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Geelong RSL Sub Branch Belmont, Victoria

Geelong RSL

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Geelong RSL Sub-branch 50 Barwon Heads Road Belmont Victoria 3216 (map)
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+61 (03) 5249 2444

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Monday 9:00am – 12:00am Tuesday 9:00am – 12:00am Wednesday 9:00am – 12:00am Thursday 9:00am – 2:00am Friday 9:00am – 2:00am Saturday 9:00am – 2:00am Sunday 10:00am – 12:00am Public Holidays Open 24 hours

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50 Barwon Heads Road Belmont Victoria

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Military Collection

Meredith Blake 1 August 2013 1:39 PM

Great work cataloguing! Look forward to seeing more from your collection Geelong RSL

Glenn Read 13 September 2015 1:58 PM

Congratulations to The Geelong RSL as winner of the award for outstanding records in terms of your images, historical information, and significance statements. As I am the Librarian and Memorabilia Curator for Tramways/East Melbourne RSL Sub-branch, I am truly in awe of what you have achieved. We have joined Victoria Collections this year and understand the enormity of what is involved for your achievements. I hope to get down there sometime and have a look around. Your Victoria Collections site is a credit to you as well. Regards Glenn Read 0403 513 676.

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226 items

226 items

Documents - 2146 Pte L W England

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Seven white photocoped foolscap pages relating to 2146 Pte L W England - missing in action/killed in action on 25 July 1916 at Pozieres. A metal plaque.

Historical information

2146 Pte L W England was a member of the AIF and served during WW1 with 'A' Coy, 5 Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade. He was Lilled in Action of 25 July 1916 at Posieres.

Significance

The documents and the plaque relate to 2146 Pte L W England and provide information to his Service and being Killed in Action at Posieres.

Inscriptions & Markings

The pages are relating to enquiries from Pte England's family and the Military. There is also a plaque with the documents - In Loving Memory of our dear son and brother, Killed at Poziere July 1916 aged 19. 'A' Company 5th Battalion, AIF. Presented by Mr and Mrs G England and Family.

Uniform - Battle Dress

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Battle Dress Blouse - Khaki. Battle Dress Trousers with Map Pocket - Khaki and Yellow Lanyard (RAASC)

Historical information

This Uniform was worn by members of the Australian Army circa 1950 - 1980?

Significance

This uniform was used by 3/92813 K Walters a National Serviceman circa 1950.

Inscriptions & Markings

Blouse - D D Made in Australia 1956, M. TX Size 7. Trousers -Regimental No 3/92813 Name K Walters M. TX Size 7.

Machete

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Steel blade machete with wooden double sided handle. The handle is attached to the wood with four steel rods. There is an olive green scabbard made of cotton material oil impregnated. The scabbard has a pocket on the front to hold a sharpening stone and has steel on the top opening to keep the opening firm, there is a steel catch for attachment to webbing and a cloth loop with press stud to hold the handle of the machete in place when in the scabbard. There is a cotton fabric loop through the handle.

Historical information

These machete's were issued to military personnel posted in jungle like conditions.

Significance

The machete would have been used by military personnel during WW2 and during the 1950s.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the handle of the machete MA67. The item number on the scabbard is not readable.

Book - The National Serviceman - 'The 90 Day Wonder' Puckpunyal 1951-1959

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oblong shaped book, yellow cover with white pages. On the front cover a photograph of the author 3/772902 James K Oliver.

Historical information

3/772902 James K Oliver was a National Serviceman, April Intake 1955, he completed his training with 20th National Service Training Battalion, this is his story.

Significance

This book is an original that was written by 3/772902 James K Oliver covering his experiences as a National Serviceman in the April Intake 1955, with 20th National Service Training Ballation at Puckapunyal.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printer, Cambridge Printers, ISBN 0-646-36510-X, first published January 1999.

Pay Books R W Pickford

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Two x Pay Books, oblong, buff/brown colour. Abdulla Cigarette Tin with RAAF Insigna, three Rising Sun Hat Badges, one Rising Sun Collar Badge. A belt with Hat Badges attached. Miscellaneous Collar Badges, Hat Badges and Buttons. Newspaper clippings from the Adelaide Chronicle 1916.

