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Frankston RSL Sub Branch Frankston, Victoria

The Frankston RSL Sub Branch had its origins in 1919 when the club was founded by soldiers returning from the "Great War". The Sub Branch was chartered in January 1920 and since that time club members have accumulated a modest collection of historical military items donated by ex service personnel, local families and military sources. The collection continues to grow and includes items such as letters, documents, diaries, paintings, photographs, medals, uniforms, weapons and souvenirs spanning the period from Australian Federation to the present era.

Frankston RSL Sub Branch also houses a comprehensive library of military histories in printed book and audio visual formats.

This memorabilia collection is displayed in the clubrooms and is regularly changed to commemorate events in Australian military history and thus honour the service and sacrifices of Australian defence personnel, past and present.

Note that not all collection items are on display at any point in time.

Contact Information

location
PO Box 3168 Frankston East Victoria 3199 (map)
phone
+61 (03) 9783 2288

Contact

Opening Hours

10:00 until late every day (except ANZAC Day, Christmas Day and Good Friday)

Entry Fee

No admission fee. All interested visitors welcome.

Location

183 Cranbourne Road Frankston Victoria

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A collection of historical military items donated by ex service personnel, local families and military sources. The collection includes items such as letters, documents, diaries, paintings, photographs, medals, uniforms, weapons and souvenirs spanning the period from Australian Federation to the present era.

Significance

This collection documents and commemorates events in Australian military history, honouring the service and sacrifice of Australia’s defence personnel, past and present, especially the young women and men from the Frankston district and the Mornington Peninsula region.

John Cooper 23 July 2011 1:32 PM

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Badge, Cap

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

WW2 R.A.A.F Cap Badge with Kings Crown on top made out of copper

Inscriptions & Markings

R.A.A.F logo in the middle of badge

Pocketbook, Souvenir - Taschenbuch Groß-Deutschland, Geschichtstafel, Deutschlands Wehrmacht, Weltatlas

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Small, soft cover, pocketbook presumably souvenired from a German soldier during the latter stages of World War 2. The pocketbook is of the type originally issued by the German military and was printed in August 1941, edited by Georg Westermann, Braunschweig. The book has a red coloured cover with black printing and contains 48 pages. Pages are printed in black, the maps are printed in colour. The pocketbook is in good condition, some pages have tears and the cover is scuffed. The pocket book title translates as "Paperback Greater Germany, History Chart, Germany's Wehrmacht, World Atlas" and is a collection of information about the German Reich, German military units and insignia and world maps, 1942 calendar, etc. The original owner has made markings on some maps and has made notes.

Historical information

provenance unknown

Inscriptions & Markings

The front cover is printed in black ink with the following "Taschenbuch Groß-Deutschland, Geschichtstafel, Deutschlands Wehrmacht, Weltatlas"

Handbook - Interdenominational Prayers and Forms of Service

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A hard cover printed handbook compiled by the Chaplains of the Royal Australian Navy. The cover is coloured blue and is inscribed with black lettering. This publication contains a series of prayers, and short services for use on Naval occasions when personnel of mixed denominations are to be present. The handbook is authorised by the Department of Defence (Navy Office) Canberra, ACT and is dated July 1979.

Inscriptions & Markings

The front cover is inscribed with the RAN Chaplains insignia, below which is the following title "ABR 5078 INTERDENOMINATIONAL PRAYERS AND FORMS OF SERVICE".

Ration, Emergency Flying

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A military dark green painted aluminium container with close fitting lid which is empty. This contained emergency flying rations for defence personnel.

Historical information

Ration pack carried on aircraft for use in emergency.

Inscriptions & Markings

The container lid has the following printed inscription: "EMERGENCY FLYING RATION PKD 8/75"

Compass

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Handheld oil filled compass possibly of German military origin. Labelled 'Bezard Kompass'. Complete with leather pouch.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bezard Kompass

Compass

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Type Mark 3 black plated prismatic compass, standard issue to Army personnel during the Vietnam Conflict. Circular circumferential scale, silver with black writing, graduated from 0-64 representing hundreds of MILS. Refer item 00002 and 00002.2

Inscriptions & Markings

There is an identifying number on the rear of the compass: 333739(top)and MK.3 AUST/2 (bottom)

Souvenir, Trophy

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A trophy in the form of a small replica of an Australian Army 'slouch hat' mounted on a circular stand. The 'slouch hat' is silver plated, has a turned brim on the left hand side and has a 'rising sun' hat badge. The circular stand is made of a light gauge steel which has been pressed in the form of an inverted dish and is coloured with a mid brown finish. There is a silver plated label attached to the dish which has been engraved indicating that this item was originally a trophy (origin unknown). The label has the following engraved inscription "R. Donowa Trophy, 1966, won by, G. Plant."

