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RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection Melbourne , Victoria

The Anzac House Reference Library contains original war diaries, letters, and photographs, as well as extensive unit history, general military history and personal narrative publications. Also held are all RSL(Vic) Minutes of Meeting and copies of Mufti magazine. A significant part of the large military memorabilia collection - incl. swords, firearms, medals, photographs and flags - adorns the foyers, rooms and corridors of (the heritage listed) Anzac House.

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Anzac House 4 Collins Street Melbourne Victoria (map)
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+61 (03) 9655 5508
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Opening Hours

Normally 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday (other times may be arranged). Please contact the librarian (Fred Pratt) prior to visit.

Entry Fee

Free

Location

Anzac House 4 Collins Street Melbourne Victoria

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Deborah Wyatt 28 October 2012 10:39 AM

Hi , am looking to get a listing of my fathers entitlement of medals fro WW11 , i did write to canberra but this going to take to long , my Brother has Terminal Cancer and i would like to get him a family Honour board before he passes , My Fathers Name is Ronald Leslie Tingwell his Number was PM6731 your help would be much appreciated . Debbie Wyatt (nee Tingwell)

Fred Pratt 30 October 2012 12:00 PM

Debbie Wyatt Your father would appear entitled to the Australia Service Medal, the War Medal, and perhaps (although unlikely) the Pacific Star. Call AWM on 1800111321 for further details.

Heather 25 April 2015 1:34 PM

Can you please tell me where I may purchase Purple Poppies. They are suppose to signify the rememberance of all animals lost at war. I've rung 4 RSL clubs so far to no avail. I can buy them overseas but it's very sad I cannot get them in Australia.

Fred Pratt 27 April 2015 9:01 AM

Hi Heather. Purple poppies are available at AWAMO (Australian War Animal Memorial): http://awamo.org.au/products/purple-poppy/ Regards Fred

Rick Harvest 20 March 2016 8:19 AM

Hello there I wonder if there is someone there at Anzac House who may be able to assist me - or point me in the right direction. My father - Benjamin Myer Harvest was in the airforce, stationed in New Guinea, during WWII He passed away a few years ago now. Through this connection, when I was about 3-4-5 years old, around 1953-4-5 - possibly a little later as well, I was taken regularly to see psychologists / psychiatrists in at Anzac House. I am trying to explore / research if there might be any records of these visits and, if so, how or where I may be access them. This is a very blurry period of my life - there are only a few memories. I imagine there would have been notes recorded that could be available to researchers. My interest is a personal one of course. Yours most sincerely Rick Harvest

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Diary of David Reginald Tynan

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Black, card-cover notebook. WW1 diary of David Reginald Tynan (1837 - 32nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement).

Historical information

Diary covers the period from embarkation in Adelaide on 11 January 1916 until part way through the return trip to Australia in January 1919.

Photograph

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Photograph taken in July 1916 at Maribyrnong training facilty in Victoria.

Historical information

Pictured is Captain Eric Gordon Glassford (AAMC - 10 Field Ambulance) who was awarded a Military Cross for his actions at Passchendale. Glassford's older brother - Capt John Canute Gordon Glassford - also served with 10 Field Ambulance and was awarded a Military Cross for his actions on the Western Front.

Inscriptions & Markings

Personally signed by all those photographed.

Diary of Boswell Clark

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Three notebooks - two hardcover, one softcover. Diary of Boswell Clark (584 - 21 Battalion, C Company) covers parts of the period between mid-May 1915 and mid-January 1916.

Historical information

Boswell Clark embarked from Melbourne on 10 May 1915 and returned on 10 October 1916. Wounded in France. Copy of a letter to his father, dated 19/6/1918, included.

Photograph

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Group photograph described as "Historic Gathering at Duntroon of Leaders Since the War". All names listed. Circa 1920.

Historical information

Group includes Monash and Chauvel.

Reference Library Collection

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Diary of Hugh Wentworth Wilson

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

WW1 diary and training notebook of Hugh Wilson (5th Battalion, 14 Reinforcement).

Historical information

Wilson embarked from Melbourne on HMAT Themistocles on 28 January 1916. Diary covers the periods September 1915 to November 1916, and from January 1917 to September 1917. Generally, only sparse entries.

Documents of Owen Edgar Tink

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Official WWII RAAF documents and photographs of Flying Officer Owen Tink (401289).

