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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

Lamp

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

WW1 Military Carbide Signal and General Purpose Lamp which is round and made of brass. The lamp has a latched and hinged brass top. Brass and wood hinged handle with knurled access knob which is situated at the top of the lamp. In between the handle uprights is a round chimney flu which allows heat to escape. Approximately one third down from the top of the lamp there is a brass side handle. Immediately to the left of the handle is a rectangular curved view port with brass cover. Directly opposite the side handle is a convex glass window. Air vents are located at the bottom of the lamp. Inside the top half of the lamp is a chamber which contains the carbide lamp and perpendicular sleeves for the insertion of coloured glass panels. The bottom half of the lamp contains the carbide.

Historical information

Arthur E. Woodley donated the WW1 Military Carbide Signal and General Purpose Lamp to Frankston RSL. It was given to Arthur E. Woodley of Crib Point during the 1960s by Captain Ivan E. Layton MBE who was then the Executive Officer of Melbourne Legacy. During WW2 Ivan Layton was secretary to General Blamey. Ivan Layton died on 15th September, 1979. The carbide workings of the lamp were removed because of corrosion, otherwise it is almost complete.

Inscriptions & Markings

Manufacturers Stamp, 'PLAYER & MITCHELL LTD', 'SENTINEL WORKS' 'BIRMINGHAM'

Badge, ARP

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Australian issued ordnance factory Air Raid Precaution (ARP) enamelled metal identification badge. The badge has a red background with a gold colour inscription. The rear of the badge has a pin for attaching the badge to the wearer's clothes.

Inscriptions & Markings

The badge has the following inscription on the front side: "ORDNANCE ARP FACTORY", the rear side has the number "8" and is impressed with the manufacturers name "Stokes & Sons Melbourne"

Document - Certificate of Discharge

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Certificate of Discharge issued to Noel Louis Blundell by the 9th Australian Division Signals, Australian Military Forces. Dated 27th November, 1943. Certificate number 11495. N L Blundell served as a GP1 Wireless Mechanic, he enlisted on the 18th June, 1940 and was on Active Service in Australia for 309 days and Overseas for 689 days.

Medal, Imperial German

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A WW1 era Imperial German Iron Cross Second Class medal contained in a presentation case. The medal has a black and white striped ribbon threaded through a suspender ring. This medal was issued during WW1 to German Army personnel. refer to AWM item https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1176843

Heliograph Mirror

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A mirror assembly complete with holder and swivel for the 5" MK.V signalling heliograph used by British and Commonwealth Defence Forces.

Hat, Felt WW2

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A 1942 felt fur slouch hat, binding edge, press stud, folded puggaree rising sun badge

Inscriptions & Markings

N. 121, felt fur, 6 3/4, 1942 on inside hat band, Australian Commonwealth Military Force on badge

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.

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.

Token

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Small wooden boomerang shaped badge attached to a small 1941 calendar in the form of a printed paper booklet. The boomerang badge has a safety pin attached to enable it to be attached to clothing. The boomerang badge has a horseshoe in red and the name "PTE BRUCE WARWICK NX 45467". This was presumably a gift token or momento given by a well wisher to a soldier embarking for overseas

Inscriptions & Markings

The boomerang badge has a horseshoe in red and the name "PTE BRUCE WARWICK NX 45467". The calendar is marked "Calendar" and "Cheerio".

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.

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"

Belt, Leather Money

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Leather money belt worn during World War 2 military service by Frederick Henry Laurence Rankin, service number VX139086. This belt has three zippered pockets for carrying money or other valuables. One pocket contains a ration coupon for one packet of smokes (cigarettes).

Historical information

Frederick Henry Laurence Rankin (Laurie) VX 139086 was an Australian Army cook who served from May 1943 to June 1945 within Australia (including Darwin). he was born 24/7/1914 at Jumburra, Victoria and enlisted on 27/5/1943 at Clifton Hill, Victoria. His "Next of Kin" was Eunice Rankin. He was discharged on 4 June, 1945 and he was then posted to 2 Australian Field Artillery Regiment. He died on 27 July 1983 and buried at Fawkner Memorial Park.