Inscriptions & Markings

The label attached to this trophy has the following engraved inscription "R. Donowa Trophy, 1966, won by, G. Plant."

Uniform, Shirt

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Australian Defence Forces uniform worn by Australian personnel in Afghanistan. This uniform is the 'Desert Camouflague' type and is a shirt with long sleeves.

Case, Leather

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A purpose made protective transit case for the sight clinometer MK IV used in conjunction with the QF 25 PDR field gun. Standard equipment issued with the 25 PDR artillery piece. Refer to items 00111 and 00111.1

Photograph, Ron Gage

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Framed photograph, of serviceman Ron Gage, in uniform of the Australian Militia Horse Artillery ca 1936. The frame is of a light brown wood with silver trim and has a glass front.

Historical information

Details from World War 2 Nominal Roll GAGE, RONALD WILLIAM Service Australian Army Service Number VX107470 (V32070) Date of Birth 29 Aug 1921 Place of Birth MELBOURNE, VIC Date of Enlistment 16 Sep 1942 Locality on Enlistment GLENHUNTLY, VIC Place of Enlistment IN THE FIELD, QLD Next of Kin GAGE, FREDERICK Date of Discharge 31 Jul 1946 Rank Private Posting at Discharge 115 HEIDLEBERG MILITARY HOSPITAL

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on the obverse; PRESENTED BY RON GAGE MILITIA ARTILLERY (HORSE) 1936 SELF PHOTOGRAPH

Ornamental Propeller

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Polished wood propeller with a hole in center (may have had a clock inserted) mounted on a wooden base, The wood base has a felt bottom, on the front of base is a silver eagle

Sword

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

to be described

Munition, Turkish

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Examples of the standard 7.35mm Mauser rifle ammunition used by Turkish military during World War 1, note: these have been used and are 'safe'. These are 7.65mm diameter x 53.5mm cartridges, complete with projectile, for the German designed Mauser used by the Turkish military. They are complete with a charge clip designed to hold five cartridges. Manufacture unknown however they are stamped with Turkish script and symbols, two dated 1909 and one dated 1911. These were taken from a Turkish soldier at Gallipoli by an Australian soldier.

Hat, Felt WW2

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A 1942 felt fur slouch hat, no binding edge, press stud, 7 fold puggaree with T shaped clour patch, rising sun badge, broken chin strap

Inscriptions & Markings

N 35, SIZE 7, 1942 on inside hat band; Australian Commonwealth Military Force on badge

Kit, SLR Maintenance

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Vietnam era SLR maintenance and cleaning kit in a green canvas holdall. It has a waxed coating, including the ties.The kit includes a pull through, a brush, a phial of oil and a metal adjustment tool. Each item is stored in its own individual pocket. (see also item 00322).

Plaque, Memorial

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Bronze Memorial Plaque 1914-1918 for 4876 Pte. Harry Milne , 46 Battalion KIA 10/5/1918, In a cardboard square envelope. http://www.awm.gov.au/research/people/roll_of_honour/person.asp?p=493414