Historical information

V92102 R W Pickford served during WW2 and remained in Australia. His date of birth is 1895 by my calculation R W Pickford would have been approximately 46 years of age on enlistment. However 13336 R W Pickford served during WW1 with Australian Army Medical Corps.

Significance

The items are original and belonged to Robert William Pickford.

Inscriptions & Markings

Pay Books - V92102 Robert William Pickford.

Certificate of Discharge 6251 Pte George Diwell and Leave or Duty Ration Book.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Certificate of Discharge 6251 Pte George Diwell, buff colour page oblong page. Leave or Duty Ration Book Serial No L 22, No 247759, buff colour oblong pages.

Historical information

This Certificate of Discharge was issued to 6251 Pte George Dilwell upon completion of Enlistment Leave or Ration Book was issued when 6251 Pte Diwell went on leave 28 May 1919 - 11 June 1919.

Significance

This the original Certificate of Discharge and Ration Book of 6251 Pte George Dilwell who served during WW1

Inscriptions & Markings

6251 Pte George Diwell, Certificate of Discharge, Enlisted 15 May 1916 Discharged 12 October 1919 6251 Pte G Diwell, Leave or Duty Ration Book, Soldier or Sailor'

Badge - Disharged Returned Soldier Badge

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A bronze colour round badge.

Historical information

These medals were issued to Returned Discharged Soldiers. The Medals were first issued in 1916, to approximately 267,300 personnel. There were medal makers for each state this medal was produced by Stokes & Son, Melbourne, thus made and issued in Victoria. As the medals were issued a record of issue to recipient was kept - however it was not follow the logic that the No 1 badge went to the first person discharged.

Significance

This Badge was issued to a Returned Soldier of the AIF.

Inscriptions & Markings

A crown, a rising sun with AIF printed underneath, printed around the edge of the badge - Issued by Dept of Defence, Returned from Active Service.

Photographs - Ships - HMAS Quickmatch, HMAS Quiberon, Air Sea Rescue Vessel

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Three black and White Photographs of Ships on photo paper. Ships - HMAS Quickmatch, HMAS Quibero, Air Sea Rescue Vessel.

Historical information

HMAS Quickmatch was a Q Class destroyer built for the Royal Navy and was commissioned to RAN in September 1942. HMAS Quiberon was a Q Class destroyer build for the Royal Navy and was commissioned to RAN in July 1942. Air Sea Rescue Boats, after their order were delivered to Sydney in June/July 1944.

Significance

HMAS Quickmatch was used as a Convoy Escort during WW2. HMAS Quiberon was used as a Convoy Escort during WW2. Air Sea Rescue Boats were mostly stationed in northern Australian waters or in New Guinea during WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written on the back of the photo 1. HMAS Quickmatch, HMAS Quiberon, Air Sea Rescue.

Photograph - Albert Jacka VC, MC & Bar - Albert Jacka VC, MC & Bar

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Black Timber Frame with black and white photograph of Albert Jacka.

Historical information

Albert Jacka VC, MC & Bar served with the AIF during WW1 from 1914-1920 at Gallipoli and the Western Front.

Significance

Albert Jacka won his VC at Gallipoli, he was the first Australian to receive the Award.

Inscriptions & Markings

Lance Corporal Albert Jacka, Of the 14th (Victorian) Battalion, Australian Infantry Force. The First Australian VC

ANZAC Commemorative Medallion of 551 L Harry Atkins

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Round bronze medallion surmounted with King Edward Crown ANZAC printed round the bottom of the medallion, the reverse of the medallion has an impression of Australia and New Zealand and the Southern Cross.

Historical information

This medallion has been awarded to 551 Pte L Harry Atkins who served with the AMF during WW1 with 'C' Company 22 Bn.

Significance

This is the original Medallion awarded to Pte L Harry Atkins. The ANZAC Commemorative Medallion was awarded to personnel who served on Gallipoli.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on the back of the medallion L H Atkins.

