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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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240 items

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.

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

Book - Hello, Soldier

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A buff coloured book, oblong, cardboard cover paper covered, thick paper pages

Historical information

This book Hello Soldier is a collection of Khaki Verse by Edward Dyson. The Illustrations in the book are by Will Dyson, Ruby Lind and George Dancey. This book afer being compiled was printed in 1919, and is military humour relating to WW1.

Significance

This is a book of military humour printed in 1919.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside front cover I N Sumner, Xmas 1924. Makers, Alex, McKinley & Co, Printers and Publishers.

Uniform Jacket - Service Dress Jacket RNZ Artillery

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Khaki Service Dress Jacket, pure wool Garbardine, two pleated breast pockets, two pleated map pockets, synthetic lining.

Historical information

The Jacket would have been made circa 1950's and belonged to a member of the RNZ Artillery.

Significance

This Jacket belonged to a Captain of the RNZ Artillery.

Inscriptions & Markings

Captains badge of Rank, all buttons RNZA, lapel Badges RNZA, Shoulder Patches blue with red writing Royal New Zealand Artillery, on the right sleeve Black Colour Patch and a Parachute Patch. There are six ribbons of decorations above the left breast pocket. There is a fine leather plaited lanyard - light brown - through the right epaulette and the end placed in the right breast pocket.

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.

Uniform Trousers - Tropical

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Khaki colour trousers, cotton material, metal belt buckels x 2. One pair of the trousers has large map pockets.

Historical information

Tropical Dress Trousers for use by members of the AIF posted to 'Desert' Conditions.

Significance

These uniforms were issued during WW2 to members of the AIF.

Inscriptions & Markings

Pair 1 - V54 1945 Made in Australia, Size 35, hand written in ink on right hand inside pocket 2832. Pair 2 - Q7 1943 Made in Australia, Size 30, there is a tag for Regimental No and Name.

Print - 'Mosquito'

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A print of the aircraft Mosquito, the aircraft is portrayed in flight on a sky background. The print is in a silver metal frame with a white backing.

Historical information

The print is of a 'mosquito' aircraft and has been signed by Leonard Cheshire, VC. Group Captain RAF. Group Captain Cheshire became a most decorated pilot during WW2 and was created Baron of Cheshire in 1991 in recognition of his charitable work.

Significance

This print 'Mosquito' has been personally signed by Leonard Cheshire.

Inscriptions & Markings

Each print is individually signed by Leonard Cheshire, VC. The original painting is by Robert Taylor. The print is published by The Military Gallery, Bath.

Book - The Book of Life - The Moorfoot Family

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Book, 111 pages, hard cover with a dust cover, gold colour covers.

Historical information

The Book 'The Book of Life is Brief' is the family history of the Moorfoot Family. In the book is reference to Kenneth Thomas Moorfoot a Geelong man who served during WW2. Kenneth Thomas Moorfoot was a Service Member of the Geelong RSL and graced the RSL Bowls Green with distintion for many years, he appears on the Championship Boards at the Geelong RSL Bowls Club.

Significance

A Family History of the Moorfoot/Burrows Family.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed to the Geelong RSL from the Moorfoot (Burrows) Family,

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.

Memorial Service Program

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oblong buff coloured paper Memolrial Program. The flags of Australia, Great Britian and France are on the top of the program the Official Stamp of the City of Geelong is in the middle of the program.

Historical information

On 11 March 1918 a Memorial Service was held in Johnstone Park, Geelong to acknowledge those from the Geelong and District who had fallen in the service of their country. The Service appears to be organized by the City of Greater Geelong under the Auspices of the State Recruiting Committee Victoria.

Significance

The is an original program of the Memorial Service of 18 March 1918.

Inscriptions & Markings

This program was printed by Henwood and Dancey.

Book - Military Financial Regulations and Instructions

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A book oblong in shape faded blue/green colour thin cardboard covers white pages.

Historical information

Military Financial Regulations and Instructions 1935 Reprinted with amendments up to and including Statutory Rule No 122 of 22 December 1938 and with amendments to Instructions up to and including Serial No 40 (AAO 141/1939)

Significance

Pay and Allowances for Service Personnel as at 1935/1939

Inscriptions & Markings

Serial No 40 (AAO 141/1939) by Authority L.F. Johnston, Commonwealth Government Printer, Canberra (Printed in Australia). Hand written in ink in top right hand corner of front cover: W. A. Cronk/Capt 59 Bn Hand written in ink top right corner of inside front page: W.A. CRONK. Capt./59 Bn.

Medal - VX122136 A G Ellis

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

War Medal 1939-1945 - round silver, Ribbon - cloth, red, blue and white

Historical information

This Medal belongs to VX122136 Andrew G Ellis, he was born in Geelong and enlisted in the AIF in Seymour. VX122136 A G Ellis served during WW2.