Medal, Service - Distinguished Flying Cross

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar awarded to Squadron Leader Ian Frank Tamagno. The medal has been mounted in a gold rectangular frame. The medal has been mounted on a maroon backing material. The medal is in the form of a silver finished cross suspended by a white and violet diagonally striped ribbon. Below the cross, is a gold plated engraved presentation plate.

Inscriptions & Markings

The inscription on the plate is the following, 'D.F.C. (and) Bar Awarded to Sqn. Ldr. I. F. Tamagno Presented to Frankston R.S.L. 7.10.81

Lamp

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Lamp used for night operations. These lamps were part of the 25 pounder howitzer equipment.

Pennant, Greetings from Australia

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Triangular pennant made from wool felt. Maroon with blue strip on short side, wirh two blue tags. Greetings from Australia in gold lettering, with gold scroll containing the word Australia. 1943 in red lettering with an eagle in gold holding a rifle and bayonet in its tallons and a green kangaroo wearing a tin helmet and holding a rifle and bayonet.

Historical information

World War 2

Inscriptions & Markings

1943. Greetings from Australia. Eagle and kangaroo.

Photograph

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Photograph of RAAF aircrew assembled beside their aircraft. E R Steen is standing third from the left.

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"

Document - Guinea Gold

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A copy of a special Christmas 1943 Supplement which was published with the December 25, 1943 edition of Guinea Gold. Refer item 00383.

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.

Container, Storage

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Protective container for storage and transporting the W. W. BOES Co MKll Astro Compass. The container is manufactured from black Bakelite, has a hinged lid, a woven cotton carrying strap and nickel-plated steel hardware . (refer 00357.1)

Inscriptions & Markings

The container is labelled: "ASTRO COMPASS MKll, MFR"S PART NO. 94, CONTRACT NO'-W-535 A.C.24194, The W. W. BOES CO, 3001 SALEM AVE, DAYTON, OHIO"

Photograph

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Framed photograph of Major MacDonald as he is greeted by a Vietnamese woman after being presented with a garland during the welcoming ceremony for the 1st Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR). Gia Dinh Province, Saigon. June 1965. refer AWM collection < http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/DNE/65/0024/VN/ >

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.

Card, Photo

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Artillery Powder Bag

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Circular artillery prime charge powder bag made of canvas material. Set of five in a string bag. This item is two sets of five. These are made in a hexagonal shape with one side unstitched. The bag was filled with the chosen powder type and charge in the field prior to loading the artillery piece. Believed to be of Turkish origin and presumably of World War 1 origin.

Munition

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

World War 2 brass munition case of Japanese origin. This is an example of 'trench art' having been made into a flower vase. note not fully described .....

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

Book, Pay

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Pay books issued to Frederick William Gage an Australian Army serviceman who served in the 1st AIF as a gunner and the 2nd AIF as a sergeant. The WW1 paybook, number 267888, was issued on the 20th October, 1916. The WW2 paybook, number C 75091, was issued on the 4th June, 1940. The WW2 paybook contains photographs of the serviceman.

Badge, Brooch

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

This is a Royal Australian Air Force hat badge which has been modified to form a brooch. The badge has a clasp with pin attached to the back side and a safety chain. This is possibly an example of trench art to make a 'sweetheart' brooch.

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.

Cup, Invalid

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Plain white china feeding cup, provided with a handle and pouring spout at right angles to each other. There is a scalloped half-cover over the cup to prevent spillage. A Red Cross symbol, surrounded by a solid red circle, is located on the top. Used in hospitals for feeding invalid or bed-ridden patients.

Inscriptions & Markings

This cup has a Red Cross symbol on the upper surface. The underside of the cup has the following imprint: "MADE IN ENGLAND", "EMPIRE WORKS", "STOKE on TRENT" beneath a symbol of a crown which is beneath "E. P. Co.". The cup is also is impressed with the word "ENGLAND".