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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

Medal

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Silver Medal, no ribbon, round.

Historical information

1939-1945 Australian Service Medal belonging to 438920 Ensor Alexander Byrant.

Significance

This Decoration is the original belonging to 438920 E A Bryant.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the base of the medal 438920 E A Bryant.

Leather Helmet & Goggles

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A brown leather Helmet with goggles attached.

Historical information

This helmet and goggles are originals from WW2.

Significance

This helmet and goggles are the originals as issued during WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Lasica's Australia

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.

News Papers, The Herald and The Argus

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Two News Papers, oblong, buff colour, paper.

Historical information

The two News Papers are the Victory Editions of 15 August 1945 announcing Victory in the Pacific. 15 August each year is the celebrated date of VP day and commemorates the acceptance of unconditional surrender on 14 August 1945, it meant for Australians that WW2 was over. The Herald advises that the surrender was announced by the British Prime Minister Mr Attlee.

Significance

These two News Papers are the originals as printed on 15 August 1945, that announced Victoria in the Pacific. The surrender was announced by the British Prime Minister Mr Attlee from London.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Herald dated 15 August 1945, 16 Pages and the Argus dated 15 August 1945, 20 Pages.

Badge - RSL Life Membership

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Badge, white background, blue centre with four figures in gold colour in the centre. Returned and Services League around the blue, Australia in the red ribbon,m Life Member in the attachment at the bottom of the badge.

Historical information

These badges are issued to members who pay for life membership or those who have been appointed honorary life members.

Significance

This is an original badge that has been issued to a life member.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back - V2526, badge remain property of the league.

Decorations - Mr N MacDonald Merchant Navy

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

1939-1945 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, 1939/1945 War Medal with ribbons.

Historical information

Mr N MacDonald served in the Merchant Navy during WW2, these are the decorations that were awarded to him for Service during that period.

Significance

These are the original decorations that were awarded to Mr N MacDonald.

Inscriptions & Markings

All decorations - N Mac Donald, M N

Photograph - ANZAC Day 1990

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oblong shape, white steel frame, colour photograph of WW1 Servicemen, attendants and spectators attending the75th ANZAC Day Memorial Services at Gallipoli 1990.

Historical information

The interest in this picture is the two ex servicemen are wearing the Gallipoli Star. This decoration was approved by King George V to be awarded to Australian and New Zealanders who landed on the Peninsula. After much controversy the medal was not issued. In 1990, however, a private issue of these medals were commissioned and 200 of the medals were given to the surviving Gallipoli veterans to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the landing of the ANZACs as Gallipoli.

Significance

This photograph is of two veterans and their attendants at the Gallipoli Memorial Service 1990. The ex-serviceman are being applauded as they walk through the crowd.

Inscriptions & Markings

The framing was completed at Northcote Picture Frames.

Documents & Decorations VX 46548 Pte H C Hose

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

AAFA 209 Certificate of Discharge 6 x Decorations 1 x Photograph

Historical information

These documents, decorations and photograph relate to VX 46548 Pte H C Hose enlisted on 12 July 1940 and was discharged 09 August 1943

Significance

They are thge original documents and decorations

Inscriptions & Markings

VX 46548 Pte H C Hose on Certificate of Discharge and Decorations

Cornflower - Bleuet de France

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A Blue metal flower (cornflower) on a metal lapel pin.

Historical information

The bleuet de France is the symbol used in France to finance War Veterans, very similar the the Poppy. The bleuet de France is available for sale on 11 November and 08 May each year. Similar to the poppy this flower continued to grow in land devastated by shelling and military activity.

Significance

This pin is an original.

Book - Drill for Foot Guards and Infantry of the Line

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oblong book faded buff color cardboard cover white pages. Military Training Pamphlet No18 1939.