RSL Badge circa 1919-1926

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

RSSILA Badge - oversized - brass, crown on the top, white, blue, red, gold coloured.

Historical information

This oversize RSSILA Badge was made between 1919-1926 for the RSL.

Significance

This is an original badge

Inscriptions & Markings

Front - Returned Sailors' & Soldiers' Imperial League, Australia Back - copywright, B1848, W Bishop

Photographs

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

3 x black and white postcard size photographs of Servicemen from Geelong.

Historical information

These three photographs are of Servicemen from Geelong, they left Australia on 4 August 1917 and joined 5th, 6th and 7th Battalions. 7579 Raymond Teese was KIA on 19 April 1918.

Significance

These are original postcard photographs of Servicemen who were from Geelong, they left Australia on 4 August 1917, one of these men did not return, 7579 Raymond Teese was KIA 19 April 1918.

Inscriptions & Markings

1st Photograph - 7590 A Yeats, 5 Bn, 7604 G Sharrock 6 BN, Second Photograph - 7540 C R Pike 5 BN, J H Williams, R G Teese 5 Bn, 3rd Photograph - 7446 G L Bennett 5 Bn, 7609 A C Carr 6 Bn, 7544 A J Robertson 5 Bn, 7455 E T Bennett 5 Bn, 7426 T Davis Tunneling Co, 7446 A E Clark 7 Bn, G Laverick 5 Bn, 7446 F G Brockwell 6 Bn

Decoration 2411 Pte M O Kauffman

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Victory Medal 1914-1919 with ribbon attached.

Historical information

This Medal was presented to 2411 Pte M O Kauffman who served with 14 Battalion AIF during WW1.

Significance

The Medal is original that was presented to 2411 Pte M O Kauffman for his service with the AIF during WW1.

Inscriptions & Markings

2411 Pte M O Kauffman 14 Bn AIF.

Medallion

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Gold coloured round medallion.

Historical information

The Australian Government provided the medallion to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the end of WW 2.

Significance

The medallions were distributed to all surviving veterans, widows and widowers.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front - World War 11 60 years 1945-2005, map of Australia. On the Back - World War 11 Service to Australia, the Australian Coat of Arms.

Photograph - HMAS Warrnambool

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A black and white photograph in a black wooden frame with a gold stripe on the inside edge of the frame. There is a presentation plaque on the glass of the frame.

Historical information

HMAS Warrnambool (FCPB 204) was a Fremantle-class Patrol Boat. The Warrnambool was Launched in 1980 and Decommissionbed in 2005.

Significance

Designs for new class of patrol boat began in the late 1960s, the HMAS Warrnambool (FCPB204) was launched on 1980 and de commissioned in 2005. The Warrnambool was built by North Queensland Engineers and Agents and carried a company of 22 personnel.

Inscriptions & Markings

The presentation plaque 'Presented by the Officers abd Ships Company HMAS Warrnambool'

Souviner Program - Dunlop Military Relay ... Despatch Ride 1912

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A cardboard cover program with white thick pages inside.

Historical information

In 1912 there was a Military Relay Despatch Ride through South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. The purpose of the ride was to deliver a despatch in the quickest possible time by road through the three states mentioned. The ride was carried out under the auspices of the Dunlop Rubber Company and involved cyclists, motor cyclists and motorists.

Significance

This is an original program of the event that was carried out in 1912. The program details the list of participants, a map of the route taken and statements of appreciation from the Military and the Promoters', there is also a message of greeting from the Military Commandant, South Australia to the Military Commandant, New South Wales.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front cover a Coat of Arms, a red stripe with souviner written in the stripe and Dunlop Military Relay ... Despatch Ride - 1912.

Badge - RSL Affiliate

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A squarish badge, crown on top, cream colour, blue inscribed ribbons, air force wings, rising sub and anchor in the middle of the badge.

Historical information

RSL Affiliate Membership was introduced in 1969 in South Australia. Now SA, Victoria, WA and Tasmania offer Affiliate Membership.

Significance

This is an original Affiliate Badge.

