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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

Photograph

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Lord Robert's victorious British armies raise the Union Jack flag at the Transvaal Republic Parliament building after the occupation of Pretoria on June 6th 1900 during the second Anglo Boer War.

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.

Photograph

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Colour photograph of Joyce Esther Brennan, nee Anderson, a WW2 RAAF communications servicewoman. J E Brennan (service number 90032) was a Flight Sergeant attached to the RAAF Headquarters, Melbourne at the time of her discharge. J E Brennan's family also donated a doll dressed in WW2 women's uniform see item 00062.

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.

cake serving set

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Example of a trench art cake serving set consisting of a cake slice and a cake fork (could be for serving pies). These have been made with a handle which is a used 0.303 inch rifle ammunition round and have been chrome plated and finished with elaborate engraving.

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.

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

Uniform, Trouser

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Australian Defence Forces uniform worn by Australian personnel in Afghanistan. This uniform is the 'Desert Camouflague' type and is a pair of long trousers.

Training Manual - Fitters 11.A Carpenter Riggers Flight Riggers Course Notes

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Training manual issued by the RAAF to trainees during World War 2. Training manual issued by the RAAF to trainees during World War 2. Training manual issued to Corporal Manton service number 33247. Cpl Manton served in the RAAF during World War 2.

Communications Head Set

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Head set used for communications equipment. Consists of two earpiece receivers attached to a head band with a flexible cable for connection. The cable terminates in a two pole line plug. The earpices have a protective rubber shroud and one has a cloth cover.

Inscriptions & Markings

The ear receivers have the following, 'ANB-H-1 MADE IN USA BY UTAH-CHICAGO'

Plaque, Memorial

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Bronze Memorial Plaque 1914-1918 for 4876 Pte. Harry Milne , 46 Battalion KIA 10/5/1918, In a cardboard square envelope. http://www.awm.gov.au/research/people/roll_of_honour/person.asp?p=493414

Historical information

Originally would have been issued with a scroll & letter from the King but neither with plaque. 1914-1918 Memorial Plaque In early 1920 it was announced that the next-of-kin of all Australian servicemen and women whose deaths were attributable to the First World War would receive a memorial plaque and scroll "as a solace for bereavement and as a memento". The memorial plaques were not uniquely Australian. In fact they were designed and produced in Britain and issued to commemorate all those who died as a result of war service from within the British Commonwealth. The idea for the plaques was originally conceived mid-way through the war. In 1917 a competition was announced to obtain a suitable design and 800 entries were eventually received. The winner, Mr. E. Carter Preston of Liverpool, England, was chosen in 1918. He was awarded a prize of 250 pounds. Mr Manning Pike directed the manufacture of the memorial plaques at the Memorial Plaque Factory set up at Acton, London. Some later plaques were also made at the Woolwich Arsenal. The cost of manufacturing so many plaques must have been considerable. Each plaque had the name of the soldier commemorated individually embossed (some were engraved) as part of the design. The full name was given without any indication of rank or honours to show the equality of sacrifice of all those who had lost their lives. The scroll designed to accompany the plaques was of thick paper, headed by the royal coat-of-arms, and bore the following message: "He whom this scroll commemorates was numbered among those who, at the call of King and Country, left all that was dear to them, endured hardness, faced danger, and finally passed out of the sight of men by the path of duty and self-sacrifice, giving up their own lives that others might live in freedom. Let those that come after see that his name is not forgotten". Underneath the message the serviceman or woman’s name, rank, honours and unit were written by hand in red ink. Because of the late arrival in Australia of the plaques many scrolls were sent out separately. A message from the King, "I join with my grateful people in sending you this memorial of a brave life given for others in the Great War", was included with the scroll. The first plaques were distributed in Australia in 1922. Each plaque was sent out from Base Records Office at Victoria Barracks in Melbourne by second-class mail. Approximately 60,000 plaques were issued in Australia. Families of deceased members of the Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Army Nursing Service also received plaques and scrolls

Inscriptions & Markings

Embossed around edge of plaque "HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOVR" Name of serviceman embossed on plaque right of centre "HARRY MILNE"

Medallion

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A medallion presented to Private A. C. Wilson by the residents of Broadford, Victoria. These medallions were presented to local men who had enlisted for service as they returned from World War 1 in December 1919. The medallion has a gold finish and has an olive wreath around the circumference. A small loop is provided to attach the medallion to a chain or similar. In this case the medallion is attached to a fob watch chain commonly worn by men when dressed in a jacket.

Photograph

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Posed studio photograph of World War 1 serviceman, Leonard Stockdale Watson, service number 2075, in Australian Army uniform. This photograph is printed in typical post card style with a scene of Egyptian Pyramids. The reverse side of this is a post card letter format. (refer item 00448).

Collection, E. R. Steen

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Set of documents and a photograph of Flying Officer Ernest Roy Steen a World War 2 RAAF serviceman (refer to item 00308.1 to 00308.4). His enlistment date in the Royal Australian Air Force was 25/10/1940, and his service number 19398.

Collection, Badges

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Framed and mounted collection of English World War 1 military metal unit insignia and unit names. There are a total of 70 various items (some duplication) mounted on a red velvet covered backing board of thick cardboard. Contained in a wooden cabinet complete with a hinged glass fronted door. The collection was the work of World War 1 English service man, ? Akeroyd, father of John Akeroyd, past President of Frankston RSL Sub Branch.

