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Ballarat Ranger Military Museum Ballarat, Vic

8/7 RVR Unit Historical Collection based on Ballarat & District military history and 8/7 RVR history covering the Volunteer, Militia, WW1, WW2, CMF and Army Reserve eras.

Officially opened in 1989, the Ballarat Ranger Military Museum is home to a unique collection of local military history. The museum houses a collection of militaria belonging to units which have served Ballarat and district dating back to 1858 when the Ballarat Volunteer Rifle Regiment was formed. Among the displays is the Long and Efficient Service Medal to a former Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Sleep that was awarded in 1881, uniforms of Ballarat's WW1 and WW2 soldiers and modern day memorabilia.

Donations of 8/7 RVR memorabilia and other military items are welcome.

Contact Information

location
Ranger Barracks 1806 Sturt Street Ballarat Victoria 3350 (map)
phone
+61 0400 573 802; 0481 286 167

Contact

Opening Hours

Thursday 1.00-4.00 pm and 4th Sunday each month 9.00-12.00 noon or by appointment.

Entry Fee

Gold Coin Donation

Location

1806 Sturt Street Ballarat Vic

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8/7 RVR Unit Historical Collection based on Ballarat & District military history and 8/7 RVR history covering the Volunteer, Militia, WW1, WW2, CMF and Army Reserve eras.

Rod Iddles 2 June 2015 11:40 AM

After watching an episode of Tony Robertsons tour of duty I am intrigued to find out more information on a station masters bell that was shown on the program. I am the President of the 7th Division Engineers Association it was said that the bell was "borrowed" from the ballarat train station by someone of the 7th Division. The bell had engraved on it different campaigns it went to one of which being Tobruk, the only 7th Division unit that went to Tobruk was the 2/6th Fld Coy from the Engineers. I would like to find out as much information about this bell and the person that returned it as I possibly can thank you.

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Medal - Distingished Conduct Medal

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DCM awarded to David Hannah, 46th Bn AIF Mounted in display box with internal light.

Inscriptions & Markings

D. Hannah

Medal - Lt Col Sleep Long & Efficient Service Medal

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The 'Sleep' Medal mounted in a photo frame with a photographs of Lt Col Sleep and his service details.

Inscriptions & Markings

J. T. Sleep. 1880

Colour Regimental - 70th Infantry

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A green Regimental Colour presented to the 70th Infantry (Ballarat Regiment).

Inscriptions & Markings

70 Wreath in centre South Africa 1899-1902 (Battle Honour)

Colour Regimental - 71st Infantry

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A green Regimental Colour presented to the 71st (City of Ballarat) Infantry

Inscriptions & Markings

71 Wreath in centre South Africa 1899 - 1902 (Battle Honour)

Photograph (copy) - 8th Battalion Cairo

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Wooden framed photocopy of Postcard front and rear

Historical information

The 8th Battalion was raised from Ballarat & District in August 1914 and embarked for overseas service in October 1914. With the rest of the AIF the battalion trained in Egypt prior to landing at Gallipoli. This photograph was taken during a march from Ismailia to Cairo.

Significance

One of few photographs of the 8th Battalion on a route march in Egypt 1914/5.

Inscriptions & Markings

The 8th Battalion with Col Bolton and Capt Possingham (Adjt) leading crossing the bridge at Cairo, coming back from Ismailia.

Book - Victoria's Cross .ANZAC to Archangel

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Soft Cover 144 Pages

Historical information

The story of Sgt. Sam Pearse, V.C. M.M.

Significance

History of Victoria Crosses with reference to the 7th Battalion 1st AIF

Banner King's - 7th Australian Infantry Regiment King's Banner

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Helmet Steel

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WW2.steel helmet with out leather head liner

Headlight Cover Black-out

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