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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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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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227 items

227 items

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

'Diary' VX10193 William Sollory

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A Display Folder, clear front, blue back with see through plastic pages inside and typed pages inside the plastic pages. This is the 'Diary' of VX 10193 William J Sollory, WW2, Europe, September 1941.

Historical information

VX10193 William J Sollory served with the AIF during the 2nd World War. This his 'Diary' for the month of September 1941.

Significance

This 'Diary' is an original story of VX William J Sollory, September 1941.

Inscriptions & Markings

There are no inscriptions and markings as such, this is a typed account of the 'Diary' of VX 10193 William J Sollory, dated September 1941.

Replica Knife Collection - Spirit of Gallipoli

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Replica Knife Collection. There 10 knives in the collection. Timber construction with artists impressions of Gallipoli.

Historical information

This Collection was produced in 2011.

Significance

The Collection is an Artists impression of life on Gallipoli 25 April-19 December 1915

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front - The Spirit of Gallipoli. On the Back - No SG0565 First Issue in 'Spirit of Gallipoli' Replica Knife Collection.

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.

Documents - NX84949 O F Atkins

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

This is a comprehensive collection of items obtained during the enlistment of NX84949 O F Atkins - including Soldiers Paybooks, Drivers Licences, Demobilization Proceedure Book, Dog Tags, Corps Bagdes, Colour Patches, a Self made Dagger in a bamboo sheath, Prayer Books, Photographs and an Album, Newspapers The AIF News 17 October 1942, Enemy Propaganda leaflettes, Books Soldering On, Khaki and Green, Stand Easy.

Historical information

These AIF items were issued to NX84949 O F Atkins during his enlistment 21 Jan 1942 - 14 Dec 1945. Photographs and Newsapapers were collected whilst O F Atkins was posted overseas. The Books I believe would have been acquired post discharge.

Significance

These documents are originals that belonged to NX84949 O F Atkins, a member of the AIF during WW2. O F Atkins served in the Middle East from 23 August 1942 to 28 February 1943 and Borneo from 25 May 1945 to 5 December 1945.

Inscriptions & Markings

Various

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

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.

Badge - Air Force Association

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A round shape with wings through the middle of the badge, Crown on the top of the badge, the centre is the Air Force red, white and blue. This badge has a pale blue across the bottom, Air Force Association.

Historical information

The Air Force Association was formed in Melbourne in 1919, by Mr H V Leckie. The Association was formed after Mr Leckie put an advertisement in the newspaper asking for interested former members of the Air Force Corps to meet him.

Significance

This badge with the number 97277 on the reverse has belonged to a member of the Air Force Association

Inscriptions & Markings

On the reverse of the badge Number 97277, K G Luke Melb.

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

Book - RAAF Flying Log Book

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Not quite square book, blue cloth cover. White tape on the front upper left cover with the number 59259. On the spine the number 4259. On the spine on tape the number 184. Writen on the bottom pages thickness of the book ADAM.B. 400451.

Historical information

This RAAF Flying Log Book belonged to Flt Lt Basil John Adam 400451. The first entry in the log book is 16 November 1940 at Elementary Training Course at Narrandera NSW.

Significance

This is a RAFF Flying Log Book belonging to Flt Lt B J Adams.

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal Australian Air Force Flying Log Book Form A.18 (Revised April, 1937.) (RAF Form 414) Name ADAM Basiel John 400451.

Female Relative Badges

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

One Badge is oval shape, blue and silver colour finish. One badge is round shape with a silver colour finish.

Historical information

These badges were issued to female relatives of a person serving overseas during WW1 and WW2,

Significance

The badges are originals as issued during WW1 and WW2

Inscriptions & Markings

The first oval shape badge was issued to nearest female relative of those on active service overseas, during WW1. Issued to by Dept of Defence to Women of Australia, For Duty Done - 22589 - 9455 The second round badge was issued to female relatives was issued to the female relatives, nearest has been dropped, issued in WW2.A206433 -[ Issued by Cowth Govt.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Medals - NX28180 E Webb

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

5 x Medalss belonging to NX28180 E Webb 2 x gold colour Stars and 3 x silver colour round medals with ribbons. Included are - The 1939-1945 Star, The Pacific Star, The Defence Medal, The War Service Medal 1939-1945, The Australian Service Medal 1939-1945.

Historical information

These Medals belong to NX28180 E Webb who served with the AIF during WW2.

