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Geelong RSL Sub Branch Belmont, Victoria

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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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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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225 items with images

225 items with images

Embroidered Supper Cloth relating to Richard H Bromilow

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

This is a Linen Embroidered Supper Cloth with lace edging.

Historical information

VX48425 Richard H Bromilow served in the AMF during WW2 with 1st Independent Coy as a Transport Driver. His records show as of 01 July 1942 he is missing and presumed dead.

Significance

It is presumed that this Supper Cloth has been Embroidered in remembrance of VX 48425 Richard H Bromilow.

Inscriptions & Markings

Embroidered in the centre of the cloth is the Rising Sun Badge above the Badge is 1st Independent Coy below the badge VX48425. In the four corners of the cloth are the colour patches of 1st Independent Coy

Badges & Ribbon - Corps of Commissionaires

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

These items include a hat badge, uniform buttons, 2 x ribbons (colour light blue, dark blue and red) with rosettes. The two rosettes indicate 25 years service.

Historical information

The Corps of Commissionaires was founded in 1859 to provide work for ex service men. The Corps of Commissionaires is a Security Company and is currently trading as 'Corps Security'. The Company specialises in providing corporate security.

Significance

This hat badge, buttons and ribbons are the originals of someone who was employed by the Corps of Commissionaires.

Inscriptions & Markings

Around to centre of the hat badge and the buttons 'Corps of Commissionaires Victoria'.

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.

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

Magazine - The National War Memorial of Victoria

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oblong magazine, thick paper cream colour cover with white pages, The National War Memorial of Victoria, An Interpretative Appreciation of the Shrine of Remembrance. On the front page illustrations from the Shrine of Remembrance Victoria.

Historical information

This is a written and pictorial history of The National War Memorial of Victoria, The Shrine of Remembrance. There are 50 photographs and illustrations included in this Magazine to complement the written history.

Significance

This is an original magazine detailing of the history of The National War Memorial of Victoria, The Shrine of Remembrance.

Inscriptions & Markings

Set up and Printed in Australia by D W Joynt, Colarts Studios Pty Ltd, Melbourne.

Photographs - Docking Family

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Original Black and White and Sepia photographs of the Docking Family.

Historical information

These photographs are of the Docking Brothers, Edward C, Arthur A and Victor Roy - all served overseas during WW1 and came home. Melville Roy (son of Victor Roy) - served during WW2 and was a POW in Changi. The three brothers were born on Prahan, Victoria but relocated to Western Australia.

Significance

These photographs are originals from the Docking Family.

Inscriptions & Markings

1814 Edward C Docking WW1 The photographs have been attached to white A4 paper and identified by a niece of 2128 Arthur A Docking WW1 Docking Family. Victor Roy Docking WW1 Melville Roy Docking WW2 POW Changi?

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

Book - Infantry Training Vol.11 1931

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Small pocket book, red cardboard cover.

Historical information

This book was at some time in the possession of Capt W.A. Cronk 59th Bn.

Significance

This Book would have been used to train Military Personnel in Infantry Training in the early 20th Century.

Inscriptions & Markings

In ink on front cover Capt W.A. Cronk 59Bn. In ink on the spine IT 11 1931. Inside on second page Capt W.A. Cronk 59th Infantry.

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.

Medals 142993 H C Foster

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

The 1939-1945 Star, the Pacific Star, the Defence Medal, the 1939-1945 Medal, the 1939-1945 Australian Service Medal, the 1945-1975 Australian Service Medal.

Historical information

142993 H C Foster served with the RAAF during WW2 these medals are the originals that were presented to H C Foster.

Significance

These medals are the originals belonging to 142993 H C Foster.

Inscriptions & Markings

142993 H C Foster.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Medals - WX34557 H A Green

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Three x round, silver colour medals with ribbons.

Historical information

Three Medals with the name and regimental number WX 34557 Harold Allan Green. WX34557 H Green was born in Katanning WA and Plate of Enlistment was Dandarragan WA.

Significance

The Medals are originals belonging to WX 34557 Harold Allan Green.

Inscriptions & Markings

The three medals are marked WX34557 H A Green. One x Defence Medal, one x War Medal 1939-1945, one x Australian Service Medal.

Documents - 2146 Pte L W England

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Seven white photocoped foolscap pages relating to 2146 Pte L W England - missing in action/killed in action on 25 July 1916 at Pozieres. A metal plaque.

