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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

Badge, Metal

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

hat badge, rising sun badge, oxidised copper

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Commonwealth Military Forces

Cream, Anti-Mosquito

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Small container of Anti-Mosquito Cream supplied by the Australian Department of Defence. The container is in the form of a small circular pot with a screw cap. The container is made of tin.

WW1 Plaque, Memorial

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

This circular, bronze commemorative plaque was presented to the family of Private Arthur Ernest Bolger, who was killed in action at Gallipoli on 27th April, 1915. The plaque is mounted on a wooden display stand with a 1914-15 star (another medal issued to Australian service personnel) and a label describing the item. Colloquially known as 'Dead Man's Penny' or 'King's Penny', this plaque was given to the next of kin of service personnel who died on active service in WW1. refer to link below http://www.awm.gov.au/encyclopedia/memorial_scroll/plaque.asp see item 00014.2

Significance

This item is historically and socially significant because A E Bolger had enlisted at Frankston and is recorded as being the first Frankston soldier to die at Gallipoli. Bolger was wounded and killed during the landing at ANZAC cove on the 27th April 1915. This plaque and medallion was awarded to his family who have subsequently donated them to this collection.

Tag, Identification

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

WW1 identification tag made of tin. This tag was issued to Private A.C. Hill, service number 2377, 2nd Pioneer Battalion, AIF., Church of England. (refer item 00325).

Hat, Felt

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Standard Australian Department of Defence issue khaki fur felt slouch hat as worn by Army personnel. The hat brim has a bound edge finish and one side of the brim is folded against the hat crown. The folded brim is attached by a brass clip to the side of the crown. This hat has the normal seven fold puggaree.

Inscriptions & Markings

MOUNTCASTLE PTY LTD MAY 2005 57 O/N 235032

Cap, Beret

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Beret, dark green, wool, complete with regiment badge

Inscriptions & Markings

no markings present

Booklet - Salt

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Souvenir Cloth

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Royal blue "Souvenir of Palestine" embroidered silk cloth with orange fringing. Embroidered with birds, flowers, a crown and a shield in gold and pink threads. Dated 1942, WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Australian Commonwealth Military Forces Souvenir of Palestine 1942"

Photographs

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Two photographs of a cricket team possibly pictured seated in front of the Frankston Football Ground grandstand.

Handbook - Army Rehabilitation

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Statuette - Simpson and His Donkey

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A small statuette depicting a World War 1 Australian serviceman assisting a wounded comrade who is riding on a donkey. This statuette is made from pewter and symbolises the brave deeds of Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick who, during the early days of the Gallipoli campaign, similarly assisted a number of wounded servicemen. This Army Medical Corps serviceman was a stretcher bearer and commonly known as "Simpson". The statuette is mounted on a stained wooden base which has a small title plate at its front edge.

Historical information

John Simpson Kirkpatrick enlisted in the Australian Army Medical Corps serving as a stretcher bearer at Gallipoli. With the help of a donkey he recovered wounded from the battlefield, often under fire. He was killed in action on 19 May 1915 and was awarded a Mention in Despatches for his act of bravery.

Significance

Simpson and his donkey has become the most famous of the images arising from Australia's Gallipoli Campaign in the First World War

Inscriptions & Markings

Title plate inscribed "SIMPSON AND HIS DONKEY"

Letter

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A letter sent to Australia by an Australian Army serviceman whilst on duty in Kure, Japan during the post World War 2 occupation. The serviceman is Driver B. Gillott service number VX97756, of the 1 Australian Salvage Unit of the B.C.O.F. The letter is dated 15th July, 1946 and is of five handwritten pages of approximately 8 x 5 inches in size. The stationery is printed in red ink with the Salvation Army, Australian Comforts Fund and YMCA insignia above the ruled writing area. The paper is a buff colour.

Inscriptions & Markings

This writing paper has the insignia of The Salvation Army, Australian Comforts Fund and YMCA printed in red above the ruled writing area.

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.

