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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)
phone
+61 (03) 5249 2444

Opening Hours

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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No entry fee.

Location

50 Barwon Heads Road Belmont Victoria

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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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237 items

237 items

A Collection of Magazines - AUSSIE - The Australian Soldiers' Magazine

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A collection of magazines, paper pages, the colour of the pages is a buff colour. Most of the magazines are oblong in shape, three magazines are smaller than the others.

Historical information

These magazines have been printed between January 1918 and April 1919 and are a collection of stories, poems and Aussie humour. The magazines have been printed in the field by the 'AIF Printing Section'.

Significance

The magazines are the originals that were printed at the time 1918-1919 and they have been bound into a collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

AUSSIE the Australian Soldiers' Magazine has been 'Printed in the Field' The first issue appears to be January 1918 and the last issue is April 1919. On the inside cover of one page is the name Timms.

Pre Stamped Envelope and 50 cent piece.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An green oblong envelope with a circle cut into the envelope for the 50 cent piece. A 60cent stamp in the upper right corner. A photograph of AIF takes up three quarters of the envelope. The post mark is the tri service logo.

Historical information

The Pre Stamped Envelope and the 50 cent Piece were issued on 08 September 2010 to mark the dedication of the National Service Memorial in Canberra.

Significance

The item is an original that marked the Nation Service Memorial dedication, the first day of issue was 08 September 2010 in Canberra 2600.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front of the envelope, National Service Memorial. First Day of Issue 08 September 2001. Canberra 2600.

Badge - Aust Legion of Ex Servicemen and Women

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A diamond shaped badge, a crown at the top, rising sun, anchor, air force wings in the middle, blue inscribed enamel round the diamond, Aust Legion of ex Servicemen and Women.

Historical information

This Association was formed in December 1944 from a number of existing organisations. The membership is open to all ex service personnel, including British Commonwealth and Allied personnel, etc

Significance

This organisation was formed in 1944, the badges are originals.

Inscriptions & Markings

1st badge - has a 66 badge on the crown, one the reverse v3327, the 2nd badge has a Life Subscriber attachment - a red scroll, on the reverse Brim Melb number 8732556.

Photograph - Bruce Kingsbury VC - Bruce Kingsbury VC

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Blue Metal Photograph Frame with Black and White photograph of B S Kingsbury VC.

Historical information

This is a photograph of Pte Bruce Kingsbury VC who served with the Second AIF 1940-1942.

Significance

Pte Bruce Kingsbury served in the Middle East and New Guinea. Pte Kingsbury won his VC during the Battle of Isurava. He was the first serviceman to receive the VC in Australian territory.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription with the photograph - In proud memory of Pte Bruce Steel Kingsbury, VC. 2/14 Battalion who with great personal courage and at the cost of his life won the Victoria Cross at Isurava by counter attacking and clearing a path through the enemy position. "Lest We Forget"

Flag

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Australian White Ensign, predominately white, with Union Jack in left hand corner, with six blue stars positioned as in the Australian Flag

Historical information

The Australian White Ensign was first used on 1 March 1967 whe the ANL cargo ship Boonaroo was commissioned into the RAN for war service.

Significance

Prior to this RAN the Australian colonial navies had flown uniquely Australian ensigns. This was a Blue ensign defaced by the badge of the individual colony.

English Penny's

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Four Brass English penny's

Historical information

These penny's were used by 3758 Patrick Foley 14th Battalion during WW1.

Significance

These original penny's were in the posession of Patrick Foley 14th Battalion during WW1.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Penny's are dated 1908, 1910, 1917 and 1919

Replica Ice Bucket

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A round shape Replica Ice Bucket various colours predominately yellow looks like a drum of the corps.

Historical information

A Replica Ice Bucket of 1st Bn Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's). There is a list of conflicts on the front of the Ice Bucket that this Regiment has been involved in. The Regiment has been amalgamated and renamed several times. As of July 2012 they are known as Balaklava Company, 5 SCOTS (A&SH), Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Significance

This Regiment was created in 1881 and served during WW1 and WW2, an active battalion served in Korea 1950-51 and Aden during 1967.

Inscriptions & Markings

1st Bn The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's) Korea 1950-51

Badges & Ribbon - Corps of Commissionaires

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

These items include a hat badge, uniform buttons, 2 x ribbons (colour light blue, dark blue and red) with rosettes. The two rosettes indicate 25 years service.

Historical information

The Corps of Commissionaires was founded in 1859 to provide work for ex service men. The Corps of Commissionaires is a Security Company and is currently trading as 'Corps Security'. The Company specialises in providing corporate security.

