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Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch Dandenong, Victoria

The Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch was formed by the amalgamation of the Dandenong and Cranbourne Sub Branches in 2009 and provides members and guests the use of two venues at the Dandenong RSL and the Cranbourne RSL.

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1475 South Gippsland Hwy Cranbourne VIC 3175
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+61 (03) 9792 1535

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Location

44 – 50 Clow Street Dandenong Victoria

Sandra M Smith 23 October 2018 6:07 PM

After locating an item in your collection through your Search engine, how are you able to have a clearer and larger look. Also how are you able to read the provenance please? I was looking at your holdings for ELLIOTT/ELLIOT Thank you

Michael Newbond 23 October 2018 7:31 PM

Hi Sandra, This medal belonged to 2061 William Henry Elliott. If you have an email address, I can send you an image that, hopefully, you will be able to enlarge on your computer. Thank you, Michael Newbond

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Ribbon, Momento.

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Ribbon Memento celebrating the U.S.A Fleet in Australia 1908. "Welcome". Coloured red /white and blue.

German Bayonet & Scabbard.

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Steel Bayonet with wood insert in handle and metal scabbard. WWI German.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bayonet at base of blade E@24 left hand side x/CSZ on left side- Z on hilt left side. Scabbard on belt clip E95 (crossed knifes0 then 50 tgf

Sepia phtograph/postcard

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Portrait of Vivian Bullwinkel AO, MBE (1915 - 2000)

Historical information

WWII historical significance

Inscriptions & Markings

Vivian Bullwinkel, a Second World War army nursing sister, is best known as the sole survivor of the infamous Banka Island massacre, in which 21 of her colleagues were killed by Japanese troops. Her courage while a prisoner pf the Japanese for over three and a half years exemplified the bravery of Australian women in war, and her distinguished postwar career was marked by many humanitarian achievements.

Medals, WW2

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

The pacific Star & The 1939-1945 Star

Pacific Star WWII

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Pacific Star WWII

Japanese Binoculars

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Black adjustable binoculars with brown leather strap and brown leather case with buckle strap. Case has blue/grey velvet lining and a leather belt strap. Clasp is missing.

Historical information

This item was captured by H.Q. Coy, 2/14 Battalion at Balikpapan, Borneo 1945, probably by Tom Aldrick (given the inscription on the leather case). Tom Aldrick has donated other items taken from captured Japanese soldiers to the Dandenong-Cranbourne RSL.

Inscriptions & Markings

There is a Japanese inscription inside the case lid in black ink. Three Japanese characters are depicted. Adjacent to the right eyepiece there are also Japanese characters that have been inscribed into the surface with a sharp implement. Beige label adhered to front of case with "ALDRICK" handwritten in ink.

Book of Pilot's Notes. - Pilot,s Notes General. 2nd Edition.

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Book of Pilot's Notes General. Promulgated by order of the Air Council. Contains notes on Aircraft , engines, and dealing with emergencies.

Rock from Lone Pine Trench

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Small Piece Of Rock

Historical information

Rock from Lone Pine Trench Gallipoli

Clothing Ration Card 1948

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Paper card rectangular white with red printing with name issued to and registered number on left top quarter of card and numbered squares from 1 to 56 in the other areas of the card.

Historical information

Issued to Dorothy C McGuiness.

Inscriptions & Markings

Issued by Commonwealthof Australia 1948 Clothing Ration Card Number B178308 Issued to -Dorothy C Mc Guiness (?) 10 Fulton St (?) SE3. Also wrtten-: V If this card is found it must be returned at once to the Deputy Director of Rationing, Melbourne.

Badge

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Artificer Badge. Metal badge is mounted through an aluminium metal plate and secured with clips

Historical information

Possibly WW2

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Camera & Case

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Metal silver Vest Pocket Kodak Camera. Rectangular box type with scissor pop out lens. Bellows made of leather During WW1 it was marketed as a camera suitable for soldiers due to size and portability. often referred to as "The soldiers camera". It has small shutter release button mounted above the lens plate and below the lens there is a slider for choice of apertures, It originally used A127 autographic roll film. The case is small leather black rectangular shaped with flap and press stud to keep shut.

