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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

Powder Compact

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Kitbag

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A standard Australian Army issue kitbag used by soldiers to carry essential equipment such as bedding, toiletries, spare clothes, etc. This kitbag (also referred to as a 'sausage kit' was issued to James Ellis Liebe, service number VX21644.

Inscriptions & Markings

Liebe J E VX21644

Compass

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Type ?? compass, standard issue to Army personnel during the World War 1 period. This compass is complete with a leather pouch. Refer item 00424.1 and 00424.2

Microphone

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Hand held communications microphone with push button rotary switch. Made of alloy and bakelite with flexible cable which terminates in a three pole line plug. The rotary switch is for adjustment.

Inscriptions & Markings

The main body is embossed with the following,'SIGNAL CORPS T-17-D CAAG 19332-PH-4422'. The rotary switch knob is embossed with the following, 'SW-217' and the symbol 'U' in a circle with a lightning symbol.

Periscope

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

World War 2 Australian defence department issue folding steel periscope with two mirrors and extendable steel sides. The item is carried in a khaki brown canvas case with a belt loop at the back for wear with standard issue webbing. The case has a top opening flap secured by a press stud button. The periscope extends to approximately 640mm overall.

Inscriptions & Markings

A maker's label on top of the periscope reads 'J.W.H. PTY. LTD. POCKET PERISCOPE 1943 MK.I. AUST.'. 'D (broadarrow) D 523' is impressed below the label.

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.

Solution, Inhalant

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Small cardboard packet containing 10 glass Ampoules of Ammonia Inhalant Solution (Aromatic). These were for field use and intended to be used as 'smelling salts'. These were carried by a RAN rating during the Vietnam conflict. The rear side of the cardboard packet has instructions and an illustration showing how the inhalant is to be administered.

Inscriptions & Markings

The front side of the cardboard packet has the following printing in black ink: "FSN 6505-106-0875" "AMMONIA INHALANT SOLUTION, AROMATIC, Ampuls, 1/3 cc." "1 PACKAGE (of 10 Ampuls)" "LOT NO. 152" "Contr. Medical Supply Company, Rockford, Ill." "Mfr. Elanco Products Co., Indianapolis, Ind."

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.

Kit, Spare Parts

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Spare parts kit for the Lamps Signalling Daylight used by the Australian defence forces during World War 2. A small dark green painted metal container with a hinging lid which contains parts and instructions, including three spare lamp bulbs. Within the container there is a smaller tinplate container with a lid which has electrical contacts and connectors. Refer item 00417

Inscriptions & Markings

The container lid has the following inscription: "LAMPS SIGNALLING DAYLIGHT BOX SPARE PARTS MKII" and "PMG 1942"

Postcard

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Postcard size photograph of a WW1 Australian Army soldier. Unknown subject although note on rear "my dad in 1914 - 1918 war"

Hat, Bush

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Standard Australian Army issue field uniform bush hat, also referred to as a 'giggle' hat. This hat is made from a heavy canvas drill fabric in a jungle green colour.

Document, Certificate

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Framed certificate presented to World War 2 serviceman George Gregory of Somerville. presented by the Shire of Frankston and Hastings.

Knife, Pocket

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Standard Australian Army servicemans metal pocket knife with three folding implements. It has a single edge knife blade, a can and bottle opener and a marlin spike all hinged to fold away into the knife body. One end of the knife is equipped with a screwdriver blade stub. The other end is equipped with a pivoting copper suspension loop. The body of the knife is stamped with the manufacturer's details, which includes a description of the style of knife as an 'opener', patent number '15737' and a 'D^D' stamp. This knife is wrapped in a waxed piece of paper printed with the instructions for using the can opener blade.

Inscriptions & Markings

The body of the knife is stamped with the following inscription "WITTINGSLOWE, OPENER, ADELAIDE, PAT.APPLN 15737" and a 'D^D' stamp.

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

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

Belt, Webbing

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Example of Australian Army standard issue belt worn by soldiers during the 1970s. This was a USA Army design adopted by the ADF during the Vietnam conflict. The belt is jungle green in colour with multiple mounting points for special clips which hold a variety of pouches.