Historical information

Born in Derby, Tasmania, Tink enlisted in January 1941 and was discharged in December 1945. Documents include Flying Log Book, RAAF ID, paybooks and certificates of training and service.

Photograph

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Photograph of 11 Section, 3 Platoon, 3 OTS Duntroon July 1916. 2nd Lieutenant Harry Arnold Day is pictured.

Historical information

Lt Harry Day (29th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement) embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT Ulysses on 22 December 1917, and returned to Australia on 9 July 1919

Inscriptions & Markings

Personally signed by each person photographed.

Diary and letter of Peter Maurice Fyfe

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Handwritten copy (sixty two pages) of WW1 diary of Peter Fyfe (709 - 14th Battalion). Sheets enclosed in a Scottish Union & National Insurance Company cover. Two-page letter dated June 1916 to Mrs Margaret Taylor of Korumburra.

Historical information

Period covered by diary from April 1915 until Fyfe's return to Australia in February 1916, includes Gallipoli operations. Letter outlines details and circumstances of the death at Gallipoli of John (Jack) Henry Cartwright (Taylor's son). Fyfe embarked again from Melbourne in October 1916 and was a POW in Europe.

Photograph of John William Alexander Jackson

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

WW1 photograph of William Jackson (17th Battalion, B Company) taken on "France's Day 13-7-17".

Historical information

William Jackson (588 - 17th Battalion, B Company) embarked from Sydney onboard HMAT Themistocles on 12th May 1915. Awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous bravery in France in June 1916. Died in 1959, aged 61 years. Victoria Cross 'For most conspicuous bravery. On the return from a successful raid, several members of the raiding party were seriously wounded in "No Man's Land" by shell fire. Private Jackson got back safely and, after handing over a prisoner whom he had brought in, immediately went out again under very heavy shell fire and assisted in bringing in a wounded man. He then went out again, and with a sergeant was bringing another wounded man when his arm was blown off by a shell and the sergeant was rendered unconscious. He then returned to our trenches, obtained assistance, and went out again to look for his two wounded comrades. He set a splendid example of pluck and determination. His work has always been marked by the greatest coolness and bravery.' Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184 Date: 14 December 1916

Significance

Photograph of Australia's youngest Victoria Cross winner.

Letters of Edward John Howells

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

WW1 collection of personal and official letters, postcards, and notebooks, belonging to Captain Edward John Howells (23rd Battalion, B Company/1st Field Squadron).

Historical information

Personal letters (approx. 150) of Edward Howells sent to his wife during WW1 from Turkey, Egypt, France and England. Letters (in German) received from Lydia Imberger in Jaffa. Official correspondence from HQ. Picture postcards (approx. 130) of the above locations. Collection includes notebooks and some personal photographs.

Diary of Herbert William Cripps

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Black, soft-covered notebook, loose-leaf notes and (four) photographs. WW1 diary of Herbert Cripps (2660 - 60th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement).

Historical information

WW1 diary, notes and photographs of Private Herbert William Cripps. Covers the period from October 1916 until October 1919. Includes a list of "autographs" of participants collected by Cripps on the evening before the attack on St Quentin Canal. Cripps departed Melbourne onboard HMAT Nestor 2 October 1916, and returned to Australia in January 1919.

Visitors Book

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Hardcover, lined visitors book of the Returned Soldiers League's "Fighting Forces Leave Club".

Historical information

First signed entry dated 9th June 1942 - Capt C.F. Thompson. The Club was opened on 15th May 1942- the final entry is dated 1st December 1950.

Service and Discharge Certificates of James Charles Towns

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Official WW 1 Canadian Expeditionary Force documents of James Towns (525363).

Historical information

Private Towns served with 13 Canadian Field Ambulance and 10 Canadian Stationary Hospital from July 1917 until August 1919 in France and Belgium.

Letters of Reverend Travers Guy Rogers

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Hardcover notebook with brown paper cover. Contain copies of letters and part of diary of T. Guy Rogers (Chaplain with the WW1 British Expeditionary Force and Vicar of St Johns, Reading).

Historical information

Copies appear to have been made for the purpose of onforwarding to the sister of T. Guy Rogers, with the copying possibly done while Rogers was on leave in England.

Embroidered postcards

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Album collection of embroidered and non-embroidered WW1 postcards from various sources to an unknown recipient.

Historical information

The sender of one (or more) of the cards was John William Hunter (4713 - 24th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement). Hunter died of wounds on 8th May 1917 at Bullecourt.

