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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

Document - Memorial Service

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Grenade, Mills

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A WW2 era Mills type Hand Grenade. This grenade has a gas check plate fitted to the bottom plug for use with a grenade launching version of the SMLE 0.303" service rifle.

Munition,

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Spent artillery shell case from an 18 pounder field gun. This shell case was manufactured in 1917. The 18 pdr was the main artillery armament of the British and Commonwealth forces during World War 1.

Medal

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

An example of the Liberation Medal, fifth class, issued by the government of Kuwait for service during the Liberation of Kuwait campaign in the Gulf War of 1990 to 1993. This medal was provided to eligible Australian service personnel however is not worn as an official service decoration. This medal is engraved with the following; Hillier D. N. service number 322256. These are made of Bronze with coloured enamel features and have a ribbon with red, white and green vertical stripes. The medal complete with a service ribbon, is in a plastic presentation case which is stored in a protective cardboard sleeve.

Tally Band

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Sailor's black silk cap tally band with "Kreuser Emden" embroidered in gold cotton.

Inscriptions & Markings

The hat band is embroidered with the inscription: "Kreuser Emden" in gold letters.

Photograph

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Pocketbook

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A small pocket book used as a diary by Australian Army World War 2 serviceman Private George Edward (Red) Miller, service number VX3693 of the 5th Battalion, 2nd Australian Imperial Force. The diary contains notes relating to Miller's service with the Australian Army in Palestine, Egypt, Libya and Greece. The pocket book has a folding cover and is covered in a buff coloured linen. (refer to items 00460 and 00460.2)

Calculator, Course & Speed

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Course and Speed calculator used as a navigational aid by Air Force pilots to calculate aircraft relative groundspeed whilst allowing for wind speed and direction. A similar example (MKIIA version) can be seen at the following Imperial War Museum web page: <http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/30000030> Manufactured in the UK by E. R. Watts & Son.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed "COURSE & SPEED CALCULATOR MKII", "E.R.WATTS & Son No 757/35", "A.M. REF No 6B/119".

Souvenir, Ashtray

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Example of trench art, made from base of 25 pounder shell casing, with 4 holders for cigarettes, with inert casing & projectile from .50 calibre round upright in centre.

Inscriptions & Markings

shell casing marked; 25 PDR, 1942, M C, C F.

Print - "GOOD-BYE, OLD MAN."

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Sepia parchment sketch by F. Matania dated 1916. A young soldier is bidding farewell to his fatally wounded horse, as the rest of his unit move on.

Historical information

WW1 artist print

Inscriptions & Markings

The artist's name and date is located in the bottom left hand corner F. Matania, 1916. Underneath the print is the inscription "GOOD-BYE, OLD MAN." An incident on the road to Southern Flanders.

Souvenir, Cloth

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A small table cloth presented by the RSL as a Christmas gift. This cloth is made of linen and features a Christmas design in maroon.

Inscriptions & Markings

The cloth has the following inscription: "Merry Christmas from the RSL"

Flask, Gunpowder

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

An old Curtis's and Harvey's Gunpowder flask. The flask is made of red painted metal (possibly tin). The cap is missing from the flask. This is marked with an additional label indicating that it was distributed by the Victorian agents, McMicking and Co (?).

Service Ribbons

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

WW1 and WW2 service ribbons, service ribbons from both world wars

Document - Letter to unknown Serviceman from RSSAILA, Frankston Branch, Victoria.

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Letter to serviceman (Neil ?) from the President of the Returned Sailor's Soldier's and Airmen's Imperial League of Australia, Frankston Branch. Signed by P Langford as President

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).

Souvenir Ashtray

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Souvenir ashtray made from a metal alloy materaial (probably Aluminium). The ashtray is in the form of a ships wheel and has a central circular insert which is stamped "MV DORSETSHIRE".

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped with the inscription "MV DORSETSHIRE"

Statuette - Man with donkey

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

cast statuette, donkey with wounded soldier and attendant

Inscriptions & Markings

Silent soldiers man with donkey

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.

