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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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236 items with images

236 items with images

Photograph - Winjeel Trainer Aircraft

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oblong black and white photograph of Winjeel Trainer Aircraft.

Historical information

This is a photograph of Winjeel Training Aircraft at Laverton in September 1955. The Aircraft are an Australian designed and manufactured, three seat training aircraft. The aircraft were used by the RAAF as an advanced trained from 1955 to 1975, it was later used by Forward Air Control for target marking until 1994.

Significance

This is an original photograph of the aircraft at Laverton in September 1955.

Inscriptions & Markings

A typed inscription attached across the bottom of the photiograph, 'Laverton September 1955. Handing over of Winjeel Trainer Aircraft'.

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.

General Service Badge 2nd Type

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oval shape badge, gold colour, a crown, tri service in the middle.

Historical information

This medal is the General Service Badge 2nd Type. This medal was introduced in 1946 and issued to personnel who volunteered for overseas service but were retained in Australia for home service, members of the Naval Reserve who were not mobilised, those mobilised who do not qualify for the RAS.

Significance

These Badges were introduced and issued to those volunteers who did not qualify for RAS. This badge is an original.

Inscriptions & Markings

One the Frodnt - Service Australia On the Back - 1948, Issued by Cwlth Govt, AF 16861, Amor Sydney.

Sausage Bag - 35056 Gavin H Williams

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Oblong, canvas, buff coloured Sausage Bag, metal rings around the top for a tie to go through - the tie is missing.

Historical information

35056 Gnr Gavin H Williams served in the AIF during WW1, this is his Sausage Bag.

Significance

This is an original Sausage Bag that belonged to 35056 Gnr Gavin H Williams.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the side - No 35056 Gnr Williams G H, 30th Bty AFA, AIF. On the bottom - VIC.

Pre Stamped Envelope and 50 cent piece.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An green oblong envelope with a circle cut into the envelope for the 50 cent piece. A 60cent stamp in the upper right corner. A photograph of AIF takes up three quarters of the envelope. The post mark is the tri service logo.

Historical information

The Pre Stamped Envelope and the 50 cent Piece were issued on 08 September 2010 to mark the dedication of the National Service Memorial in Canberra.

Significance

The item is an original that marked the Nation Service Memorial dedication, the first day of issue was 08 September 2010 in Canberra 2600.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front of the envelope, National Service Memorial. First Day of Issue 08 September 2001. Canberra 2600.

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

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.

Aust Army Signallier Trade Badge

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Metal, crossed flags, ?brass, backing plate, has two split pins.

Historical information

Australian Army Signaller Trade Proficiency Badges were worn during the WW2 era ?1930-1942

Significance

This is an original badge

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.

Flag

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Flag of Australia

Historical information

The Australian flag was first unfurled on 3 September 1901, it comprises the Union Jack, below the Union Jack is a large six pointed star and the Federation Star representing the six States within the Commonwealth of Australia, in 1908 the star became a seven pointed star, to represent the Territories, in the fly of the flag, five stars symbolise the Southern Cross.

Significance

This flag became the Australian Flag became upon Federation.

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.

Mess Tins

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Two Silver Colour, metal, oblong shaped mess tins with handles. One tins is smaller and fits inside the other when not in use.

Historical information

This mess tin has been issued to VX 26729 Thomas J Patullo who served with the AIF Field Survey Unit, RAE, during WW2.

Significance

This mess tin is the original that was issued to VX26729 Thomas J Patullo during his service in WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back of the small tin - VX26729 T J Patullo. On the back of both tins where the handle is attached to the body - L A Co 1939 and the Defence Logo.

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.

Medal

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Round Silver Medal, coloured Ribbon - Red, Blue and White.

Historical information

QX 24392 E W Ball enlisted during WW2, enlistment date 03 November 1941, discharged 23 October 1945, his unit on Discharge was 2/5 Field Company.

Significance

This War Medal 1939-1945 is the original that was issued to QX24392 E W Ball.

Inscriptions & Markings

QX 24392 E W Ball.

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

Badge - RSS&AILA

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Brass badge, enamel front, three people in the round centre on a gold background, the round centre is blue, white background, red ribbon area for 'Imperial League Australia

Historical information

These badges have been issued to returned service personnel, there are three figures in the round centre of the badge, these badges were made from 1940 .

Inscriptions & Markings

Front - Returned Sailors' Soldiers' & Airmen's Imperial League Australia Back - Badge Remains Property of League, 58242 V, Swann & Hudson, Vic

Military Documents

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

AAB 83 Record of Service Book, AAB 87 Demobilization Procedure Book, AM Form M 7 Record of Service Book, The Australian Soldiers Pocket Book.

Historical information

There are seven (7) items here, the AAB83, AAB 87, A M Form M7, The Australian Soldiers Pocket Book, a New Testament (printed in 1916 at the Cambridge University Press), The Book of Common Prayer (Eyre & Spottiswoode), Diocese of Sydney, Forms of Prayer and Hymns, Form of Service - Church Parades of the AMF, a note book of information collected by Pte Reid.

