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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

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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Document - Certificate of Discharge

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Certificate of Discharge of James Robert Clancy (VX44669) who enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 8th July 1940. Discharged 8th April 1943 due to being medically unfit.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Military Forces / Australian Imperial Forces Certificate of Discharge

Canteen, Water

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Standard Australian Army Vietnam era issue water canteen complete with pannikin. The canteen is manufactured from a heavy plastic material and the metal pannikin is designed to fit the canteen. The pannikin has a folding metal handle with a retaining clip.

Container

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A tinplated steel container originally used to transport and store loose black tea leaves. This container has a tight fitted lid. The container exterior is painted with a golden colour varnish. This container originally stored 6 pounds of loose tea leaves.

Historical information

c World War II

Inscriptions & Markings

Imperial Pure Tea 6 pounds net Packed by Henry Berry & Co (Australasia) Ltd Melbourne Australia Defence Wilson Bros Pty Ltd Melb

Compass, Astro

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A World War 2 era W. W. Boes and Co. MKll astro compass typically used as an aviation navigation aid. It is manufactured from aluminum with black enamel finish. An astro compass is a navigational tool used to determine true north from the position of the sun or astronomical bodies. These are used in circumstances where magnetic compasses and gyrocompasses are unreliable, for example in the presence of magnetic field anomalies (such as polar regions, ships hulls, aircraft hulls, etc.).

Inscriptions & Markings

Nameplate on the base reads "ASTRO-COMPASS MK II / The W.W. BOES CO. / DAYTON, OHIO, USA"

Tablets, Atabrine

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Unusual World War 2 souvenir consisting of a small bottle containing a number of "Atabrine" tablets which has been attached to a wooden base. "Atabrine" was extensively used as a preventative measure to protect servicemen serving in tropical areas from Malarial infection. "Atabrine" is a proprietary name for "Mepacrine" which was one of the first substitutes for "Quinine" a naturally occurring Malaria preventative. Larger doses of "Quinine" and "Atabrine" is also used to treat the effects of Malaria.

Historical information

Donated by Frederick Charles Carey, service number 116991 who had served with the RAAF in the South West Pacific Area. Carey was attached to the 110 Mobile Fighter Control Unit which was based in a number of SWPA locations. The unit disbanded in 1946 whilst based at Morotai.

Inscriptions & Markings

The wooden base of this item has a label with the following inscription: "W.W.II ATABRINE", "THE S-W PACIFIC SERVICEMAN'S ANTI-MALARIAL TREATMENT", "F. CAREY", the bottle has a label with the following handwritten note: "Attabrine? tablets Malaria F Carey"

Uniform, Shirt

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

khaki army shirt

Inscriptions & Markings

V52, made in Australia, AF 1944

Souvenir, Letter Opener

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A souvenir paper knife made from a piece of wood salvaged from HMS WARSPITE. This is fashioned form a piece of wood and is in the shape of a paper envelope opener, it has a small brass label attached to one surface. Presumably this was recovered from the HMS Warspite which was commissioned in 1913 and served until 1945.

Inscriptions & Markings

This item has a label attached, the label is inscribed "From the TEAK of H.M.S. WARSPITE"

Photograph, 2/9th Field Ambulance Unit

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Original sepia photograph mounted on thick buff coloured cardboard. The photograph is mounted in a glass fronted frame. The formal photograph is of the Australian Army 2/9th Field Ambulance Unit at Bonegilla and is dated January 1941. Sergeant R. K. Churches, service number VX34599, is in the front row, reclining and immediately to the right of centre. (refer item number 00320) note: digital format copy only available, this original photograph has been donated to the Australian War Memorial, Canberra - 22nd November, 2014

Pennant, Victory Day 1946

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Pennant produced for the Victory Day Celebrations, June 10th, 1946. This triangular pennant is made from a dark blue wool felt cloth with two loops attached to the fly. The pennant is marked with insignia and wording associated with the first anniversary 'V' day celebrations in 1946.

Historical information

Between 8th and 10th June there were celebrations in England celebrating the first anniversary of the end of WWII. Similar celebrations were held in Australian towns and cities.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed with a large, white letter V with "victory" in side and in red lettering, surrounded by a "laurel" wreath. Inscribed with "Victory Day" in white lettering, "Celebrations" in alternating gold and orange lettering, and "June 10th 1946" in white lettering.

Postcard (six 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, flags and the numerals 1918 with the words "souvenir of france".

Mask, Gas

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A World War 2 issue anti gas mask complete with respirator contained in a canvas bag, also includes anti-dimming cannister

Inscriptions & Markings

The base of the mask is stamped 1942, the mask itself is dated 2-4-42

Card, Greeting

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Souvenir, Tea Towel

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Souvenir tea towel presented by the RSL as a Christmas gift. This tea towel features a Christmas design in green.

Inscriptions & Markings

The tea towel has the following inscription: "Merry Christmas from the RSL"

Handbook - Air Raid Precautions Handbook No 1 Personal Protection Against Gas

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Handbook for members of air raid precautions services (that is ARP Wardens). Originally issued by the UK Home Office (Air Raid Precautions Department), date of publication unknown (however presumed to be World War 2 era). This edition was published by the authority of I. F. Johnston, Commonwealth Government Printer, Canberra with acknowledgement that it was reprinted with the permission of the Controller, His Majesty's Stationery Office, London. This handbook contains 100 pages of illustrated notes for Air Raid Precautions (ARP) Wardens. It is bound in a soft cover of heavy weight buff coloured paper.

