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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

40mm Drill Round - 40mm Bofors N2 Drill Round

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Chrome plated solid tapered cylinder replicating an actual 40mm artillery round. Three indents evenly spaced around the cylinder 50mm from the base. A further three smaller tear-drop shaped indents are evenly space around the cylinder 250mm from the base and corresponding to the larger indents. The indents are painted red. The base is a milled protuding rim on the shellcase with some inscriptions on the underside. Between the base of the shellcase and the milled rim is an indented space around the cylinder.

Inscriptions & Markings

Numbers and letters stamped into the underside of the base as follows: 40 MM N2 DRILL in 7mm high letters highlighted with red infill. 9-58 in 4mm high numbers highlighted with red infill. 5mm Circle containing letters BM on either side of a larger T. Defence arrow symbol with equal sides and shaft. 3mm circle containing the letters KW.

Knife, Butter

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

This is a trench art butter knife. The handle is made of a plated spent bullet cartridge and the blade is made from brass. The blade is engraved with a delicate pattern which is quite worn. On one side are the words "Souvenir France". The cartridge is the type used by the German Mauser and is stamped with a manufacturing date of 1918.

Inscriptions & Markings

The blade of this knife is engraved with the words "Souvenir France". The end of the cartridge is stamped ".D. SE 4 18"

RAAF EPAULETTES, FLIGHT LIEUTENANT

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Epaulettes (2) for Flight Lieutenant for use on Greatcoat.

Historical information

General issue to indicate rank

Inscriptions & Markings

Navy blue with 2 pipping stripes designating rank of Flight Lieutenant.

Cap, Officer

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

RAAF officer's peaked cap, blue, hat band with RAAF insignia

Inscriptions & Markings

Brisbane Cap Co Pty Ltd, Brisbane Australia, 1969, A F, Size 7,L3/759

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.

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".

Document

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Printed Certificate of Discharge document used by Royal Australian Naval Brigade. Issued to A. C. Hill to acknowledge his service with the Naval Guard Service from 27th April, 1918 to 21st December, 1918. refer item 00325

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

Compass

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Compass used by Australian Army personnel during the Vietnam conflict. This compass has a circular alloy metal body with a hingeing lid of the same material painted in drab jungle green.

Inscriptions & Markings

The compass lid has the following stamping: "ENGINEER", "DIRECTIONAL COMPASS"

Mask, Gas

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A World War 2 issue anti gas mask complete with respirator contained in a canvas bag, also includes anti-dimming cannister

Inscriptions & Markings

The base of the mask is stamped 1942, the mask itself is dated 2-4-42

Postcard (three 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 and foliage with the words "to my dear mother".

Handbook, Training - Infantry Training Fieldcraft

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Handbook for training of Infantry in Fieldcraft. Published by the UK War Office, September, 1948. This handbook contains 80 pages of illustrated notes for infantry training personnel. It is bound in a soft cover of heavy weight buff coloured paper.

Badge, Cap

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

WW2 R.A.A.F Cap Badge with Kings Crown on top made out of copper

Inscriptions & Markings

R.A.A.F logo in the middle of badge

Swagger Stick

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Trench art, Vietnam era. Made of a wooden rod and a spent 50 calibre cartridge which has been cut into two with one piece attached to either end of the rod to form an ornamental stick, commonly referred to as a 'swagger stick'. Half of the cartridge, complete with a projectile forms one end with the other half of the cartridge forming the opposite end. There is a gilt uniform button attached to the cartridge detonator end, with the emblem of the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME).

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

Spectacles (pair)

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Spectacles in a metal and brown leather case. Spectacles have a grey metal frame with round lenses. Similar to Item 21. They were designed to be used underneath a respirator during WW2.

Drinking Mug

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Grey enamelled metal mug, WW2 vintage. The enamel is chipped in places.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the bottom of the mug is the symbol 'D^D'.

Cap, Beret

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Beret, black, wool, originally Royal Australian Engineers (RAE) issue.

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.