Letters of John Albert Cashmore & Arthur Cashmore

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Eleven WW1 letters by Jack and Arch Cashmore (4th Light Horse Regiment, 5th Reinforcement). Includes several postcards and two small photographs.

Historical information

Both Cashmore brothers embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT Palermo on 7th May 1915, and returned to Australia in mid-1919. Nine letters by Jack and two by Arthur were sent from Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine. A letter by Jack from Palestine on 26th October 1917 tells of an upcoming action that "may be pretty big", and a later letter (March 1918) tells of men known to him who were lost at Beersheba.

RAN Certificate of Service - Seamen and Communication Branches

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Royal Australian Navy service record of John Robert Williams (8298). Cap band from German ship S.M.S. Emden.

Historical information

In November 1914 Williams was serving onboard HMAS Sydney when the German ship Emden was sunk. He continued in service with the navy after the war, and also served in WW2.

Collection of William Alexander Dargie

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

WWII Easel, working sketch (1942), trunk and officer's cap of William Dargie (VX 93433)

Historical information

As an official war artist, Dargie produced works in the Middle East, New Guinea, India and Burma. At war's end Dargie was sent to Greece to 'make good, the discrepancies in art coverage of the disastrous campaign that took place in 1941.'

Inscriptions & Markings

Trunk marked "Wanted on voyage".

Diary of Frederick Lieberman

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Three WW1 soft-cover pocket diaries - 1916, 1917 and 1918 - and two photographs of Frederick Leiberman (8197 - 6 Field Artillery Brigade, 17 Battery).

Historical information

WW1 diaries recorded by Frederick Lieberman while on active service in Egypt and Western Europe, and maintained until just prior to his death at Villers-Bretonneaux in August 1918.

Letters of Robert Robertson Rail

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Small case of approximately 200 letters written to his family by Robert Rail (5411 - 24 Battalion, 14 Reinforcement) while on active service in WW1.

Historical information

Letters written by Robert Robertson Rail. Sent from France and England during World War 1, the majority of letters are to his mother, with a small number to other family members.

Documents and Photographs of Geoffrey Nicholson East-Almond

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Collection of documents and photographs of Major Geoffrey East-Almond (7th Battalion, Machine Gun Section). Includes passport from 1932, Unit notebook and newspaper clippings.

Historical information

East-Almond embarked from Melbourne on board the Hororata on 19th October 1914, and returned to Australia on 10th October 1918. He took part in the landing at Gallipoli, and also served in France.

Cigarette Cards

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Forty four boxed "Magpie" cigarette cards of WW1 scenes.

Collection of Robert Edward Jenkins

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Postcards, photographs, flying log book and film negatives of Robert Edward Jenkins (RAAF s/n 419813) and Robert Jenkins (r/n 3295)

Historical information

Ballarat born Robert Jenkins (6th Field Company Engineers) embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A40 Ceramic in November 1915. Twice wounded ("shell-shocked"), he returned to Australia in April 1919. Robert Edward Jenkins enlisted in the army (V195393) in December 1941 and in October 1942 joined the RAAF. At discharge, he was a Flight Lieutenant in 514 Squadron.

Letter of Mrs Fagan

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Signed letter by Field Marshal Sir William Birdwood sent to a Mrs Fagan.

Historical information

Birdwood's letter dated 25th August 1921 (Headquarters Northern Command, India), in reply to Mrs Fagan's previous request during WW1 relating to her son being underage.

Invitation Card

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

"The Leaders of the A.I.F." complimentary luncheon menu and program, hosted by The Federal Executive of the Returned Sailors' and Soldiers' Imperial League of Australia.

Historical information

Luncheon held at the Grand Hotel, Melbourne on 21st January 1920.

Inscriptions & Markings

Card is personally signed by more than twenty of the attendees, including William Birdwood, Harry Chauvel, John Monash and Cyril Brudenell White.

Diary of Clarence Russell Softley Thompson

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Two hardcovered notebooks. WW1 diary of Clarence Thompson (19810 - AMC Sea Transport Staff, Section 4).

Historical information

Diaries detail two journies made to Europe from Australia during 1918.

Postcards/Photographs of Raymond Vernon Baldock

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Approximately ninety WW1 postcards/photographs of Raymond Baldock (520 - 8th Battalion, E Company). Includes one personal letter and one official letter.