Inscriptions & Markings

Returned and Services League, Affiliate. Reverse - Aust Made, V14523, Not Transferable, Property of RSL, A J Parks

RAAF Marine Jacket

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Buff Colour Jacket with belt, cotton material, two breast pockets, two waist pockets, propeller patch on sleeve RAAF Buttons.

Historical information

The jacket is an original jacket and belonged to 148487 David H Hyne who served during WW2 with the RAAF Marine Section. The RAAF Marine Boats can be traced back to the Australian Flying Corps, Central Flying School, Point Cook.

Significance

This is a Jacket belonging to 148487 D H Hyne who served with RAAF Marine Section during WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside the jacket - V555 Made in Australia 1942 Size, on one of the pockets, D.H.H. 148487.

Tankard

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

The Official RSL Tankard Collection, four tankards, round, white, ceramic with three pictures per tankard.

Historical information

There are four tankards in this collection. Each tankard has three pictures pertaining to a specific conflict - WW1, WW2, Korean War and Vietnam War.

Significance

The pictures show particular battles per conflict.

Inscriptions & Markings

Made by Franklin Mint Pty Ltd 1983.

Photograph Album - AWAS

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oblong shaped photograph album hard cover with 14 pages of photographs.

Historical information

The Australian Womens Army Service was raised on 13 August 1941, and in 1944 and 1945 AWAS served in Dutch and Australian New Guinea. In June 1947 all members of AWAS had been demobilised and in April 1951 the Women's Royal Army Corps (WRAAC) was formed.

Significance

This album has photographs of AWAS in Training at Guide House in Melbourne, March Past's at Victoria Barracks Melbourne and near the Melbourne Shrine, AWAS in New Guinea and postings 'somewhere in Australia. The album also includes photographs of Annual Parades of ex AWAS.

Inscriptions & Markings

At the rear of the album is a history of Sybil Irving who was the founder and controller of the AWAS

Uniform Jacket- Service Dress Ceremonial

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Khaki Wool cloth Jacket, four patch pockets on the front of the Jacket. The Jacket has two 'Australia' shoulder titles on the epaulets, one only small (king's Crown) rising sun badge on the collar, six small buttons, four small buttons with King's Crown, map of Australia and embossed Australian Military Forces. One small button at the collar. On the right and left sleeve are the colour patch of Artillery. On the right sleeve is the badge of rank of Bombardier and four blue service chevrons.

Historical information

This particular Jacket was issued to VX 33678 Bdr E. O'Shea.

Significance

Bdr O'Shea served during WW2

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside the Jacket hand written OSWR. Makers Tag - Freedman & Co Pty Ltd. 1941. Size 6. Name Tag - Regimental No VX33678. Name Bdr E. O'Shea.

News Paper, The Argus, Souvenir Supplement

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Oblong, buff colour news paper, souvenir supplement of The Argus,16 pages, 22 February 1940. The supplement is dedvoted to the 17th Australian Infantry Brigade 2nd A.I.F.

Historical information

The 17th Brigade (Australia) was an Infantry Brigade first formed in 1917 during WW1, but did not see action. The Brigade was reformed during WW2 and served in Libya, Greece and New Guinea. The Brigade was disbanded in 1946.

Significance

This supplement is an original as printed and issued with The Argus News Paper on 22 February 1940.

Inscriptions & Markings

The front cov er of the supplement has a photograph of Brigadier S.G. Savige, DSO, MC, ED, Commander. The following pages are photographs of Companies within the Brigade.

Tobacco Tin, Badges, Stamps

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A Tobacco Tin with four Star badges of rank, two Australia Shoulder Flashes, two Collar Rising Sun Badges, six x 2 penny stamps, one 6 penny stamp, one collar pin, two studs.

Historical information

These items are originals.

Significance

These items are the originals that were issued.

Inscriptions & Markings

The tobacco tin - THE 'GREYS' Silk Cut Virginia Tobacco.

General Service Badge 2nd Type

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oval shape badge, gold colour, a crown, tri service in the middle.

