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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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615 items

615 items

Ration Pack

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Standard Australian Army issue ration pack. This is a Combat Ration 1 Man (or CR1M) type B pack with sufficient food and related items for one person for 24 hours. The pack is sealed in a plastic bag and contains a number of smaller sealed containers of food items.

Collection, G. E. Miller

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Collection of items relating to Australian Army World War 2 serviceman Private George Edward (Red) Miller, service number VX3693 of the 2/5th Battalion. (refer to items 00460.1 and 00460.2)

Condiments Dispenser Set

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A matching set of condiments dispensers consisting of a salt, pepper and mustard pots made from fuse fittings removed from artillery projectiles. The fuses have been modified, the salt and pepper shakers have a removable aluminium screw top for refilling and the mustard pot has the aluminium top hinged to open the pot. The removable salt and pepper shaker tops have been drilled with small diameter holes and the bottoms of all of the pieces have been sealed with a brass disc which acts as a base. These are manufactured from military hardware items and are thus classified as examples of trench art. The fuses are marked with a scale which is used for setting the fuse timing in graduations from 0 to 55 in increments of 5 around the body of the fuse with the letter 'S' (for safe) at the midpoint of the scale.

Inscriptions & Markings

The fuses are marked with a scale "0 to 55" in increments of 5 with the letter 'S' at the midpoint.

Medal Set (set of 4)

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Set of four service medals issued to Australian Army serviceman James Marshall, VX103257, Lance Corporal, 3rd Australian Division Signals, 2nd AIF who served in Bouganville during World War 2. Set consists of the Australian Service Medal 1939-1945, the War Medal 1939-1945, the 1939-1945 Star and the Pacific Star, all medals are complete with ribbons and have been mounted on a common bar for attachment to the wearer's clothing.

Charge Clip, Ammunition

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Three examples of the ammunition charge clips used during World War 1 by the Australian and allied forces. These were preloaded with five live rounds of ammunition for the SMLE .303" rifle and were a convenient method of quickly replenishing the 10 round magazine. The clip is made of stamped spring steel with a matte black paint finish. These clips were preloaded with live ammunition and carried in the soldiers ammunition pouches. Whilst in the field the clips were salvaged and reloaded with fresh rounds when the opportunity was available, ie during a lull in battle, etc.

Inscriptions & Markings

Some markings present: two examples are stamped with "E" and "ll", the other is stamped with "K" and "ll".

Boots, Jungle

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A pair of jungle boots, as new, that were issued during the Vietnam conflict for U S troops, but also acquired and used by Australian troops. Constructed of leather and green canvas, and the instep of both boots has a pair of circular brass eyelets with a several tiny holes for draining water from inside the boot. They have black rubber soles on both boots . In the arch of the heel is the boot size of '(10W)' and the manufacturers stamping of '(C.I.C.)' which is believed to be associated with the principal manufacturer 'GENESCO'. Inside there is an implant for increased wearer comfort.

Historical information

Jungle boots, Vietnam era, used by U S troops and also acquired by Australian troops, prior to adoption of the US leather GP boots.

Inscriptions & Markings

(CIC) and (10W) on the sole near the arch. The tongue has an ink imprint; (10W) (GJ) (3 68) (SPIKE) (PROTECTIVE)

Photograph

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Black and white photograph of two Australian Army soldiers in winter uniform. The soldier to the left in the photograph is Noel Blundell, the other soldier is unknown. The photograph was sent home to family by Noel Blundell who served in the Middle East during World War 2.

Book - New Testament

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Pocket book size with buff grey linen hardcover imprinted with black lettering. Example of the New Testament that was presented to members of the Victorian Contingent of the Australian Imperial Force during World War 1. The inside front cover has a label insert with a printed message "Printed by the British and Foreign Bible Society and signed Fred G Barley, Gen Sec. Melbourne 1916". The opening pages have a blue stamped imprint with the following inscription "Presbyterian Soldiers' Institute Royal Park Camp" in an oval shaped border. Book published by the British and Foreign Bible Society, 146 Queen Victoria Street, London.

Inscriptions & Markings

The front cover has the following inscription in black print, "NEW TESTAMENT".

Handbook - The Field Gunners' Handbook

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A copy of the third edition of a handbook for training of Artillery Personnel in Gunnery. Published by the Royal Australian Artillery, Eastern Command in October 1941. This handbook contains 104 pages of illustrated notes for training personnel. It is bound in a soft cover of heavy weight linen covered grey coloured paper.

Pocketbook - The Australian Soldiers' Pocket Book

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

An example of a small pocket book gifted by the Australian Comforts Fund (ACF) to soldiers and other servicemen during WW2. This pocket book has a bright red cover and was given as a morale boosting gift. The book contains details of relevant information considered useful to serving service personnel. The title page has the following imprint "THE AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS' POCKET BOOK, Revised 8th Edition, COMPLETING 177,000 COPIES, CONTAINING USEFUL INFORMATION FOR AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS (COPYRIGHT), Edited by WILLIAM KEAYS, (Gift copy for members of the Forces with best wishes from the Australian Comforts Fund) JANUARY, 1943"

Inscriptions & Markings

The front cover has the following title "THE AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS' POCKET BOOK", and at the foot of the cover "GIFT FROM ..... THE AUSTRALIAN COMFORTS FUND"

Golf Bag

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A golf bag which has been made using parts of the standard issue Army rifle bag used during the World War 2 era.

