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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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296 items with images

296 items with images

Document

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Letter to E R Steen written by K Hewitt the Air Commodore, Air Member for Personnel thanking him for his WW2 service. The letter is dated Sep 15 1945.

Card

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Christmas card sent to a family in Australia by Australian Army serviceman, Noel Blundell who served in Syria during World war 2. The card is in the form of a booklet consisting of the cover and one double page insert.

Inscriptions & Markings

The card front cover has the Australian 'Rising Sun' badge and the words "9th Australian Divisional Cavalry Regiment" and "A. I. F.". The centre pages have an illustration of a village scene on the left page and the words "A Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year" printed on the right page. The serviceman has written "To Alice From Noel" beneath the Christmas message. At the bottom of this page are the words "MIDDLE EAST" and "DECEMBER 1941". The rear cover page has an illustration of two camels, one leading the other.

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.

Souvenir

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A card folder containing a copy of a menu. The folder cover is signed by a number of persons, including G M Ingram VC MM.

Propellor, Desk Ornament

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Handbook - Advanced Cooking

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A printed handbook, with illustrations, produced by the Australian Army Catering Corps as a training manual and for cooks to use as a reference. The handbook contains details and instructions relating to food preparation. The handbook is covered with a buff coloured cardboard cover.

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"

Brush, Shaving

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Standard Defence issue shaving brush issued to Australian personnel during the World War 2 era. It has a pine timber handle with black bristles.

Inscriptions & Markings

H. OLDFIELD & SON SYDNEY 1941 D^D stamped on handle

Projectile, Practice

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

P.I.A.T. practice projectile. 380mm x 85mm, tin, 4 tail fins surrounded by metal band band 80mm diameter, cylindrical shaft 190mm length 30mm diameter housing propellent, explosive housing 380mm diameter, 190mm from top of shaft to detonator cap.

Inscriptions & Markings

Yellow band half way up explosive housing signifying practice round. "INERT" on explosive housing. "LOT 532" on tail fin "H&S" on tail fin

Projectile, Musket

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Early smooth bore firearm projectile referred to as a 'Minie Ball' found at the site of the American Civil War battle of Chancellorsville. This is a type of musket ball used in the Civil War period 1861 to 1865.

Document - Certificate of Service and Discharge

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Certificate of Service and Discharge issued to Ernest Roy Steen (service number 19368) who enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force on 25th October 1940. This discharge was issued on the 13th October 1944 when Steen was serving as a Leading Aircraftsman. The reason for the discharge was that Steen was commissioned as an officer.

RSSAILA Event Programme collection - Festival of Empire and Remembrance 11 November 1944

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Printed paper booklet and three (3) paper poppy leaves

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover has printed Title information and brief description of the event. Sixteen pages contain a Royal photograph and detailed description of organisation and programme of activities and instructions. Six original signatures of decorated servicemen appear on the front cover

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.

Claymore Mine, Cable & Firing device

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Claymore mine firing device consisting of 1) a hand held detonating device and 2) a roll of cable as part of claymore mine device. The cable is olive green in colour and is a two core flexiible type with a two pole female connector at one end.

Historical information

Vietnam era

Document - Memorial Service

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Souvenir, Ashtray

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A trench art souvenir of HMAS Australia. This brass ashtray is apparently made from part of a propellor. The HMAS Australia was a heavy cruiser class fighting ship which was commissioned by the RAN on the 24th September, 1928 and de-commissioned on the 31st August, 1954.

Inscriptions & Markings

The ashtray has the following stamped inscription across the top rim. "H.M.A.S. AUSTRALIA", "1928 - 1954".

Boots, Flying

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Pair of black flying boots,lambswool lining, size 8 fitting 6, made by Bedggood, Melbourne, Australia, leather sole with rubber Dunlop heel. Style known as "1936 Pattern" used by Royal Australian Air Force.

Inscriptions & Markings

Internal pull tags, with size 8, fitting 6 on one & "Made by Bedggood, Melbourne, Australia" on the other.

