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Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum Bendigo, Victoria

The origins of the Bendigo Sub Branch go back to 1916. The splendid building that houses the Museums collection was completed in 1921 by public subscription, a fitting tribute to the AIF. The RSL was granted tenure of occupancy from that day.The Museums beginning dates back to 1996 and was finally opened to the public in Feb 1998. The collection at present covers from the Boer War to Iraq, medals, diaries, weapons, uniforms, personnel effects, trench art, a library and the Grinton collection "A Camera on the Somme". Such is the collection that we are now rotating items of memorabilia.

Contact Information

location
P.O.Box 42 Long Gully Victoria 3550
phone
+61 (03) 5442 4513

Contact

Opening Hours

Open 10am to 4pm Closed some public holidays

Entry Fee

Adult $6, Conc $5, Students $4, Family $15

Location

37 - 39 Pall Mall Bendigo Victoria

To collect, conserve, communicate and commemorate central Victoria’s contribution and experience in military conflict and peacekeeping from colonial to the present day. Combining the Bendigo District RSL Sub-branch Inc and the Passchendaele Barracks Trust collections.

vern sinclair 13 January 2019 11:26 AM

Extremely disappointed with my recent visit.. No longer have we a great collection of military history on display anymore.museum looks more like an art gallery.Total waste of money on refurbishment as is.CURATOR please restore museum to former standard.Will not be recommended to any visitors.TOTALLY DISGUSTED...

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MEDAL

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Commemorative medal issued to Armed Forces, Belgium 1914-18

TAPESTRY, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Cenotaph and fountain scene.

DOCUMENT

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Allied Document written in Japanese. Front has red & blue stripe with Japanese & some English writing. Back has further Japanese writing in black ink with a red Japanese stamp.

Historical information

Document letting Japanese soldiers know that if they come in they will be treated properly. Item souvenired by William Herbert Greenman VX126789 2nd AIF. Refer Cat No 81 for his service details and other.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front left below blue stripe: THE BEARER HAS CEASED RESISTANCE. TREAT HIM WELL IN ACCORDANCE WITH INTERNATIONAL LAW. TAKE HIM TO THE NEAREST COMMANDING OFFICER. C - IN - C ALLIED FORCES

PHOTOGRAPH, FRAMED.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

B&W photo showing a large group of soldiers gathered at the Queen Elizabeth Oval, Bendigo, during WWI. Photo set on cream background with stained and grooved wooden frame.

Historical information

Item in the collection re Frederick Arthur William Hutson No 3539 AIF. Refer 922 for his service history.

UNIFORM

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Uniform from Iraq may - nov 2005 .1) Shirt with mp sleeves attached .2) pants .3) Hat .4) Goggles .5) & .6) Boots .7) Vest with 1 sterile wound dressing pack in pocket

BOTTLE- CARRIER-MUG

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Water bottle Australian, plastic , green with screw top lid, Kidney shape. .2) Water bottle carrier Australian , green webbing, felt lined with 2 steel clips on rear. .3) Mug, steel, Australian, Kidney shaped, has fold out steel handle.

Historical information

Item carried by Geoff Murray No 3411521, served Vietnam, 3 Cav Regt 27.11.67 to 23.10.68, 1st Topographical Survey Corp 15.10.69 to 15.10.70.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) " 8465-71-10808703" .3) "8645-50-242-7843"

GREAT COAT

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Army great coat, khaki wool, has metal shoulder badges reading Australia. Shoulder flashes T shaped denoting Tobruk, red centre T with triangular wedge shape greyish colour, white outline around shape.

Historical information

Shoulder badge is 2/4th Australian light anti-aircraft regiment

BADGE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Badge made out of Perspex depicting the Rising Sun Badge. The back ground is black affixed to a copper plate silver crown with red lining. The crown has silver rising sun set of swords above it.

Historical information

The badge is a type of Trench Art. Belonged to Billy Bird No VX113169, 2/14 Batt AIF. Refer 1601.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Aust Commonwealth Military Forces"

BOOK - Worth a Mention

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

TICKET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Ticket for entry to Windsor Castle

Historical information

Part of WILLIAM HOLMES Collection. Refer 2548.2P for his service details. Ticket for W HOLMES to visit Windsor Castle.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamp on front indicating date of issue Handwritten on back: W HOLMES

PHOTOGRAPHS, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Coloured photos of Kings Colours, Plaque in Darwin & Regimental Colours of 28th Battalion. Mounted on maroon background in brown frame with gold inner trim. Glass front, cardboard backing with wire hanging strap.

Inscriptions & Markings

Underneath photos on a white sticker: The Kings Colours and Regimental Colours were presented on behalf on the citizens of Bendigo by Governor General Sir Ronald Munro Ferguson KCMC to the Battalion on 14th June 1916. The Colours are at All Saints Cathedral Bendigo RHS front bottom corner & LHS back sticker bearing: No 71

BOOK - Gallant and Distinguished Service, Vietnam 1962 -1973

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Soft card cover. Title in black print on a red background. Cover illustrated front & back with photos. 154 pages with cut edges. Illustrated with black & white photos.

Historical information

A record of British and Foreign decorations awarded to Australian Servicemen in Vietnam for 1962 to 1973.

POSTCARDS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Postcards, Japanese paper material for Austrlian POWs. On the front are the prisoner's details and the recipients. On the rear is a description of the person's health and the date. Card is a yellowish colour with Japanese inscription and a date. Cards are re. MC Willoughby.