Glass, Souvenir

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A small, wine glass, perhaps a sherry glass. This glass is made from clear glass and is a souvenir of the H.M.A.S. Shropshire Ball 1974.

Inscriptions & Markings

The glass has the following inscription engraved in the external surface: "H.M.A.S. Shropshire Ball 1974"

Lamp, Signalling

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

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.

Gift Box - Princess Mary's Gift Box

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A brass gift box with an embossed hinging lid which was presented to WW1 sailors and soldiers for Christmas 1914. The gift was at the initiative of HRH The Princess Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary the daughter of the then King George V and Queen Mary. This box is empty however the full story of the box and contents can be found at the following url < http://collections.iwm.org.uk/server/show/ConWebDoc.994/setPaginate/No >

Inscriptions & Markings

The lid is embossed with the bust of HRH Princess Mary in a wreath with the letter "M" to either side and the following words "IMPERIUM BRITANNICUM" and "CHRISTMAS 1914" and has the country names "FRANCE", "BELGIUM", "JAPAN", "RUSSIA", MONTENEGRO" and "SERVIA".

Sextant, Bubble

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Bubble Sextant model Mark 1XA type A.M. 6B/218 in protective storage box. Complete, with operation instructions. This is an aviation navigation instrument used by the RAF and RAAF during the World War 2 era. A sextant is used to measure the altitude of celestial bodies above a horizontal line of reference. A navigator can use the horizon as this line of reference, but when an aircraft is above the clouds or flying at night, the navigator can’t see the horizon. The bubble sextant solves this problem by providing an artificial horizon.

Inscriptions & Markings

The storage case has a label with the following: "A.M. 6B/218 MK IX A" and the number "10772/42 (V)"

Book - Demobilization Procedure Book

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A WW2 servicemans pocket size Demobilization Procedure Book issued by the Australian Military Forces. The book has a buff coloured cardboard cover and bears the reference AAB 87. The book contains demobilization records relating to Private Edwin Walter Gillbee, service number VX135249 of the Second AIF.

Implement, Opener

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A clear plastic pack containing two implements which are a combination can opener, bottle opener and measuring spoon. These implements were included with standard field ration packs and are made of plated metal featuring a small hinged cutter attached to the main body. These were commonly called a Field Ration Opening Device (FRED) by defence personnel.

Inscriptions & Markings

The body is stamped with the standard Department of Defence symbol: "/|\" .

Boots, Riding

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Pair of leather riding boots as issued to the Australian Light Horse servicemen during World War 1. These boots are designed to fit the feet and lower calf and are worn laced. They are made of tan coloured leather with leather soles and have leather laces. These boots were issued to Captain Lewis George Cole of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade (refer supplementary documents attached).

Postcard

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Postcard size photograph of a WW1 Australian Army soldier. Unknown subject although note on rear "Uncle Tom your Grandma's Brother"

Pennant, R.A.A.F. Richmond

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Pennant produced for the Royal Australian Air Force Richmond base annual sports day, December 3rd, 1947. 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 Royal Australian Air Force insignia and wording associated with the sports day.

Card, Sympathy

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Helicopter, Model

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Small plastic model of a Bell helicopter.

Collection, Military Badges and Insignia

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Framed collection consisting of a large number of World War 1 era military badges and insignia from Australia, New Zealand, Britain and other countries. The collection features a set of three medals as the centrepiece which were awarded to an Australian serviceman, Acting Warrant Officer A. S. Nicholas, service number 4752 of the 3rd Australian General Hospital, Australian Medical Corp, A.I.F. The metal badges and insignia are mounted on a black felt cloth background over a wooden backing and housed in a wooden frame. There is no glass front to the frame.

Inscriptions & Markings

none

Container, Lubricating Oil

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Container used for lubricating oil for 18 PDR and 25 PDR artillery pieces. Used during WW1 and WW2

Historical information

Used for storing lubricating oil for artillery pieces, 18 PDR and 25 PDR, during WW1 and WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Markings on base "DɅD" and serial number "CM 2404 "

Booklet - Soldier's Service Book

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Small printed pocket book size record of soldier's service details. Issued by the UK Army to Colin Proctor who served in the Royal Sussex Regiment during WW2.

Cover, Headlight

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Soldered steel vehicle headlight blackout cover with metal light shield over a central slit. There is an adjustable cover to change the slit size. Below this is a 20 mm diameter hole. The steel has a galvanised finish and has been painted in a drab green colour.

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.

Boots, Flying

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Pair of black flying boots,lambswool lining, size 8 fitting 6, made by Bedggood, Melbourne, Australia, leather sole with rubber Dunlop heel. Style known as "1936 Pattern" used by Royal Australian Air Force.

Inscriptions & Markings

Internal pull tags, with size 8, fitting 6 on one & "Made by Bedggood, Melbourne, Australia" on the other.

Tankard, Commemorative

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Official R.S.L Tankard commemorating the involvement of Australian service personnel in World War 1. This tankard has three pictures representing: (1) The Australian Flying Corps over France, 1915 - 1918, (2) HMAS Sydney and the Emden, November 1914, (3) The AIF attack at Lone Pine, Gallipoli, August 1915. (refer item 00124, 00124.2, 00124.3 and 00124.4)