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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
183 Cranbourne Road Frankston Victoria (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 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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Lamp, Signalling

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Handbook - Small Arms Training

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

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.

Pack, Equipment

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Standard Australian Army issue equipment pack in the form of a bum pack. This pack is made of a tough, waterproof, camouflague fabric material with universal fittings for attachment to webbing.

Badge

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Pressed metal cap badge for the Royal Australian Army Service Corp. This badge is brass alloy with two pins at rear for securing to the cap when worn.

Boots, Patent Leather

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Book - Good News New Testament and Psalms

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Pocket book size with mid blue soft vinyl cover imprinted with gold lettering and the Royal Australian Navy badge. Example of the New Testament that is issued to Australian Navy service personnel. This is the 1996, fifth edition of the book published by the Bible Society in Australia Inc. This version has three pages inserted after the index with the words of "The Naval Hymn", "The Naval Prayer" and the Australian National Anthem.

Inscriptions & Markings

The front cover has the following inscription in gold print, the Royal Australian Navy emblem followed by the words "Good News" and "New Testament and Psalms" around the Bible Society symbol. The spine is inscribed with the number "TEV352" and the rear cover is inscribed with the following reference "0 647 50562 2"

Munition

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A 25 pound howitzer ammunition casing which was manufactured during World War 2 and has been used to make a flower vase. It is an example of trench art.

Photograph, Ron Gage

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Framed photograph, of serviceman Ron Gage, in uniform of the Australian Militia Horse Artillery ca 1936. The frame is of a light brown wood with silver trim and has a glass front.

Historical information

Details from World War 2 Nominal Roll GAGE, RONALD WILLIAM Service Australian Army Service Number VX107470 (V32070) Date of Birth 29 Aug 1921 Place of Birth MELBOURNE, VIC Date of Enlistment 16 Sep 1942 Locality on Enlistment GLENHUNTLY, VIC Place of Enlistment IN THE FIELD, QLD Next of Kin GAGE, FREDERICK Date of Discharge 31 Jul 1946 Rank Private Posting at Discharge 115 HEIDLEBERG MILITARY HOSPITAL

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on the obverse; PRESENTED BY RON GAGE MILITIA ARTILLERY (HORSE) 1936 SELF PHOTOGRAPH

Document, Commission

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Black framed original certificate of commission presented to Second Lieutenant Rodney Bruce Macdonald by Sir William Joseph Slim on the appointment as officer of the Permanent Military Forces of the Commonwealth from the 15th December, 1952.

Souvenir, Letter Opener

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A souvenir paper knife made from a piece of wood salvaged from HMS WARSPITE. This is fashioned form a piece of wood and is in the shape of a paper envelope opener, it has a small brass label attached to one surface. Presumably this was recovered from the HMS Warspite which was commissioned in 1913 and served until 1945.

Inscriptions & Markings

This item has a label attached, the label is inscribed "From the TEAK of H.M.S. WARSPITE"

Claymore Mine

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

An M18A1 'Claymore' Directional Fragmentation Mine. The convex side is faced toward the enemy and the mine is configured to be electrically detonated from a remote location, (can be used with the white :det" cords leading from the detonator wells show). It is raised off the ground by a small stand to maximise the blast radius. Claymore mines contain 700 steel ball bearings impressed into 650 grams of plastic explosive. The M18A1 has a lethal range of up to 100 metres

Historical information

The M18A1 'Claymore' Directional Fragmentation Mine which is used as part of the perimeter defences at, for example Fire Support Base or for use in ambush situations. The convex side is faced toward the enemy and the mine is configured to be electrically detonated from a remote location, (these mines can be connected by white "det cord" & detonators from the detonator wells show to link a series of mines)). It is raised off the ground by a small stand to maximise the blast radius. Claymore mines contain 700 steel ball bearings impressed into 650 grams of plastic explosive. The M18A1 has a lethal range of up to 100 metres

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front"Front Toward Enemy" on the reverse "Back M18A1 Apers Mine"

Binoculars

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Binoculars (or field glasses) issued to service personnel during the Boer War era. Typical non-prismatic binocular design with a central thumb screw for adjustment of focal length. The tubular optics have a swivel action to adjust for eye width. There are sliding sun hoods on the large lenses. Manufactured from brass with leather grips and loops for attaching a carrying strap.

Inscriptions & Markings

Marked with the British Department of Defence arrowhead and has the following inscription "Mk V Special 2D998"

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.

Handbook, Training - Infantry Section Leading

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Handbook for training Infantry Section Leading. Published by the UK War Office, December, 1938. This handbook contains 104 pages of illustrated notes for infantry training personnel. It is bound in a soft cover of heavy weight buff coloured paper.

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"

Bomb Part

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Tail of an incendiary bomb dropped near Boston, Lincs., UK about September, 1940.

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.

Souvenir, Tea Towel

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Souvenir tea towel presented by the RSL as a Christmas gift. This tea towel features a Christmas design in green.

Inscriptions & Markings

The tea towel has the following inscription: "Merry Christmas from the RSL"

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.

