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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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615 items

615 items

Framed Artwork - Sketch of Frankston RSL Clubrooms, Davey Street

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Framed artwork produced by artist Marie Minton, dated 1972. The artwork is an ink drawing with watercolour tonings and depicts the Frankston RSL Sub Branch clubrooms of the time. The artwork is mounted with a gold coloured wooden frame and glass front. Artist, Marie Minton was apparently the daughter of a member of the time, Laurie Minton. This scene is of a Frankston landmark building on the corner of Davey Street and Young Street, Frankston locally known as the 'Plowman Residence'. Prior to being the clubrooms of the Frankston RSL Sub Branch this building was the family home of Dr Sidney Plowman. In Dr Plowman's time the building was known as the 'The Lofts' and was his residence and operated as a private hospital, the building was constructed ca 1900. Dr Plowman died in May 1932.

Inscriptions & Markings

Title 'Frankston RSL' and the artist's name 'Marie Minton '72' appear on the front lower area of the sketch. The rear has the following note inscribed "Sketch of RSL clubrooms Davey St. by Marie Minton daughter of member (Laurie)"

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.

Souvenir, Ashtray

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Example of trench art, an ashtray made from brass (possibly originally recovered from a used munition cartridge). The finished item has been engraved with the RAAF insignia and motto and the words "EGYPT 1941".

Inscriptions & Markings

This small ashtray has been engraved with the RAAF insignia and motto and the words "EGYPT 1941".

cake serving set

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Example of a trench art cake serving set consisting of a cake slice and a cake fork (could be for serving pies). These have been made with a handle which is a used 0.303 inch rifle ammunition round and have been chrome plated and finished with elaborate engraving.

Saddle

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A WW1 era Australian Light Horse pack saddle. The saddle has large panniers mounted on either side and metal fittings for attaching devices such as additional carriers or weapons, made of leather and is complete. The saddle is displayed on a steel frame.

Saddle

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A WW1 era Australian Light Horse riding saddle. The saddle is a 1915 pattern Officers riding saddle, made of leather and is complete. The saddle is displayed on a wooden frame.

Historical information

This saddle formerly belonged to MAX ARMSTRONG a WW2 ex-serviceman and a Frankston RSL Sub Branch member. Max and other ex-service officers were members of a volunteer Light Horse Mounted Section who, for many years, rode at the head of the annual Melbourne ANZAC Day commemoration March, leading the marching troops. At the completion of the march the Light Horse Mounted Section would visit the Memorial Horse Trough near the north east corner of the Shrine of Remembrance for a brief service paying tribute to Australian war horses.

Scabbard

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Bayonet holder without knife ,it is called a frog from 1916 , WW1. Bayonet holder which is known as a frog with two rivets in the material webbing.

Historical information

From WW1

Inscriptions & Markings

Has a 1916 marking on the back of bayonet holder

Embroidered Cloth

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

This is a square yellow silk cloth with pink fringing. It has an embroidered blue rising sun, under which are the words Australian Imperial Forces. On the lower edge of the cloth are the embroidered words ‘From Sergeant Frank McDonald’ It is also embellished with embroidered flowers.

Historical information

Embroidered cloths like this were sent home as souvenirs. Individual names were embroidered on the cloth.

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

Medal, Imperial German

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A WW1 era Imperial German Iron Cross Second Class medal contained in a presentation case. The medal has a black and white striped ribbon threaded through a suspender ring. This medal was issued during WW1 to German Army personnel. refer to AWM item https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1176843

Mortar Bomb (Practice) 81mm, Vietnam era

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Practice mortar round, 81mm, steel (black) with aluminium tailpiece

Historical information

81mm practice mortar bomb, U S from Vietnam era

Inscriptions & Markings

On aluminium tailpiece "DS" and underneath "22 M O 82 M 1 7 0 "

Container, Lubricating Oil

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Container used for lubricating oil for 18 PDR and 25 PDR artillery pieces. Used during WW1 and WW2

Historical information

Used for storing lubricating oil for artillery pieces, 18 PDR and 25 PDR, during WW1 and WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Markings on base "DɅD" and serial number "CM 2404 "

Case, Transit

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A wooden, protective transit case to suit a plane table compass as used by surveyors and artillery crew. These compasses were used by artillery units of the Australian Military Forces during World War 2. Refer 00330 and 00330.1

Case, Leather

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A purpose made protective transit case for the sight clinometer MK IV used in conjunction with the QF 25 PDR field gun. Standard equipment issued with the 25 PDR artillery piece. Refer to items 00111 and 00111.1

Compass, Plane Table

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A plane table compass as used by surveyors and artillery crew complete with a protective wooden transit case. This compass is the type used by artillery units of the Australian Military Forces during World War 2. This compass was manufactured by J. W. Handley P/L of Melbourne in 1943. Refer 00330.1 and 00330.2

Clinometer

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Sight clinometer MK IV used in conjunction with the QF 25 PDR field gun. This device was mounted on a fitting beside 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. Standard equipment issued with the 25 PDR artillery piece. Refer to items 00111 and 00111.2

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

Hat, RAN

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Royal Australian Navy ratings cap worn by able seamen when in uniform, this white cap has a tally band and chinstrap in black material with the embroidered name "H.M.A.S. VOYAGER". This type of cap is a personal purchase for 'wearing out' and is known to sailor's as a "tiddly" hat. The hat has internal red (for Port) and green (for Starboard) lining bands and a blue sweat band.