Significance

This hat badge, buttons and ribbons are the originals of someone who was employed by the Corps of Commissionaires.

Inscriptions & Markings

Around to centre of the hat badge and the buttons 'Corps of Commissionaires Victoria'.

Silk Map - Asiatic Series

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oblong, cream colour silk map, Asiatic Series.

Historical information

Silk Maps were produced by Great Britain and United States during WW2 some 3.5 million Silk Maps and cloth maps were produced for Allied Military Personnel.

Significance

This Silk Map is an original map from the WW2 era.

Inscriptions & Markings

AAF Cloth Map-Asiatic Series Side 1 - No 34 Southeast China Side 2 - No35 - Northeast China

RSL Badge - Limited Edition

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A gold plated badge in the shape of the first RSL Badge Issue.

Historical information

This Badge is a limited edition replica of the first RSL Badge which was worn by soldiers and sailors returning from WW1... The original RSL badges were issued to founding RSL members

Significance

These Badges are original Limited Editions.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front - Returned Sailors Solders Imperial League Australia 1919 On the Reverse - Made in Australia

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 - HMAT Medic

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Photograph of the ship on a cardboard backing.

Historical information

A fleet of Transport Ships was leased by the Commonwealth Government for the specific purpose of transporting various AIF formations to the respective overseas destinations. When not committed to military transport the ships were employed on other duties. The fleet was made up of British Ships and captured German Ships. The HMAT Medic weighed 12,032 tons and was owned by the Oceanic SN Co Ltd Liverpool, she was leased by the Commonwealth Government until 26 October 1917.

Significance

This photograph is of HMAT Medic leaving Australian Shores 20-05-16. The Medic was also used as a troopship for Australia during the Boer War.

Inscriptions & Markings

HMAT Medic 20-5-16. J E Barnes Photo. Kew.

Medals VX 73026 Pte F A Sowerby

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Four Medals, 2 Stars Brass Colour, 2 Medals Silver Colour with identifying ribbons Swing Mounted

Historical information

These Medals were awarded to Pte F A Sowerby who served in the AIF during WW 2

Significance

The Medals are the originals of Pte Sowerby

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back of the Stars and on the circumference of the Medals VX 73026 F A Sowerby

Photograph - James E Newland VC

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A black and white photograph, oblong, James E Newland in Military Uniform on paper.

Historical information

James E Newland VC was born in Highton, Victoria and served in the AIF during the Boar War, WW1 and WW2. James E Newland was awarded the VC in April 1917 'for most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty, in the face of heavy odds, on three separate occasions.' James E Newland was presented his award by His Majesty King George V.

Significance

James E Newland VC was born in Highton, Victoria and served with the AIF for over 40 years and obtained the highest honour that can be bestowed for bravery. James enlisted in the Australia Army as a Private and on discharge held the rank of Lt Col.

Clutch Pencil

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A silver coloured metal clutch pencil.

Historical information

The pencil is enscribed R T King VX20233, Robert Teague King served in the 2nd AIF.

Significance

The pencil has belonged to VX20233 R T King, who served in the 2nd AIF.

Inscriptions & Markings

R T King AIF VX20233

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.

Medals- VF388646 Gwenyth Carr

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Two Australian Military Medals - War Medal 1939-1945 and Australian Service Medal, One Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (miniature).

Historical information

VF388646 Gwenyth Carr Served with the Australian Womens Army Service during WW2. VF388646 G Carr served with RA Sigs and obtained the rank of Captain? After her Military Discharge Gwenyth Carr served with the Police after graduating from Police College in 1946 she retired in 1974 with the rank of Senior Sergeant.

Significance

The medals and badges are the originals belonging to VF388646 GE Carr.

Inscriptions & Markings

Military Medals - VF388646 G E Carr, The Police LS&GC Medal is a miniature and is not inscribed.

Medals 142993 H C Foster

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

The 1939-1945 Star, the Pacific Star, the Defence Medal, the 1939-1945 Medal, the 1939-1945 Australian Service Medal, the 1945-1975 Australian Service Medal.

Historical information

142993 H C Foster served with the RAAF during WW2 these medals are the originals that were presented to H C Foster.

Significance

These medals are the originals belonging to 142993 H C Foster.

Inscriptions & Markings

142993 H C Foster.

Magazine - ANZAC Memorial Day - ANZAC Memorial Day

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oblong magazine, colour photograph on the front page with a soldier at a grave site and the Australian Flag on the left side, 6 paper pages the cover of the magazine has a grease proof paper cover.

