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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

Medallions, ANZAC - 50th Anniversary of Gallipoli Medallions

Key words

anzac
ww1
1915
world war 1
gallipoli medallion

Two medallions which were awarded to Australian World War 1 servicemen, T ENGLISH and C R C FERGUSSON, who had landed at Gallipoli in 1915. These medallions have been mounted on a burgundy felt backing and framed in a small gold coloured photo frame. Each is a circular bronze medallion surmounted by the Queen's crown. Obverse depicts Simpson and his donkey assisting a wounded man, a laurel wreath, the date '1915' and the word 'ANZAC'. Reverse depicts a map of Australia and New Zealand with the Southern Cross superimposed, fern fronds and the engraved name of the recipient. The Anzac Medallion was issued by the Australian government in 1967 to commemorate the 1965 50th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. The medallion was issued to surviving veterans of the campaign or their next of kin. Refer to AWM item for further information < http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/RELAWM16790.001/ >

Inscriptions & Markings

There is an engraved label mounted within the picture frame with the inscription "ANZAC Medallions", "Issued to Tom English & C R C Fergusson".

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Handbook - Dismounted Drill

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Projectile, Musket

Key words

war
ball
projectile
minie
civil

Early smooth bore firearm projectile referred to as a 'Minie Ball' found at the site of the American Civil War battle of Chancellorsville. This is a type of musket ball used in the Civil War period 1861 to 1865.

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Mortar Cover

Dark green vynil over cloth material cover. Base is 90 mm in diameter, height 190 mm flap cover down, height 265 mm with flap cover extended. Flap cover uses press stud fastner to close cover. The cover has been cotton stitched. Two handle loops have been sewn on to the outside of the cover, the obverse loop being 24 mm long, reverse loop 12 mm long.

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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 Service and Discharge

Certificate of Service and Discharge issued to Ernest Roy Steen (service number 19368) who enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force on 25th October 1940. This discharge was issued on the 13th October 1944 when Steen was serving as a Leading Aircraftsman. The reason for the discharge was that Steen was commissioned as an officer.

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Uniform, Nurse's Cape

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.

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Gift Box - Princess Mary's Gift Box

Key words

box
ww1
brass
wwi
gift box
princess mary s gift box
present
christmas present

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".

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Souvenir, Cloth

Key words

christmas
xmas

A small table cloth presented by the RSL as a Christmas gift. This cloth is made of linen and features a Christmas design in maroon.

Inscriptions & Markings

The cloth has the following inscription: "Merry Christmas from the RSL"

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Wristwatch

Key words

gallipoli
world war 1
leather
great war
wrist watch
leather strap
john henderson
newcastle s own

A 4 jewel (written on face) wristwatch with a broad leather band and fastened by a narrower leather band. The face is white with black Roman numerals (other than XII, which is red). The watch case is silver in colour with some evidence of corrosion. There is a winder on the side and a small button (function unclear).

Inscriptions & Markings

on watch face "4 jewels, Swiss lever"

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Writing Paper

A loose pack of 53 sheets of printed writing paper distributed to service personnel for the purpose of writing to their family and friends. This stationery is printed in red ink with a ruled writing area above which is a letterhead. The letterhead features the names of the charitable organisations involved in producing and distributing the stationery. The reverse side of the paper has ruled lines printed vertically in blue ink. The paper is approximately 8 x 5 inches in size and is a buff colour.

Inscriptions & Markings

The paper has printed letterhead with the "AUSTRALIAN COMFORTS FUND", "VICTORIAN DIVISION", the ACF insignia and the note "With Which is Affiliated". The affiliated organisation names are also printed, being "R.S.L War Service Fund", "Y.M.C.A.", "The Salvation Army" and the "Y.W.C.A."

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Pouch, Water Canteen

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.

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Cover, Headlight

Soldered steel vehicle headlight blackout cover with metal light shield over a central slit. There is an adjustable cover to change the slit size. Below this is a 20 mm diameter hole. The steel has a galvanised finish and has been painted in a drab green colour.

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Flask, Gunpowder

An old Curtis's and Harvey's Gunpowder flask. The flask is made of red painted metal (possibly tin). The cap is missing from the flask. This is marked with an additional label indicating that it was distributed by the Victorian agents, McMicking and Co (?).

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Cap, Forage

Key words

forage cap
kharki forage cap
ww2 army cap

Cap, Forage, Kharki, (Army), 1940 manufacture date, with 2 metallic buttons on front "Australian Military Forces" 10 mm in diameter.

Historical information

Worn by Corporal Robert Henry Hillebrand, VX101579, born 3 September, 1915 and enlisted on 16 September, 1942. Served with 10 Advance Ordnance Depot

Inscriptions & Markings

Josephson 1940 Regimental No "VX" NAME "Hillebrand R H P.W (Stencilled with emblem)

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Cap, Officer Training

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Shell, Case

Spent artillery shell case from an 18 pounder field gun. This shell case is of the Mark ll type and was manufactured in 1918. The 18 pdr was the main artillery armament of the British and Commonwealth forces during World War 1.

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Belt, Webbing

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.

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Document - Army Driving Licence

This document records details of the type of vehicle for which the licence is issued, date issued and to whom the licence is issued. This licence is numbered 175317. Printed document on stiff, brown coloured linen backed cardboard which folds in three to fit in the pocket.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Military Forces Army Driving Licecnce A.A.F. G.11. (Revised March, 1942)

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Card, Remembrance

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston

Card

Printed card presented by Burnley & District in memory of servicemen who died during WW1.

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Handbook - Demobilization Procedure Book

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Pennant

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Knife, Paper

Key words

french
ww1
bullet
trench art
villers bretonneux
berthier carbine
berthier
8mm

Trench art paper knife made from a spent World War 1 French 8mm Berthier carbine bullet. The copper knife blade is marked with the words "Villers Bretonneux".

Inscriptions & Markings

"Villers Bretonneux"

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Document, Certificate

Framed certificate presented to World War 2 serviceman George Gregory of Somerville. presented by the Shire of Frankston and Hastings.

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Grenade, Mills

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.

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Cap, Forage

Cap, forage with peak. Standard issue to RAAF personnel (navy blue) with embroidered RAAF emblem. A label inside of the crown has details of manufacture, including the date, 1988, and the name Lamb N. T., service number A13731.

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Heliograph

Signalling heliograph which has been manufactured using a variety of military hardware items. Presumably this heliograph was improvised in the field as a result of damage to a standard issue item. This heliograph has parts which have been sourced from other standard military issue equipment, for example, knobs from cooking pots. The item uses the mirrors which are normally found in the standard issue heliograph. This heliograph has two large mirrors (for long distance signalling) and a smaller mirror (for short distance signalling). The mirrors are mounted on adjustable arms for positioning and aiming.

Inscriptions & Markings

no markings to note

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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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Book - Holy Bible

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.

Frankston RSL Sub Branch, Frankston