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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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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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227 items

227 items

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 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

Uniform - RAAF Service Dress

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Service Dress Blue Jacket and Trousers with buckle belt, RAAF Buttons, badges of Rank on both sleeves and Ribbons of three Decorations above the left pocket.

Historical information

This uniform belonged to 036319 F/Lt A S Cutting who served in the RAAF During WW2.

Significance

This uniform was made in 1945 and was owned by F/Lt A S Cutting.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside the jacket a small tag - A F (the I in the shape of the 'broad arrow', used to indicate military use (Navy, Army, Air Force) 1945, M. TX, Size 22.

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.

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 - 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 - 3163 W J Smith

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Victory Medal. Round bronze Medal , with ribbon.

Historical information

3163 Pte W J Smith enlisted in to the AIF on 29 September 1915 and embarked from Fremantle on the Argylishire. On arrival Pte Smith was take on strength to Pioneer Training Battalion and was then transferred to 5 Pioneer Battalion. Pt Smith returned to Australia on the Berrima and arrived on 02 January 1919, was discharged on 22 March 1919.

Significance

This Victory Medal is the original that was issued to 3163 Pte W J Smith.

Inscriptions & Markings

3163 Pte W J Smith. 5 Pnr Bn. A I F On the reverse of the Medal - The Great War for Civilisaztion 1914-1919.

Instrument of Surrender

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A paper copy of the Instrument of Surrender in a gold painted wooden frame.

Historical information

The Instrument of Surrender was signed on 2 September 1945 and is the Surrender of the Empire of Japan. Emperor Hirohito announced the Surrender of Japan in August 1945, the surrender document was signed by board USS Missouri on 2 September 1945.

Significance

The Instrument of Surrender ended WW2 in 1945.

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to Fred Stanley, Best Wishes from RSL Club Norfolk Island 1995.

Pre Stamped Envelope

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oblong pre stamped envelope, white, enbossed stamp in the right upper corner - tri service -, Australia 45c. Four photographs in the left upper corner.

Historical information

This Pre Stamped Envelope is an original that was issued on 09 August 2001 from Puckapunyal Milpo, Vic 3662.

Significance

This envelope is original can marks the 50th Anniversary of National Service in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

50th Anniversary of National Service in Australia. First Day of Issue 9th August 2001 Puckapunyal Milpo Vic 3662

Pith Helmet

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Khaki pith helmet with khaki puggaree which has 5 pleats. One the pugaree is an oblong colour patch blue white red colours. The Pith Helmet has a cloth khaki band around the brim and 4 ventilation holes on each side of the helmet. This helmet has chin straps that also have ear protection when done up. On the back band of the helmet is a leather loop with a press stud.

Historical information

The helmet was used by Sgt Cane A. E.

Significance

Royal Australian Air Force Pith Helmet WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside the helmet handwritten numbers R18098 and 13745 name Cane A. E.

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.

Service Records VX 110629 Sig F T Purcell

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

3 x Oblong Books, 1 x Quarto Size Certificate of Discharge, 1 x Final Statement of Final Account - Discharged Member, set of Dog Tags

Historical information

The documents belong to VX 110629 Sig F T Purcell who served in the Australian Miliraty Forces from 18 April 1941 to 27 March 1946

Significance

These are the original Documents belonging to VX 110629 Sig F T Purcell

Inscriptions & Markings

VX 110629 Sig F T Purcell Record of Service Book AAB 83 VX110629 Sig F T Purcell Demobilization Proceedure Book AAB 87 V 59307 Special Clothing Ration Book Discharged Setrvice Personnel Certificate of Discharge VX 110629 Sig Francis Thomas Purcell Form WF 88 Final State of Account - Discharged Member Mr F T Purcell VX 110629 Dog Tags - one tag round VX110629, RC, Purcell FT, one tag octagional VX110629, RC, Purcell FT

Medal 34692 C M Muir

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Australian Service Medal 1939-1945, silver, round. The ribbon attached is that of the War Medal 1939-1945

Historical information

This Australian Service Medal was issued to 32692 C M Muir who served during WW2 as a Sergeant? with the RAAF.

Significance

This is the original Medal belonging to 32692 C M Muir who served with the RAAF during WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

32692 C M Muir.

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

'Dog Tag' VXF58099 L M Ganim

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A round metal disc, silver colour, a silver chain with attachment for two discs, it appears that one disc is missing.

Historical information

This disc is an original and belonged to VFX58099 Leila May Ganim, who enlisted into the Australian Army in June 1940. Her rank at discharge - 15 March 1946 - was Lieutenant. Lt Ganim had a previous Regimental Number V10739.

Significance

This is an original disc that belonged to VFX58099 Lt L M Ganim.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front of the disc - VFX58099 Ganin L M RC. On the back of the disc - A 2.

Documents VX77594 T G Mills

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

This collection includes a Photocopy of Certificate of Discharge for VX 77594 T G Mills, paper clippings, telegrams, cigerrette cards, poems and mementoes

Historical information

The newspapers, telegrams and collected items were collected by VX 77594 T G Mills during his Service during WW2

Significance

The Collected Items date back to the period that VX 77594 T G Mills was serving oversees during WW2

Inscriptions & Markings

A collection of memorabilia belonging to VX 77594 T G Mills

Journal - National Service Training Battalion

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A paper journal of 44 pages relating to the 3rd Intake of National Servicemen 1953.

Historical information

Compulsory National Service existed for all males between 1951 and 1959. This journal relates to the 3rd Intake in 1953.

Significance

This is an original journal of the National Service Training Battalion, 3rd Intake 1953.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back page are the signatures of Members of this Intake. Printed by Ramsay, Ware Publishing Pty Ltd, 129 King Street, Melbourne.

Nurses Cape V10909 Margaret A Brown

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A Scarlett Nurses Cape. There are two Major Badges of Rank on the epaulettes and two Australian Military Forces buttons holding the epaulettes to the shoulders. Soldiers Pay Book, Continuation. Cardboard Cover, buff colour with paper pages. Appointment Certificate. Paper.

Historical information

The Cape belonged to V10909 Margaret Annie Brown who served with the AMF during WW2. Margaret A Brown enlisted on 17 September 1940 and was discharged with the rank of Major on 28 July 1944. Margaret Brown worked at the Heidelberg Hospital and also as Matron at Puckapunyal. Margaret Brown missed out on a posting to Hospital Ships working in the Pacific because of her age at the time - 40 - the cut off for the assignment was 40. One of Margarets co-workers at Heidelberg Vivian Bullwinkle - late 20ish at the time - gained a posting oversees.

Significance

This is the original Nurses Cape that belonged to V10909 Margaret A Brown. The Soldiers Paybook and Appointment Certificate are originals belonging to V10909 Margaret A Brown.

Inscriptions & Markings

The are no inscriptions or markings on the Cape. Pay Book No C81010, Army No. V10909, Name Brown, Christian Names Margaret Anne.

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]

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'

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

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.

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.

Medals PM5926 R L Bockholt

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

2 x Stars - 1939-1945 Star and Pacific Star (gold colour), 2 medals Australian Service Medal and 1939 1945 Medal (Silver colour). The ribbons are no attached to the medals.

Historical information

These medals were awarded to PM5926 R L Bockholt who served during WW2 with - Navy.

Significance

These medals are the originals belonging to PM5926 R L Bockholt.

Inscriptions & Markings

The silver medals - Australian Service Medal and 1939 1945 Medal are inscribed PM5926 R L Bockholt. The Stars - 1939 - 1945 Star and The Pacific Star are not inscribed.

RSL Interstate Football Program

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

1 x Souvenir Program RSL Interstate Football - Victoria vs South Australia, 1 x Order of Weekend Events, 1 x Admit Bearer Entry Tag.

Historical information

On 31 July 1948 a football match was played at the South Melbourne Cricket Ground between sides from Victoria and South Australia. The event was organized by the RSL Victorian Branch. The RSL Victorian Branch Football Association was originally formed in 1947 and was affiliated with the Victorian Football Union. The purpose of the Football Association was to provide organized football for Returned Servicemen. The were 14 teams and 650 players registered in the inaugural competition which was won by Williamstown Sub-Branch.

Significance

The Program, Order of Weekend Events and Admit Ticket are originals from the weekend 30 July 1948 to 01 August 1948, the game was played on 31 July 1948.

Inscriptions & Markings

Souvenir Program - RSL Interstate Football Victoria vs South Australia at South Melbourne Cricket Ground, 31 July 1948. Order of Program - Victorian Branch RSL 1948 South Australian Footballers' Visit to Victoria, forward by G W Holland, President 1948. Admit Bearer Entry Tag - RSS&AILA Victorian Branch, Victoria v Sth Aust, Football, Admit Bearer South Meld Ground 31 July 1948. Printed by Renwick Pride.

Bayonet

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Metal bayonet with wooden and medal handle, four screws holding the wood to the metal frame. The bayonet has a release button to free the the blade to a position as required. There is a metal scabbard to house the bayonet blade, there is a metal loop on the scabbard to hang onto a belt. There is a round sight on top of the bayonet.

Historical information

There are no distinguishing features on the item to be able to link it to any one event.

Inscriptions & Markings

T4 37248

Photograph - 935 John Sparks

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oblong black and white photograph on photo paper.

Historical information

935 John Sparks served during WW1 with 8 Battalion AIF and was reported killed in action 18 August 1916 in France.

Significance

935 John Sparks served with 8 Battalion during WW1 and was killed in action. This photograph is of him whilst overseas, there is also a later photograph of his grave site.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the bottom of the photograph John Sparks 1st War

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.

Ribbon Bars - US Military Decorations

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Four Coloured Cloth Ribbons mounted for wearing on Uniform. The ribbons correspond to the Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and Overseas Service Ribbon. The bronze clasp on the Good Conduct Medal indicates that the decoration has been awarded more than once.

Historical information

The decoration ribbons have belonged to a US Military Service Person.

Significance

These decorations are the originals that have belonged to a US Military Service Person.

Inscriptions & Markings

There are no inscriptions or markings.

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.