Pocketbook - The Australian Soldiers' Pocket Book

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

An example of a small pocket book gifted by the Australian Comforts Fund (ACF) to soldiers and other servicemen during WW2. This pocket book has a bright red cover and was given as a morale boosting gift. The book contains details of relevant information considered useful to serving service personnel. The title page has the following imprint "THE AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS' POCKET BOOK, Revised 8th Edition, COMPLETING 177,000 COPIES, CONTAINING USEFUL INFORMATION FOR AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS (COPYRIGHT), Edited by WILLIAM KEAYS, (Gift copy for members of the Forces with best wishes from the Australian Comforts Fund) JANUARY, 1943"

Inscriptions & Markings

The front cover has the following title "THE AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS' POCKET BOOK", and at the foot of the cover "GIFT FROM ..... THE AUSTRALIAN COMFORTS FUND"

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.

Photograph Album

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

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

Handbook - Customs of the Army

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A hard cover printed handbook produced by Army Headquarters, Melbourne and is dated 1/2/65.. The cover is coloured red and is inscribed with gold lettering. This is a publication providing a guide for Army officers outlining the more important military customs.

Inscriptions & Markings

The cover is inscribed with the Australian Coat of Arms and the title "CUSTOMS OF THE ARMY".

Opener, Tin

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Standard issue tin opener used by Australian service personnel during World War 2.

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.

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 'A. PEARSON'. 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 name of the recipient, A. Pearson, is engraved on the reverse of this medallion.

Photograph, R. K. Churches

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Photograph of Sergeant R. K. Churches, service number VX34599, of the Australian Army 2/9th Field Ambulance taken post World War 2. Churches is in his Australian Army uniform and is pictured standing beside a house typical of the era. (refer item number 00320)

Inscriptions & Markings

digital file only

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).

Kit, SLR Maintenance

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Vietnam era SLR maintenance and cleaning kit in a green canvas holdall. It has a waxed coating, including the ties. The kit includes a pull through, a brush, a phial of oil and a metal adjustment tool. Each item is stored in its own individual pocket. (see also item 00092).

Plaque, Memorial

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

First World War Memorial Plaque, bronze, in recognition of Private Sydney Frederick TURNER, from C Company, 9 Battalion who was KIA at Pozieres on 25 July, 1916. it is housed in a wooden surround with pattern embossed in the margins with a liking of the rising sun at the top. He is recorded on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial and is listed with an Australian Red Cross Society Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau File, a copy of which is attached.

Historical information

1914-1918 Memorial Plaque In early 1920 it was announced that the next-of-kin of all Australian servicemen and women whose deaths were attributable to the First World War would receive a memorial plaque and scroll "as a solace for bereavement and as a memento". The memorial plaques were not uniquely Australian. In fact they were designed and produced in Britain and issued to commemorate all those who died as a result of war service from within the British Commonwealth. The idea for the plaques was originally conceived mid-way through the war. In 1917 a competition was announced to obtain a suitable design and 800 entries were eventually received. The winner, Mr. E. Carter Preston of Liverpool, England, was chosen in 1918. He was awarded a prize of 250 pounds. Mr Manning Pike directed the manufacture of the memorial plaques at the Memorial Plaque Factory set up at Acton, London. Some later plaques were also made at the Woolwich Arsenal. The cost of manufacturing so many plaques must have been considerable. Each plaque had the name of the soldier commemorated individually embossed (some were engraved) as part of the design. The full name was given without any indication of rank or honours to show the equality of sacrifice of all those who had lost their lives. The scroll designed to accompany the plaques was of thick paper, headed by the royal coat-of-arms, and bore the following message: "He whom this scroll commemorates was numbered among those who, at the call of King and Country, left all that was dear to them, endured hardness, faced danger, and finally passed out of the sight of men by the path of duty and self-sacrifice, giving up their own lives that others might live in freedom. Let those that come after see that his name is not forgotten". Underneath the message the serviceman or woman’s name, rank, honours and unit were written by hand in red ink. Because of the late arrival in Australia of the plaques many scrolls were sent out separately. A message from the King, "I join with my grateful people in sending you this memorial of a brave life given for others in the Great War", was included with the scroll. The first plaques were distributed in Australia in 1922. Each plaque was sent out from Base Records Office at Victoria Barracks in Melbourne by second-class mail. Approximately 60,000 plaques were issued in Australia. Families of deceased members of the Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Army Nursing Service also received plaques and scrolls

Inscriptions & Markings

Embossed around the edge of the plaque "HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOVR". The name of the serviceman is embossed on the plaque, right of centre, SYDNEY FREDERICK TURNER

Pack, Small

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Example of Australian Army standard issue small gear pack carried by soldiers during the 1990s. This pack is commonly referred to as a 'bum pack' and is made from camouflage material. The pack is used to carry a variety of items of equipment.

Postcard

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Postcard with a photograph of a group of unidentified Australian soldiers. There are 38 soldiers, including two officers, in the uniform typical of the World War 1 era. The soldiers are standing in front of a building draped with the Australian flag. The soldiers are in rows with each row elevated sufficiently to raise the row above that in front. It is possible that this photograph was taken somewhere in France during World War 1. The normal postcard format is printed on the rear of the photograph and is in the French language.

Inscriptions & Markings

"CARTE POSTALE" and the headings "Correspondance" and "Adresse"

Spectacles (pair)

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Set of spectacles in a metal and black leather case. Spectacles have metal frames with round lenses. It was owned by L/BDR J. Woodhouse 1456221 (British Artillery). The spectacle frame was designed for ordinary use and for use when wearing a respirator. The small round lenses fitted inside eye pieces and the flat sidearms fitted underneath the rubber sides of the respirator. Issued in November, 1942.

Document, Certificate - Certificate of Authenticity

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Certificate of Authenticity presented by the Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce autenticating that a section of steel rail was removed from rails originally used to construct the Thai-Burma Railway during World War 2. (refer to item 00065)