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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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614 items

614 items

Photograph

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Photograph of personnel of an Australian Light Horse Signal Squadron playing cricket at a camp in Bethlehem during World War 1.

Munition, 2 PDR

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Pair of 2 PDR cartridges of WW1 vintage, probably a version used by Naval weapons. These are an example of trench art. These used cartridges have been modified with the addition of three brass 'feet' which have been brazed onto the filled end to enable them to be used as a flower vase.

Projectile, Musket

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Musket ball found at the site of the American Revolutionary War battle of Valley Forge. This musket ball is typical of the weapons used in the Revolutionary War period 1775 to 1783.

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

Trip Wire

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Spool of trip wire with label attached.

Souvenir, Ashtray

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Example of trench art, made from base of 25 pounder shell casing, with 4 holders for cigarettes, with inert casing & projectile from .50 calibre round upright in centre.

Inscriptions & Markings

shell casing marked; 25 PDR, 1942, M C, C F.

Belt, Leather

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Afrika Korps belt taken from a dead German near Alam Halfa in September, 1942. The belt is dark brown leather with a silver coloured alloy belt buckle with a German military eagle with swastika, emblazoned on eagle's chest.

Powder Compact

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Gas Mask - German World War 1 Gas Mask

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

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.

Set, Coin

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Square hinged box inscribed on lid 'Anzac Commemoration 1926'. The box is covered with a thin, black leather-like material. The box is lined with cloth. The lower section of the box is lined with a mid-blue cloth which is imprinted, in silver, with the map of Australia in which five English farthings have been set. The coins are in the formation of the Southern Cross with a silver star shape around each farthing. The underside of the box lid has dark blue gathered satin lining. The coins are in uncirculated condition and are loose. The box is damaged.

Inscriptions & Markings

The box is inscibed in gold lettering with the following: "Anzac Commemoration 1926"

Handbook - Soldier's Record of Service Book

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Printed paper booklet with information and details relating to military service. This booklet has been used to record details such as training, awards, equipment issues, leave taken, medical information and family contacts. This booklet has a folded page insert slip which has been pasted in the 'record of personal issues' section. This booklet is showing signs of extensive use and is in very poor condition.

Inscriptions & Markings

AUSTRALIAN MILITARY FORCES Soldier's Record of Service Book A.A.B. 83 (introduced July 1943)

Dressing, Wound

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Small cardboard packet containing one camouflaged dressing for head wounds. The dressing is sealed in a cellophane inner packet. This was used during the Vietnam conflict by a RAN rating.

Inscriptions & Markings

The front side of the cardboard packet has the following pronted in black ink: "Unit Each Qty. - 1" "Stock no. 2-017-680" "Dressing, Head, Adjustable, Compressed, Camouflage" "Dyed Dressings" "Sterilized"

Syringe, Medical

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Silver plated (?) medical syringe used for injection purposes. This syringe is re-usable consisting of two main components; a cylindrical body with an attachment for fitting a needle at one end and a plunger which fits inside the body, the plunger is attached by screw thread to the other end of the syringe body. One face of the plunger is graduated in units with major markings indicating 5, 10, 15 and 20 units (perhaps ml?). The plunger has a screw thread along its length with a threaded stopper which can be pre-set to determine the volume of an injection. This syringe is contained in a purpose built silver plated (?) container with a hinging lid. A small cradle fits within the container to hold the syringe parts, two small cylindrical tubes (use unknown) are retained within the inside of the lid of the container by a swivelling clip.

Inscriptions & Markings

The container has the mark "BRITISH MADE" stamped into the side face nearest the retaining clip used to hold the lid closed, the mark "LONDON MADE" is stamped on the end of the plunger

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.

Medalion

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Air Training Corps Medalion, Circular in shape, This has a logo with the Queens crown and eagle in flight over the southern cross

Inscriptions & Markings

Has inscribed on the back of medalion "To Frankston RSL Branch in recognition of their support to the OZIACE 2000 Tour (March 2000)

Photograph

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Postcard size photograph of three Australian Army servicemen taken during World War 1. There is a note on the rear of the postcard "George Laidlaw left William Knight centre and A Kettlewell Original 15 Battalion Queensland 1914 to 1918 War".

Inscriptions & Markings

The rear of this postcard has the photographers name, "P MATHEWSON & SONS PETRIE BIGHT BRISBANE" and the handwritten note "George Laidlaw left William Knight centre and A Kettlewell Original 15 Battalion Queensland 1914 to 1918 War".

Book

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A miniature book of common prayer, with front page(s) missing and notation inside rear cover " T R Cook, William Road, Carrum Downs, Received France"

Inscriptions & Markings

On last printed page, a notation "Eyre & Spottiswoode, Kings Printers, London NE

Cap, RAAF (female)

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Standard issue Royal Australian Air Force female officer's cap. The crown is light blue and the brim is dark blue. The brim, which is stiffened and has several rows of top stitching around it, is turned up at the back. The hat has a detachable band that attaches to the back of the crown with black Velcro. The inside crown is lined with silver coloured nylon cloth and has a black sweatband. A label on the inside of the hat gives manufacturer information. A thin piece of black elastic is secured on either side of the hat to help secure it to the head.

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.

Boots, Patent Leather

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Souvenir, Cloth

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A small table cloth presented by the RSL as a Christmas gift. This cloth is made of linen and features a Christmas design in maroon.

Inscriptions & Markings

The cloth has the following inscription: "Merry Christmas from the RSL"

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.

Souvenir, Ashtray

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Example of trench art, an ashtray made from brass (possibly originally recovered from a used munition cartridge). The finished item has been engraved with the RAAF insignia and motto and the words "EGYPT 1941".

Inscriptions & Markings

This small ashtray has been engraved with the RAAF insignia and motto and the words "EGYPT 1941".

Scabbard, Rifle

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

WW2, .303 rifle scabbard, leather, stamped 1941

Gaiters, Webbing

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A new pair of Australian Army canvas gaiters painted black. Inside both is a manufacturers stamping in white ink. Each gaiter has a pair of buckles and straps on the side and a buckle and leather strap at the bottom that is fitted under the sole of the boot. On the inside bottom of both gaiters is a single metal tab and double bracket for the tab to slide into. http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/REL31609

Historical information

In general use by the Australian Defence Forces

Inscriptions & Markings

Size 4 (R and L) C.J.Martin Pty. Ltd 1967

Hat, Felt WW2

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A 1942 felt fur slouch hat, no binding edge, press stud, 7 fold puggaree with T shaped clour patch, rising sun badge, broken chin strap

Inscriptions & Markings

N 35, SIZE 7, 1942 on inside hat band; Australian Commonwealth Military Force on badge

Canteen, Water

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Example of Australian Army standard water canteen complete with carrying pouch issued to soldiers during the 1970s. This was a USA Army design adopted by the ADF during the Vietnam conflict. The pouch and canteen are jungle green in colour and are worn attached to the webbing belt issued to defence personnel. refer item 00289.1.

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.

Canteen, Water

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Large enamelled steel water canteen, dark blue in colour. This canteen is felt covered, is carried in a leather harness with a leather and canvas shoulder strap. This canteen has a cork stopper and a small cup made from tinned steel. This is a larger capacity canteen carried by nurses who required additional water for wounded and ill patients. These canteens were also carried by horsemen who required additional water for their animals.