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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 SET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Medal set, court mounted, set of 2 re R.A Gardiner. 1. War Medal 1914-1919, silver colour, replica not engraved. 2. Victory Medal, gold colour.

Historical information

Raymond Aubrey Gardiner enlisted in the 4th reinforcements 38th Batt AIF on 8.7.16. Embarked 20.10.16. He passed Lewis Gunnery School in England and was then in the field 3 months when he was KIA by shell fire on 4.10.17. A brother Claude served in the 46th Batt. Refer 1896.

Inscriptions & Markings

"2325 A.Cpl RA Gardiner 38 Bn AIF"

BOOK - The Nominal Role of Vietnam Veterans.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Soft paper cover Black, blue, yellow Yellow print Pages 210 No illustrations. Black print on white paper

Inscriptions & Markings

Sticker - FRANCIS W DEAN BEM

BOOK - Australian Women and War

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Teal green hard cover with white print & loose jacket illustrated with black & white & colour photographs. White print/text black & white & colour photos throughout, 270 pages.

Historical information

Card taped inside pages: In loving memory of Christina Craig 03-03-1918 - 11-07-2013

BELT BUCKLE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Brass Buckle with two Prongs

BOOK - Two Eggs on my Plate.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Lt Karki , hard cover book. 287 pages illustrated. Title in gold letters with red backing on spine. Title also in black lettering on white paper stuck on spine.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on fly leaf: Donated by K Proud

LEAVE PASSES

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

CURRENCY

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Currency, Notes, Collection: .1) 10 Gulden, purple ink, for use in Dutch Indies, "SI" stamped on front .2) 10 Rupees, red ink, for use in India "BA" stamped on front .3) 1 cent, blue ink, "MD" stamped on front - no country

Historical information

Souvenired by Keith David Livingston VX136969 2nd AIF. Refer 1911P for service history.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) 10 Gulden note = "De Japansche regeering betaalt aan toonder" .2) 10 Rupee note = "The Japanese Government Ten Rupees" .3) "The Japanese Government One Cent"

HONOUR ROLL, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

St Mathews Anglican Church Long gully

TIN, BISCUIT

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Biscuit tin, rectangular with coloured floral arrangement on front. Used by jack Grinton to hold nitrate negative photos taken during WWI. Original biscuit manufacturing label on front in one corner.

Historical information

The tin was owned by Jack Grinton No 1043, 38th Batt AIF. This tin held all of his nitrate negative photos for many years that he took during the Great War which remained virtually intact as away from light and air until rediscovered early 21st century. Part of the Grinton collection which contained hundreds of negatives and developed photos. Refer 1317P, 1320P.

ORDNANCE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

PHOTOGRAPH

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Photo, sepia tone, portrait of a soldier in slouch hat wearing a tie. Background is clear.

Historical information

Percy Andrew Goulburn MAKEPEACE No.3558, enlisted 5.8.15 aged 19 in 8th reinforcements 21st Bn AIF, embarked 29.12.1915 for Eygpt. Transferred to 57th Bn. KIA 24.9.1917 while a Bn runner. He was killed by shell fire while moving to 58th Bn near Polygon Wood. There are a number of Red Cross files relating to his death.

PHOTOGRAPH

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Photo of William L Devereaux

Inscriptions & Markings

William L Devereaux

MEMORIAL SCROLL, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Memorial scroll rectangular, yellowish background. At top is a 'Coat of Arms' crown, lions, unicorn. Letters 'GV' 'RI' at top. The scroll commemorates those who made the supreme sacrifice. Individual space at bottom for name written in red. The frame is black with gold edging.

Historical information

The scroll is part of 3 items sent to widows/families etc of those who never came home. Refer 399.2, 419, 655.3, 398P, 875.

Inscriptions & Markings

"2/Lieut William Edwin Cook Yorkshire Regt"

WATER BOTTLE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

TRENCH ART

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1 Jug, made from shell casing and silver or chrome plated. Handle is made of rifle cartridges soldered on. .2 Brass casing for "shotgun" type starting system for English Electric engine.

Historical information

Vase & Jug made from shells by Gunner Harold Salmon VX32173, enlisted 18.06.1940, discharged 17.09.1945

Inscriptions & Markings

.1 Stamped on side "Syria", base has "75 DE C ATL 953 18C" .2 On base "Cart Elec Eng Start ME 79/2 87 ME 7/80", stamped in black ink "N010 Mk2"

HANDBOOK - Wireless & Telegraph Operators

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Khaki coloured soft cover with black print. At the bottom is a symbol of His Majesty's Stationery Office, London. 123 pages plus annexes. Illustrated advertising. Text regarding signals, morse code & message procedures.

BOOK - My Life - Chronicles of a Wartime Pilot.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

102 page softcover book with B&W photos and cut pages.