Historical information

2146 Pte L W England was a member of the AIF and served during WW1 with 'A' Coy, 5 Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade. He was Lilled in Action of 25 July 1916 at Posieres.

Significance

The documents and the plaque relate to 2146 Pte L W England and provide information to his Service and being Killed in Action at Posieres.

Inscriptions & Markings

The pages are relating to enquiries from Pte England's family and the Military. There is also a plaque with the documents - In Loving Memory of our dear son and brother, Killed at Poziere July 1916 aged 19. 'A' Company 5th Battalion, AIF. Presented by Mr and Mrs G England and Family.

Shovel

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Wooden Handle Trench Shovel with steel head.The head folds to reduce the length of the shovel. The shovel head and the handle are kaki there are two round holes on either side of the shovel head and a hole at the end of the handle.

Historical information

Used by members of the Military to dig trenches and fox holes.

Significance

Provides shelter to personnel when in the field.

Inscriptions & Markings

S 20 - 66 O/O-9748 DS

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.

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

'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'.

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

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.

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.

Photographs - Ships - HMAS Quickmatch, HMAS Quiberon, Air Sea Rescue Vessel

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Three black and White Photographs of Ships on photo paper. Ships - HMAS Quickmatch, HMAS Quibero, Air Sea Rescue Vessel.

Historical information

HMAS Quickmatch was a Q Class destroyer built for the Royal Navy and was commissioned to RAN in September 1942. HMAS Quiberon was a Q Class destroyer build for the Royal Navy and was commissioned to RAN in July 1942. Air Sea Rescue Boats, after their order were delivered to Sydney in June/July 1944.

Significance

HMAS Quickmatch was used as a Convoy Escort during WW2. HMAS Quiberon was used as a Convoy Escort during WW2. Air Sea Rescue Boats were mostly stationed in northern Australian waters or in New Guinea during WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written on the back of the photo 1. HMAS Quickmatch, HMAS Quiberon, Air Sea Rescue.

Medal VX145971 Capt Henry Francis Clark

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

One oval silver medal with appropriate ribbon.

Historical information

This is the original Medal of VX145971 Capt H F Clark. Capt Clark served with the AMF BCOF/Japan.

Significance

This is the original Medal.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the circumference of the Medal VX 145971Capt H F Clark AMF.

Field Dress Khaki Drill

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Field Dress Shirt and Trousers, Drill material, khaki in Colour. Brown buttons on the Jacket, metal buttons on the trousers.

Historical information

The Jacket and Trousers were issued to a member of the AIF in 1942/1943.

Significance

The Jacket has no name in it. The Trousers were issued to a person named SERPELL.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside the Jacket on a white tag V241 1943 Size Made in Australia. On the trousers Regimental No, Name SERPELL, Q106 Made in Australia Size, 1942.

Medallion

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Round medallion, bronze in colour, crown on top and ANZAC inscribed on the bottom of medallion. There is a lapel badge "A". The medallion is cast in bronze and the lapel badge will be a metal of bronze colour.

Historical information

This medallion was issued to surviving members of the Defence Force who served on the Gallipoli Peninsula, or in direct support. NOK or other entitled persons can aapply to receive the medallion on behalf of the relatives.

Significance

The medallion is to be issued to ANZACs who were at Gallipoli between 15 April 1915 and the final date of evacuation in January 1916.

Inscriptions & Markings

Obverse of medallion depicts Simpson and his Donkey, lower border is 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 is bordered by the New Zealand fern leaves. Inscribed J.C. Martin.

History - VX46562 N J Richmond

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A brown colour Photograph Album, pages full of photographs and Discharge and Military Papers relating to VX46562 N J Richmond. This is his story - the family retain posession of the Album.

Historical information

VX46562 N J Richmond enlisted in 2AIF on 12 July 1940 and discharged on 04 December 1945, he was Posted to 2/9 Field Ambulance. After December Leave in this Unit left Australia on 3 February 1941 and arrived in Singapore on the 18 February 1941. On 10 April 1942 VX46562 N J Richmond was reported Missing and on 02 November 1943 was Listed at POW. XV46562 N J Richmond returned to Australia on 15 October 1945.

Significance

This history has been compiled by Norman John Richmonds family, the documents and photographs are originals as kept by Mr Richmond.

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.