Historical information

Originally would have been issued with a scroll & letter from the King but neither with plaque. 1914-1918 Memorial Plaque In early 1920 it was announced that the next-of-kin of all Australian servicemen and women whose deaths were attributable to the First World War would receive a memorial plaque and scroll "as a solace for bereavement and as a memento". The memorial plaques were not uniquely Australian. In fact they were designed and produced in Britain and issued to commemorate all those who died as a result of war service from within the British Commonwealth. The idea for the plaques was originally conceived mid-way through the war. In 1917 a competition was announced to obtain a suitable design and 800 entries were eventually received. The winner, Mr. E. Carter Preston of Liverpool, England, was chosen in 1918. He was awarded a prize of 250 pounds. Mr Manning Pike directed the manufacture of the memorial plaques at the Memorial Plaque Factory set up at Acton, London. Some later plaques were also made at the Woolwich Arsenal. The cost of manufacturing so many plaques must have been considerable. Each plaque had the name of the soldier commemorated individually embossed (some were engraved) as part of the design. The full name was given without any indication of rank or honours to show the equality of sacrifice of all those who had lost their lives. The scroll designed to accompany the plaques was of thick paper, headed by the royal coat-of-arms, and bore the following message: "He whom this scroll commemorates was numbered among those who, at the call of King and Country, left all that was dear to them, endured hardness, faced danger, and finally passed out of the sight of men by the path of duty and self-sacrifice, giving up their own lives that others might live in freedom. Let those that come after see that his name is not forgotten". Underneath the message the serviceman or woman’s name, rank, honours and unit were written by hand in red ink. Because of the late arrival in Australia of the plaques many scrolls were sent out separately. A message from the King, "I join with my grateful people in sending you this memorial of a brave life given for others in the Great War", was included with the scroll. The first plaques were distributed in Australia in 1922. Each plaque was sent out from Base Records Office at Victoria Barracks in Melbourne by second-class mail. Approximately 60,000 plaques were issued in Australia. Families of deceased members of the Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Army Nursing Service also received plaques and scrolls

Inscriptions & Markings

Embossed around edge of plaque "HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOVR" Name of serviceman embossed on plaque right of centre "HARRY MILNE"

Compass

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Type ?? compass, standard issue to Army personnel during the World War 1 period. This compass is complete with a leather pouch. Refer item 00424 and 00424.2

Document, Commission

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Black framed original certificate of commission presented to Second Lieutenant Rodney Bruce Macdonald by Sir William Joseph Slim on the appointment as officer of the Permanent Military Forces of the Commonwealth from the 15th December, 1952.

Helmet German Felt WW1

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

German Pickelhaube helmet made of felt, spike on top of helmet possibly brass,badge on front with writing in german,nine fingered insert with broken string chinstrap held together by safety pins, some writing inside of back flap.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside back flap is 2 letters possibly an H and N, there is a badge on front with an eagle and a german inscription when translated means "With God for King and Fatherland"

Medallion

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A medallion presented to Private A. C. Hill by the citizens of Frankston, Victoria. These medallions were presented to local men who enlisted for service as they departed to World War 1 by the "Citizens and Patriotic Committee". The medallion has a gold finish and has an olive wreath around the circumference. A small loop is provided to attach the medallion to a chain or similar. In this case the medallion is attached to a fob watch chain commonly worn by men when dressed in a jacket. (refer item 00325).

Inscriptions & Markings

One side of the medallion is inscribed: "A. Hill" "From the citizens of Frankston" and the other is inscribed "A. I. F."

Document, Certificate

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Framed certificate presented to World War 2 serviceman George Gregory of Somerville. presented by the Shire of Frankston and Hastings.

Claymore Mine

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

An M18A1 'Claymore' Directional Fragmentation Mine. The convex side is faced toward the enemy and the mine is configured to be electrically detonated from a remote location, (can be used with the white :det" cords leading from the detonator wells show). It is raised off the ground by a small stand to maximise the blast radius. Claymore mines contain 700 steel ball bearings impressed into 650 grams of plastic explosive. The M18A1 has a lethal range of up to 100 metres

Historical information

The M18A1 'Claymore' Directional Fragmentation Mine which is used as part of the perimeter defences at, for example Fire Support Base or for use in ambush situations. The convex side is faced toward the enemy and the mine is configured to be electrically detonated from a remote location, (these mines can be connected by white "det cord" & detonators from the detonator wells show to link a series of mines)). It is raised off the ground by a small stand to maximise the blast radius. Claymore mines contain 700 steel ball bearings impressed into 650 grams of plastic explosive. The M18A1 has a lethal range of up to 100 metres

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front"Front Toward Enemy" on the reverse "Back M18A1 Apers Mine"