Historical information

Ray Baldock embarked from Melbourne on board Benalla on 19th October 1914. He fought and was wounded at Gallipoli, and was killed in action in France in September 1917.

Diary of William Mitchell Montgomery

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Hardbound notebook of approximatley one hundred and fifty typed pages. WW1 diary of William Montgomery (6847A - 21st Battalion, 20th Reinforcement).

Historical information

Diary commences November 1917 with embarkation on HMT Nestor through service in Europe until disembarkation in May 1919 on HMT Czar, transhipped to HS Dongola.

Photograph and Souvenir Programme

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Photograph of 1948 RSL Victorian football team at South Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Historical information

RSL interstate football match at South Melbourne Cricket Ground between Victoria and South Australia, at 2.30 pm on Saturday 31st July 1948.

Inscriptions & Markings

Players names listed, and scores and scorers detailed in pencil in programme.

Letters of William Chandler

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Eight WW1 letters of William Chandler (821 - 4th Battalion, E Company).

Historical information

Letters written to Bert and Bessie Nelson, and to Bessie Bishop. Chandler embarked from Sydney on board the Euripides on 20th October 1914, and died of disease on 26 November 1915. In one letter, mention is made of landing on the Turkish coast on the "murderous morning" of the 25th April.

Letters of James McDonald & James William Pumfrey

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Seventy six letters of James McDonald (2872 - 5th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement) and thirty five letters of James William Pumfrey (5175 - Light Horse Brigade Train 3), addressed to Miss Ida Rutherford. Includes photograph album belonging to Rutherford.

Historical information

Pumfrey embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT Chilka on 2nd February 1915 and returned to Australia on 1st July 1919. McDonald embarked on board HMAT Star of Victoria on 10 September 1915 and, after being shot in the stomach at Pozieres, returned to Australia on 7th August 1916.

Letter of Edwin Charles Waldegrate Lloyd

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Two page handwritten letter of Edwin Lloyd (1067 - 6th Light Horse Regiment, 6th Reinforcement), dated 12th July 1917.

Historical information

Letter of thanks to "Miss Elsie" by Lloyd, for his having received the pair of sox she knitted. Lloyd enclosed some Turkish (paper) money got from a captured Turkish cavalryman.

Letters of Gordon Evans

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Several WW1 letters of Gordon Evans ( 677 - 6th Battalion, F Company). Includes pocket bible, and sewn pouch.

Historical information

Evans embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT Hororata on 19th October 1914, and returned to Australia 4th June 1919.

Letters of Edward John Coleman

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Letters, postcard, photographs, medals and notebook of Edward Coleman (647 - 11th Battalion, F Company). Notebook contains sketches and three poems.

Historical information

Coleman embarked from Fremantle on HMAT Ascanius on 2nd November 1914. He was killed at Gallipoli on 25th April 1915.

Ceremonial Program Card

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Presentation of Colours procedural program - Sunday, 6th June 1915

Historical information

60th Battalion Presentation of Colours at the Recreation Ground, Carlton on 6th June 1915. Presentation by Governor-General and Commander in Chief of the Commonwealth of Australia, Sir Ronald Munro Ferguson.

Photographs and Letters of Frederick George & Mary Jane BOXALL

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Historical information

George Frederick Boxall (1051 8th Battalion H Company), a miner from Bendigo, embarked from Melbourne on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914. He returned to Australia on 8 May 1916, having suffered "shell shock" from a bomb blast on Gallipoli in September 1915.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hustlers Mine photograph inscribed on rear : "at the mouth of the shaft after the accident at Great Extended Hustlers"

Photograph and Mementos of William Aston Tuckfield

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Photograph, SS Ballarat menu, and invitation card of William Tuckfield (7315 - 8th Battalion, 24th Reinforcement).

Historical information

William Tuckfield embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT Ballarat on 19th February 1917. The SS Ballarat was torpedoed by the German submarine UB.32, but no lives were lost. On board were members of the Victorian Scottish Regiment (see photograph).

Letters of Henry George Green

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Sixty WW1 letters of Henry George Green (2198 - 46th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement).

Historical information

Letters to Green's family cover two main periods: from Geelong Camp early May 1916 until embarkation on board Orontes on 16 August 1916, and from France on 7 December 1916 until 31 March 1917. Green was killed at Bullecourt on 11 April 1917.

