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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

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Kit, Cleaning Styer

Standard issue cleaning kit for the Styer automatic weapon. The kit consists of a flexible cord pull through, two wire brushes and necessary items for day to day maintenance of the weapon.

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Photograph - 2/9th Field Ambulance Bonegilla

Original sepia photograph mounted on thick buff coloured cardboard. The formal photograph is of the 2/9th Field Ambulance Unit at Bonegilla during WW2. Arrows have been drawn on the photograph, identifying a Dick Heatherill and a Chas Stuart.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the reverse is the name H.M. Walker photographer 117 Collins Street Melbourne

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Souvenir, Cloth

Light green coloured embroidered silk cloth with yellow fringing on all four sides. Embroidered with the Australian Commonwealth Military Forces badge the Australian and British flags surrounded by a plant with flowers in brown and orange threads. There is also small cellophane pocket with an embroidered border on three sides which would hold a photograph. The cloth has an off-white material backing attached. Dated 1940, WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

The following inscription is embroidered on the cloth: "Happy Xmas", "Palestine 1940" and "Australian Commonwealth Military Forces"

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Hat, Bush

Standard Australian Army issue field uniform bush hat, also referred to as a 'giggle' hat. This hat is made from a heavy canvas drill fabric in a jungle green colour.

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Felt Toy Rat

Key words

1942
england
trench art
australian soldier
rat of tobruck
felt toy
handstitched
blanket stitch
ambulance driver
j pickles
f a n y

This is a handstitched felt toy rat. It is made from light brown and pale green felt with pink embroidery thread blanket stitching. The facial features are made from felt. It has a pale green grograine ribbon neck tie. The stuffing is very firm.

Significance

This felt rat is significant because it is a unique, handmade mascot carried by an Australian soldier at Tobruk. The soldiers were called 'the rats of Tobruk'. He gave it to an ambulance driver, a local Frankston woman, who treasured it.

Inscriptions & Markings

This item is handmade with no inscription or markings.

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Helmet, Adrian M26

Key words

helmet
french
ww1

An example of the standard issue French infantry battle helmet used during WW11. Painted matte black and manufactured from steel, complete with a brown leather chinstrap, inner liner missing. It has a dent on the righthand side of the crown.

Inscriptions & Markings

B3 stamped on the inside of the crown.

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Button Cleaning Guard

This simple device was/is used in the armed and other services to help keep uniforms clean when polishing the buttons and badges.

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Document - Royal Artillery Training Memorandum

Memorandum on the training of the Royal Artillery, 1940-41 (Field Branch and Anti-Tank). Published by the UK War Office, 6th January, 1941. This memorandum contains 44 pages of illustrated notes for artillery training personnel. It is bound in a soft cover of buff coloured paper.

Inscriptions & Markings

The memorandum has a printed cover (refer image).

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Powder Compact

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Glass, Souvenir

A pair of wine glasses, perhaps sherry glasses. These were made for the 3rd anniversary celebrations of the opening of the new Frankston Returned & Services League of Australia club building held in 1979. 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 glasses are made from clear glass and are gold lipped.

Inscriptions & Markings

These glasses are inscribed with the following in gold leaf: "FRANKSTON R.S.L. 3rd ANNIVERSARY 1979" beneath an image of the new club building and a brief précis of the major events in the club history.

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Clinometer

Key words

ww2
25 pdr
qf 25 pdr
25 pounder
field gun
clinometer
field clinometer mkvi
field clinometer
clinometer mkvi

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.

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Letter

Key words

ww1
world war 1
dead mans penny
great war
1914 1918 memorial plaque
commemorative plaque
kings penny
george v

Letter that accompanied the 1914 - 1918 Memorial Plaque and scroll presented to the families of allied service personnel who died during or as a result of the First World War. This letter is sent from Buckingham Palace, London and is signed by King George IV.

Inscriptions & Markings

Letterhead inscription consist of a coat of arms and the words BUCKINGHAM PALACE Text is "I join with my grateful people in sending you this memorial of a brave life given for others in the Great War." Signed by GEORGE V

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Document - Certificate of Service and Discharge

Certificate of Service and Discharge issued to Lewis Edward West (service number 21693) who enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force on 5th February 1941. When demobilised on 22nd November 1945 he was serving as a Leading Aircraftsman Fitter 11E.

Inscriptions & Markings

"ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE", "Certificate of Service and Discharge".

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Photographs

Photographs (18 off) from the collection of Sergeant R. K. Churches, service number VX34599, of the Australian Army 2/9th Field Ambulance Unit. These monochrome photographs were possibly taken by Churches at Bonegilla, Victoria prior to his unit embarking for Singapore in February 1941 (during World War 2). (refer item 00320)

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Document - Certificate of Discharge

Certificate of Discharge issued to Noel Louis Blundell by the 9th Australian Division Signals, Australian Military Forces. Dated 27th November, 1943. Certificate number 11495. N L Blundell served as a GP1 Wireless Mechanic, he enlisted on the 18th June, 1940 and was on Active Service in Australia for 309 days and Overseas for 689 days.

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Statuette, ALH Officer

Small statuette of a World War 1 Australian Light Horse Officer presumably made of pewter, mounted on a marble base. The base has a small replica version of the Australian 'rising sun' badge, the badge is similar to the 'kings crown' version worn during World War 1.