Historical information

The magazine has been produced for ANZAC Memorial Day 25 April 1918, the pages are full of photographs of Australain Troops preparing for departure overseas and preparing for their service overseas. There are two pages 'Heroes of the Southern Cross' authored by A M David, Secretary Victorian Branch, RSL.

Significance

This magazine is an original of those printed for ANZAC Memorial Day 25 April 1918. The magazine contains photographs of the period 1914-1918 and a dedication authored by the then Secretary of the RSL Victorian Branch, A M David.

Inscriptions & Markings

The magazine has been printed by D W Paterson Co Pty Ltd for the Victorian Branch of the RSL, J W Mc Kenzie, President, A M David Secretary.

Photograph HMAS Bathurst

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Photograph of HMAS Bathburst., An oblong photograph, colour, kodac paper, a colour photograph of HMAS Bathurst a Bathurst Class Corvette.

Historical information

HMAS Bathurst (J158) named after the City of Bathurst NSW is the lead ship of 60 Bathurst class corvettes that were constructed during WW2. The Bathurst was constructed in 1940 her early career was spent operating with the British Eastern Fleet. Bathurst returned to Australian waters in 1944 and was deployed to New Guinea i n 1945. Bathurst was paid off in 1946 and sold for scrap in 1948.

Significance

There were 60 Bathurst class corvettes constructed during WW2 the photograph in this collection is HMAS Bathurst the lead ship of 60. In this collection there are photograph albums, diaries and documents relating to W2156 Noel G Hernan, Stoker, including Sailor's Pay Book, Balmoral Naval Depot Identity Card, Entitlement to War Gratuity, Clothing Ration Card 1945-46 Issue, letters, newspaper cuttings, train tickets, a booklet 'V for Victory, Notes for Guidance in the Wearing of Campaign Stars and War Medals on Civilian Clothes. All of these items are the originals of W2156 Noel G Hernan and the photograph albums and diaries are those collected and amassed by W2156 Noel G Herman.

Inscriptions & Markings

There is an enlarged print of this colour photograph, framed. The large framed version is hanging in the Geelong RSL 1st Floor.

History - 2/6 Independent Company - The Purple Devils, Syd Trigellis-Smith

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Book Purple Devils by Syd Trigellis, Smith, a Japanise Sword - steel blade encased in a leather scabbard and the military history of VX132826 W G H Burrell who served with 2/6 th Commando Squadron.

Historical information

The 2/6th Commando Squadron (Australia) was one of 12 independent companies or commando squadrons raised by the Australian Army during WW2. The 2/6th served in four major campaigns - Kokoda, Buna, Markham-Ramu and Borneo and was involved in the Battle of Kaiapit. Late in the WW2 hostilities 2/6th Commando Squadron was at Balikpapan and attached to 25th Brigade to provide support to the Brigade - reconnaissance patrols, fighting patrols, ambushes and humanitarian assistance to local inhabitants. The 2/6th Commando Squadron was disbanded in 1946. The Sword returned to Australia with a member of 2/6th Commando Squadron VX132826 W G H Burrell. The Book Purple Devils was written by Syd Trigellis Smith in his retirement, he had served during WW2 with 2/2 Field Regiment in New Guinea.

Significance

VX132826 W G H Burrell served with the AIF during WW2 in New Guinea and posted to 2/6th Commando Squadron and was on Borneo and at Balikpapan. George Burrell was able to being back the sword at the end of hostilities. The Book the Purple Devils is the 2/6th Commando Squadron history as interpreted by Syd Trigellis Smith.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Book - Purple Devils, a History of 2/6 Australian Commando Squadron, ISBN 064607125-4.

Card - A Christmas Message to the ANZACS

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oblong card, an off while colour with a paper insert held in place by a tied cotton thread.

Historical information

This souvenir card "to the ANZACS Christmas 1915" was produced with greeting messages from General Sir Ian Hamilton, General Sir William Birdwood and Senator Pearce. The card was being sent by Australian Women in England to all Invalided Australians in England, Egypt and Malta. It would appear that Lady Birdwood was one of many behind the production of the Card. On the back of the Drawing Page is a note from Dr S H Archibald, 6th A S C dated 27 December 1915 "This card was given to me by Miss Birdwood, who is a Nurse on the Hospital Staff."

Significance

The Card and the "With Compliments" page are original as were sent to Invalid Australians in England, Egypt and Malta in December 1915.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front a Rising Sun, a picture of General Sir William R Birdwood, a message from General Sir Ian Hamilton, a Cooee to Australia drawing from Gen William Birdwood, inside last page a message from Gen Ian Hamilton. On the back page of the drawing is a note from Dr S H Achibald 6th A S C dated 27 December 1915. There is also a page with the Card issued with the Compliments of the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia.