Model Plane

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Miniature model of a WW2 era Lockheed P-38 Lightning twin engine aircraft mounted on a bakelite base. The aircraft is supported by a central, chromed bullet vertically mounted on the bakelite base to form a stand. The plane and central support have been made from chromed metal materials. The RAAF was equipped with a small number of these aircraft, commencing in 1942, which were used for front line photographic reconnaissance duty. The first version of the Lockheed P-38 was introduced in 1941 by the USA Lockheed aircraft company as a heavy fighter.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Photograph

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Copy of a photograph of a damaged German Luftwaffe Stuka Dive Bomber, WW2

Historical information

Photograph of German Stuka Dive Bomber

Inscriptions & Markings

Swastika symbol on tail of plane. German cross on side of plane with 'S7' on left and 'JP' on the right.

Shell, Case

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Spent shell case from a 2 pounder field gun.

Photograph

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Photographs of Australian Army soldiers taken during World War 1, possibly somewhere in Europe. The first photograph has the note "taken at Lockoff Farm in Feb 1918 Officers of our Coy" and shows twenty three officers with two Vickers Machine Guns in the foreground. The second photograph is of the same scene with a approximately 140 soldiers (presumably a Company) with the two Vickers Machine Guns in the foreground.

Postcard (four of six)

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

An embroidered postcard which was sent to an Australian family during World War I. The postcard is intricately and colourfully embroidered on silk framed with a cardboard backing. The design is of flowers, foliage and the French and English flags with the words "happy new year".

Game, Chess - Charge of Beersheba

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Chess game consisting of a set of miniature military chessmen and a glass chess board. The miniature chessmen depict the opponents involved in the historic World War 1 mounted attack and capture of the town of Beersheba, near Gaza in what was known as Palestine, The battle, known as the "Charge of Beersheba", was late in the day on 31st October, 1917. The chessmen are the Australian 4th Light Horse Brigade and the Turkish 27th Division.

Plaque, Memorial - 1914-1918 Memorial Plaque

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

This round, bronze memorial plaque was presented to the family of private Richard Evans Harkness, service number 03426, of the 37th battalion, 8th re-inforcement who was killed in action at Villers-Bretonneux on 12th August, 1918. Colloquially known as 'Dead Man's Penny' or 'King's Penny', this plaque was given to the next of kin of service personnel who died on active service in WW1. refer to link below http://www.awm.gov.au/encyclopedia/memorial_scroll/plaque.asp

Historical information

This round, bronze memorial plaque was presented to the family of Private Richard Evans Harkness, service number 3426, of the 37th Battalion, (8th Reinforcements) who was killed in action at Villers-Bretonneux on 12th August, 1918. Colloquially known as 'Dead Man's Penny' or 'King's Penny', this plaque was given to the next of kin of service personnel who died on active service in WW1. 1914-1918 Memorial Plaque In early 1920 it was announced that the next-of-kin of all Australian servicemen and women whose deaths were attributable to the First World War would receive a memorial plaque and scroll "as a solace for bereavement and as a memento". The memorial plaques were not uniquely Australian. In fact they were designed and produced in Britain and issued to commemorate all those who died as a result of war service from within the British Commonwealth. The idea for the plaques was originally conceived mid-way through the war. In 1917 a competition was announced to obtain a suitable design and 800 entries were eventually received. The winner, Mr. E. Carter Preston of Liverpool, England, was chosen in 1918. He was awarded a prize of 250 pounds. Mr Manning Pike directed the manufacture of the memorial plaques at the Memorial Plaque Factory set up at Acton, London. Some later plaques were also made at the Woolwich Arsenal. The cost of manufacturing so many plaques must have been considerable. Each plaque had the name of the soldier commemorated individually embossed (some were engraved) as part of the design. The full name was given without any indication of rank or honours to show the equality of sacrifice of all those who had lost their lives. The scroll designed to accompany the plaques was of thick paper, headed by the royal coat-of-arms, and bore the following message: "He whom this scroll commemorates was numbered among those who, at the call of King and Country, left all that was dear to them, endured hardness, faced danger, and finally passed out of the sight of men by the path of duty and self-sacrifice, giving up their own lives that others might live in freedom. Let those that come after see that his name is not forgotten". Underneath the message the serviceman or woman’s name, rank, honours and unit were written by hand in red ink. Because of the late arrival in Australia of the plaques many scrolls were sent out separately. A message from the King, "I join with my grateful people in sending you this memorial of a brave life given for others in the Great War", was included with the scroll. The first plaques were distributed in Australia in 1922. Each plaque was sent out from Base Records Office at Victoria Barracks in Melbourne by second-class mail. Approximately 60,000 plaques were issued in Australia. Families of deceased members of the Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Army Nursing Service also received plaques and scrolls