Rule, Scale

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A scale rule used by artillery units to measure distance between map co-ordinates on the 1 to 25,000 scale military map series. The rule is accurately machined from flat stainless steel strip and is stamped with Imperial measurements (thousands of yards) and metric measurements (thousands of metres).

Inscriptions & Markings

The rule is stamped with the following: "SCALE, ARTY, No 2, MKI, E.ESDAILE & SONS, D^D, 1942"

Munition,

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Spent ammunition casing from a World War 1 German 155mm field gun (maybe Naval?). This casing was manufactured in February 1916. This is an example of trench art having had an Australian Army 'rising sun' hat badge attached to the outside surface of the case.

memorial, HMAS Sydney

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

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.

Cap, Forage

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Cap, Forage, Navy Blue, with RAAF emblem, metallic, 50mm, and 2 metallic button, on left front, with crown & eagle, 10mm. Overall size 280mm by 110mm

Historical information

RAAF forage cap, with ensigna, circa WW2

Inscriptions & Markings

W 93 Made in Australia 1942 Size 7 1/8

Gift Box - Princess Mary's Gift Box

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A brass gift box with an embossed hinging lid which was presented to WW1 sailors and soldiers for Christmas 1914. The gift was at the initiative of HRH The Princess Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary the daughter of the then King George V and Queen Mary. This box is empty however the full story of the box and contents can be found at the following url < http://collections.iwm.org.uk/server/show/ConWebDoc.994/setPaginate/No >

Inscriptions & Markings

The lid is embossed with the bust of HRH Princess Mary in a wreath with the letter "M" to either side and the following words "IMPERIUM BRITANNICUM" and "CHRISTMAS 1914" and has the country names "FRANCE", "BELGIUM", "JAPAN", "RUSSIA", MONTENEGRO" and "SERVIA".

Document, Programme - Installation of Brother Douglas William Nisbet

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Small folded printed card with details of the Installation of Brother Douglas William Nisbet to the position of Master of the Lodge of Honour, Frankston, Victoria, Australia for the period 1965-1966. The installation of Br D W Nisbet and Investiture of Officers took place at the Masonic Temple, Frankston on Wednesday, 3rd November, 1965. The card has the List of Officers, the Order of Service and a List of Past Masters. This lodge was formed by ex-servicemen who were members of the Frankston RSL Sub Branch in or around 1951. Membership of this lodge was for ex-servicemen who were also interested in being a member of the Freemasons.

Compass

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Handheld oil filled compass possibly of German military origin. Labelled 'Bezard Kompass'. Complete with leather pouch.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bezard Kompass

Tankard, Commemorative Set

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

The Official RSL Tankard Collection issued to commemorate the four main conflicts in which Australian service personnel had participated prior to issue in 1983. This limited edition set of four tankards was manufactured by Franklin Mint and was exclusively for RSL members. Each tankard depicts three scenes relating to the particular conflict represented. The tankards are circular and incorporate a handle. Each of these large tankards is made of white glazed porcelain and has a capacity of 0.6 litres. (refer items 00124.1, 00124.2, 00124.3 and 00124.4)

Container

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A tinplated steel container originally used to transport and store loose black tea leaves. This container has a tight fitted lid. The container exterior is painted with a golden colour varnish. This container originally stored 6 pounds of loose tea leaves.

Historical information

c World War II

Inscriptions & Markings

Imperial Pure Tea 6 pounds net Packed by Henry Berry & Co (Australasia) Ltd Melbourne Australia Defence Wilson Bros Pty Ltd Melb

Document - Souvenir of Sports and Tournaments

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Folded printed paper souvenir of a sports tournament held aboard the HMAT ORSOVA (A67) whilst transporting Australian troops from Fremantle to Suez in April 1916. The document records the winning participants and results of a variety of sporting events held on Wednesday, March 22nd, Wednesday, March 29th and Wednesday, April 5th. There are also results of a boxing competition. The events concluded on Friday, 7th April, 1916. this is damaged having torn along fold lines in the paper.

Inscriptions & Markings

This souvenir was printed at sea aboard the HMAT ORSOVA. See digital images for full details.