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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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833 items

833 items

Photograph

Colour photograph of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles officers and guests at a Dining In dinner 22 April 1989. From left : Major Gordon Cole, Captain Peter Hartung, Major ian Docking, Lieutenant Arrowsmith.

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.

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

boots

Key words

boot
street
spur
stetchers

Brown leather officer's dress boots with strap-on spurs and leather instep patch and under sole chain. Matching left and right wooden stretchers with metal handle on spreader wedge.

Historical information

Officer's dress boot 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

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

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

Pay Book

Soldiers Pay Book No. 273447 From 14 - 8 - 41 to 11 - 1 - 45

Inscriptions & Markings

VX 60307 Fink Geoffrey Roland

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

Photograph

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.

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

Photograph

Black and white photograph of two officers of the 8th Light Horse, Lieutenants L. Wildsmith of Tallangatta and A. McGeogh of Wodonga. Photo appeared in Border Morning Mail 10 March 1939.

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

Citizen soldiers immediately prior to World War Two.

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

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Book

Book titled D-Day 50 Years On being An Historical Perspective ( Part One ) and A Contemporary Reflection ( Part Two )

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

Photograph

Black and white photographs of soldiers relaxing on edge of parade ground between sessions of drill.

Historical information

Army Reserve Units such as 8/13 VMR carried out their own NCO training in 1970s.

Significance

Shows Army Reserve soldiers at Albury 1970.

Inscriptions & Markings

" NCO Course Albury Depot ". List of names follow.

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

Photograph

Colour photograph of group in mess building at Buna Barracks Albury on Cambrai Day 30 November 1986. From left : seated Corporal Cook Bruce Bullock, majors Robert Morrison, Ian Docking and Max Oates. All were former members of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles.

Historical information

Cambrai Day is celebrated annually by Armoured Corps regiments of the British Commonwealth. It marks the anniversary of the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917 when a force of more than 400 British Mark IV Tanks broke the defences of the German Hindenburg Line, It was the first large-scale, effective use of tanks in warfare. Cambrai turned from a battle of great success to failure, but it heralded a new type of warfare and changed the nature of the battlefield forever.The gathering at Buna Barracks Albury, Beersheba Barracks Wangaratta, Bapaume Barracks Benalla and Salamaua Barracks Cobram on 30 November 1986 was the inaugural meeting of the 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Association.

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

Photograph

Colour photograph of soldiers marching past an officer on saluting dais.

Historical information

Regiments conducted Courses Camps to train RAAC crewmen.. 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

" hand-over Parade Puckapunyal 1982. September Courses Camp March Past for out-going OC Major GF Cole ( Assault Trooper Course ) "

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

Newspaper

Key words

8th light horse regiment
benalla
benalla ensign
gowrie lord
governor general

Framed photograph of an extract from "The Benalla Ensign" of Friday November 4 1938 reporting on the Governor General's escort drawn from the 8th Light Horse Regiment. The frame is black painted wood with gold trim.

Historical information

Lord and Lady Gowrie visited Benalla on 26 October 1938 leaving next day for Shepparton. 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 prepared memento of vice-regal visit to regional centre and escort duty by the local regiment.

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

Photograph

Collection of 4 colour photographs of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles armoured vehicle display in Corowa Riverside Park following the Bicentenial Parade 24 January 1988.

Historical information

Bicentenial celebrations at Corowa were attended by the Governor General Sir Ninian Stephen and Lady Stephen. Major Joshua Gay was Officer Commanding " A " Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles.

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

Photograph

Key words

mckay ian
neale john

Black ands white photograph of two soldiers in khaki drill uniforms, boots, web anklets and berets. 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 in RAAF and RAN respectively, Lieutenant Ian McKay and Sergeant John Neale 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

" Lt. McKay. Sgt. Neale :

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

puggaree

Key words

puggaree
headwear
light horse
uniform

Seven fold puggaree with white band denoting Light Horse of the pre WWI (1914-1918) period and possible for a time following the war until superseded by the red band.

Historical information

A puggaree, usually of pleated cloth, has been worn on the Australian slouch hat since it was adopted in 1903. During WWI (1914-1918) it was frequently a plain woollen band made from puttee material. Different coloured bands denoting Corps were incorporated into the puggaree worn by militia units shortly before WWI and again in the period between the wars. The word puggaree comes from Hindi meaning turban and is thought to have referred to a piece of cloth worn on the British officer’s sun helmet to protect his neck from the sun.

Significance

Good example of distinctive headwear worn by light horse soldiers.

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

Manual

Buff coloured soft cover manual being Technical Manual Ordnance Maintenance Transmission, Transfer Case, and Steering Systems for Medium Armoured Car T17E1. Published by War Department ( USA ) 7 October 1943.

Historical information

Relates to Chevrolet Armoured made in USA during WW11.Technical manuals and User Handbooks were essential equipment for Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME) tradesmen permanently attached to Armoured Corps regiments as Light Aid Detachments (LAD) or Tech Support Troop (TST) and were responsible for repairs and maintenance of a nature beyond the expertise of AFV crewmen and just short of major rebuilds undertaken by Base Workshop detachments.

Significance

Research vehicle

Inscriptions & Markings

Heavy ink stamp on cover " Archive Copy Location " then follows in pen " 3/A/1". In red ink top right corner " T10 { or} T16"

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Document

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.