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

Belt, Webbing

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

An example of the standard issue webbing belt used by Australian service personnel, first introduced in 1937. This belt is an example issued in the late 1980s and is a variation of the design being finished in a black colour and not having buckles at the rear. This belt was worn by an officer and has gold plated, 'rolled' brass slides rather than the standard flat brass finish slides. The buckle components have also been gold plated.

Range Finder

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

This has a timber handle, the top is made of a brass 3 sided flat surface.This has "range in yards" marked on all 3 sides. It has a fixed glass attached to the side with an adjustable glass slide for accuracy. This also comes with complete with original wooden box with instuctions.

Inscriptions & Markings

Range Finder Cotton Type MK2, E.R Watts & Son.London No 642 engraved on front.

Collection, Military Badges and Insignia

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Framed collection consisting of a large number of World War 1 era military badges and insignia from Australia, New Zealand, Britain and other countries. The collection features a set of three medals as the centrepiece which were awarded to an Australian serviceman, Acting Warrant Officer A. S. Nicholas, service number 4752 of the 3rd Australian General Hospital, Australian Medical Corp, A.I.F. The metal badges and insignia are mounted on a black felt cloth background over a wooden backing and housed in a wooden frame. There is no glass front to the frame.

Inscriptions & Markings

none

Handbook, Training - Air Raid Precautions

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Manual for training of Air Raid Precaution (A.R.P.) Wardens during World War 2. Issued by the State Emergency Council for Civil Defence, Victoria in August 1941. This manual contains basic principles of personal protection against air attacks. This printed handbook has 72 pages bound in a soft cover of heavy weight buff coloured paper.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Victorian Coat of Arms is printed at the top of the front cover with the following inscription: "AIR RAID PRECAUTIONS", "Manual of General Training (FOURTH EDITION)" "AUGUST 1941" "ISSUED BY THE STATE EMERGENCY COUNCIL FOR CIVIL DEFENCE, VICTORIA"

Photograph

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

1/ Photograph of two Australian soldiers who served in the Australian Army during World War 2. These are brothers?? Captured in Crete they were P.O.W.s. 2/ Ceremonial ribbon with the details WX 508 Pte L W Jones Sydney March 1940

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.

Helmet, Adrian M26

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

An example of the standard issue French infantry battle helmet used during WW11. Painted matte black and manufactured from steel, complete with a brown leather chinstrap, inner liner missing. It has a dent on the righthand side of the crown.

Inscriptions & Markings

B3 stamped on the inside of the crown.

Document

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Printed Certificate of Discharge document used by the Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force. Issued to Corporal Leonard Stockdale Watson, service number 2075, to acknowledge his service with the 6th Motor Transport Company during World War 1 from 17th August, 1914 to 25th January, 1919. Refer 00448

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

Identification Tag

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

WW1 identification tags, 3 official tags and 1 trench art tag made of tin. They are attached to a beige coloured shoelace. It belonged to Private A.E. Wilson, 12435, 10th Field Ambulance, AMC, AIF., Church of England. Embarked from Melbourne on 6th June, 1916.

Sleeping Bag

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Army inside liner for a sleeping bag, Fawn exterior with padded quilted light green interior.Complet with press studs and ties still intact

Inscriptions & Markings

Marked Department of Defence Windsors Pty Ltd 1942

Badge

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

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

Historical information

The Royal Australian Infantry Corps (RA Inf) is the parent corps for all infantry regiments of the Australian Army. It was established on 14 December 1948, with its Royal Corps status being conferred by His Majesty King George VI. At her coronation in 1953, Queen Elizabeth II became Colonel-in-Chief of the corps. Major components of the RA Inf include the various battalions of the Royal Australian Regiment and the six state-based Reserve infantry regiments, such as the Royal New South Wales Regiment. The various Regional Force Surveillance and Special Forces units of the Army are also part of the corps. The Infantry School is located at Singleton, New South Wales.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Royal Australian Infantry Corps"