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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

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615 items

615 items

Canteen, Water

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Enamelled steel water canteen, dark blue in colour with a cork stopper attached by string. The canteen is covered with khaki coloured felt. This canteen was standard issue to Australian service personnel during World War 2. The canteen is carried in a leather harness with a leather and canvas shoulder strap. This canteen type holds one quart of liquid (equivalent to 1.14 litres).

Inscriptions & Markings

W Agnew, WX 13691

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"

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

RANGE FINDER BOX

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Photograph, 'F' Company, 5th Battalion

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A black and white photograph of the 111 men (including three officers) of 'F' Company of the 5th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, World War 1. The photograph is one of a series taken at Broadmeadows Army camp by a Melbourne photographer by the name of Darge. This photograph is mounted on board and is complete with a wood grain effect printed board frame.

Inscriptions & Markings

The frame is marked "F" Coy, 5th Battalion, A.I.F. and has the photographers name and address.

Photograph

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Photograph form the collection of A. C. Hill. This photograph is believed to be of a World War 1 Australian Army unit encamped in the Langwarrin Military camp near Frankston, Victoria. refer item 00325

Uniform, Nurse's Cape

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Cape worn with the uniform of the nurses of the Australian Army Nursing Service during the World War 2 period. This cape is a crimson colour and was worn with the standard issue AANS winter uniform. The cape is worn over the uniform tunic and joined at the front by a hook and eye fastener. The cape has epaulettes on both shoulders with the insignia worn by an Army Lieutenant and has the standard semi circular "AUSTRALIA" insignia on each shoulder.

Gas Mask

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Handbook - Army Rehabilitation

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Emergency Ration Tin, AMF

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

An unopened olive drab Australian Military Forces (AMF) Emergency Ration Tin. There are instructions printed in black ink on the inside surface of the lid. This should read 'INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE / To be consumed as found. / 1. HOT CHOCOLATE (if preferred) / Break up chocolate block and dissolve in hot water. / 2. TEA TABLETS: / Use one per pannikin, adding boiling water and sugar if required. / 3. SALT TABLETS : / To reduce fatigue and cure muscle cramp, take either in water or as desired. Normally stamped in the inside of an opened ration tin would be date, such as '10-44' indicating that it was produced in October 1944.

Historical information

This type of ration tin was issued during the latter part of the Second World War. These rations were issued to every soldier involved in operations and were only to be opened if no other source of food was available.

Inscriptions & Markings

The outside of the tin has printed in black ink 'A.M.F. / EMERGENCY RATION / D (Government broad arrow) D / . The bottom surface of the ration tin has printed in black ink " To be consumed only when no other rations of any kind are procurable. Consumption of this ration must be reported at first opportunity. Instructions for use are printed under cover of container and also on paper slip within can".

Collection, R. K. Churches

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Collection of photographs which were the property of Ronald Keith Churches, service number VX34599, who was a Sergeant in the Australian Army 2/9th Field Ambulance Unit during World War 2. Churches enlisted on the 12th July, 1940 and was discharged on the 4th December, 1945. The 2/9th FA was formed on the 1st July, 1940 at Dandenong, Victoria and was initially based at Seymour (Puckapunyal). The 2/9th FA relocated to Bonegilla in September 1940 and embarked for Singapore in February, 1941. The men of the unit were taken prisoner by the Japanese in February, 1942. Churches spent the remainder of World War 2 as a POW in Changi Prison.

Belt, Leather Money

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Leather money belt worn during World War 2 military service by Frederick Henry Laurence Rankin, service number VX139086. This belt has three zippered pockets for carrying money or other valuables. One pocket contains a ration coupon for one packet of smokes (cigarettes).

Historical information

Frederick Henry Laurence Rankin (Laurie) VX 139086 was an Australian Army cook who served from May 1943 to June 1945 within Australia (including Darwin). he was born 24/7/1914 at Jumburra, Victoria and enlisted on 27/5/1943 at Clifton Hill, Victoria. His "Next of Kin" was Eunice Rankin. He was discharged on 4 June, 1945 and he was then posted to 2 Australian Field Artillery Regiment. He died on 27 July 1983 and buried at Fawkner Memorial Park.

