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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

Uniform

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

Khaki serge tunic with Corporal's chevrons, Rising Sun collar badges, metal buttons and VDC shoulder flashes.

Historical information

Volunteer Defence Corps tunic and belt issued to V373891 Corporal Ian Stewart Wallace of the Albury Company Volunteer Defence Corps, 1942. Corporal Wallace was born at Kergunyah, Victoria, 24 November 1900. The VDC Company at Albury was raised in mid-1940. An initial meeting was organised by the local R.S.S. & A.I.L.A (RSL) on 28 May 1940. Names of intending members was forwarded to Sydney and on 11 July 1940, Captain Phillip Heywood, a grazier of ‘Hawksview’ and returned WWI officer, was appointed to command Area R.9 which took in Albury, Holbrook, Howlong, Corowa and Walbundrie districts. It is likely Ian Wallace joined in February 1942 when membership was expanded from former servicemen to over-age men and those in reserved occupations. Uniforms were only issued in 1942, prior to that VDC members paraded in civilian dress.

Significance

Rare example of uniform worn by Volunteer Defence Corps member during 'dark' days of Second World War when Australia feared invasion.

Inscriptions & Markings

'V373891 Wallace I S' on name tag inside coat.

Document

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

Two page hand written document being an account of Peter Hartung's experience in the german Panzer Corps and the Australian Army.

Historical information

Peter Hartung migrated to Australia in 1956 and joined 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles. He transferred to full-time duty and served in Vietnam.

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of section of Victorian Mounted Rifles Heritage Light Horse Troop waiting to join Australia Day Parade, Albury 1995.

Inscriptions & Markings

" Front L to R; G. Townsend President Albury RSL, Major R. Morrison. Rear; Cpl Morris, Tpr Whitehead, Tpr Walsh, Tpr Ellison

Photograph

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

Two colour photographs of creek crossings, one more challenging than the other,during the annual exercise in Northern Territory, conducted by VMR Squadron 4/19 Prince of Wales's Light horse, 1994.

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.

Photograph

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

Two colour photographs of vehicle mishap during VMR Squadron 4/19Prince of Wales's Light Horse annual exercise in Northern Territory 1994.Second photo shows driver receiving medical attention.

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.

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.

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of five soldiers and three vehicles of VMR Squadron,4/19 Prince of Wales's Light Horse on roadside during annual exercise in Northern Territory 1994.

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.

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of Major M. Annett, Officer Commanding VMR Squadron 4/19Prince of Wales's Light Horse during annual exercise Northern Territory 1994.

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 Major Annett later commanded 4/19 Prince of Wales's Light Horse, and later again 4th Brigade 2nd Division..

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of Crown and Anchor table at Buna Barracks Albury on Anzac Day 1994.

Historical information

Following the Anzac Day March in Albury the 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles Training Depot was opened for drinks and food, and traditional games of chance played.

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of group of Army Cadets on Anzac Day 1994 at Albury. Some are wearing 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles beret badges. Unit is 37 Cadet Unit.

Historical information

37 Cadet Unit received official permission to wear 8/13 VMR badge.

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of Anzac Day March in Dean Street Albury,1994.Photographer positioned in elevated position at western end of Dean Street.

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of 4 soldiers of VMR Squadron 4/19 Prince of Wales's Light Horse at Australia Day Parade Corowa NSW 23 January 1994 . Standing at right Sergeant Gary Wynn; seated Corporal Neil Ray.

Historical information

Vehicles are of the VMR heritage Vehicle Section. In 1991 8/13 VMR and 4/19 PWLH linked to form a new Regiment of two squadrons: VMR squadron and PWLH Squadron.

Photograph

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

Three colour photographs of Major Michael Annett, Officer Commanding VMR Squadron 4/19 Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment at Australia Day Parade, Corowa NSW 23 January 1994.

Historical information

Major Annett later commanded 4/19 Prince of Wales's Light Horse and later again 4th Brigade, 2nd Division.

Untitled

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

Colour photograph of three Ferret Mark 11 Scout Cars of the VMR Heritage Vehicle Section at Corowa prior to the Australia Day Parade 23 January 1994.

Historical information

Vehicles of the Heritage Section were crewed and maintained by serving soldiers as an extracurricular activity.

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of three Ferret Scout Cars Mark 11, of the VMR Heritage Vehicle Section at Corowa prior to the Australia Day Parade 23 January 1994.

Historical information

Vehicles of the Heritage Section were crewed and maintained by serving soldiers as an extracurricular activity.