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

Spur

Key words

ronan william john
13th australian light horse regiment (aif)

Relic of Light Horse spur World War One.

Historical information

This relic was brought home as a souvenir of the war by 3234 Trooper William John Ronan 13th Australian Light Horse Regiment.

Significance

An historical object of spiritual significance to its owner William Ronan. Well provenanced and representative of the equipment of Australian Light Horse in World War One.

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

Photograph

Key words

school of instruction
albury
williams ga

Framed black and white photograph of large group of soldiers arranged in tiers in front of a two storey building.

Historical information

In order to deal with the expected influx of trainees under the universal training scheme, courses were held to train instructors in regiments and batteries in the Riverina area. No 6 was held at Albury utilising the facilities of the Albury Show Grounds. Colour-Sergeant George A Williams, a citizen soldier, conducted a painting and decorating business in Albury. The building forming the background continued to be used for military purposes up to and including WWII (1939-45). The 2/23rd Battalion (Albury's Own) AIF was raised here in 1940. Following the war the Show Society moved to a larger site, the building was demolished and the whole site became part of The Scots School.

Significance

Rare photograph of main pavilion at Albury Showground being utilised for military purposes in 1912. This building continued to be used for military purposes up to 1945 when the Showground moved to a larger site and the building was demolished.

Inscriptions & Markings

"No 6 Special School of Instn Albury 1912" and below photo: "Taken at the old Showground Young St Albury 1912. Back row, 5th from left: George Williams"; and "Photographer D Bennet next to Bank of New South Wales, Albury"

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

Photograph

Black and white photograph of three soldiers wearing uniform boots and belts. 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.

Inscriptions & Markings

" Sgts. Ken Kothoff, Alan Cunningham, WO11 Frnie grant. "

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

Photograph

Colour photograph of Trooper Chris Ellison, a member of the 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles Heritage Troop 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.

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

Photograph

Black and white photograph of Lieutenant Colonel John Neale Commanding Officer of 8th / 13th VMR shaklng hands with Colonel Coleman at a parade at Buna Barracks. Albury. Captain Bill Burger, Adjutant 8/13th standing at left.

Historical information

Colonel Coleman was Honorary Colonel of the Regiment. This is one of a collection of photographs found at the Cobram Tip. They were handed to local Member Tim McCurdy MLA who handed them onto former 8/13th Sergeant Adrian Younger who in turn placed them in the Regimental Collection,

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

Medal group

Key words

molyneux
cheshire regiment
wwi

Court mounted set of WWI medals: British War Medal and Victory Medal awarded to Private Edwin Molyneux of the Cheshire Regiment.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ingraved on rim of each: "45748 Pte E Molyneux Ches R"

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

Photograph

Black and white photograph of 13 soldiers standing in front of truck. They are in khaki drill uniform, boots, web anklets, belts and berets.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

" D/S Conversion Course, Albury. 1. Doug Gibbs, 2. Tom Giles, 3. Ernie Grant, 4. Ian McKay, 5. Alan Vietch, 6. Krn Kothoff, 7. Captain Reg McDermott

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

Photograph

Colour photograph of three soldiers of ' A ' Squadron 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles preparing for firing the 84 mm Carl Gustav Medium Anti- tank Weapon at Puckapunyal.

Historical information

A’ Squadron 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles conducted an annual range day at Puckapunyal at which soldiers undertook instruction leading to qualification in a range of weapons including M26 Grenade, 84mm Carl Gustav Medium Antitank Weapon (MAW) and both .30 calibre and .50 calibre machine guns.

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

Photograph

Black and White photograph of Ferret Mk11 Scout Car parked in front of a building at Puckapunyal

Historical information

8/13 VMR was equipped with Ferret Scout in 1959. 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

Collection of photographs showing early evolution of an armoured regiment of the Citizen Forces as it progressed from WWII equipment and uniforms to post-war equipment and uniforms. Silver regimental hat badges are worn in place of Rising Sun badge.

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

Booklet

Blue covered booklet " Infantry Training Volume 1" Infantry Platoon Weapons Pamphlet No.14 6mm Light Anti - Tank Weapon M72 1966

Historical information

Infantry Weapon training

Significance

Issued for Infantry Platoon Weapons training

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

Photograph

Black and white photograph of two soldiers of 8th Light Horse sitting between tents.

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

Shows aspects of life when Regiment was in camp.

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

Photograph

Five colour photographs of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles heritage light Horse Troop taking part in the " march Past "

Historical information

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

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

Photograph

Colour photograph of 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles soldier, Trooper Paul Maccioni, as a sentry at Albury War Memorial, Anzac Day 1989

Historical information

The 8/13 VMR provided soldiers to Anzac Day marches and services in NE Victoria and Southern 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.

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

Photograph

Black and white photograph of horse line with building and tents in the background. Thought to be 13th Light Horse.

Historical information

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

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

Photograph

Black and white photograph of Lieutenant Bill Russell in beret and tank suit kneeling beside fuel stove holding a jaffle iron. Probably taken at Puckapunyal during 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles Annual Camp, 1986. Plastic mug in foreground.

Historical information

Jaffles were a very popular meal using tinned stew and issued sliced bread. Freshness of bread was not important.

Inscriptions & Markings

" Lt. Russell "

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