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Medallions, Commemorative (x2) - 75th Anniversary of ANZAC Medal

Key words

medal
medallion
anzac medal
75th anniversary of anzac medal
75th anniversary
simpson
anzac cove

Set of two oxidised bronze 75th Anniversary of Anzac medals in a dark blue coloured presentation case. The medallions feature a scene depicting the Anzac Cove landing on one side with the inscriptions "75TH ANNIVERSARY OF ANZAC" "WE WILL REMEMBER THEM". The other side of the medallions has a scene depicting Simpson and his donkey with the inscription "202 J.SIMPSON 3 F.AMB. AAMC". The medal was presented to Gallipoli survivors and the members of the 'Gallipoli 1990 Task Force' at the time of the 75th anniversary of Anzac.

Inscriptions & Markings

The medallions are inscribed with the following, "75TH ANNIVERSARY OF ANZAC" "WE WILL REMEMBER THEM" "202 J.SIMPSON 3 F.AMB. AAMC". The presentation case is inscribed "NUMISMATIC SOCIETY OF VICTORIA".

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Belt, Webbing

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.

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Handbook - Advanced Cooking

A printed handbook, with illustrations, produced by the Australian Army Catering Corps as a training manual and for cooks to use as a reference. The handbook contains details and instructions relating to food preparation. The handbook is covered with a buff coloured cardboard cover.

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Embroidered Cloth

Key words

embroidered cloth, sergeant frank mcdonald

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.

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Book

A miniature book of common prayer, with front page(s) missing and notation inside rear cover " T R Cook, William Road, Carrum Downs, Received France"

Inscriptions & Markings

On last printed page, a notation "Eyre & Spottiswoode, Kings Printers, London NE

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Periscope

Key words

world war 2
ww2
periscope
equipment

World War 2 Australian defence department issue folding steel periscope with two mirrors and extendable steel sides. The item is carried in a khaki brown canvas case with a belt loop at the back for wear with standard issue webbing. The case has a top opening flap secured by a press stud button. The periscope extends to approximately 640mm overall.

Inscriptions & Markings

A maker's label on top of the periscope reads 'J.W.H. PTY. LTD. POCKET PERISCOPE 1943 MK.I. AUST.'. 'D (broadarrow) D 523' is impressed below the label.

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Badge

Key words

united nations beret badge

United Nations beret badge

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Calculator, Course & Speed

Key words

raaf
navigation
calculator
ww2
raf
aircraft
course
speed
wind drift

Course and Speed calculator used as a navigational aid by Air Force pilots to calculate aircraft relative groundspeed whilst allowing for wind speed and direction. A similar example (MKIIA version) can be seen at the following Imperial War Museum web page: <http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/30000030> Manufactured in the UK by E. R. Watts & Son.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed "COURSE & SPEED CALCULATOR MKII", "E.R.WATTS & Son No 757/35", "A.M. REF No 6B/119".

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Service Ribbons

WW1 and WW2 service ribbons, service ribbons from both world wars

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Framed Gravure Print - unknown

Framed print produced by the gravure process. The print is in sepia tonings and depicts a military scene, presumably Turkish. The print is mounted with a brown wooden frame and glass front. Artist is Erol Yildirim, born 1959 in Bolu, Turkey. The print is number 51 of 100 and is dated 2015. This print was presented to the President and members of the Frankston RSL Sub Branch by the people of Turkey in early 2015 (just prior to the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli landing). The rear of the print has a brief biography of the artist and an explanation of the process used to produce the print attached. There is also a 'with compliments' slip from the Embassy of Turkey, Canberra attached.

Inscriptions & Markings

This print is marked "51/100" and has the artists name "Erol YILDIRIM 2015"

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Compass, Astro

Key words

compass
astro compass
navigation
aeronautical
raaf
raf
ww2

A World War 2 era W. W. Boes and Co. MKll astro compass typically used as an aviation navigation aid. It is manufactured from aluminum with black enamel finish. An astro compass is a navigational tool used to determine true north from the position of the sun or astronomical bodies. These are used in circumstances where magnetic compasses and gyrocompasses are unreliable, for example in the presence of magnetic field anomalies (such as polar regions, ships hulls, aircraft hulls, etc.).

Inscriptions & Markings

Nameplate on the base reads "ASTRO-COMPASS MK II / The W.W. BOES CO. / DAYTON, OHIO, USA"

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Framed Artwork - Sketch of Frankston RSL Clubrooms, Davey Street

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)"

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Photograph

Photographs of a Bren gun mounted on a tripod for anti aircraft use. The location is unknown. The first photograph shows an Australian Army Sergeant standing beside the Bren gun. The second photograph shows a group of seven Australian Army soldiers beside the Bren gun.

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Tankard, Commemorative

Official R.S.L Tankard commemorating the involvement of Australian service personnel in The Vietnam War. This tankard has three pictures representing: (1) Fifth Battalion Royal Australian Regiment in Vietnam, 1966, (2) RAAF Helicopters in Vietnam, (3) HMAS Hobart off North Vietnam Coast, 1967. (refer item 00124, 00124.1, 00124.2 and 00124.3)

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