Pouch, Ammunition

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Example of Australian Army standard issue ammunition pouch carried by soldiers during the 1990s. This special pouch made from camouflage material. The pouch can carry a set of folding dixies which are used for carrying and eating prepared food.

40mm Drill Round - 40mm Bofors N2 Drill Round

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Chrome plated solid tapered cylinder replicating an actual 40mm artillery round. Three indents evenly spaced around the cylinder 50mm from the base. A further three smaller tear-drop shaped indents are evenly space around the cylinder 250mm from the base and corresponding to the larger indents. The indents are painted red. The base is a milled protuding rim on the shellcase with some inscriptions on the underside. Between the base of the shellcase and the milled rim is an indented space around the cylinder.

Inscriptions & Markings

Numbers and letters stamped into the underside of the base as follows: 40 MM N2 DRILL in 7mm high letters highlighted with red infill. 9-58 in 4mm high numbers highlighted with red infill. 5mm Circle containing letters BM on either side of a larger T. Defence arrow symbol with equal sides and shaft. 3mm circle containing the letters KW.

Model Plane

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Model Meteor Jet fighter/bomber made of alumimum painted silver with clear plastic cockpit

Inscriptions & Markings

Red, white and blue roundels on wings and fuselage Red, white and blue idenitfication markings on tail.Flap markings painted on wingflaps and tail .

Pouch, Ammunition

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Game, Two Up - Nappy's Two Up

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Nappy's Two Up set comprising satin lined box measuring 155mm by 55mm with throw board, 2 coins embrossed "Nappys", and instruction sheet

Inscriptions & Markings

Embossed "Nappy's Two Up" fading

Handbook - Interdenominational Prayers and Forms of Service

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A hard cover printed handbook compiled by the Chaplains of the Royal Australian Navy. The cover is coloured blue and is inscribed with black lettering. This publication contains a series of prayers, and short services for use on Naval occasions when personnel of mixed denominations are to be present. The handbook is authorised by the Department of Defence (Navy Office) Canberra, ACT and is dated July 1979.

Inscriptions & Markings

The front cover is inscribed with the RAN Chaplains insignia, below which is the following title "ABR 5078 INTERDENOMINATIONAL PRAYERS AND FORMS OF SERVICE".

Kit, Bren Gun Maintenance

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Bren Gun cleaning kit, complete in khaki tool wallet. This kit consists of adjusting tool, oil container, pull through, assorted spare springs.

Inscriptions & Markings

Very faded writing appears to be Wallet spare parts ...... .303 ........... (cannot read)

Claymore Handheld firing device

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

This is a jungle green coloured metal hand held electrical firing device with a steel safety bar. It has a two pole male electrical connector fitted with a dustproof cap.

Historical information

Vietnam era

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped on one side are the words FIRING DEVICE ELECTRICAL M57

Mortar Bomb (Practice) 81mm, Vietnam era

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Practice mortar round, 81mm, steel (black) with aluminium tailpiece

Historical information

81mm practice mortar bomb, U S from Vietnam era

Inscriptions & Markings

On aluminium tailpiece "DS" and underneath "22 M O 82 M 1 7 0 "

Pouch, Ammunition

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Example of Australian Army standard issue ammunition pouch carried by soldiers during the 1990s. This special pouch made from camouflage material. The pouch contains a set of folding dixies which are used for carrying and eating prepared food.

Map Carrier

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Leather tube for carrying maps.

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 two red circles, 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: "92".

Torch

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

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),

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).

Photograph, Frankston Memorial Hall

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A framed black and white photograph of a formal dinner at the original Frankston Memorial Hall building (Thompson Street) in April 1940. The photograph is of a mixed group with a number of servicemen in Army uniform and shows the interior of the main hall. The caption on the rear of the photograph notes : "presented to those soldiers who sailed in the 1st convoy, April 1940, who lived in Frankston, by the Frankston RSL" (skip) I. D. Welsh VX4460 2/6 Bn - 17th Brigade.

Card, Greeting

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston