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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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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

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.

Drawing - VX86085 Gnr H Lee

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A hand drawn picture on cardboard using grey led pencil.

Historical information

This is a drawing of VX86085 Gnr H Lee who served with the AIF during WW2.

Significance

This is an original drawing of VX86085 Gnr H Lee. Gnr Lee served with the AIF during WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

VX86085 Gnr H Lee. James Farnell.

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.

Magazine - Diggers Annual

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oblong booklet, grey cover and white pages - Digger's Annual, Jubilee Year 1951 - Time Marches On - Tales of Diggers Old and New.

Historical information

This magazine was printed and issued in 1951. It is a collection of stories and poems compiled by Plugger Martin and W Gilbert, both late 2AIF.

Significance

This is an original Digger's Annual Magazine from 1951.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Magazine is compiled by Diggers Plugger Martin and W Gilbert. The Magazine was set up and printed by the Clyde Press, 608 High Street, Thornbury, Victoria.

Pith Helmet

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Pith Helmet is khaki colour with khaki puggaree, the puggaree has three folds and sewn on the left hand side of the puggaree is a blue white red colour patch. There is a leather band around the brim of the helmet and across the front visor there is a leather chin strap with metal adjustment buckles there is a ball shaped finial in the top of the hat.

Historical information

The earliest appearance of these helmets went back as far as 1840 for use in the field and then worn with dress uniform only in the 20th century.

Significance

The helmet was part of military uniform from 1840 up until the the mid 20th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten inside the helmet is the name of Sgt. Canr A.E.

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.

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.

Photograph - HMAS Australia

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A colour photograph of HMAS Australia (D84) in a gold colour frame.

Historical information

The HMAS Australia (D84) was launched in March 1927, commissioned in April 1928 and de commissioned in August 1954. The HMAS Australia (D84) was a County-class heavy cruiser of the Royal Australian Navy.

Significance

The HMAS Australia (D84) was Commissioned in 1928 and de Commissioned in 1954. These photographs show the ship during her service in the Leyte Gulf and Lingayen Gulf 1944 - 1945.

Inscriptions & Markings

There are six (6) small photographs of the HMAS Australia during its period at sea at Leyte Gulf and Lingayen 1944-1945. There is a history of the dates/time the ship was attacked and the personnel losses per attack. The photograph has been signed by D E Shinkfield.

Medals - Frederick T P Bryce

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

7 x Medals of Frederick Bryce. 2 x WW1 - British War Medal 1914-1918 and Victory Medal 1914-1919 5 x WW2 - 1939-1945 Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-1945, Australian Service Medal

Historical information

These Medals were awarded to Frederick Bryce who served in the AIF during WW1 with 14Bn, Regimental No 3362 and WW2 Regimental No VX35011, unit not known at this time, however the Africa Star is part of the collection. According to records is appears that Frederick Bryce was 16 years 1 month on enlistment to WW1. He embarked from Sydney 16 July 1917 aboard HMAT A16 = Star of Victoria and returned to Australia on 08 January 1919 on HMAT Orsova (arrived 27 February 1919.

Significance

These are the original Medals of Frederick Bryce.

Inscriptions & Markings

WW1 Medals - 3362 Pte FTP Bryce 14 Bn AIF WW2 Medals - VX 35011 F Bryce

Badge - R&SLA

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Metal gold coloured badge, white background, blue circle with four figures in a coloured gold centre of the circle. A red ribbon like across the bottom .

Historical information

This badge is issued to personnel who have served during periods of peacetime and personnel who had not served overseas.

Significance

This is the last time the Badge has been changed (1990) - a fourth figure has been added to the figures in the centre of the badge, and the name changed to Returned and Services League Australia. The fourth figure, female, recognises our female service personnel.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front - in the blue circle Returned & Services League, in the red ribbon on the bottom of the badge Australia. Covering the crown the year badge 03. Back - Badge Remains Property of League, V26132.

'Letters' 431003 Alfred C Heintz

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A series of 'Letters' to 431033 LAC Alfred C Heintz. The letters have been photocopied and are contained in a dark blue leather folder that was a gift from the RSL.

Historical information

431033 LAC Alfred C Heintz with the Air Force during WW2 and these letters have been sent to him from his Family.

Significance

This Folder is the original that belonged to 431033 LAC Alfted C Heintz, there are photocopies of the letters inside the Folder.

Inscriptions & Markings

The front of the folder has the RSL Badge embossed on the front (on two figures on the badge) and inscribed 'With Best Wishes from the Returned Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen's Imperial League of Australia'.

Linen Cloth - Australians we are Proud Of!

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A square, white cotton cloth with portraits of Victorians who served during the Boer War.

Historical information

This cloth has portraits, units, names addresses and injuries that the men received during their service during the Boer War.

Significance

The cloth is an original and has the portraits of Victorian Servicemen to went to South Africa during the Boer War.

Inscriptions & Markings

Portraits of Serviceman and their Names and Units, where they came from and injuries received during their service.

RSL Badge circa 1978-1982

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An almost triangle badge, brass, the year 82 attached the the crown at the top. Colours blue, red.gold, white

Historical information

This brass badge was made for the RSL 1978-1892.

Significance

This badge is an original as made for the RSL during 1978-1982.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front - Returned Services League, Service Member. Three figures in the centre of the badge. Back - V20731, Property ofg RSL, Brim Melb.

