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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

Congratulations on good work.

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615 items

615 items

Swagger Stick

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Trench art, Vietnam era. Made of a wooden rod and a spent 50 calibre cartridge which has been cut into two with one piece attached to either end of the rod to form an ornamental stick, commonly referred to as a 'swagger stick'. Half of the cartridge, complete with a projectile forms one end with the other half of the cartridge forming the opposite end. There is a gilt uniform button attached to the cartridge detonator end, with the emblem of the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME).

Collection, L. S. Watson

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Items relating to the World War 1 service of Corporal Leonard Stockdale Watson, service number 2075. (refer 00448.1 and 00448.2)

Cup, Mess

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Example of Australian Army standard issue mess cup for holding cooked food used by soldiers during the 1970s. This was a USA Army design adopted by the ADF during the Vietnam conflict. The mess cup is lightweight alloy designed to fit the standard issue water canteen also issued. The cup has a folding handle for ease of carrying and can be used to carry hot food.

Medallion, ANZAC - 50th Anniversary of Gallipoli Medallion

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Circular bronze medallion surmounted by the Queen's crown. Obverse depicts Simpson and his donkey assisting a wounded man, a laurel wreath, the date '1915' and the word 'ANZAC'. Reverse depicts a map of Australia and New Zealand with the Southern Cross superimposed, fern fronds and the engraved name of the recipient 'G. R. GRIFFITH'. This medallion is in its original presentation case. The Anzac Medallion was issued by the Australian government in 1967 to commemorate the 1965 50th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. The medallion was issued to surviving veterans of the campaign or their next of kin. Refer to AWM item for further information < http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/RELAWM16790.001/ >

Inscriptions & Markings

The recipients name, G.R. Griffith, is engraved on the reverse of the medallion.

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"

Webbing, Pistol Holster

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

1937 Pattern webbing pistol holster, two vertical "C" clips for attachment to 1937 pattern webbing belt. Holster has been dyed black to match host belt set.

Presentation Medal

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Silver Medal

Historical information

The recipient of this medal is believed to be VX44669 Private James Robert Clancy of Thougla Upper which was in the Shire of Upper Murray. Private Clancy was born in Sandy Creek on 30 August 1903 enlisted in the Army on 8 July 1940 and was discharged on 8 March 1943. He served in the Signals Section of the 2nd Australian Anti-Aircraft Regiment.

Significance

Municipalities in Australia recognised their residents who enlisted in World Wars by the issue of some form of recognition. This is a nice example of a medallic form of such recognition.

Inscriptions & Markings

Raised lettering on Obverse of medal "FOR GOD KING AND COUNTRY" and raised image of King George VI Raised lettering on Reverse of medal "SHIRE OF UPPER MURRAY IN APPRECIATION 1939-45" Engraved lettering in clear field on Reverse of medal "J.R. CLANCY ARMY"

Collection, HMAS Manoora

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Collection of printed documents (menus, etc.) originating from the Royal Australian Navy ship H. M. A. S. Manoora which was in service during World War 2. Refer items 00393.1, 00393.2, 00393.3 and 00393.4

Collection, A.C. Hill

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Collection of items, including documents and photographs, relating to the World War 1 Australian Army service of Private Alfred Charles Hill. A.C. Hill enlisted on 14th April, 1916 at the age of 44 years and 6 months. He lived in Frankston, Victoria and was married to Charlotte Eliza. He served with the 2nd Pioneer Battalion and embarked from Melbourne on the 28th July, 1916 on the HMAT Thermistocles (ship A32). He was in England and France briefly, returning to Australia on 22nd July, 1917 and discharged on the 5th November, 1917 as medically unfit. Hill was involved with the formation of the Frankston RSL Sub Branch in 1918/1919 and was Sub Branch Treasurer from 1919 'til 1923. see following items 00325.1 to 00325.8

Canteen, Water

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Standard Australian Army Vietnam era issue water canteen complete with insulated cover. The canteen is manufactured from a heavy plastic material and the insulated cover is designed to fit tightly over the outside of the canteen. The cover is retained by two press studs.

Pennant, R.A.A.F.

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Pennant produced for the Royal Australian Air Force. This triangular pennant is made from a dark blue wool felt cloth with two loops attached to the fly. The pennant is marked with the insignia of the Royal Australian Air Force.

Kit, Cleaning

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Booklet - Lest We Forget

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A commemorative booklet about the role of nurses, in particular the nurses of the Australian Army Nursing Service, during WW2. The booklet has a light cardboard cover of buff colour and contains 28 pages. This booklet was published as a fund raiser for the "Centaur" War Nurses Memorial Fund.

Inscriptions & Markings

The booklet is entitled "Lest We Forget" and has the Red Cross symbol surrounded by an olive wreath printed, in colour, on the cover. There is an image of the hospital ship Centaur superimposed on the Red Cross symbol. Beneath the wreath there are the words ""CENTAUR" MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP". The words "AUSTRALIAN ARMY NURSING SERVICE" are printed across the bottom of the cover page and the price was 2/-.

Document

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Printed Certificate of Discharge document used by the Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force. Issued to Private William George Giddens, service number 3080, to acknowledge his service with the 59th Battalion during World War 1 from 8th July, 1915 to 6th October, 1919.

Cap, Officer Training

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Identification Tag

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

WW2 identification tag made of aluminium. This identification tag belonged to Driver Dorothy Margaret Fullerton, service number VF515848, of the Australian Womens Army Service. Fullerton enlisted in Melbourne, Victoria on the 3rd May, 1944 and was discharged on 26th February, 1946.