Phoptpograph - Capt T C E Godfrey

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oblong, black and white photograph.

Historical information

Capt T C E Godfrey with the 24th Australian Infantry Battalion during WW1 1914-1918. Capt Godfrey was awarded the Military Cross while on active service. Capt Godfrey was reported missing and the photograph has Killed in Action October,but the hyear is not visible.

Significance

This is a photograph of Capt T C E Godfrey, MC. Capt Godfrey Served during WW1 with 24Battalion AIF, he was Killed Action, date October but the year is not known. Capt Godfrey came from Melbourne, Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

Across the bottom of the photograph - Late of Melbourne, Killed in Action, October ????

Ration and Clothing Books J A Ollis

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Two Ration Books and one Clothing Book. The books are oblong, cardboard and paper. One ration book is green one a buff Colour. The Clothing Book is pink.

Historical information

These books were issued to J A Ollis for the period 1945/46.

Significance

These are the original books that were issued to J A Ollis

Inscriptions & Markings

The books have been issued to J A Ollis Bognor, Sussex, and later of Sevenoaks.

Book - National Servicemen's Association Australia A Salute to Geelong & District Sub- Branch 1998-2008

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oblong book, thick yellow cardboard cover, 90 white pages.

Historical information

This book was compiled by Thomas Gartlan with the aim of providing a written history of the National Servicemen's Association of Australia Victorian Branch (Inc) Geelong and District Sub-Branch 1988-2008.

Significance

This is an original book, there is a Heritage Page and the signatures of past President's, State and Sub Branch Patrons.

Inscriptions & Markings

The book was printed by Deakin University, Logistics Division Print Services, 2008

Book - Echoes of ANZAC

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A grey coloured book, white pages, oblong shape, 47 pages.

Historical information

This book was compiled by 1557 Gnr F E Westbrook. Gnr Westbrook was posted to 4th Battery 2nd F A B, he enlisted into the AIF 16 Sep 1914.

Significance

This booklet is of War Verses and Other Poems by 1557 Gnr F E Westbrook. Gnr Westbrook Enlisted into the AIF in Bairnsdale in 1914, Victoria, he served in 4th Battery, 2nd F A B and went to Egypt, Gallipoli and France.

Inscriptions & Markings

front page - Echoes of ANZAC, by Gnr F E Westbrook , Late 2nd F A B. Introduction by the late Gen Sir James Whitesides McCay. Price One Shilling.

Book - Manual of Military Law 1941 Australian Edition

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Leather bound book red in colour oblong shape. The front cover has faded over time.

Historical information

This Manual of Military Law 1941 Australian Edition contains Military Law that apply's to officers and enlisted personnel of the Australian Military Forces.

Significance

The Manual provides rules and regulations that apply to officers and enlisted personnel of the AMF when not on war service and on war service.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed in Australia L.F. Johnston, Commonwealth Government Printer, Canberra.

Photograph - Jenin Palestine 21 September 18

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A black and white photograph on a cardboard backing.

Historical information

The Capture of Jenin occurred on 20 September 1918 during the last months of the Sinai and Palestine Campaign of the First World War. This photograph portrays a scene the day after the Battle 21 September 1918. Australian Commanders and Units were involved.

Significance

This is a photograph of the Jenin area the day after the Capture, 21 September 1918. Australian Commanders and Units were involved in the Capture of Jenin.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front of the backing - Jenin, Palestine. 21.9.18. On the bottom right corner of the photograph the figures 259. On the back of the backing - B259 Australian War Musuem, Wool Exchange, King Street, Melbourne. Copyright. Prosecution will follow Infringement.

Helmet - US

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A Helmet - US Military- green, camouflage and net cover, webbing on the inside and chin straps.

Historical information

This is a US Military Helmet WW2 vintage.

Significance

This is a helmet used by a member of US Defence Force

Inscriptions & Markings

Graq 2 on the chip strap and head band.

Flag

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Union Jack, oblong red white and blue, cloth, three metal eyelets on the white edge band, two brass toggles for hanging the flag onto a flagpost.

Historical information

Union Jack made in 1985 and possibly once in the possession of Peter Wilson.

Significance

A Union Jack that was once in the possession of Peter Wilson.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the white edge band the makers name, stock number 8834-99-5714529 6BDTH 1985, an upwards arrow in a circle and in black ink the name Peter Wilson.