Historical information

This medal is the General Service Badge 2nd Type. This medal was introduced in 1946 and issued to personnel who volunteered for overseas service but were retained in Australia for home service, members of the Naval Reserve who were not mobilised, those mobilised who do not qualify for the RAS.

Significance

These Badges were introduced and issued to those volunteers who did not qualify for RAS. This badge is an original.

Inscriptions & Markings

One the Frodnt - Service Australia On the Back - 1948, Issued by Cwlth Govt, AF 16861, Amor Sydney.

Photograph - HMAT Runic

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Photograph HMAT Runic on a cardboard backing.

Historical information

A fleet of transport ships was leased by the Commonwealth Government for the purpose of transporting various AIF formations to their respective overseas destinations. When not committed to military transport the ships were used for other duties. HMAT A54e Runic was one of these ships.

Significance

The HMAT Runic weighed 12,480 tons and was owned by the Oceanic SN Co Ltd. Liverpool. The HMAT Runic was leased by the Commonwealth Government until 27 November 1917. She carried AIF Personnel to overseas destinations during WW1.

Inscriptions & Markings

HMAT Runic 20-06-16. J E Barnes, Photo, Kew.

ANZAC Day 1918 Commemoratived Medal

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Round silver medallion. ?Silver Bronze. Red, white and blue ribbon.

Historical information

These Medallions were made in 1918 to commemorate ANZAC Day. They were issued by the Education Department of Victoria to school children. The medal was also sold on behalf of the Australian Branch of the British Red Cross Society. The medal was made in bronze, silvered bronze, silver and gold.

Significance

This medal is an original.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front of the medallion an engraved picture of a soldier, the words Honor to the AIF. One the back of the medallion ANZAC Dat 1918, Gallipoli, France, Palestine.

Medallion

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

The medallion is round the obverse depicts Simpson and his donkey carrying a wounded soldier to safety. It is bordered on the lower half by a laurel wreath above the word ANZAC. The reverse shows a map in relief of Australia and New Zealand superimposed by the Southern Cross. The lower half will be boardered by the New Zealand Fern Leaves. There is a crown at the top of the medallion. The medallion is cast in bronze.

Historical information

ANZAC Commemorative Medallion is issued to all members of the Australian Defence Force and New Zealand Defence Force who served on the Gallipoli Peninsula. The medallion is also known as the Gallipoli Medallion.

Significance

The personnel receiving the medallion served on the Gallipoli Peninsula from 25 April 1915 to the final date of evacuation in January 1916.

Inscriptions & Markings

This medallion has the name W.E. Sabeston inscribed on the back underneath the New Zealand Fern Leaves.

Book - RAAF Flying Log Book

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Not quite square book, blue cloth cover. White tape on the front upper left cover with the number 59259. On the spine the number 4259. On the spine on tape the number 184. Writen on the bottom pages thickness of the book ADAM.B. 400451.

Historical information

This RAAF Flying Log Book belonged to Flt Lt Basil John Adam 400451. The first entry in the log book is 16 November 1940 at Elementary Training Course at Narrandera NSW.

Significance

This is a RAFF Flying Log Book belonging to Flt Lt B J Adams.

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal Australian Air Force Flying Log Book Form A.18 (Revised April, 1937.) (RAF Form 414) Name ADAM Basiel John 400451.

Emergency Signaling Mirror (ESM/1)

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Oblong mirror face one one side, painted instructions on one side, with printed instructions for use. There is a whole on the bottom left corner with a rope for personal attachment.

Historical information

This is an Army Air Corp procured signal mirror that dates from September 1943 (Ser No 40653)

Significance

This mirror was adopted for use by Army Air Force (US?) in September 1943

Inscriptions & Markings

Specification Number 40653 General Electric Company

Decorations & AAB 83

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

One Star shape copper colour medal and two round silver medals. One AAB 83 Record of Service Book buff colour cover.

Historical information

These are the original Decorations and AAB83 of VX149000 Cpl R T MacKenzie. Cpl MacKenzie served during WW2 with Australian Army Canteens Service.

Significance

These are the original Decorations and Record of Service Book.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back of the Star and on the circumference of the Medals, VX 149000 R T MacKenzie.