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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

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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296 items with images

296 items with images

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

Book - Demobilization Procedure Book

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A WW2 servicemans pocket size Demobilization Procedure Book issued by the Australian Military Forces. The book has a buff coloured cardboard cover and bears the reference AAB 87. The book contains demobilization records relating to Private Edwin Walter Gillbee, service number VX135249 of the Second AIF.

Cap, Officer

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Army officer's peaked cap worn on formal occasions, dark blue with red beading and red band around hat. The peak top side is finished in high gloss black leather and the hat has a similar high gloss black hat band. Worn by an officer in the Royal Australian Engineers (RAE). This hat is referred to as a 'blues' hat.

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.

Dressing, Shell

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A packaged shell dressing carried by World War 2 service personnel. This example was used by British RAF Regiment personnel training for airfield guard duties during the 1950s. The dressing is contained within a waterproof cover, giving instructions to open and directions for use.

Medallions, ANZAC - 50th Anniversary of Gallipoli Medallions

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Two medallions which were awarded to Australian World War 1 servicemen, T ENGLISH and C R C FERGUSSON, who had landed at Gallipoli in 1915. These medallions have been mounted on a burgundy felt backing and framed in a small gold coloured photo frame. Each is a 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. 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

There is an engraved label mounted within the picture frame with the inscription "ANZAC Medallions", "Issued to Tom English & C R C Fergusson".

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

Clinometer

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Field clinometer MK VI used in conjunction with the QF 25 PDR field gun. This device was mounted on a fitting at the breech end of the gun barrel and used to accurately indicate the elevation of the gun barrel. The device is calibrated in degrees and minutes and is adjustable enabling the weapon to be accurately aimed.

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"

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

Postcard

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

German postcard with a printed illustration of a man and a women sitting on a bench seat in a garden setting. There is a brief poem written by hand in English beneath the illustration. The reverse side has what appears to be page two of an incomplete letter written in English. The postcard is labelled "Feldpostkarte" and has been stamped with the date 21st January 1919.

Document

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Printed Railway Warrant document issued by No2 Australian Command Depot dated 29th May, 1917. Issued to A. C. Hill to allow travel by railway whilst on leave in Ireland. refer item 00325

Document - Guinea Gold

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A copy of a special Christmas 1943 Supplement which was published with the December 25, 1943 edition of Guinea Gold. Refer item 00383.

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

Photograph

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Photograph of RAAF aircrew assembled beside their aircraft. E R Steen is standing third from the left.

Souvenir Ashtray

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Souvenir ashtray made from a metal alloy materaial (probably Aluminium). The ashtray is in the form of a ships wheel and has a central circular insert which is stamped "MV DORSETSHIRE".

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped with the inscription "MV DORSETSHIRE"

Book - Souvenir with the Australian and New Zealand Forces in Egypt and the Dardanelles

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Book comprised of twenty sepia photographs of Egypt and the Dardanelles (WWI) printed on buff coloured cardboard with a red cardboard cover. It is held together with buff coloured string.

Inscriptions & Markings

As well as the title "Souvenir with the Australian and New Zealand Forces", there is an Australian Commonwealth Military Forces symbol printed on the front cover. On the back cover, in the bottom left hand corner, are the words "COPYRIGHT. CHAS F. LASERON"

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"

Helmet, Felt WW1

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

German Pickelhaube helmet made of felt, spike on top of helmet possibly brass,badge on front with writing in german,nine fingered insert with broken string chinstrap held together by safety pins, some writing inside of back flap.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside back flap is 2 letters possibly an H and N, there is a badge on front with an eagle and a german inscription when translated means "With God for King and Fatherland"

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.

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.

Photograph

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Photograph taken in Frankston, Victoria, on the occasion of a visit by French Soldiers, October 1917. The French Soldiers were hosted by the community of Frankston. A. C. Hill can be seen standing to the right in Australian Army uniform. refer item 00325

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)

Munition

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Spent ammunition casing to be identified.

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

Document - Memorial Service

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Postcard (six of six)

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

An embroidered postcard which was sent to an Australian family during World War I. The postcard is intricately and colourfully embroidered on silk framed with a cardboard backing. The design is of flowers, flags and the numerals 1918 with the words "souvenir of france".

Sharpening Stone

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A honing stone used for sharpening the cutting edge of steel bladed pocket knives or razor blades. The stone was issued to service personnel during World War 2. This stone was issued ca 1940.

Claymore Handheld firing device

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

This is a jungle green coloured metal hand held electrical firing device with a steel safety bar. It has a two pole male electrical connector fitted with a dustproof cap.

Historical information

Vietnam era

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped on one side are the words FIRING DEVICE ELECTRICAL M57

Helmet, Belgian

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Mark 2 Belgian Clone of the British Brodie helmet. After the end of the Second World War Belgium began manufacturing their own version of the British Mk.II Helmet, which came to be known as the Belgian Mk.II Clone. This helmet was used by all services of the Belgian Military; Army, Navy and Air Force, as well as in Civil Defence. Mk.II Clones were produced from 1949 to 1952 and were very similar to the British Mk.II in almost every respect. However on closer inspection the differences are obvious, most noteably with the liner. Belgian Mk.IIs have a brown leather liner with five tongues and a brown drawstring. The cross shaped crown pad has black sorbo foam covered by leather. The underside of the leather has the Belgium Crest printed, while British helmets used oilcloth. Also unlike on British made Mk.IIs, the rims and lugs are made of mild (i.e. magnetic) steel.

Inscriptions & Markings

A Belgium Flag decal was worn on the left hand side of the shell, on all Military issue helmets. Stencilled on the liner is "COMET ABL 50", with the ABL (Armee Belge/Belgische Leger).