Historical information

Training Manual Belonging to Major W.A. Cronk 15 Trng Bn

Significance

Military Drill Training Manual 1939

Inscriptions & Markings

26/G.S. Pubns./92 Major W.A. Cronk. 15 Trng Bn

Field Dress Khaki Drill

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Field Dress Shirt and Trousers, Drill material, khaki in Colour. Brown buttons on the Jacket, metal buttons on the trousers.

Historical information

The Jacket and Trousers were issued to a member of the AIF in 1942/1943.

Significance

The Jacket has no name in it. The Trousers were issued to a person named SERPELL.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside the Jacket on a white tag V241 1943 Size Made in Australia. On the trousers Regimental No, Name SERPELL, Q106 Made in Australia Size, 1942.

Decorations - 3305 James Scholes

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

1 x British War Medal 1914-1918, 1 x Victory Medal 1914-1918

Historical information

3305 Pte J Scholes enlisted to the AIF on 7 March 1916 and served with 29 Battalion during WW1.

Significance

These decorations are the originals belonging to 3305 Pte J Scholes

Inscriptions & Markings

3305 Pte J Scholes, 29 BN AIF

Plaque - HMAS Sydney FFG 03

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A stained wooden plaque with an etched picture of the Sydney and the ships motto 'Thorough and Ready' on a plate attached to the wooden plaque, there is also a presentation plate attached to the plaque.

Historical information

The HMAS Sydney FFG 03 was an Adelaide-class guided-missile frigate of the Royal Australia Navy. She was constructed in the United States of America and was launched in 1980. The Sydney was commissioned on 29 January 1983 and decommissioned on 07 November 2015.

Significance

The HMAS Sydney was commissioned to the Royal Australian Navy and has been involved in responses in Fiji and Bougainville, she was also deployed to the Persian Gulf on five occasions to support US Gulf War operations.

Inscriptions & Markings

HMAS Sydney FFG 03 Presented to Geelong RSL by HMAS Sydney 13 July 1991

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.

Decoration 5134 TSgt George Audley Tennyson

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Round silver medal (Victory Medal) with appropriate ribbon attached.

Historical information

Victory Medal awarded to 5134 TSgt George A Tennyson who served with the 22 Bn AMF during WW1.

Significance

This is the original Decoration of TSgt G A Tennyson.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the circumference of the medal 5134 TSgt G A Tennyson 22 Bn AMF

Decoration RAAF NCO 166516 J E J Webb

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

1939-1945 Medal, Silver in colour with Red, Blue and White Ribbon not mounted

Historical information

RAAF NCO J E J Webb enlisted in New South Wales and served in the RAAF during WW2

Significance

The Decoration was awarded to RAAF NCO 166516 J E J Webb at the completion of his service

Inscriptions & Markings

Around the circumfarance of the medal 166516 J E J Webb

Book - Small Arms Training Volune 1, Pamphlet 7 .303-inch Machine Gun Part III.-Fire Control 1939.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oblong book/pamphlet buff colour cardboard cover.

Historical information

A book in the possession of Major W.A. Cronk 59 Bn used in the training of Military Personnel in the early 20th Century.

Significance

This book would have been used in the training of Military Personnel in Small Arms Training.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front cover in ink W.A. Cronk. Major. 59 Bn. Inside page 2 in ink W.A. Cronk. Major. 59 Bn.

Binoculars

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Black metal binoculars, the middle metal barrel of the binoculars are covered in leather. There is provision to adjust the optics and the the binoculars can be lengthened. The binoculars are in a brown leather case.

Historical information

Binoculars possible used by military personnel during the 2nd World War.

Significance

The binoculars could have been used in the 2nd World War by Military Personnel.

Inscriptions & Markings

There are no markings or makers details on the binoculars or the leather case.

Flag - US Vietnam Veterans

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

This flag is oblong, cloth material, colour olive/brown, it has a map of Vietnam in a round red circle with the words Vietnam Veteran above the circle in a black half circle are the words Our Cause Was Just. There are 12 Unit Patches in a circular pattern around the other circles.

Historical information

This Flag was designed to honour US Vietnam Veterans.