Historical information

Autobiography of Lin Kean Chong.

Inscriptions & Markings

"With compliments-(signature)"

BOOK - Brave and True. From Blue to Khaki.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Soft cardboard/paper cover. White with sepia photograph. Blue trim on cover. Pages 136. Illustrated - black and white photos.

BOOK - Australians in World War 1: Australian Light Horse

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Black and cream softcover with fold in flaps. Front cover has head and shoulders photo of Light Horseman in uniform.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sticker on first page with previous owners' names and address.

BOOK - Beersheba

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

128 page cut edged softcover book. White cover with colour illustrations with title and author's name in black print. Contains maps and illustrations.

Historical information

Book describes the charge of the charge of the 4th LHR at Beersheba on October 31st 1917. Service details of each Light Horseman are included.

Inscriptions & Markings

On title page "Donated by Warracknabeal Secondary College" and Bendigo RSL stamp.

BOOK - The Guns of Musdui

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Book, soft cover. Front cover has an image of jungle vegetation & coastline. Print is gold & red ink. 255 pages, illustrations & some maps.

Inscriptions & Markings

Len Burke Donated by Len Burke

CLOTH, EMBROIDERED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Dark green silk/rayon cloth edged with fringed gold braid and embroidered heavily in chain stitch with flowers, scrolls and flags.

Inscriptions & Markings

Message in gold along top "A merry Christmas and a happy new year" In centre "Souvenir of Egypt 1915"

WRISTWATCH

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Seiko wristwatch waterproof The watch has a 24hr setting 12hr marked Blue 12hrs marked in red

Historical information

Item brought home from Vietnam by Wesley Bertuch. Refer 1664.2 for his service history.

Inscriptions & Markings

Model 6117-6410 s/n 070093

PHOTOGRAPHS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Post card photo, sepia, portrait of a soldier with slouch hat, background clear. .2) Post card photo, sepia showing 1 seated & 1 standing soldier in studio background. .3) Photo, sepia, showing a large group of hospital inmates, nurses & 2 small boys.

Historical information

Bertie HARWARD No 3854 AIF. Refer Reg No 341P for his service details.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) On rear: To Mrs HARWARD 48 Arnold St Bendigo - (3854) Pte B Harward 12th Reinforcements 5th Battalion 2nd INF Brigade, On Active Service AIF .2) On rear: France 22.12.17 Yours affectionately Bert Harward .3) On rear: 28.9.18 Sulby Hall Hospital Welford Rugby England Bertie Harward 2nd from right front row

MEDALS & CERTIFICATE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Medals, individual, (2) re P.N Redden. .1) Victory Medal. .2) War Medal 1914-19. .3) Certificate of Discharge No W749 re P.N Redden, certificate is laminated, details name, rank, Regt No, years of service, personnel details, double sided form.

Historical information

Patrick Noel Redden No 21402 enlisted on 16.9.15 in 9th FAB Ammunition Column aged 21 years 10 months. Embarked for England 11.5.16, embarked for France 16.1.17, transfered to Divisional Artillery 23.3.17, hospital 17.11.17 with Influenza then early December with Myalgia. Rejoins unit in France 15.1.18, discharged from the AIF on 20.8.19. (1 D.A.C) 1st Division Ammunition Column.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) & .2) "21402 GNR P.N.Redden 1 D.A.C, A.I.F"

DOCUMENT, NAVAL

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Typed sheet in purple listing points 1-41 re brief description of the retaking of Gaudalcanal in 1942. There are 3 underlined headings, "High level bombers, Dive bombers, Torpedoe bombers". HMAS Hobart and Australia were involved.

Historical information

Item belonged to Arthur George Holley No 13556 RAN, HMAS Hobart. Refer 2134 for service history also 2137, 2147.

BOOTS, FLYING

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1 & .2 Black leather boots, wool fur lined, straps to hold shut, pair

Historical information

The boots belonged to Maxwell Lennox Matheson No 418447 RAAF. Refer 1959 for his service history.

HAT

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Hat, mid blue colour with brim, cotton fabric with - United Nations. Nations Unies - emblem machine embroidered in white thread on front of hat.

Inscriptions & Markings

Makers label inside hat crown: Hills Made By Hills Hats In New Zealand Medium

CARTRIDGE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Shell approx 20mm Dia. Made of steel. Flat nose inert one copper driving band .2) Shell case rimless, made of brass.

Historical information

Item souveniered by Billy Bird No VX113169 2/14 Batt AIF. Refer 1601.

BOOK - Ghost Soldiers

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Book, soft cover, small image at top shows composite photo of various POW camps. Writing is embossed with eerie green edges. Other small writing in white, 342 pages.

Inscriptions & Markings

From Bishop Noel Daly's collection 2004