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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

Artillery Powder Bag

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Circular artillery prime charge powder bag made of canvas material. Set of five in a string bag. This item is two sets of five. These are made in a hexagonal shape with one side unstitched. The bag was filled with the chosen powder type and charge in the field prior to loading the artillery piece. Believed to be of Turkish origin and presumably of World War 1 origin.

Badge

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

R.A.A.F Cap badge with Queens Crown on top

Badge

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

United Nations beret badge

Badge

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

An example of an early Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League of Australia members badge. This badge has a 1920 clip attached to the crown (the clip was changed each year to indicate membership renewal). The rear of the badge is stamped with the member number 39561 and has been engraved with the name G Bolger.

Inscriptions & Markings

The badge has the following inscription "RETURNED SAILORS & SOLDIERS IMPERIAL LEAGUE" and "AUSTRALIA".

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"

Badge

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

badge

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian coat of arms, munitions worker, Australia, issued by Department of Defence (reverse),Stokes and Sons Melbourne (reverse), 357

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.

Badge, ARP

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Australian issued ordnance factory Air Raid Precaution (ARP) enamelled metal identification badge. The badge has a red background with a gold colour inscription. The rear of the badge has a pin for attaching the badge to the wearer's clothes.

Inscriptions & Markings

The badge has the following inscription on the front side: "ORDNANCE ARP FACTORY", the rear side has the number "8" and is impressed with the manufacturers name "Stokes & Sons Melbourne"

Badge, Brooch

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

This is a Royal Australian Air Force hat badge which has been modified to form a brooch. The badge has a clasp with pin attached to the back side and a safety chain. This is possibly an example of trench art to make a 'sweetheart' brooch.

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

Badge, Cloth

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Framed cloth badge depicting the insignia of the 1st Royal Tank Regiment For further information refer to the following url < http://www.army.mod.uk/armoured/regiments/13125.aspx >

Badge, Metal

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

hat badge, rising sun badge, oxidised copper

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Commonwealth Military Forces

Badge, Unit

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Badge, Unit Colour Patch

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Bag, Water Filter

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Single person water filter bag used by World War 2 service personnel to obtain clear water when in the field. This filter type is known as a "Millbank Filter". The filter is in the form of a light green canvas bag shaped like a sock and is designed to collect and filter particles and parasites from groundwater, etc. The canvas is of a fine weave which allows the water to filter slowly from inside the bag. The top of the filter bag has brass eyelets set on opposite sides for hanging from a tree or other point during water filtering. On one side of the bag has been stamped in permanent black ink 'CAT No A.F.0005' and 'M&Co.(N) BROAD ARROW 1945'. A cotton label has been sewn near the bag top with a printed six step instruction list for use of the filter bag. Below this is a line marked in permanent black marker to let the user know when to start collecting the water draining from the bag.

Inscriptions & Markings

The bag is imprinted with the following: 'CAT No A.F.005' and has a square box imprint with 'M&Co.(N) ^ 1945'.

Battery

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Belt, Ammunition

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Fabric belt for Vickers machine gun, manuafactured by Thomas French & Sons Ltd in September 1938, mark 3 "stripless". Belts held 250 rounds but this one has been cut short. there were 2 types of belts; initially refillable in the field and later stripless that were discarded when used.

Historical information

Part of Vickers machine gun ammunition belt of 250 rounds, stripless type that was factory filled & meant to be discarded on use.

Significance

The vickers machine gun was in general use by British & Commonwealth forces during WW2 & Korea.

Inscriptions & Markings

T F & S Ltd Sept 1938 III 250 M/G PATd on brass header strip..

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.

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.

Belt, Webbing

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Example of Australian Army standard issue belt worn by soldiers during the 1970s. This was a USA Army design adopted by the ADF during the Vietnam conflict. This belt is fitted with a pouch for carrying the standard water canteen and is complete with the standard issue water canteen and mess cup.

Belt, Webbing

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Example of Australian Army standard issue belt worn by soldiers during the 1970s. This was a USA Army design adopted by the ADF during the Vietnam conflict. The belt is jungle green in colour with multiple mounting points for special clips which hold a variety of pouches.

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.

Belt, Webbing

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A standard issue black webbing belt worn with everyday uniform and dress uniform. This belt has brass keepers fitted to the ends however does not include brass slides and buckle.

Binoculars

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

German Army binoculars of World War 1 vintage, capture & re-used by Australian Forces

Binoculars

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Binoculars (or field glasses) taken from a captured Japanese Army officer in New Guinea?? during World War 2. Prismatic binocular design with a magnification of 7 x 7degrees 10 minutes. Each eye piece is rotated for fine adjustment of focal length. The tubular optics have a swivel action to adjust for eye width. Manufactured from brass with leathered grips and loops for attaching a carrying strap. Finished with an all over dull black paint. Japanese kanji characters are stamped on the body of the item with the number 4519.

Inscriptions & Markings

The binocular body is stamped with the following "TOKO" "No 4519" "7 x 7degrees 10 minutes"

Binoculars

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Binoculars (or field glasses) issued to service personnel during the Boer War era. Typical non-prismatic binocular design with a central thumb screw for adjustment of focal length. The tubular optics have a swivel action to adjust for eye width. There are sliding sun hoods on the large lenses. Manufactured from brass with leather grips and loops for attaching a carrying strap.

Inscriptions & Markings

Marked with the British Department of Defence arrowhead and has the following inscription "Mk V Special 2D998"

Binoculars

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Binoculars (or field glasses) used by the Japanese Army during World War 2. Prismatic binocular design with a magnification of 6 x 24degrees. Each eye piece is rotated for fine adjustment of focal length. The tubular optics have a swivel action to adjust for eye width. Manufactured from brass with leathered grips and loops for attaching a carrying strap (included). Finished with a gloss black paint. These binoculars are complete with a brown leather carrying case which has a strap attached for carrying and a belt loop at the rear. Japanese Kanji characters and the chrysanthemum symbol are stamped on the top of the leather case.

Inscriptions & Markings

The binocular body is stamped with the following "MUSASHINO" "TOKYO" "BRIGHTSUN" "6 x 24" "No 8540"

Bomb Part

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Tail of an incendiary bomb dropped near Boston, Lincs., UK about September, 1940.

Book - The Sectional New Testament

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Small pocket book size New Testament with dark blue soft vinyl cover. This edition was published by the Navan and Military Bible Society, London.

Inscriptions & Markings

The cover is inscribed with a gold embossed Royal Australian Air Force insignia.

Book - Holy Bible

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Pocket size Holy Bible in protective cardboard sleeve. The bible has a hard cover in a buff colour with gold embossed lettering, the sleeve is in the same buff colour. This bible was originally owned by a World War 2 Australian Army serviceman, Gunner A. E. Sands, service number V 195271.

Inscriptions & Markings

The sleeve is labelled ""ACTIVE SERVICE" EDITION, OXFORD TEXT BIBLE, Oxford India Paper, Beryl 32mo, SA2701/2" The bible is inscribed "HOLY BIBLE" in gold embossed letters on the front cover and the spine, there is also the word "OXFORD" in gold embossed letters on the spine.