Tankard, Commemorative

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Official R.S.L Tankard commemorating the involvement of Australian service personnel in World War 2. This tankard has three pictures representing: (1) HMAS Sydney's sinking of the Bartolomeo Colleoni off Crete, July 1940,, (2) The AIF at El Alemein, October 1942, (3) The RAAF at Milne Bay, August 1942. (refer item 00124, 00124.1, 00124.3 and 00124.4)

Helmet, Flying

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

An RAAF 'B' type leather flying helmet as issued during WW11 and used during the late 1940s and early 1950s period. It is made of dark brown leather with a dark yellow suede inner lining. It has a khaki coloured webbing chinstrap. It also includes a head set.

Inscriptions & Markings

The reference number, stamped in white, is on each headphone. 'REF No 10A/13466'

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".

Locker, Kit

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Locker of wooden construction that has apparently been made to store and carry a serviceman's kit. The locker is stained and polished, has a hinging lid and has two handles for carrying. The lid is attached by three metal hinges and the lid has a hasp for padlocking. The locker has an internal removable shelf for additional storage space (for small items). The locker has external steel strips at the top surface and steel angles at the corners for protection.

Inscriptions & Markings

The name "J. KITT V50015" is stamped into the wood at the inside of the locker.

Statuette - Mates

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Small statuette depicting an Australian serviceman assisting a wounded comrade. The statuette depicts a scene from a famous moving film taken in New Guinea during World War 2 by Australian War Correspondent, Damien Peter Parer who was attached to the Australian Military Forces. The statuette is made from Pewter and is mounted on a stained wooden base. The following text statement is copied from the AWM website and describes the image in further detail: During the advance on Salamaua VX89711 Sergeant Gordon Raymond Charles Ayre MM, a 58/59th Battalion bandsman from Shepparton, Victoria, in pouring rain assists a wounded mate, VX132355 Private William Oswald Wallace Johnson, of the same unit, across Alan's (Allen's?) Creek to an advanced regimental aid post. Johnson had been wounded by a Japanese grenade on the 13th of July 1943 during an attack on the "coconuts" area. Sergeant Ayre was awarded the military medal for his performance during this action. This is one of the iconic images of the Second World War. (Still from AWM film F01866 "Assault on Salamaua", newsreel by Damien Parer)

Inscriptions & Markings

The wooden base has a label which is inscribed with the following: "MATES" Heritage Fine Arts, Limited Edition

Kit, Cleaning

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Handbook - An Official Guide to Sydney

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Pocketbook produced by the Australian Comforts Fund as a guide to Sydney for service women and men stationed or visiting there. Contains usefull information, contact details for support organisations, public transport information and a map. The book has 32 pages and has a buff coloured paper cover.

Inscriptions & Markings

The booklet cover has the following printed in black ink: "An Official Guide to Sydney for Men & Women of the Services" "Issued by the Australian Comforts Fund (NSW Division) and the Amenities Branch of the Army"

Container, Mustard

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Varnished tinplate container which originally held one pound of Special DSF Mustard Compound. Presumably a caterers size pack used by cooks in a camp mess or similar. The top of the container is removable. The container is empty.

Case, Transit

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A wooden, protective transit case to suit a plane table compass as used by surveyors and artillery crew. These compasses were used by artillery units of the Australian Military Forces during World War 2. Refer 00330 and 00330.1

Rifle Cleaning Cloths

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Heliograph

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Signalling heliograph which has been manufactured using a variety of military hardware items. Presumably this heliograph was improvised in the field as a result of damage to a standard issue item. This heliograph has parts which have been sourced from other standard military issue equipment, for example, knobs from cooking pots. The item uses the mirrors which are normally found in the standard issue heliograph. This heliograph has two large mirrors (for long distance signalling) and a smaller mirror (for short distance signalling). The mirrors are mounted on adjustable arms for positioning and aiming.

Inscriptions & Markings

no markings to note

Badge, Metal

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

hat badge, rising sun badge, oxidised copper

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Commonwealth Military Forces