Autograph Book

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

WW1 hard-covered, black/brown leather "Autographs" book of Robert George Wilby (189 - 1st Field Ambulance, C Squadron).

Historical information

Autographs and sketches collected from Colonial patients during Wilby's WW1 service on staff at Grayling Hospital in 1916. Wilby enlisted in September 1914 and returned to Australia on 12th May 1917.

Photograph of Robert Cuthbert Grieve

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Collection of photographs, letters and newspaper articles of Robert Cuthbert Grieve (37th Battalion, A Company)

Historical information

Grieve embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT Persic on 3rd June 1916, and returned to Australia on 8th April 1918. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at Messines on 7th June 1917.

Diary of Walter Leslie Clark - Wartime diary of Walter Leslie Clark 6780A

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Dark brown, soft covered notebook, with two Rising Sun badges and "On the Roll of Honour" label attached. WW1 diary of Walter Leslie Clark (6780A - 22nd battalion).

Historical information

The diary of Walter Leslie Clark covers the period from embarkation in Melbourne on 21 November 1917 until his death at Villers-Bretonneux 19 May 1918. Brothers Keith Allan Clark and Linton Charles Clark served and survived. Parents Albert Eugene and Emily Jane Clark.

Significance

Narrative of one man's (relatively short) experience of war.

Inscriptions & Markings

Diary includes letter from CO advising parents of Walter Clark's death, and letter of sympathy from W. Holmes.

RAAF Flying Log Book of Edward Charles Palmer

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

WW II official Log Book of Flight Lt. Edward Palmer (033145).

Historical information

Log Book covers the period from 1943 until Palmer's discharge in 1952. Post-war, Palmer was Captain of the New Zealand Govenor Generals aircraft (the GG at the time was Bernard Freyberg). Palmer was awarded an Air Force Cross in 1949.

Diary of Peter Waters

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

WW 2 diary, notes, and sketches of Peter Waters (410186 RAAF 80 Sqn).

Historical information

Diary covers the period from November 1942 to September 1944. Waters was executed by the Japanese in New Guinea in March 1945. The autograph book belonged to Waters mother (Maude), and records the appreciation of the service personnel who lodged at her residence in Bridge Street, Hampton.

Letter of Edward William Earl

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Double-sided one page handwritten letter of Edward Earl (3597 - 4 Tunnelling Company, Headquarters 1).

Historical information

Earl's letter to his mother, dated 3rd June 1917, tells of the ordeal of being trapped in a mine for forty three hours at Hill 60 on the Western Front. In his letter, Earl states his belief that it was only because of Sgt Alexander Hood that a rescue attempt was undertaken. Earl died of disease the following month (July 1917). Alexander Hood was killed in action on 31st October 1917. Earl's brother, Stewart Leigh Earl ( 2404 - 46th Battalion), served and survived.

Letters of Herbert Black

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Two signed letters by John Monash sent to Herbert Black (21921 - 9th Field Company Engineers).

Historical information

Letters by Monash relate to Black's request for possible promotion and/or reassignment. First letter dated 11th December 1918, second letter dated 17th January 1919.

Sheet music collection

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Selection of sheet music circa 1900.

Historical information

Mostly published by Allan & Co. Melbourne, and various London Publishers.

Diary of William John Stephenson

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

WW 2 diary of William Stephenson (VX 51713 2/23 Battalion).

Historical information

Stephenson departed Melbourne on 3 September 1941 onboard the Queen Mary. Diary runs from departure date until September 1 1942, covering Stephenson's Middle East service and his wounding in action at Alamein. One year later, Stephenson was wounded in action at Buiem River in New Guinea, and a few days later died from the wounds received.

Diary of Alfred Miller Baud

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Small pocket diary in brown leather wallet. Diary of Alfred Baud (1852 - 3rd Divisional Signal Company, Section 3). Also coverless notebook with notes of history of 55th Battery.

Historical information

Departed Melbourne HMAT Ascanius 10 November 1915. Diary continues until January 1918, covering North Africa and European operations. Letter from Captain of Ascanius thanking Baud for his onboard assistance in the Wireless department.

Diary of Robert Robertson Rail

RSL Victoria - Anzac House Reference Library and Memorabilia Collection, Melbourne

Small coverless pocket notebook. Diary of Robert Rail (5411 - 24th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement).

Historical information

Diary begins 26 February 1917 and ends 16 June 1917. Covers time spent on Western Front.