Historical information

Donated by Frank Verco service number R62418, who enlisted in the RAN as a young man. Frank was posted to the HMAS Voyager and was on board when the ship was involved in an accident which resulted in it's sinking in February 1964. Fortunately Frank was uninjured, he was in the bow area of the ship at the time of the accident Frank and went down with that section of the ship. Frank later served on the HMAS Sydney ferrying troops to Vietnam. Frank was in the RAN for three years, his rank was Ordinary Seaman/Electrical Mechanic.

Inscriptions & Markings

The band is embroidered with the inscription: "H. M. A. S. VOYAGER" and the cap has the name "F. J. VERCO" written inside. The iside lining has the imprint "Manufactured Expressly for Sinbad Trading Company Melbourne Made in England"

Propellor, Desk Ornament

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Munition, Cartridge

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Pair of 2 PDR cartridges. These are an example of trench art.

Grenade, Mills

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A WW2 Mills Grenade type M36 of Naval origin. This item has been sectioned to show internal parts of the Grenade. Presumaby originally modified for use as a training aid.

Grenade, Mills

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A WW2 era Mills type Hand Grenade. This grenade has a gas check plate fitted to the bottom plug for use with a grenade launching version of the SMLE 0.303" service rifle.

Helmet, Steel MK111

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

An example of a British pattern steel battle helmet painted dark Khaki, complete with camouflage netting, chin strap and inner support liner. This is an Australian Army type MK111 steel helmet, standard issue for Australian infantry personnel during WW11 operations. The inside of the helmet is padded with a protective, dense rubber liner and has an adjustable cotton webbing chin strap. Australian manufacture, dated 1942, similar to the British "Brodie" pattern steel helmet originally introduced during WW1. The rim of the helmet is stamped '1942' and is marked number '7'.

Hot Water Bottle

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A type of hot water bottle carried by aircraft pilots and crew to keep themselves warm whilst flying at high altitudes. The bottle is made of Aluminium and was carried in a pocket of their flying suit.

Condiments Dispenser Set

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A matching set of condiments dispensers consisting of a salt, pepper and mustard pots made from fuse fittings removed from artillery projectiles. The fuses have been modified, the salt and pepper shakers have a removable aluminium screw top for refilling and the mustard pot has the aluminium top hinged to open the pot. The removable salt and pepper shaker tops have been drilled with small diameter holes and the bottoms of all of the pieces have been sealed with a brass disc which acts as a base. These are manufactured from military hardware items and are thus classified as examples of trench art. The fuses are marked with a scale which is used for setting the fuse timing in graduations from 0 to 55 in increments of 5 around the body of the fuse with the letter 'S' (for safe) at the midpoint of the scale.

Inscriptions & Markings

The fuses are marked with a scale "0 to 55" in increments of 5 with the letter 'S' at the midpoint.

Card, Christmas

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A folded cardboard printed Christmas card with paper insert from a soldier stationed in Egypt. The card has a small, sepia coloured photograph of an Egyptian scene showing some pyramids attached to the front and has a ribbon tied in a bow threaded through the cover and insert. A handwritten note "Wishing you a merry Christmas and a bright New Year with best love and wishes" is written on the insert opening, on the opposite side of the insert opening is a printed message wishing the recipient a merry Christmas. The card is addressed to Dear Rene from Les Suitor, dated November 14th, 1915.

Inscriptions & Markings

The card front page is printed in sepia tones: "Greetings from a soldier boy in Egypt", "1915 - 1916".

Postcard

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

An example of a Field service Post Card issued to front line service personnel during World War 1. The postcard is pre-printed with a limited number of statements which can be selected by the sender thus ensuring that details such as unit designation and location are not revealed in the event that the mail items fall in to enemy hands. Printed in black ink on a buff coloured card type paper.

Booklet

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Small booklet produced by the Australian Branch of the Red Cross Society, Headquarters and Central Depot, with guidelines for making donations of goods such as clothing, linen, blankets, bandages, books and food items to the Australian War effort and instructions for knitting woollen items of clothing intended for defence personnel on active service. The booklet is not dated however it is from the WW1 era and has twenty pages.

Inscriptions & Markings

The booklet front page has the following text: "RED CROSS SOCIETY", "AUSTRALIAN BRANCH", "Headquarters and Central Depot" and a note printed in red "When forwarding parcels, send by post complete duplicate list with number of each article to Officer-in-Charge." The Red Cross symbol is featured in the form of a red +.

Compass, Marching

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

A pocket sized marching compass enclosed in a wooden container with a hinged lid. This is a dry type compass with a floating rotary dial marked with the major and minor compass points and an outer circular dial marked from 0 to 360 degrees in 10 degrees increments.

Inscriptions & Markings

The compass container is marked J. WARDALE & Co., LONDON, 1918 No 6341.

Munition

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

World War 2 brass munition case of Japanese origin. This is an example of 'trench art' having been made into a flower vase. note not fully described .....