Photograph

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Photograph of John Williams an Australian Army serviceman, this is one of a set of four (refer to item 00150). Williams is accompanied by five other servicemen of the 32nd Battery, 23rd Field Artillery Brigade. A note on the reverse of the photograph states "the other chaps are from Brims, the last place I was at in Victoria" and is dated 2/8/1916. This photograph was taken at Amesbury, Salisbury Plains, England. Printed from a digitally scanned file copied from the original photograph.

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 a 7 fold puggaree and a leather chin strap.

Inscriptions & Markings

MOUNTCASTLE PTY LTD MAY 2005 57 O/N 235032

Handbook - Service Book with Orders of Service, Hymns, Psalms, Etc.

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A hard cover printed handbook authorised for use by the Australian Military Forces. The cover is coloured blue and is inscribed with black lettering. This is a publication providing the Order for a Combined Parade Service for general use at Chuch Parades of the AMF. The Order has been approved by the Chaplains-General of the Church of England and the Methodist, Presbyterian, and United Churches of the Commonwealth of Australia and is authorised to be used at Combined Parade Services.

Inscriptions & Markings

The cover inscription is "AA Book 33 Revised May '67". The full title is "SERVICE BOOK with ORDERS OF SERVICE, HYMNS, PSALMS, Etc., for use by members of the CHURCH OF ENGLAND IN AUSTRALIA and the members of the Churches comprising the PROTESTANT DENOMINATIONS". The cover also has the footnote "AUTHORISED FOR USE BY THE AUSTRALIAN MILITARY FORCES".

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)

Swagger Stick

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Trench art, Vietnam era. Made of a wooden rod and a spent 50 calibre cartridge which has been cut into two with one piece attached to either end of the rod to form an ornamental stick, commonly referred to as a 'swagger stick'. Half of the cartridge, complete with a projectile forms one end with the other half of the cartridge forming the opposite end. There is a gilt uniform button attached to the cartridge detonator end, with the emblem of the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME).

Saddle

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A WW1 era Australian Light Horse riding saddle. The saddle is a 1915 pattern Officers riding saddle, made of leather and is complete. The saddle is displayed on a wooden frame.

Historical information

This saddle formerly belonged to MAX ARMSTRONG a WW2 ex-serviceman and a Frankston RSL Sub Branch member. Max and other ex-service officers were members of a volunteer Light Horse Mounted Section who, for many years, rode at the head of the annual Melbourne ANZAC Day commemoration March, leading the marching troops. At the completion of the march the Light Horse Mounted Section would visit the Memorial Horse Trough near the north east corner of the Shrine of Remembrance for a brief service paying tribute to Australian war horses.

Collection, HMAS Manoora

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Collection of printed documents (menus, etc.) originating from the Royal Australian Navy ship H. M. A. S. Manoora which was in service during World War 2. Refer items 00393.1, 00393.2, 00393.3 and 00393.4

Document, Certificate

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Framed certificate awarded to John Standerwick of the Australian Imperial Force. Signed by King George, dated 30th May 1921. When this donated item was received, it was in the original mailing tube made of cardboard. The mailing tube was addressed to Mr J Standerwick, c/- Taxation Office, 436 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, C.1. Vic.

Cap, Forage

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

RAAF blue wool barathea forage cap with holes on left hand side (the normal oxidised brass other rank's cap badge is not attached) to the front left side and pair of black plastic RAAF buttons on the front. The crown opening has been sewn up with large black running stitches in heavy black thread. The inside crown is lined with navy polyester with a stitched lining that bears various marking on the size, date of manufacture, type/style markings, including a stamping of a the broad arrow with letters either side "G" & "Y".

Historical information

Used as ceremonial headress of "other ranks" in the RAAF, with awith oxidised brass other rank's cap badge, which is not attached.

Inscriptions & Markings

V 330 1944 MADE IN AUSTRALIA SIZE 6 7/8

Pack, Equipment

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Standard Australian Army issue equipment pack in the form of a small back pack. This pack is made of a tough, waterproof, camouflague fabric material with universal fittings for attachment to webbing.

Souvenir, Photographs

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Tourist photographs of Jerusalem sent home to family by Noel Blundell who served in the Middle East during World War 2. The black and white photographs are enclosed in a folding card packet for protection. The small photographs are of typical local scenes and there is a printed guide to where the photographs were taken. The photographs are approximately 90mm x between 55 and 65mm.

Inscriptions & Markings

The packet is printed with the following: on the front cover "SELECTED PALESTINE SNAP-PHOTOS", "SERIES: JERUSALEM 3" on the inside of the cover the brand name "VICTORY" on the reverse: a circular insignia with Hebrew and Arabic characters and the word "PALPHOT" with "MADE IN PALESTINE" printed below.

Souvenir Ashtray

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Miniature model of a WW2 era Avro Anson twin engine aircraft mounted on an ash tray. The aircraft is supported by a curved arm attached to the circular ashtray base. The base has a small metal RAAF 'winged eagle' insignia attached to the front edge. The items have been made from chromed metal material. The RAAF was equipped with Avro Anson aircraft in the late 1930 period prior to WW2. These aircraft were used by the RAAF for general and maritime reconnaissance and training throughout WW2 and into the early 1950s. The first version of the Avro Anson was developed in 1935 by the British Avro aircraft company.

