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Bairnsdale RSL Sub-Branch Inc. Bairnsdale, Victoria

The Bairnsdale RSL Sub-Branch commenced life as a returned sailors and soldiers club/association in May 1918 by soldiers returning from the Great War. Facilities at the "Grand Coffee Palace" in Main Street were provided by public subscription from September 1918. The following year, in May 1919, the Club's application to join the newly created RSSILA (Returned Sailors & Soldiers Imperial League Australia) was approved and the Bairnsdale Sub-Branch established.

Over the years the sub-branch has accumulated a collection of historical items that have been donated by ex service personnel and from the local community of East Gippsland. The collection continues to grow and includes items such as artwork, photographs, letters, documents, medals, weapons and souvenirs from the Boer War to the present day arenas of conflict.

We also have a large library of books and digital format material on military history, unit history, diaries, biographies and generally conflict related material.

Our Charter includes the preservation of our proud tradition of Australia's military history and to perpetuate and honour the memory of those who have suffered and died for Australia. The collection is housed in the clubrooms and regularly changed to acknowledge events in our military history and honour those deaths.

Please note that at any point of time not all items of the collection are on display.


Contact Information

2 Bairnsdale - Forge Creek Rd Bairnsdale Victoria (map)
+61 (03) 5152 3928

Opening Hours

Daily : 10am - midnight

Entry Fee

There is no fee to entry the clubrooms and all interested persons are welcome.


2 Bairnsdale - Forge Creek Rd Bairnsdale Victoria

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This is a collection of historical military items that have been donated to the sub-branch by ex servicemen and women and local families of East Gippsland. It includes, but is not limited to, letters, photographs, paintings, medals, uniform, flags, weapons and souvenirs from before WW1 to the present day.

This collection pays particular attention to the relevance of items in context to the region and acknowledges those of the Bairnsdale district and East Gippsland region.

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Rising Sun hat badge - Australia

Bairnsdale RSL Sub-Branch Inc., Bairnsdale

Rising Sun Badge Seven star with crown surmounted by the word "Australia". First Pattern Hat Badge

Historical information

The first Rising Sun badge design is by no means a mirror image of the Trophy of Arms on which it is thought to be designed. But it comes close to being a mirror image of part of the badge worn by the Victorian Cadet Forces circa1890. (WWW.diggerhistory)



Inscriptions & Markings

Seven Sun Star raidiating lines Australia inscribed over crown

Print Anzacs Landing at Gallipoli - Landing of the Anzacs 25 April 1915

Bairnsdale RSL Sub-Branch Inc., Bairnsdale

Print framed under glass

Historical information

Displayed in the Bruthen Shire office untill shire ammalgamation


Localy historicaly significant

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to the Shire of Tambo from the Bruthen Sub-Branch R.S.L.I.L.A. June 9th 1925 (RHS) Presented to the Australian Commonwealth Governement by Austin Taylor esq London (LHS) From the original picture by Charles Dixon now in the National Art Gallery Sydney

memento embroidered

Bairnsdale RSL Sub-Branch Inc., Bairnsdale

silk hand embroaded memento Mrs P G Handcock from Bill Palistine 1941 Australian Commonwealth Military Forces Rising Sun Badge in centre Crown is centered on top of Garlands with flowers embossed in corners Blue fringed on all edges

Historical information

Hand embroaded on silk memento by Bill Handcock to his mother from Pelestine 1940. Main feature is the Rising Sun Bagde.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Palestine" Lower L/H Side, "1940" Lower R/H side, "Mrs P G Handcock /From Bill" centre bottom, "Australian Commonwealth /Military Forces, on Rising-Sun-Badge centre

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Their Name Liveth Vol VI Part II

Bairnsdale RSL Sub-Branch Inc., Bairnsdale

Red covered book Their name Liveth on top of cover Seal of Commonwealth War Graves Commission under Title

Historical information

Some Pictures of War Cemeteries of South -East Asia,The Pacific Islands and Japan 1914-1918 and 1939-1945

Inscriptions & Markings

Their Name Liveth Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Momento Doily

Bairnsdale RSL Sub-Branch Inc., Bairnsdale

Hand •crochet cloth Doily, probably cotten, Dedication Inscription,Lone Pine Greater Love Lost rest in peace Pine tree, Flags / banners, Shield with cross,

Inscriptions & Markings

Embroided in the momento "LONE/PINE/GREATER/LOVE/REST/IN/PEACE".