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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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775 items with images

775 items with images

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of one soldier lifting a new born foal while another holds the mare.. 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

Across bottom of photo: " Gil Anderson with foal, WO Jack Trebble with proud mother, Torquay Lines."

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of line of soldiers of 8th Cavalry in Northern Territory 1942, Dress is hats, shirts & shorts, boots and anklets and basic webbing

Historical information

8th Cavalry Regiment took over airfield defence from 2/7 Cavalry Regiment 1942

Significance

Shows 8th Light Horse in Northern Territory 1942.

Inscriptions & Markings

" Start of an 60 mile route march "

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles officers and guests at a Dining In night 22nd April 1989. From left : Major ( Ret,d ) Reg McDermott, lieutenant Arrowsmith, Mr Ewan Cameron MLA, Captain Colin Carrington, Lieutenant Mathews, Lieutenant John Clay, Lieutenant Marshall.

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.

Document

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

Printed Order of Service for Victorian Mounted Rifles Centenary Church Parade at Holy Trinity Anglican Church Benalla, 4 August 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.

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of two soldiers beside a M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier making repairs.

Historical information

Crew of armoured fighting vehicles were required to undertake a range of mechanical repairs and maintenance

Inscriptions & Markings

Track adjustment on a M113 Carrier. Trooper Len Bergin, Trooper Alan McKechnie "

Photograph

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

Colour photograph taken at Buna Barracks Albury on Cambrai day 30 November 1986 of group of men in a mess building. former Warrant Officer Ludwig Szbolics is in foreground.

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.

Hat

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

Khaki heavy cloth beret with 'Rising Sun' badge and 2nd/8th Armoured Regiment colour patch.

Historical information

Worn by VX45541 Lieutenant Louis A Jackson who served with 2nd/8th Armoured Regiment in Australia and New Guinea during WWII. Following its return from New Guinea in 1944, 2nd/8th Armoured Regiment had a change of role and was redesignated Numbers 41, 42 and 43 Landing Craft Companies and served in Pacific Islands till the end of the war. In 1948, Louis Jackson joined the Citizen Forces (CMF) and served as a captain in the 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles.

Significance

This object is well provenance and, in its condition and completeness, is a fine example of unusual headgear worn by Australian armoured corps soldiers in World War 2 (39-45).

Photograph

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

Colour photograph showing massed guidons of regiments of Royal Australian Armoured Corps ( RAAC ) at Puckapunyal.

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.

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).

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of Major Ian Docking, Officer Commanding ' 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 Major Norman Whitehead MC ( Retd) addressing gathering at 8/13 Victorian mounted Rifles Open day at Buna Barracks 28 February 1982. On dais with him are , left to right : Major G. Cole, Mr J Maynes, Mr. J. Moyle, Lieutenant Colonel M. Hough and Captain R. Fyffe ( Retd)

Historical information

Major Whitehead served in 21st Light Horse prior to WW11 ; 2/6th Armoured Regiment in WW11, and 8/13 VMR past WW11.

Photograph

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

Sepia photograph of group of 14 soldiers outside a ridge tent. Dress is casual uniform: several are wearing slouch hats with plumes. 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

Written across top right of photo: " Broadmeadows 1936 ". Soldier on far left is marked " XX " Possibly " V 24635 Trooper E. Quinlan."

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of a soldier on horseback outside a brick building.

Historical information

69 Corporal Eric Thewlis. 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

" E. Thewlis France 22.9.1916 "

Photograph

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

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

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

" Private Dale takes a rest. "

Photograph

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

Collection of nine black and white photographs taken at Tallangatta during competition for the Hutton Trophy, 1938. Won by Tallangatta Troop " A " Squadron, 8th Light Horse Regiment.

Historical information

The Hutton Trophy or Shield was awarded annually to the best Light Horse troop in Australia. The Trophy is now held at the Armoured Centre, Puckapunyal.

Significance

Shows Citizen soldiers from North East Victoria.

Photograph

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

Colour photograph at Anniversary Dinner, Commercial Club 30 April 1988. Facing camera : Major M. Oates and Lieutenant J. Bruce.

Historical information

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

Photograph

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

Collection of three photographs of soldiers and vehicles of ' A ' Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles training at Puckapunyal during Exercise " Fiery Cauldron " 5 - 20 March 1988.

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.

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph mounted on cardboard of group of 12 soldiers posing with two flame thrower devices.

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

Photograph of Australian troops training in use of flame-thrower equipment.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on lower right corner "LHQ Flame Warfare Training Team taken at Ravenshoe, Atherton Tablelands, Queensland.Includes Sargeant George Willshire, and seven Sargeants, all with service through 8th Light Horse Regiment, 8 Recce Battalion and Findly (sic) 8th Cavalry Regiment AIF"

Book - Victoria Remembers Vietnam

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

Hardback book titled "Victoria Remembers Vietnam: A Journey of Remembrance , Commemoration and Celebration" published on to mark the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.

Significance

Book published to highlight the involvement of Victorian servicemen and servicewomen in the Vietnam War (1964-1972)

Photograph

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

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

Historical information

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

Manual

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

Maroon coloured stiff vinyl covered Technical manual being User Handbook Truck Wrecker 5 Ton GS with winch. Bound with metal screws. 102 pages. Published by Australian Army 19 February 1974.

Historical information

This vehicle was issued to 8/13 VMR in 1980s and 1990s for recovery purposes. Part of a collection of workshop manuals and user handbooks relating to equipment on issue to 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles during the latter half of the twentieth century.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of group of soldiers comprising a sergeant, two cooks, and five fatigue party. They are peeling potat0es into three dixies.

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

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of 13 soldiers wearing battledress uniform, boots, gaiters, berets with 8/13 VMR badges, and basic webbing and pistol holsters. This is standard dress for Armoured vehicle crewmen. Lieutenant Bill Russell at centre.

Historical information

An 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles detachment mountrd in armoured vehicles led the Anzac Day march in Albury between 1950 and 1970. Other soldiers identified in the group include :- John and Ken Beach, Jim Marki, Bill Cameron,Dick Cole, Eric Roberts, Terry Clarkson and Jack Verloop.

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

" Anzac Day 1963 Garden End Dean Street

Photograph

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

Black and White photograph mounted on fluted plastic card of large group of soldiers, civilians and children on railway station.

Inscriptions & Markings

" 8th Light Horse B Squadron on North Williamstown Station "

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 large group of soldiers posed in 6 tiers. Variety of head dress and badges indicate the group is a recruit course. Some 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles members are included.

Historical information

Recruit training was often carried out on a Brigade basis with recruits and instructors from units.

Photograph

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

Black and white ph0tograph in wooden frame of Major M.C, Geogh, A Squadron, 8/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles, Anzac Day 1951

Photograph

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

Collection of four colour photographs of ' A ' Squadron, 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles cooks preparing food for Cambrai Dinner at Buna Barracks, Albury. Segeant Cooks J. Robinson, K. Muller wearing chef's hat, Corporal Cooks T^weson wearing tee shirt and B. lewis.

Historical information

Armoured Corps Regiments celebrate the first successful attack by tanks near village of Cambrai, France, 30 November 1917.

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of two soldiers in the cupola of a Staghound Armoured Car wearing khaki drill jackets and berets.. One has goggles on head. Triangle marking on cupola indicated vehicle belongs to A Squadron.. One of a collection of photographs of 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regiment between 1948 and 1951.

Historical information

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.The 8th/13th

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

" Tpr. Singe, Cpl. H. Slaney "

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of 2 soldiers standing beside M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier. Soldiers are Trooper Harding and Trooper Gratt, 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles.

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.