roll.

Historical information

One of a number of Bicentenial events in North East Victoria which 8/13 Victorian Mounted rifles supported.

Document - WWII Diary Thomas H Fagan

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

World War diary typed by the diarist from notes kept at great risk throughout his imprisonment by the Japanese 1942-1945. Transcribed 2018 by Albury historian Jan Hunter and published by Albury & District Historical Society as Booklet No 31 in limited hard copy for district Libraries and Schools.

Historical information

Thomas H Fagan of Walbundrie NSW served in 105 General Transport Company during WWII. Following service in Syria and Egypt the unit sailed for home but was diverted to Java, Dutch East Indies where they became part of Blackforce. The Japanese following up their success in Singapore overran Jave and Blackforce went into captivity. Fagan spent a short time at Changi then nearly three years on the Burma Railway. He lost a leg to tropical ulcers but survived the war return to Australia at the end of hostilities.

Significance

A document worthy of preservation and public access.

Document

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

Typed document giving judging scores for Hutton Trophy and Lord Forster Cup for year 1938 - 1939

Historical information

Hutton Trophy was competed for annually by Light Horse Troops. Forster Cup was for competition by Light Horse Machine gun Sections.

Document

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

Typed report on Operational efficiency of AFV vehicles and crews prepared by Lance Corporal Van De Velde ' A ' Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles following Exercise ' Northern Explorer' 15-20 September 1988. Two pages, dated 22 September 1988.

Historical information

Example of after training report following annual exercise.

Document

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

Typed letter on Legacy Club Albury letterhead advising members of the special screening of the " Lighthorsemen in partnership with 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles . 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.

Document

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

Three page typed document detailing administrative arrangements for the special screening of film " The Lighthorsemen " 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.

Document

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

Typed administrative instruction for parade through the main streets of Wangaratta and Benalla on 3 August 1985 to mark the Centenary of the Victorian Mounted Rifles. 3 pages dated 28 June 1985.

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.

Document

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

Printed letter from former 8th Cavalry Regiment Padre Leslie Cula to all ranks upon his departure in May 1944

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 letter from Padre to all ranks of 8th Cavalry Regiment

Inscriptions & Markings

In ink manuscript top left hand corner " present address " 2/7th AGH AIF "

Letters

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

Collection of letters written by Trooper J McGlade, 8th Light Horse Regiment during World War One (1914-1918). Transcribed but transcriber unknown.

Historical information

No. 105 Trooper John Matthew McGlade, born Belfast, Northern Ireland, was a 30 year-old architect .iving in East Gippsland when he enlisted in 8th Light Horse 24th September 1914. He served at Gallipoli; was wounded at the Nek : later seved in Palestine : wounded at Gaza 1917. World War Two service in 12th Garrison Battalion VDC. Died of Jaundice 2 March 1943.

Document

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

Typed copy of article published in the Geelong Advertiser 13 March 1940. Describes march by 2nd Cavalry Division including 8th Light Horse and 122 Howitzer Battery (Albury Battery) through the city on their way to a training area. The Division had been called up fo 3 months training early in WWII.

Historical information

The 2nd Cavalry Division was called up for periods of full time training early in World War 2.

Significance

Good account of training of militia in1940

Document

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

Report of patrol carried out by soldiers of 'A' Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles 18 September 1988 near Tindal Air Base Northern Territory. Six pages plus sketch map.

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 patrol report made by soldiers of a Victorian regiment while on exercise in Northern Territory.