Significance

These are the original medals of NX28180 E Webb.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back of the Stars - NX 28180 E Webb, on the circumference edge of the medals NX28180 E Webb.

Certificate of Discharge 6251 Pte George Diwell and Leave or Duty Ration Book.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Certificate of Discharge 6251 Pte George Diwell, buff colour page oblong page. Leave or Duty Ration Book Serial No L 22, No 247759, buff colour oblong pages.

Historical information

This Certificate of Discharge was issued to 6251 Pte George Dilwell upon completion of Enlistment Leave or Ration Book was issued when 6251 Pte Diwell went on leave 28 May 1919 - 11 June 1919.

Significance

This the original Certificate of Discharge and Ration Book of 6251 Pte George Dilwell who served during WW1

Inscriptions & Markings

6251 Pte George Diwell, Certificate of Discharge, Enlisted 15 May 1916 Discharged 12 October 1919 6251 Pte G Diwell, Leave or Duty Ration Book, Soldier or Sailor'

Flag

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Oblong flag, white cloth fabric with red circle in the middle.

Historical information

This Flag of Japan appears to have been in the possession of Chief Petty Officer Writer D'Arcy who served on the HMAS Arunta.

Badge - 500 Ewart W Davis

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Gold colour, metal Badge. The badge has crossed rifles on the top front and a crown on the top of the badge.

Historical information

500 Pte Ewart W Davis enlisted in the AIF on 06 March 1915 and was posted to 22 Battalion, Pte Davis was Killed in Action on the Gallipoli Peninsula 17 October 1915. This badge was presented to Pte Davis' family by the Residents of Belmont on 14 February 1920.

Significance

This badge is the original that was presented to 500 Pte E W Davis family on 14 February 1920 - 500 Pte E W Davis lived in Geelong and enlisted in the AIF on 06 March 1915 and was Killed in Action at Gallipoli Peninsula on 17 October 1915.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front of the badge - AIF, in large print BELMONT, War 1914-5. On the back of the badge - "In memory of Pte Ewart Davis for services rendered from the Residents, 14-2-20.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Plaque

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Plaque shape, wood painted brown, metal cover on top of the wood with the insignia of all Forces involved in ANZUK Force Singapore

Historical information

ANZUK Force was formed and served in Singapore and Malaya

Significance

ANZUC Force grew out of ANZUK Brigade at a time when Britain assumed prime responsibility for the dedence of Malaysia and Singapore

Inscriptions & Markings

Insignia engravings of forces involved in ANZUK Force Singapore

Cap/Lapel Badge

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Silver, male lion shape

Historical information

This Badge would have been made in the early 20th century for the British Army for wearing as a hat/lapel badge, possibly for the Royal Lancaster Regiment.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Documents & Photographs 6454 James F Fry

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Black and white photographs, oblong, on photo paper. The photographs include those of 6454 James F Fry, a unit photograph, photographs of the hospital St Leonards by the Sea, England, discharge Certififate, Recognition Certificate from Balliang RSL. Medals - British War Medal and Victory Medal with ribbons., silver colour, round, gold colour round.

Historical information

6454 James F Fry enlisted in the AIF on 27 October 1916 and served in France during WW1. 6454 James F Fry embarked Australia on the HMAT Hororata on 23 November 1916 and returned to Australia on HMAT Runic on 22 March 1918. James F Fry also served in the Volunteer Defence Corps during WW2 his regimental number was V361385.

Significance

The photographs and documents are copies of the originals belonging to 6454 James F Fry. The medals are the originals belonging to 6454 James F Fry.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back of the hospital photograph only, St Leonards by the Sea, England. The Meds are inscribed around the edge - 6454 J F Fry AIF 24 Battalion.

Plated Tin

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Oblong brass coloured tin with an ornate lid.

Historical information

This Christmas Tin with Christmas cake was a Christmas Gift distributed to those serving in the AIF during WW1, 1914.

Significance

The Christmas Tin was given to someone serving in the AIF during WW1, 1914, it is an original tin.

Inscriptions & Markings

The lid is ornate in design at the bottom is the inscription - Christmas 1914.

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.

Metal Trunk

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oblong metal trunk, black.

Historical information

This is a metal trunk that was issued to 418087 F/O L C Dowling RAAF No1, F/O Dowling served with the RAAF during WW2.

Significance

This is an original issue trunk that belonged to 418087 F/O Dowling

Inscriptions & Markings

418087 F/O L C Dowling, RAAF No1