Collection, J. Williams

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Set of four photographs of Lieutenant John Williams DCM a World War 1 serviceman (refer to item 00150.1 to 00150.4). His enlistment date in the Australian Army was 3/1/1916, and his service number 22228. Williams embarked as a Bombardier with the 23rd Howitzer Brigade, 108th Battery, from Melbourne on the 20/5/1916. As Sergeant, John Williams was recommended for the Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous devotion to duty, particularly as a 'number 1' member of an artillery crew during various battles in France. He was particularly prominent in the battle of Passchendale Ridge during which he refused to be relieved despite being wounded and gassed. John Williams was a Frankston Primary School Headmaster from 1942 to 1949 and lived in Frankston. He died in 1962.

Spectacles (pair)

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Set of spectacles in a metal and black leather case. Spectacles have metal frames with round lenses. It was owned by L/BDR J. Woodhouse 1456221 (British Artillery). The spectacle frame was designed for ordinary use and for use when wearing a respirator. The small round lenses fitted inside eye pieces and the flat sidearms fitted underneath the rubber sides of the respirator. Issued in November, 1942.

Boots, Jungle

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Australian Army boots, pattern 10085, with jungle cleats, part of world war 2 kit

Historical information

The jungle cleats were added after Kokoda trail, to give added traction in the mud.

Significance

Australian Army boots used in world war 2, for use in tropical areas.

Inscriptions & Markings

1945, with number 6 underneath that, and number 5 underneath that. with 7 cleats on the front sole, 4 marked "R" and 3 marked "L". Plus a metal ring around the heel.

Helmet, Flying

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Vietnam era issue flying helmet type HGU-2A/P. The helmet is manufactured from fibreglass in a jungle green finish and has a thick high density plastic foam lining for head protection. Complete with an adjustable chin strap and a dual visor kit of clear and tinted visors to protect the eyes. This helmet is fitted with two loudspeaker/earphones and a microphone positioned in front of the mouth of the wearer. The microphone has a flying lead with an audio connector for connection to the aircraft communications equipment.

Ration, Special Flying

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A military dark green painted steel container which is empty. This was a sealed container with rations for RAAF aircrew undertaking long duration flights.

Inscriptions & Markings

Khaki painted metal tin which contains rations, for use in aircraft. Printed in black on top of the detachable metal cover, which would have been taped down on top of the ring-pull lid, is; 'D^D / Made in Australia / Packed by MacROBERTSON'S / SPECIAL FLYING RATION / To be consumed by Air Crew carrying / out flights of 4 hour duration or longer. / List of contents on inside of lid / KEEP PACK INTACT / R.A.A.F / A Gadsden Container'. Printed on the top of the ring-pull lid is 'D^D D^D Contents believed to be (obtained from similar "Special Flying Ration") / Nuts. (Shelled) 4 ozs / Barley Sugar 3 ozs / Raisins 4 ozs / Chocolate ozs / Chewing Gum 3 pkts / Fruit Juice 8 ozs'.

Kit, Cleaning

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Cleaning kit for the Lee Enfield SMLE 0.303 inch calibre rifle. Consisting of a pull through, small wire brush, oil bottle and 4x2 cleaning cloth.

Pocketbook - New Testament & Psalms, US Armed Forces

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Pocket size book of New Testament & Psalms issued to U S Armed Forces from "The Gideons" International. With introduction page from The White House, Washington & Franklin D Roosevelt dated January 25, 1941. A title page headed "A Sacred Token" gives name of Private A.(Arthur) D.(Dean) Campbell. He was born at Melbourne on 31 March, 1917. it also provides his unit, being 2/55 Aust L.A.D. (Light Aid Detachment), AIF Australia and dated 3/6/1945

Inscriptions & Markings

A title page headed "A Sacred Token" gives name of Private A.(Arthur) D.(Dean) Campbell. He was born at melbourne on 31 March, 1917. it also provides his unit, being 2/55 Aust L.A.D. (Light Aid Detachment),

Photograph

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Photograph of John Williams an Australian Army serviceman, this is one of a set of four (refer to item 00150). Williams is accompanied by five other servicemen of the 32nd Battery, 23rd Field Artillery Brigade. A note on the reverse of the photograph states "the other chaps are from Brims, the last place I was at in Victoria" and is dated 2/8/1916. This photograph was taken at Amesbury, Salisbury Plains, England. Printed from a digitally scanned file copied from the original photograph.

Helmet, Australian WW2

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Australian Army type MK3 steel helmet. Standard issue for Australian defence personnel. Australian manufacture.

Medal Set (set of 6)

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Gold framed mounted medal set consisting of six full size and six miniature medals. The medals are 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, Defence medal, British War Medal, Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Significance

Pilot Officer Ernest Williams LIns. Was 42 years of age on enlistment.

Inscriptions & Markings

These medals are impressed with 254290 LINS.EW.

Container, Fuse

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Boer War painted metal container complete with lid. This container was used for storage of a type of Howitzer fuse

Inscriptions & Markings

Container is stamped with "1", "No 338" and "H"

Shoulder Patch

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Blue shoulder patch with Royal Australian Air Force embroided in light Blue stitching.

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal Australian Air Force embroided in light Blue stitching

Container, Storage

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Protective container for storage and transporting Bubble Sextant model Mark 1XA type A.M. 6B/218.

Photograph

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

1/ Photograph of two Australian soldiers who served in the Australian Army during World War 2. These are brothers?? Captured in Crete they were P.O.W.s. 2/ Ceremonial ribbon with the details WX 508 Pte L W Jones Sydney March 1940