Significance

This plaque is significant because it commemorates the death of an Australian soldier on active service in World War 1. It is representative of some 60,000 issued to next of kin of soldiers killed in World War 1. Although Richard Harness was living at 52 Victoria Street, Abbotsford when enlisted, together with a scroll from the King, it was donated by a Frankston Family.

Inscriptions & Markings

Around the edge are the words 'HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR' On the righthand side of the plaque is the name of the soldier, in this case Richard Evans Harkness.

Photograph

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Photograph taken in Frankston, Victoria, on the occasion of a visit by French Soldiers, October 1917. The French Soldiers were hosted by the community of Frankston. A. C. Hill can be seen standing to the right in Australian Army uniform. refer item 00325

Collection, Badges

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Framed and mounted collection of English World War 1 military metal unit insignia and unit names. There are a total of 70 various items (some duplication) mounted on a red velvet covered backing board of thick cardboard. Contained in a wooden cabinet complete with a hinged glass fronted door. The collection was the work of World War 1 English service man, ? Akeroyd, father of John Akeroyd, past President of Frankston RSL Sub Branch.

Photograph

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Cap, Officer Training

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Cap, Forage

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Cap, Forage, Kharki, (Army), 1940 manufacture date, with 2 metallic buttons on front "Australian Military Forces" 10 mm in diameter.

Historical information

Worn by Corporal Robert Henry Hillebrand, VX101579, born 3 September, 1915 and enlisted on 16 September, 1942. Served with 10 Advance Ordnance Depot

Inscriptions & Markings

Josephson 1940 Regimental No "VX" NAME "Hillebrand R H P.W (Stencilled with emblem)

Kit, Bren Gun Maintenance

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Bren Gun cleaning kit, complete in khaki tool wallet. This kit consists of adjusting tool, oil container, pull through, assorted spare springs.

Inscriptions & Markings

Very faded writing appears to be Wallet spare parts ...... .303 ........... (cannot read)

Souvenir Ashtray

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Miniature model of a WW2 era Avro Anson twin engine aircraft mounted on an ash tray. The aircraft is supported by a curved arm attached to the circular ashtray base. The base has a small metal RAAF 'winged eagle' insignia attached to the front edge. The items have been made from chromed metal material. The RAAF was equipped with Avro Anson aircraft in the late 1930 period prior to WW2. These aircraft were used by the RAAF for general and maritime reconnaissance and training throughout WW2 and into the early 1950s. The first version of the Avro Anson was developed in 1935 by the British Avro aircraft company.

Inscriptions & Markings

Chromed metal RAAF 'winged eagle' insignia on the front edge of the base.

Badge, Unit Colour Patch

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Pack, Equipment

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Heavyweight cotton canvas infantryman's pack of the type issued during World War 1. The pack is rectangular in shape with a top flap that secures at the front with two leather straps and brass buckles. There are two side flaps which secure under this top flap with a steel button and serve as weather protection. There are two leather shoulder straps at the back which are secured to a reinforced base at the top of the pack with a strip of leather and brass buckles and slides, the fixed ends of these straps are attached to the pack by stitched and riveted reinforced leather. At the bottom centre there is a leather loop to allow supporting straps to be secured to the pack. Also attached to each reinforced base at the top of the pack is a short length of leather with a brass buckle for attaching the upper ends of the supporting straps. Inside the flap is a partially obscured maker's stamp which reads 'AUSTRALIA C.G.H.F. 1918' with a broad arrow. A checker's mark of a broad arrow and the initials 'SA' are also stamped on the inside. A name, from a later civilian use, has been printed in black ink on the inside of the flap. Refer < http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/REL38543/ >

Postcard

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Postcard with a photograph of a group of unidentified Australian soldiers. There are 38 soldiers, including two officers, in the uniform typical of the World War 1 era. The soldiers are standing in front of a building draped with the Australian flag. The soldiers are in rows with each row elevated sufficiently to raise the row above that in front. It is possible that this photograph was taken somewhere in France during World War 1. The normal postcard format is printed on the rear of the photograph and is in the French language.