Significance

This Medal is the original that belonged to VX122136 A G Ellis, who served during WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

VX1221136 A G Ellis inscribed on the bottom of the medal.

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.

Uniform Jacket - RAN

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Navy Blue Cloth Jacket with buttons attached, inscribed Australia. The Jacket has badge of Rank on the left sleeve, badge of Trade on the right sleeve and three red markings for period of enlistment.

Historical information

Uniform Jacket belonging to C? L Taylor who served in the Royal Australian Navy.

Significance

The is a uniform jacket of C? L Taylor.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside the Jacket the name C?L Taylor.

RAAF Flying Log Books

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Two x Flying Log Books, Form A18 (Revised April, 1937) (RAF Form 414). The books are almost square, blue cloth covers, white pages.

Historical information

416423 C C Gardner enlisted into the RAAF In Adelaide, SA. There is no information in the Flight Log Book relating to his training and Service, however there is a parcel of personal letters, paper clippings, telegrams etc that would indicate that 416423 C C Gardner was in England during WW2, one letter advises of his Award of Distinguished Flying Cross. 403619 A Kennedy enlisted into the RAAF in 1941 and trained in Narrandera. Later in the Flight Log Book there are entries of him being at MacLeod, Alberta. At this point in time there is no other information on 403619 A Kennedy.

Significance

These RAAF Flight Log Books are originals and belong to 4166423 C C Gardner DFC and 403619 A Kennedy, both served during WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

One Book belongs to Aus 416423 C C Gardner. One Book belongs to 403619 A Kennedy.

Photographs - The Sphinx War Memorial, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase, NSW

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

2 x black and white photographs of the Sphinx War Memorial, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase, NSW. A buff coloured cover for the photographs with a detailed description of the Memorial and who was responsible for the erection and placement of the memorial.

Historical information

Pte W Shirley served with 13 Battalion during WW1. Whilst an inpatient at Lady Davidson Home ex Pte Shirley commuted to Ku-Ring-Gai Chase to cut the Sphinx out of rock as a Memorial to his comrades. The time taken for the project was approximately 1 year 6 months.

Significance

This is a project of 5756 Pte W Shirley 13 Battalion AIF. The Memorial is dedicated 'To my Glorious Comrades of the AIF'

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front of the 'Sphinx' 1st plaque - To my Glorious Comrades of the AIF, by the Late W. Shirley, no 5756, 13th Battalion. Died 27 August, 1929. 2nd plaque 'Lest We Forget'. 3rd plaque - 1914-1918.

Book - Field Service Pocket Book 1932

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Brown imitation leather covered book oblong in shape.

Historical information

This book belonged to Australian Army Officer Major W.A. Cronk.

Significance

This book is designed for Officer's on Active Service and at manoeuvres and on instructional exercises in conjunction with operations.

Inscriptions & Markings

W.A. Cronk 59 Bn on front cover. Inside first page Major W.A. Cronk 2/14 Trng Bn. J.W.B. Anderson B Coy. 59th Infantry Coburg. On the spine FSPB 1932.

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

Color Patch

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Black and White, square, felt color patch.

Historical information

This color patch was worn by service personnel posted to AIF Corps Headquarters WW1, Administration Headquarters.

Significance

The is an original Color Patch that was worn by AIF Corps Headquarters, Admin HQ during WW1.

Inscriptions & Markings

None.

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.

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.

Medals - 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 Medals that were awarded to him for Service during that period.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

All Medals - N Mac Donald, M N

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

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 ????

Photograph - Thomas Blamey

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A timber framed black and white photograph, under glass and cardboard backing.

Historical information

This is a photograph of Field Marshall Thomas Blamey with another Officer in what appears to be an OR's Mess. The photograph appears to be WW2 vintage.

Significance

This is an original photograph of Field Marshall Blamey during WW2 and attending an OR's Mess.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Medal 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 Medal of TSgt G A Tennyson.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Book - ANZAC Parliamentary Review of ANZAC Day Laws

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Medium size soft cover book with white background and two rows of medals featured on the front. Title in bold red writing. Back cover plain white with parliamentary logo

Historical information

The Report recognizes a broad community acceptance that ANZAC Day is a solemn occasion of remembrance for the gallantry and sacrifices of Australians in wars and peace keeping efforts

Significance

This book is significant because it provides legislative guidance for the commemoration of ANZAC Day

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.

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.

Medals - VX 95216 L W T McAsey

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Two round medals, both silver, with cloth ribbons.

Historical information

VX95216 L W T McAsey served with the AIF at the end of WW2.

Significance

The Medals are those of VX95216 L W T McAsey.

Inscriptions & Markings

1939-1945 Medal ingraved on the edge VX95216 L W T McAsey. 1946-1975 Australian Service Medal ingraved on the reverse VX 95216 L W T McAsey.