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of section of 4 horsemen with drawn sabres at Australia Day Parade, Corowa NSW on 23 January 1994.They are members of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles Heritage Troop.

Historical information

Heritage Troop was an extracurricular activity of serving soldiers of the regiment

Photograph

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

Two colour photographs of Regimental Band of ath/19th Prince of Wales Light Horse at Australia Day parade, Corowa NSW on 23 January 1994.

Historical information

in 1991, 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles and 4/19 Prince of Wales Light Horse linked to form a new Regiment.

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of two Ferret Mark11 Scout Cars of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles Heritage Vehicle Section at Australia Day Parade, Corowa NSW on 23 January 1994.

Historical information

Vehicles in the Heritage Vehicle Section were maintained as an extracurricular activity of serving soldiers of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles.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

" Ferret Scout Cars. Crew Commanders L to R: Sgt Gary Wynn, Cpl Neil Ray."

Photograph

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

Two coloured photographs of 8/13Victorian Mounted Rifles Heritage Light Horse troop at Australia Day Parade.Corowa NSW on 23 January 1994.

Historical information

The Heritage Light Horse Troop was an extracurricular activity of serving soldiers of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles.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

" VMR Light Horse Section L to R :Maj Mick Annett, Cpl n Nigel Morris, Cpl R.J. Walsh, Tpr Chris Ellison "

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of Sergeant R. Ellison, 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles standing on M 113 Light Reconnaince Vehicle ( LRV ) positioning a support pole to hold camouflage netting. second photo shows a completed effort.

Historical information

It required considerable practice to camouflage and conceal a vehicle of the M 113 size and shape.

Photograph

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

Two colour photographs of soldiers surrounded by equipment and vehicles at 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles depot at Cobram Victoria.Soldier in photo 1 is Sergeant S. Laughton and soldier in photo 2 is Trooper M. Roberts.

Historical information

Cobram depot was a base for regimental exercises in sothern NSW.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 outside the 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles training depot at Cobram, Victoria.

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

Four colour photographs of Ferret Scout Car and dismounted soldiers of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles engaged in a demonstrationnat a community event, c. 1995.

Historical information

Jindera, a hamlet located 15km north of Albury, conducted an annual Fair. 8/13 VMR were invited to provide a display to entertain the crowd. Community engagement aided recruiting a

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of Sergeant Viv Schmidt, Technical Support Troop ( TST ) A Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles standing beside a M 548 tracked load Carrier ( TLC ) on exercise near Balranald NSW.

Historical information

Western plains of southern NSW provided good training areas for a unit practicing reconnaissance skills. Technical Support Troop provided first line repair and recovery to the reconnaissance squadron.

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of officer standing beside camouflaged M113 Armoured Command Vehicle ( ACV ) during exercise in Ivanhoe NSW area, 1980. Major Doug Hunter was Officer Commanding A Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles.

Historical information

In this exercise A Squadron 8/13 VMR operated under command 2 Cavalry Regiment. Major D. Hunter commanded A Squadron 1980-1982, then was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and posted as Staff Officer Grade 1 ( SO1 Armour ) on Headquarters 3rd Division.

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of soldier standing beside M113 Armoured Command Vehicle ( ACV ) during 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles annual exercise in Ivanhoe NSW area, 1980. Lance Corporal Alister Barrie was a member of Squadron Headquarters Troop.

Historical information

In this exercise A Squadron 8/13 VMR operated under command 2nd Cavalry Regiment

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of soldier standing in front of M113 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

Colour photograph of three officers of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles standing near Land Rover during annual exercise in Balranald area c. 1979. From left: Lieutenant T. Goode, Captain J. Mclean and Captain T. fraser.

Historical information

The western plains of southern NSW provided ideal training areas for a cavalry squadron engaged in reconnaissance training.

Photograph

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

Black and white photograph of crewman wearing helmet in drivers seat of M113 Light Reconnaissance Vehicle ( LRV ), being Lance Corpora lMichael Roberts 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles

Historical information

The Combat Vehicle Crewman's ( CVC ) helmet incorporated headphones and microphone. The helmet was plugged into the vehicle radio harness allowing Crew Commander to talk to his crew.

Inscriptions & Markings

" L/Cpl Roberts "

Photograph

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

Colour photograph of four 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles soldiers on an M113 Light Reconnaissance Vehicle ( LRV ) during Annual exercise at Balranald NSW. From left: Lance Corporal lM. Roberts, Captain T. Fraser, Lieutenant T. Goode and Trooper Bone.

Historical information

Western plains of southern New South Wales provided good training areas for a unit practicing reconnaissance tasks.