Certificate - Young Workers' Patriotic Guild

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Printed certificate awarded by the Education Department, Victoria to schoolchildren who raised the amount of one pound (the currency of that time) for the War Relief effort during World War 2. This example bears the name of Eva Littlechild, a pupil at Cheltenham School number 84 and is dated 22nd December, 1942. The certificate is signed by A E Lind, Minister of Education, J A Seitz, Director of the Education Department and H G Bretherton, Headmaster of the school. This ornate certificate is printed in colour on a medium quality card with handwritten awardee details.

Inscriptions & Markings

refer image

Document - Certificate of Discharge

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Certificate of Discharge issued to VX117810 Frederick Charles Perry by the 2/47th Australian Transport Platoon, Australian Military Forces. Dated 3rd April, 1946. Certificate number 503474. F C Perry served as a Driver, he was enlisted in the Citizen Military Forces from the 5th November, 1941 to the 10 August, 1942 and then transferred to the Australian Military Forces from 11th August, 1942 to the 3rd April, 1946. He was on Active Service in Australia for 1157 days and Overseas for 394 days.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Military Forces Certificate of Discharge.

Scabbard

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Bayonet holder without knife ,it is called a frog from 1916 , WW1. Bayonet holder which is known as a frog with two rivets in the material webbing.

Historical information

From WW1

Inscriptions & Markings

Has a 1916 marking on the back of bayonet holder

Cap, Officer

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Army officer's peaked cap worn for everyday use. The hat is standard Army dark khaki with a leather hat band. Worn by an officer in the Royal Australian Engineers (RAE).

Pouch

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A soft leather pouch beige in colour for holding and carrying a compass. Stitched around the outer edge with slots on the rear for a belt. The fastener is made of brass. Refer item 00002 and 00002.1

Inscriptions & Markings

The inside of the pouch is stamped "DɅD"

Identification Tag

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

WW1 identification tags, 3 official tags and 1 trench art tag made of tin. They are attached to a beige coloured shoelace. It belonged to Private A.E. Wilson, 12435, 10th Field Ambulance, AMC, AIF., Church of England. Embarked from Melbourne on 6th June, 1916.

Dressing, Field

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Small, packaged First Field Dressing issued to Australian and British service personnel during World War 1. The package is made of a tough, protective (waterproof?) fabric and comes complete with a safety pin for use as a bandage. These were carried by soldiers and used for initial treatment of wounds. This item has a printed label with instructions for use and was packaged by John Tye & Son, London in May (?) 1917.

Inscriptions & Markings

There is a label affixed to this item with the following inscription printed in black: "War Office", "Medical Division", "First Field Dressing", "JOHN TYE & SON, London, May (?) 1917"

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),

Kit, Cleaning

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Document, Programme - Installation of Brother Douglas William Nisbet

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Small folded printed card with details of the Installation of Brother Douglas William Nisbet to the position of Master of the Lodge of Honour, Frankston, Victoria, Australia for the period 1965-1966. The installation of Br D W Nisbet and Investiture of Officers took place at the Masonic Temple, Frankston on Wednesday, 3rd November, 1965. The card has the List of Officers, the Order of Service and a List of Past Masters. This lodge was formed by ex-servicemen who were members of the Frankston RSL Sub Branch in or around 1951. Membership of this lodge was for ex-servicemen who were also interested in being a member of the Freemasons.

Glass, Souvenir

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A pair of small wine glasses, perhaps sherry glasses. These glasses have the image of the new Frankston Returned & Services League of Australia club building and were made for the 1st anniversary of the opening which was celebrated in 1977. These glasses are made from clear glass and are embellished in gold leaf, the glasses are gold lipped.

Inscriptions & Markings

The glasses are inscribed with the following in gold leaf: "1st ANNIVERSARY 1977" and the image of the new club building with the words "FRANKSTON RSL".

Cap, Forage

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Cap, Forage with peak. RAAF (navy blue) with RAAF emblem, 45mm

Historical information

Worn by Sergeant Yvonne Bernhardine Anderson (Nee Hobbs) born 14 August, 1919 in Adelaide and enlisted Melbourne 9 January 1942. With Airforce Headquarters (Records) on discharge on 11 October, 1945

Inscriptions & Markings

90590 Anderson Y B

Medallion

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Anzac Day school children's medallion, issued in 1916. The medallion was struck by the Education Department of Victoria for distribution to school children to commemorate the first anniversary of ANZAC day on 25th April, 1916. This example is struck from bronze, the medallions were available in a variety of materials and finishes. The medallions were sold through schools on behalf of the War Relief Fund. Obverse has the head of George V. Reverse has 'ANZAC' within wreath.

Inscriptions & Markings

Obverse Description: Head of George V facing left, mint initials on truncation, S&S; around above, FOR KING AND COUNTRY below, * 1916 * Reverse Description: Within wreath, ANZAC; around above, DEPT. OF EDUCATION . VICTORIA around below, . LEST WE FORGET . 25.APR.15 .

Collection R.B.Macdonald

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Knife, Paper

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Trench art paper knife made from a spent World War 1 French 8mm Berthier carbine bullet. The copper knife blade is marked with the words "Villers Bretonneux".

Inscriptions & Markings

"Villers Bretonneux"

Pack, Small

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Example of Australian Army standard issue small gear pack carried by soldiers during the 1990s. This pack is commonly referred to as a 'bum pack' and is made from camouflage material. The pack is used to carry a variety of items of equipment.