Historical information

This camera went ashore at Gallipoli on the first day of the invasion 25/04/1915.

Inscriptions & Markings

On plate holding the lens-:VEST POCKET KODAK Patented Mar 4,1902,May 6,1913 On bronze piece surrounding the lens -: 25BT50 clear ...brilliant tripod gray 1/2 sec ...dull 3/4 sec...very 01 sec Made by Eastman Kodak Co Rochester USA Autotime patent 1908 cloud marine distant view ave rge view nearview portrait No markings on leather case.

Raffle tin - POW APPEAL

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

P.O.W. Appeal raffle tin, street day appeal with white paper around with red writing, Silver tin compete with handle.

Historical information

Nil

Significance

History involved from just after WW11 for collection of funds for P.O.W's who had just returned form the conflict.

Inscriptions & Markings

Number 158 printed on paper. P.O.W. APPEAL printed on paper in red with address Room 11 7th Floor 340 Lt. Collins St.

Fighting Pick

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Fighting pick appears to be from Papua New Guinea. (Tari Fighting Pick ?) Implement is made of wood (appears soft wood handle with hard wood head.) Pick/hammer shaped with head attached to handle by cane binding.Some grooving on rear of the head and small binding at back.Wood colour with some red coloring in the grooves at back of head.

Japanese Occupation Money, WWII

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Collection of Japanese Government-issued bank notes distributed in occupied territories during WWII. The notes are rectangular of various sizes, made from paper and either purple, blue, green or khaki decorative designs and text. The collection includes five centavos, four dollar notes, three gulden notes and four pound notes.

Historical information

The Japanese Government issued new currency within their occupied territories during WWII. Imperial Japan-occupied territories were Singapore, Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Brunei between 1942 and 1945.

Small model of ship.

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Hand made model of H.M.A.S. CENTAUR

Historical information

Model of WW11 hospital ship Centaur that was sunk during WWII

Inscriptions & Markings

H.M .A.H.S. CENTAUR

War Medals

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

1939-1945 Pacific Star, The 1939 -1945 Star, The Australian Service Medal 1939-1945 and 1939-1945 War Medal awarded to VX 69902 Horace William McDonald.

Historical information

WWII Historical significance

Inscriptions & Markings

VX69902 H.W. McDonald

Booklet - Miltary Map Reading for the New Army with an Appendix on Judgment of Distance

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Beige booklet bound with two staples. White pages within with black illustrations and type. 64 pages.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: "MILITARY MAP / READING / for the / NEW ARMY / with an Appendix on / JUDGMENT OF DISTANCE / PRICE: TWO SHILLINGS & SIXPENCE"

Souvenier

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Souvenir of the Grand Review By the Governor General of Victorian Returned Naval Men and Members of the Australian Imperial Forces (A.I.F.) held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on the 3rd of May 1919.

Historical information

Original Souvenir booklet from 1919

Inscriptions & Markings

Picture of His Majesty the King (George the Fifth).Photos of Our Heroes in the Making on page 2. Pictures of various politicians the Governor General on page 3. Pages 4 and 5 displays the colours of various units participating in the parade. Pictures of worldwide dignitaries on page 6.Page shows photographs of where Australia's Glorious deeds were done. On the rear shows Anzac House, Collins Street, Melbourne.

Book - Underground Cable Notes .Brown cover for Defence Personnel.

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Brown covered book issued by the Commonwealth of Australia.

Historical information

Used in most operations

Significance

In good order.

Inscriptions & Markings

Issued by Chief Engineer,s Branch Postmaster- General,s Department, Melbourne.

Patch, Army

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Red background made of material, then stuck on cardboard. represents two crossed rifles.

Badge

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Badge with khaki background and three dark blue arrows. Machine made.

Pendant " Cross of Mother" Der Deutschen Mutter.