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

Set, Spoons

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Presentation box containing a set of three silver spoons presented to Doctor J F Akeroyd by the Frankston Branch of the R.S.S.&A.I.L.A. These spoons are labelled the "LEADSWINGER TROPHY" and were presented by the golf section of the club on the 13th June, 1955. The set consists of a silver jam spoon with the depiction of a golfer in enamel, and two sugar spoons with the depiction of crossed rifles and a target in enamel. The box is covered in a blue leather material and is lined with white silk. There is a brss clip to close the box.

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.

Print - "GOOD-BYE, OLD MAN."

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Sepia parchment sketch by F. Matania dated 1916. A young soldier is bidding farewell to his fatally wounded horse, as the rest of his unit move on.

Historical information

WW1 artist print

Inscriptions & Markings

The artist's name and date is located in the bottom left hand corner F. Matania, 1916. Underneath the print is the inscription "GOOD-BYE, OLD MAN." An incident on the road to Southern Flanders.

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

Pouch, Water Canteen

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Example of Australian Army standard issue pouch used by soldiers to carry a water canteen during the 1990s. The pouch made from camouflage material and can be attached to other webbing equipment by the use of special clips.

Map - SECRET LANDING GROUNDS AUSTRALIA

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Large map of aircraft landing grounds located in Australia and some nearby Islands. This map shows landing grounds in use during the latter years of World War 2. The map is in Mercator Projection to the Equatorial Scale 1:4,000,000. The scale is statute miles. Each landing ground location is shown by a symbol indicating category and name. The legend explains the landing ground categories: RAAF Main Landing Grounds, RAAF Emergency Landing Grounds, Seaplane Anchorages, Civil Main Landing Grounds, Civil Emergency Landing Grounds and Cancelled Landing Grounds. The map was revised 4th September, 1945. The map is printed on paper which is attached to a linen backing, The map is quite faded and in a fragile condition.

Glass, Souvenir

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A wine glass. This glass was made for the 11th anniversary celebrations of the opening of the new Frankston Returned & Services League of Australia club building held in 1987. The glasses feature an image of the new club building and details of the history of the club in gold leaf applied to the external surface of the glass. The glass is made from clear glass and is gold lipped.

Inscriptions & Markings

The glass is inscribed with the following in gold leaf: "FRANKSTON R.S.L. 11th ANNIVERSARY 1987" beneath an image of the new club building and a brief précis of the major events in the club history.

Cap, Beret

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Beret, black, wool, complete with tank unit badge

Inscriptions & Markings

Made by Hills Hats Wellington New Zealand pure virgin wool

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Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

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.

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.

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.

Shell, Case

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Spent shell case from a 2 pounder field gun.

Documents

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Collection of various leaflets for use by Australian military personnel in the field when attempting to communicate with local islanders and Japanese.

Implement, Opener

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A clear plastic pack containing two implements which are a combination can opener, bottle opener and measuring spoon. These implements were included with standard field ration packs and are made of plated metal featuring a small hinged cutter attached to the main body. These were commonly called a Field Ration Opening Device (FRED) by defence personnel.

Inscriptions & Markings

The body is stamped with the standard Department of Defence symbol: "/|\" .

Model Plane

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Miniature model of a WW2 era Lockheed P-38 Lightning twin engine aircraft mounted on a bakelite base. The aircraft is supported by a central, chromed bullet vertically mounted on the bakelite base to form a stand. The plane and central support have been made from chromed metal materials. The RAAF was equipped with a small number of these aircraft, commencing in 1942, which were used for front line photographic reconnaissance duty. The first version of the Lockheed P-38 was introduced in 1941 by the USA Lockheed aircraft company as a heavy fighter.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Lamp

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Lamp used for night operations. These lamps were part of the 25 pounder howitzer equipment.