Historical information

These cards were filled out to give the impression that everything was okay. M.C.Willoughby VX54056. POW. Refer 1112 certificate, 1115 medals.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1 Handwritten in pen "Parker 4" .2 Handwritten in pen "Parker 3"

TIN, BADGE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Tin, metal, gold colour with hinged lid, ornate on lid with "Princess Mary Centre", "Christmas 1914" - gift tin to troops. .2) Badge, metal, brass, "Letters 'L.H'" with lugs & pin. .3) Same as .2). .4) Badge, metal, round centre has letters "RSA" in white & red. "Returned Soldiers Assoc. Victoria".

Historical information

Items souvenired, collected by Horace Eli Hambly No 794 AIF. Refer 2325.2 for his service history.

Inscriptions & Markings

.4) "1904"

MAPS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

(.1) Map, France, sheet 51A, Edition 1, scale 1:40,000, Ordnance survey 1916, gauze lined, rear has glossary of terms French to English. (.2) Map, France, sheet 62B, first edition, scale 1:40,000, Ordnance survey December 1917, gauze lined, rear has glossary of terms French to English. (.3) Map France, Lens 11, scale 1:100,000, OSO 1915, gauze lined. (.4) map, France, Dieppe 16, scale 1:100,000, general staff No 2364, War Office 19– gauze lined. (.5) Map, France (same as (.2)

Historical information

(.1) Areas covered by this map, Somain to Valenciennes, Ramillies to Beaudignies. (.2) Areas covered on this map, Bellicourt to Tupigny, St Quentin to Guise. (.3) Areas covered on this map, Heslin to lens, Domart to Baupaume. (.4) Areas covered on this map, Dieppe to Le Quesnoy, Monville to Bonniers. (.5) Same as (.2) Items relate to William Alexander No 502 AIF. Refer 3746.3 for his service details.

Inscriptions & Markings

(.2 & .5) On rear hand written “124 A.L.T.M.B P179/5

HEXAMINE STOVE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Metal (rusting) fold up stove with Hexamine cooking fuel tablets.

Historical information

Item issued to Malcolm Stuart Angus No 3112710, served Vietnam with 6 RAR 8.5.1969 - 17.11.1969.

LEG WARMER

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Cream, hand knitted, woolen leg warmer.

Historical information

Item re Frederick Gardner DAVEY DFC No 410533 RAAF. Refer Reg No 3536P for his service details.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

BROOCH & BADGES

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Rising Sun badge, mother of pearl. .2) RAAF Badge with wings, perspex. .3) Brooch, oval shape.

Historical information

Items were classed as Trench Art, many items were made out of Perspex.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) Bottom: Australian Commonwealth Military Forces .2) Centre: RAAF .3) Centre: Mother I go to return

BADGES

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) 2/10 Armoured Regt attached to Khaki hat band .2) 2/10 Armoured Regt shoulder patch badge(badge) .3) 2/10 Armoured Regt shoulder patch (Badge) .4) 14th Aust Armoured Regt shoulder (Badge) .5) 14th Armoured Regt cloth patch (small)

Historical information

Items belonged to Thomas Henry Iser V24933 and VX102660 2nd AIF.

UNIFORM, ARMY

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Battle Dress Uniform AIF 1953 .1) Jacket .2) Trousers .3) Tie

MEDAL

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Medal and ribbon not mounted re H.T.Ridge. 1. Pacific Star.

Historical information

Henry Thomas Ridge V57996, VX148845, CMF & 2nd AIF. Refer 475.10, 473P, 495, 496.

Inscriptions & Markings

"VX148845 H.T. Ridge"

BADGE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Badge, brass, boomerand over top, crossbow under with scroll at base. Pins and clips for clothing attachment.

Historical information

Badge issued to Murray Stanley Metherall AATTV. Refer 590.2.

Inscriptions & Markings

“AATTV-Persevere”

PHOTOGRAPH

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Photo, black & white showing 37 Band Members with their instruments re 3rd Pioneer Battalion and a dog. Photo is on cardboard placed on a white cardboard sheet with plastic cover over the photo stapled holding it onto the rear cover. Back row 2nd from left: H E HEWSTON No 40.

Historical information

Herbert Edgar Hewston No 40 AIF. Refer 2759.2 for his service history. Part of the HEWSTON collection WW1 & WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

On rear cardboard in green printing: Band. Third Pioneers Regiment 1st AIF On photo bottom R corner: X1385

BADGES

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

x 3 gold coloured metal badges mounted on blue velvet coloured cards, featuring a kangaroo & motto. Hat badge & collar badges of 4th Light Horse Regiment. Each badge is attached via ring & split pin.

Historical information

Hat badge & 2 collar badges of the 4th Light Horse Regiment.

BOOK - The Great War

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

BADGE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Metal badge with enamel inserts of navy blue, white & red.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front at top: 51 On front: PARTIALLY BLINDED SOLDIERS ASSOCIATION Badge No on back: 236

BOOK - Roden Cutler, V.C. The Biography

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Book, hard cover in black buckram. Title on spine in gold lettering. Illustrated dust cover depicting image of Roden Cutler. Black & white photographic illustrations & black & white maps. 418 pages with cut edges.

Historical information

Biographic account of Roden Cutler's life as soldier & citizen. Includes an account of his action leading to the award of the Victoria Cross during WWII.

BADGES

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Badge, bakelite black, rectangular with rectangular white over red patch in centre. .2) Badge, bakelite black, rectangular with rectangular white patch centre. .3) Badge, bakelite black, diamond shape with white diamond shape centre. .4) Smaller version of 1.).

Historical information

(.1) item is most likely to represent the 2nd 8th Battalion. Part of the HEWSTON collection WW1 & WW2.

CARD

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Small, yellow cardboard outer with paper inside. Folds in half. Front has crown with M & 1915 in red underneath.

Historical information

Item belonged to Horace Eli Hambly No 794 AIF. refer 2325.2 for his service history.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written inside: Best Wishes for a Victorious Year from Princess Mary