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

The cross design is a slender elongated form of the Iron Cross or cross pattée and very similar in design to the Marian Cross of the Teutonic Knights Order (Marianerkreuz des Deutschen Ritterordens), enamelled translucent-blue with a slim opaque-white border.[2][6] Resting on the centre radiant starburst rays is a metal roundel decorated with the words ”DER DEUTSCHEN MUTTER” (In English: TO THE GERMAN MOTHER) around an enamelled black straight centred “swastika” symbol, infilled white enamel. (refer

Historical information

The Cross of Honour of the German Mother (German: Ehrenkreuz der Deutschen Mutter), referred to colloquially as the Mutterehrenkreuz (Mother's Cross of Honour) or simply Mutterkreuz (Mother's Cross), was a state decoration conferred by the government of the German Reich[1][2] to honour a Reichsdeutsche German mother for exceptional merit to the German nation.[2][3][4] Eligibility later extended to include Volksdeutsche (ethnic German) mothers from, for example, Austria and Sudetenland, that had earlier been incorporated into the German Reich.[4] The decoration was conferred from 1939 until 1945[5] in three classes: bronze, silver, and gold,[2][6] to Reichsdeutsche mothers who exhibited probity, exemplary motherhood, and who conceived and raised at least four or more children in the role of a parent.[7][8] A similar practice, that continues to this present day, was already established in France since 1920, by conferring the Médaille de la Famille française (Medal of the French Family), a tribute to the French mother who raised several children in an appropriate way.

Inscriptions & Markings

Der Deutchen Mutter on front 16 Dezember 1938 by H...… ??

Framed photo

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Black and white framed photo of 408537 Sgt R.R.E. Swords 23 Sep 1912 - 21 Jan 1943. This photograph is a tribute to the late Robert Richard Falkiner Swords. 'Bob' as he was known to his friends and most townsfolk of Dandenong and it's people. His older brother James, served in the First World War and later was a founding member of the Dandenong RSL Sub-Branch, formed in 1919, was its second President and also served a term as Honorary Secretary and Treasurer. James was the Editor of Dandenong's first newspaper, the Dandenong Advertiser. 'Bob' Swords was also a member of the Dandenong Advertiser newspaper and was a driving force in Dandenong getting it's own Hospital. For many years his photo hung over the entrance to the old building, which was demolished some years back. Regrettably this photo was lost. Bob enlisted into the Royal Australian Air Force to train as a pilot on 26 April 1941 and after initial training embarked to Southern Rhodesia. After completion of initial flight training he then moved to England for advanced training, prior to postings onto an OTU. He was tragically killed during this phase of training on 21 January 1943. The gentleman with in this photo is believed to be his South African Flying Instructor 'Panda' Watkins. His grave in England has a lovely headstone and the inscription: 'Service Above Self'. (As advised by Robert Richard Kudyba OAM).

Historical information

WWII Historical significance with some information of the Dandenong area.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brass plaque stating 4085537 Sgt R.R.F. Swords 23 Sept 1912 - 21 Jan 1943.

Gas Mask

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

WWII gas mask

Historical information

WWII historical significance

Inscriptions & Markings

No. L3 W.H. & Co. 1944. ANSELL 5/43

Photographs.

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Two black and white photographs of H.M.A.S Sydney. Picture 1 depicts Sydney with planes on deck. Picture 2 depicts Sydney with aircraft flying above.

Bandage - First Field Dressing

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

First Field Dressing in calico bag. Rectangle shape. Closed with safety pin.

Significance

Used from 1939 /. 1945.

2 x photographs

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

2 x laminated black and white photographs. Both photos contain a picture of A34219 Stuart Simpson during flight training in Archerfield Australia.

Historical information

Korean War/Japanese Occupation period historical significance

Inscriptions & Markings

On rear of photograph hand written 'A' Flight No 8 Aircrew Training Course, Archerfield 1951/52. Stuart Simpson 2nd from left - front row.

Book - Aerial Line Notes

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Brown cardboard cover. White paper pages

Historical information

Carried by Sig. Robinson on operations.

Significance

P rinted in Melbourne. By Postmaster.s General Department.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sig.J.S.Robinson.

Badge x 2.

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Female relation badge round white metal badge edged with laurel leaves surmounted with a crown. In the centre is a map of Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the face is inscribed " To The Women Of Australia." On the rear of the badge inscribed - issued by the Commonwealth Government 13393 and 52857. G & E Rodd. 1940 and 1944.

Korean War Medal.

Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch, Dandenong

Korean Veterans Association of Australia Inc. Donated to Dandenong RSL by Major General J C Hughes AO DSO MC.