Inscriptions & Markings

"CARTE POSTALE" and the headings "Correspondance" and "Adresse"

Mortar Bomb (Practice) 81mm, Vietnam era

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Practice mortar round, 81mm, steel (black) with aluminium tailpiece

Historical information

81mm practice mortar bomb, U S from Vietnam era

Inscriptions & Markings

On aluminium tailpiece "DS" and underneath "22 M O 82 M 1 7 0 "

Badge, Cloth

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Framed cloth badge depicting the insignia of the 1st Royal Tank Regiment For further information refer to the following url < http://www.army.mod.uk/armoured/regiments/13125.aspx >

Membership

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Framed items relating to the life membership of General Sir Dallas Brooks presented by the Frankston Returned Sailors, Soldiers & Airmen's Club dated 18th April, 1964. The frame contains the following items: RSS&A members badge of the day, a key to the Frankston club, a Life Membership card and an engraved label. Sir Dallas Brooks was Governor of Victoria from the 18th October 1949 to the 7th May 1963. He and his wife retired to Frankston to live, he died in Frankston on the 22nd of March 1966 (aged 69).

Cap, Officer

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

RAAF officer's peaked cap, blue, hat band with RAAF insignia

Inscriptions & Markings

Brisbane Cap Co Pty Ltd, Brisbane Australia, 1969, A F, Size 7,L3/759

Belt, Ammunition

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Fabric belt for Vickers machine gun, manuafactured by Thomas French & Sons Ltd in September 1938, mark 3 "stripless". Belts held 250 rounds but this one has been cut short. there were 2 types of belts; initially refillable in the field and later stripless that were discarded when used.

Historical information

Part of Vickers machine gun ammunition belt of 250 rounds, stripless type that was factory filled & meant to be discarded on use.

Significance

The vickers machine gun was in general use by British & Commonwealth forces during WW2 & Korea.

Inscriptions & Markings

T F & S Ltd Sept 1938 III 250 M/G PATd on brass header strip..

Book - Holy Bible

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Pocket size Holy Bible in protective cardboard sleeve. The bible has a hard cover in a buff colour with gold embossed lettering, the sleeve is in the same buff colour. This bible was originally owned by a World War 2 Australian Army serviceman, Gunner A. E. Sands, service number V 195271.

Inscriptions & Markings

The sleeve is labelled ""ACTIVE SERVICE" EDITION, OXFORD TEXT BIBLE, Oxford India Paper, Beryl 32mo, SA2701/2" The bible is inscribed "HOLY BIBLE" in gold embossed letters on the front cover and the spine, there is also the word "OXFORD" in gold embossed letters on the spine.

Postcard

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Printed postcard, a "Victory Souvenir in Memory of our Heroes".

Document, Framed

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Framed original copy of the "ORDER OF THE DAY" issued by Lieutenant General S. G. Savige, on the 8th September, 1945, on the occasion of the capitulation of the Japanese Imperial Forces to end World War 2. Lieutenant General S. G. Savige was the Commander 2 Australian Corps (A. I. F.) , Bouganville.

Munition

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A 25 pound howitzer ammunition casing which was manufactured during World War 2 and has been used to make a flower vase. It is an example of trench art.

Photograph

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Photograph form the collection of A. C. Hill. This photograph is believed to be of a World War 1 Australian Army unit encamped in the Langwarrin Military camp near Frankston, Victoria. refer item 00325

Glass, Souvenir

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A pair of wine glasses, perhaps sherry glasses. These were made for the 3rd anniversary celebrations of the opening of the new Frankston Returned & Services League of Australia club building held in 1979. The glasses feature an image of the new club building and details of the history of the club in gold leaf applied to the external surface of the glass. The glasses are made from clear glass and are gold lipped.

Inscriptions & Markings

These glasses are inscribed with the following in gold leaf: "FRANKSTON R.S.L. 3rd ANNIVERSARY 1979" beneath an image of the new club building and a brief précis of the major events in the club history.