Kit, Uniform Repair

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Linen holdall containing a sewing and repair kit issued to Royal Australian Air Force Personnel. The holdall is khaki in colour. The kit contains a variety of spare buttons, cottons and sewing needles, a thimble and a small brush.

Star Identifier

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Rude star identifier with hydrographic office modifications, A-N type 1, with seven plastic transparent overlays, start and lunar location sheet, US Navy, circular, in vinyl cover

Significance

Star identifier used in air navigation. It gives the positions of all stars included in both American and British Air Almanacs

Inscriptions & Markings

Rude star identifier with hydrographic office modifications, A-N type 1, Hydrographic Office No 2102-C

Documents

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Collection of various leaflets for use by Australian military personnel in the field when attempting to communicate with local islanders and Japanese.

Statuette - Vietnam

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Pewter/alloy statuette of a Vietnam era soldier crossing a creek and signalling to those following "enemy ahead", mounted on a base of polished stone.

Historical information

A statuette depicting a scene of soldiers 'on patrol' in Vietnam

Significance

Presented to the Frankston RSL Sub Branch by the Frankston Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia in 2001.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label "VIETNAM" Heritage Fine Arts, Limited to 2500 on one side of base, numbered 0149 Brass label affixed "Presented by Frankston Branch V.V.A.A. 2001" on other side of base. Brass emblems attached on other 2 sides of "Royal Australian Regiment" and "Royal Australian Infantry Corps"

Range Finder

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Range finder for defensively equipped merchant ships contained in a wooden case with hinged lid.

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.

Commemorative Beer Can

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Commemorative Alumium beer can with RAAF logo. Tooheys Blue Label 375mL. With ring pull tag(leaking).

Inscriptions & Markings

Commemorating the 50th anniversay of the end of WW2.Logo for Australia remembers 1945 - 1995. followed by thanks for the freedom . Insert image of reciutment poster from WW2 fot the R.A.A.F

Postcard

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Postcard size black and white photographic print of the HMAT Port Lincoln leaving a dock, the voyage date is 20.10.1916. This is a letter postcard typically used for correspondence, the reverse side records the photographer as J. E. Barnes, Kew and that the postcard was issued by Maples Art Furnishers, Prahran. Note: HMAT Port Lincoln (A17) sailed from Melbourne with reinforcements on 20th October, 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"

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.

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 "

Souvenir, Cloth

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Light green coloured embroidered silk cloth with yellow fringing on all four sides. Embroidered with the Australian Commonwealth Military Forces badge the Australian and British flags surrounded by a plant with flowers in brown and orange threads. There is also small cellophane pocket with an embroidered border on three sides which would hold a photograph. The cloth has an off-white material backing attached. Dated 1940, WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

The following inscription is embroidered on the cloth: "Happy Xmas", "Palestine 1940" and "Australian Commonwealth Military Forces"

Collection, F. C. Perry

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Collection of documents and other service related items issued to VX117810 Frederick Charles Perry by the Australian Military Forces. F C Perry served as a Driver and was with the 2/47th Australian Transport Platoon at the time of discharge. Perry 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.

Medallion, ANZAC - 50th Anniversary of Gallipoli Medallion

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Circular bronze medallion surmounted by the Queen's crown. Obverse depicts Simpson and his donkey assisting a wounded man, a laurel wreath, the date '1915' and the word 'ANZAC'. Reverse depicts a map of Australia and New Zealand with the Southern Cross superimposed, fern fronds and the engraved name of the recipient 'G. R. GRIFFITH'. This medallion is in its original presentation case. The Anzac Medallion was issued by the Australian government in 1967 to commemorate the 1965 50th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. The medallion was issued to surviving veterans of the campaign or their next of kin. Refer to AWM item for further information < http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/RELAWM16790.001/ >

Inscriptions & Markings

The recipients name, G.R. Griffith, is engraved on the reverse of the medallion.