Significance

The Flag is has the Unit Patches of the US Units that served during the Vietnam era - August 1964 to May 1975.

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'.

Hat, Slouch

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Post World War 2 Australian Army Hat pinned into the slouch position. The pinned brim has a Rising Sun Badge attached by two metal pins. Hat Band is cotton and rouched. It also has a leather chin strap.

Historical information

Australian Army issue slouch hat issued to all members of the Australian Army owned by a person by the name of Phipps.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written on leather band inside the hat: PHIPPS Embossed into leather band: MADE BY/"FAYREFIELD"/MELBOURNE/6 5/8/19[indecipherable]

Coffee Cup

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A white china coffee cup, blue and gold band around the rim

Historical information

This cup was used in RAF Messes during WW2, This particular cup was brought back to Australia and donated by Mr and Mrs Insley

Significance

Thie coffee cup is an original made by Royal Doulton and used in an Officersd Mess during WW2

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front of the cup a Royal Crown, RAF and a laurel wreath On the bottom of the cup Royal Crown with a lion on top of the crown, Made in England, Royal Doulton England

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.

Documents NX200845 A E Beale

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Soldier's Pay Book Form WF 5(a) Revised July, 1944 - Oblong yellow covered book with grey pages, Pay Book Number C523278. AMF Army Driving Licence AAF G11, Revised March,1943 - Oblong brown covered book, folds into three, a white page pasted to the inside cover with Pte Beal's authority to drive military vehicles.

Historical information

The Pay Book and the Driving Licence belong to NX 200845 A E Beale who served during WW2 with the AIF 101 and 114 Australia General Hospitals.

Significance

The document are the originals belonging to NX 200845 A E Beale.

Inscriptions & Markings

Pay Book and Driving Licence - NX 200845 Pte Alan Edgar Beale.

Christmas Card

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oblong card with a paper insert. Thed two pieces are held together with purple cotton thread.

Historical information

This card was sent to his sister Elsie by 9028 Joseph Haygarth, Farrier Sgt. 9028 Farrier Sgt Haygarth enlisted on 15 July 1915 setrved with DAC 2nd Division and returned to Australia in 1919.

Significance

This card was Christrmas Card was sent by 9028 Farrier Sgt J Haygarth to his sister Elsie and her children for Christmas 1917.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the card front - two flags, the Union Jack and a Red Ensign. On the paper insert - Christmas 1917, a poem "Though I'm only one of millions...Peace and happiness proclaim. From Farrier Sgt J Haygarth. 2nd DAC AIF. To Elsie and the Children, wishing you all a Merry Xmas and a bright and Happy New Year.

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.

Decoration V165694 Pte Henry A H Kendell

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

One star shaped medal (Pacific Star) copper colour no ribbon attached.

Historical information

The Pacific Star was awarded to V165694 Pte Henry A H Kendell a member of the Australian Army during WW2.

Significance

It is the original Medal.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back of the star V165694 H A Kendell.

Memorial Plaque

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A Bronze Plaque,

Historical information

This Plaque was made and issued to the NOK of a service person who died during service or as a result of service. The concept of this plaque was began in 1917. There may have been over 1 million plaques made.

Significance

This Memorial Plaque has a 'W' on the reverse of the plaque which indicates it could have been made at Woolwich. There is no name in the rectangle provided.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the reverse - W On the Front - He Died for Freedom and Honour

Photograph - VX139182 S B Freeman

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oblong, black and white photograph on photograph paper.

Historical information

VX139182 S B Freeman served with the 2nd Aust Medium Regiment during WW2 and he is featured in this photograph. VX139182 was born in Geelong but enlisted in Karrakatta WA.

Significance

This is a photograph of a Geelong man VX 139182 S B Freeman who served during WW2 in tge 2nd Aust Medium Regement.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand writen on the back of the photograph frame - Sydney Barrett Freeman, 2 Aust Medium Regiment, VX 139182. 8th from left, 3rd row down.