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.

First Field Dressing

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oblong shaped gauze bandage in a cotton cover (First Field Dressing), the outer cover is well worn buff colour.

Historical information

This First Field Bandage is dated 1942 and is thought to have been carried by a member of the Military Forces during WW2.

Significance

This First Field Dressing is Original it appears to have been carried by a member of the Military during WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Dressing was made by Johnson and Johnson Pty Ltd Sydney November 1942.

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 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

Gunto (military sword)

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

2 x Gunto Japanese Swords, both swords have a curved steel blade, one sword has a metal scabbard, one has a leather scabbard. One sword has a brown tassle indicating the rank of sergeant and three cherry blossoms on the grip, one has three cherry blossoms on the grip however the tassle is missing.

Historical information

The shin gunto was used by non-commissioned officers the design resembled the officer's shin gunto but were a cheaper quality.

Significance

These swords are originals of their time and would have belonged to non-commissioned officers.

Inscriptions & Markings

The blade of the sword with the metal scabbard has the number - 101657.

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.

Photograph - 2/4th Independent Company

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A photograph attached to cardboard in a metal frame. The Photograph is covered by perspex instead of glass.

Historical information

This photograph is of 2/4th Independent Company A.I.F Timor 1942-43.This Company was formed in December and posted to Katherine, NT, in March 1942. The Company was deployed to areas between McArthur and Ord Rivers and in August moved to Adelaide River. In September the Company moved to Darwin and boarded the destroyer HMAS Voyager and travelled to East Timor (then Portuguese Timor) to reinforce 2/2nd Independent Company.

Significance

This photograph is the 2/4th Independent Company Members that served in East Timor 1942-43.

Inscriptions & Markings

2/4th Australian Independent Company, A.I.F. Timor 1942-43.

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.

History of Colin Quin

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A detailed A4 paper discription of Colin Quin a National Serviceman in 1958 and commenced training in the 20 National Service Battalion. Colin Quinn and joined the Regular Army after completion of National Service.

Historical information

Colin Quin was a National Serviceman in the 1958 intake upon completion of National Service Colin Quin joined the Regular Army. Colin served with the 21st Construction Engineers the unit went to Wewak, Borneo. After Military Service Colin worked as a refrigeration mechanic and has the interesting hobby of making model aeorplanes from beer cans. Colin Quin is also a distant relative to Ned Kelly.

Significance

This is the original story of Colin Quin.

'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.

Medals 293 Hughie McLean

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

3 x Medals - 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal 1914-1918, Victory Medal 1914-1919 Reproductions

Historical information

293 Hughie McLean was a Victorian born in Tamagulla, Victoria. Hughie McLean was living in Adelaide when he enlisted on 30 June 1915 and joined 'K' Group Base Infantry. 293 Hughie McLean was subsequently posted to 32 Australian Infantry Battalion and Killed in Action in France on the 19 July 1916. 32 Australian Intantry Battalion was raised as part of the 8th Brigade at Mitcham, South Australia.

Significance

293 Hughie McLean was a Victorian man who was living in Adelaide at the time of his enlistment 30 June 1915. He was Killed in Action on 19 July 1916 in France. 293 Hughie McLean's original Medals were forwarded to his brother Mr J W McLean on 22 July 1922.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Medals are reproductions, there are no markings or names

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

Gas Mask

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A gas mask in a vinyl 'V' shaped cover,

Historical information

This mask belonged to Tina Howard, 1922-2015, Tina lived in Glasgow during WW2 and was required to carry the mask at all times.

Significance

This is an original mask

Inscriptions & Markings

On the mask VRB 4.40, medium

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

Medal - 4517 R R McDonald

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902 with ribbon.

Historical information

The is the original Medal of 4517 Tpr R R McDonald who Served in South Africa during the Boer War with Kitchener's Horse.

Significance

This is the original Medal of 4517 Tpr R R McDonald

Inscriptions & Markings

4517 Tpr R R McDonald. Kitchener's Horse There are four bar's on the ribbon - Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill

Badge - Returned from Active Service

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Diamond shape bronze badge - on the front a crown, an anchor, rising sun, and wings. Underneath on a boomerang the words 'Returned from Active Service'.

Historical information

This badge was made in 1940 and has the number A12397, A indicated issued to an AIF member. These badges were issued to all Returned from Active Service Personnel between 1940 and 2012.

Significance

The badge is an original and has been issued to a member of the AIF on Return from Active Service.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the reverse - A12397, G & E Rodd 1940.

Letters and Certificate

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Three (3) grey lead pencil written letters from Ormond to Mona on oblong buff paper and an oblong paper Certificate awarded to Miss M Barker.

Historical information

There are three (3) letters from Ormond to Mona that were written whilst Ormond was 'Somewhere in France' in 1916 and one (1) Certificate to Miss M Barker from the Red Cross acknowledging her service during WW1 1914-1919.

Significance

These are original letters written in 1916 and an original Red Cross Certificate issued after WW1.

Inscriptions & Markings

Three (3) Letters four (4) pages from Ormond to Mona written from 'Somewhere in France' on 28 September 1916, 8 October 1916 and 18 November 1916. One (1) Certificate awarded to Miss M Barker. The certificate has been awarded by the Red Cross to Miss Barker for Four years service to the Society during the Great War 1914-1919.