Inscriptions & Markings

Chromed metal RAAF 'winged eagle' insignia on the front edge of the base.

Tankard, Commemorative

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Official R.S.L Tankard commemorating the involvement of Australian service personnel in The Vietnam War. This tankard has three pictures representing: (1) Fifth Battalion Royal Australian Regiment in Vietnam, 1966, (2) RAAF Helicopters in Vietnam, (3) HMAS Hobart off North Vietnam Coast, 1967. (refer item 00124, 00124.1, 00124.2 and 00124.3)

Cap, Beret

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

United Nations beret complete with badge. The beret is woollen and is coloured UN blue.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside beret: Hills, pure wool, made in New Zealand, United Nations property, 6 3/4"

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)

Dial Sight

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Dial sight used with QF 25 pdr field gun. This delicate device was mounted on a fitting beside the barrel of the gun and used to accurately aim the weapon when firing. This device has an eyepiece and has a circular, rotatable scale ring which is graduated in degrees.

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"

Photograph

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Knives, Butter (set of 3)

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

This is a set of 3 trench art butter knives. The handles are made of chrome plated spent bullet cartridges (0.303 inch) and the blades are made from chromed steel.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the base of the cartridge is the marking 'MG 1941 V11'

Pennant, R.A.A.F.

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Pennant produced for the Royal Australian Air Force. 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 insignia of the Royal Australian Air Force.

Photograph, Portrait

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Studio portrait of World War 1 soldier, Thomas Richard Cook, seated on stool, with cane.

Historical information

Portrait of Thomas Richard Cook, 7465, who departed overseas 9/1/1915 and returned to Australia on 22/9/1919

Inscriptions & Markings

Notation on obverse, "Thomas Richard Cook/TPI Pensioner Deceased 23/3/74/Presented to RSL/from Mrs V Cook/Phone 783 1193"

RAAF EPAULETTES, FLIGHT LIEUTENANT

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Epaulettes (2) for Flight Lieutenant, summer use, with florentine bronze crown & eagle badge (known as RAAF Officer Eagle; Small). This pair of summer dress uniform epaulettes. The epaulettes are made up of shoulder straps and a tongue sewn underneath each strap. The straps and tongues both have a button hole with sewn edges for attachment to the summer dress tunics. The epaulettes are secured to the tunic by buttons.

Inscriptions & Markings

They have no physical inscriptions or markings but have a badge comprising crown above and eagle done in florentine bronze.

Badge, Unit

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Framed Gravure Print - unknown

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Framed print produced by the gravure process. The print is in sepia tonings and depicts a military scene, presumably Turkish. The print is mounted with a brown wooden frame and glass front. Artist is Erol Yildirim, born 1959 in Bolu, Turkey. The print is number 51 of 100 and is dated 2015. This print was presented to the President and members of the Frankston RSL Sub Branch by the people of Turkey in early 2015 (just prior to the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli landing). The rear of the print has a brief biography of the artist and an explanation of the process used to produce the print attached. There is also a 'with compliments' slip from the Embassy of Turkey, Canberra attached.

Inscriptions & Markings

This print is marked "51/100" and has the artists name "Erol YILDIRIM 2015"

Hat, Felt WRANS

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Standard hat issued by the Royal Australian Navy to members of the Women's Royal Australian Navy Service during World War 2. This is a black, felt hat with a faded black tally band with "H.M.A.S. CERBERUS" in gold lettering. The interior of the hat has a grey sweatband.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sewn, labelled tag on the interior of the hat reading "N18, 1944, Size 21-1/2, MADE IN AUSTRALIA".

Photograph, 2/9th Field Ambulance Unit

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Original sepia photograph mounted on thick buff coloured cardboard. The photograph is mounted in a glass fronted frame. The formal photograph is of the Australian Army 2/9th Field Ambulance Unit at Bonegilla and is dated January 1941. Sergeant R. K. Churches, service number VX34599, is in the front row, reclining and immediately to the right of centre. (refer item number 00320) note: digital format copy only available, this original photograph has been donated to the Australian War Memorial, Canberra - 22nd November, 2014

Kit, Cutlery

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Standard Australian Army Vietnam era issue cutlery kit consisting of a knife, fork and spoon which are designed so that each item fits in a compact package. The items are retained by a spring clip.

Matchbox Cover

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Rectangular stainless steel matchbox cover, with matches. It is engraved on its three sides. It was presented to W.H. Dolamore, VX7638 who was a P.O.W. in Changi, Malaya. He was with 8th Division, 2/10th Royal Australian Engineers, Australian Infantry Forces.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front is an etching of a scroll with the inscription 8th Div, 2/10F, W.H.DOLAMORE VX 27638, RAE, AIF. onthe back is the Rotary International symbol and on the side are the words P.O.W. CHANGI MALAYA.

Photograph Album

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Small album containing 14 photographs of a badly damaged city area, presumably after heavy bombing. Possibly German.

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.