Significance

V166315 Pte C R Reid was a Geelong man who lived in Moolap, he enlisted in the AMF on 23 March 1942. All the docume nts are original and belonged to Pte Reid.

Inscriptions & Markings

Army Number V166315 Pte C R Reid, West Moolap, via Geelong.

Book - Australian Army Colour Patches

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Oblong book, paper covers blue front white back. Rising Sun on the front cover.

Historical information

History of Australian Army Colour Patches in WW1 and WW2.

Significance

Colour patches make units easier to find in large camps.

Inscriptions & Markings

Published by The Sun Melbourne.

Suitcase

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Brown, oblong suitcase.

Historical information

This Suitcase was issued to 49974 Kenneth Moore who served with RAAF during WW2.

Significance

This Suitcase is original and was issued to 49974 Kenneth Moore, RAAF.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front of the suitcsase, 49974, RAAF

Tobacco Tin

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Round, brown colour, tin materials with raised lettering on the tin lid and the base of the container.

Historical information

This tobacco tin was used by someone who indulged in cigarette smoking and was presumed to be used by in the Defence Force during the Second World War.

Inscriptions & Markings

W.D. & H.O. Wills(Australia) Ltd Sydney Trade Mark, on the lid of the tin. Capstan Navy Cut FineTobacco, on the bottom of the tin.

Medals - 2180 J C Martin MM

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

On a wooden board is a black and white (oval shape) photograph of 2180 Pte J C Martin MM, 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Pte J C Martin MM was awarded a Military Medal for Bravery in the Field on 12 July 1918. Unfortunately the Military Medal is not with this collection.

Historical information

2180 Pte J C Martin MM was a member of the AIF and served during WW1 with 8 BN.

Significance

These are the original Medals of 2180 Pte J C Martin MM who served with the AIF during WW1.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the photograph written - 2180 Pte J C Martin, B Coy. On each medal - 2180 Pte J C Martin. 8/BN AIF.

Helmet - US

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A Helmet - US Military- green, camouflage and net cover, webbing on the inside and chin straps.

Historical information

This is a US Military Helmet WW2 vintage.

Significance

This is a helmet used by a member of US Defence Force

Inscriptions & Markings

Graq 2 on the chip strap and head band.

Magazine - Geelong RSL News March 1973

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oblong booklet, paper pages with purple typed stories there is a photograph of the Cenotaph on the front cover.

Historical information

This Magazine was compiled and issued by the Geelong RSL in March 1973.

Significance

This is an original magazine. The magazine is a collection of stories and club information relating to the 'times'.

Inscriptions & Markings

Published by Geelong RSL, G A Mitchell, Secretary Printed by Henwood & Dancey Pty. Ltd., 54-58 Little Ryrie Street, Geelong

Leather Wallet, Bank Notes, Booklet on Patience, a Post Card

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

1 x Brown Leather Wallet, several bank notes, 1 x booklet 'Some Patience' - grey cover and white pages. A Sepia coloured post card of a tented camp in front of two of the Pyramids.

Historical information

The Wallet has been issued to a member of the Australian Military Forces by the Geelong & District Soldiers Welfare Committee. It would appear the bank notes have been amassed by the owner of the Wallet and the post card and booklet have belonged the owner of the Wallet.

Significance

All the items are originals from a member of the AIF.

Inscriptions & Markings

Wallet - from the Geelong & District Soldiers Welfare Committee The booklet 'Some Patience' explained by H A H Carson The Bank Notes - mostly Marks

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.

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.

Bag

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Canvas bag with shoulder strap and Victorian ARP Badge on the front. Round metal button on left side. Two air vents on the bottom. Two studs to close the bag.

Historical information

The Bag was issued to volunteer Air Raid Patrol Persons in Australia during WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside front flap M.H. ??. 1942. Victoria ARP Badge on front flap numbered BG359.

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.

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

Medallion

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

The medallion is round the obverse depicts Simpson and his donkey carrying a wounded soldier to safety. It is bordered on the lower half by a laurel wreath above the word ANZAC. The reverse shows a map in relief of Australia and New Zealand superimposed by the Southern Cross. The lower half will be boardered by the New Zealand Fern Leaves. There is a crown at the top of the medallion. The medallion is cast in bronze.

Historical information

ANZAC Commemorative Medallion is issued to all members of the Australian Defence Force and New Zealand Defence Force who served on the Gallipoli Peninsula. The medallion is also known as the Gallipoli Medallion.

Significance

The personnel receiving the medallion served on the Gallipoli Peninsula from 25 April 1915 to the final date of evacuation in January 1916.

Inscriptions & Markings

This medallion has the name W.E. Sabeston inscribed on the back underneath the New Zealand Fern Leaves.