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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

Entry Fee

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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238 items with images

238 items with images

Documents - VX111423 Pte R G Fitz

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

AAB 83 Record of Service Book, AAB 87 Demolization Procedure Book, AAF F 204 Members Personal Equipment Card

Historical information

These three Books, AAB 83, AAb 87 and AAF F 204 have belonged to Pte R G Fitz. Pte Fitz is a Victorian, he enlisted on 02 August 1941, interestingly his discharge was from 153 Aust Port Craft Coy, RAE.

Significance

VX111423 Pte R G Fitz enlisted in the AIF on 02 August 1941, the books are originals that belonged to Pte Fitz.

Inscriptions & Markings

All books - VX111423 Pte R G Fitz

Book - Handbook for .303-IN Vickers Machine Gun and Tripod Mounting, Mark IV 1930 Supplement No 2

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A small oblong book buff in colour cardboard outer cover.

Historical information

Handbook for the .303-IN Vickers Machine Gun and Tripod Mounting, Mark IV 1930 Supplement 2.

Significance

Handbook used by Military Personnel in relation to the .303-IN Vickers Machine Gun and Tripod Mounting, Mark IV.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front cover in pencil Capt W.A. Cronk 59 Bn. On the front cover in ink B.W. Pulver.

Vietnam War Badges

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oblong display case (folds into a square) with 6 badges from the Vietnam period. Photos on the front and rear covers.

Historical information

This gift box was made on behalf of the ANZAC Day Commemorative Committee of Queensland. There is no release date on the gift box

Significance

This gift box is an original as presented by the ANZAC Day Commemorative Committee, Queensland.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Vietnam War Series. Badges honouring all who fought and died in the Vietrnam Was 1962-1972. We will remember them.

Pay Books R W Pickford

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Two x Pay Books, oblong, buff/brown colour. Abdulla Cigarette Tin with RAAF Insigna, three Rising Sun Hat Badges, one Rising Sun Collar Badge. A belt with Hat Badges attached. Miscellaneous Collar Badges, Hat Badges and Buttons. Newspaper clippings from the Adelaide Chronicle 1916.

Historical information

V92102 R W Pickford served during WW2 and remained in Australia. His date of birth is 1895 by my calculation R W Pickford would have been approximately 46 years of age on enlistment. However 13336 R W Pickford served during WW1 with Australian Army Medical Corps.

Significance

The items are original and belonged to Robert William Pickford.

Inscriptions & Markings

Pay Books - V92102 Robert William Pickford.

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

Certificate - VX32317 F O Bryne

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oblong brown framed Certificate. White paper inscription by Shire of Wimmera.

Historical information

VX32317 Francis O Bryne was born in Horsham and enlisted into the AIF for service in WW2. This Certificate has been issued by the Shire of Wimmera to recognize the service of VX32317 F O Bryne who was a resident of this Shire.

Significance

This is the original certificate that was issued to VX32317 Francis O Bryne,

Inscriptions & Markings

A presentation Certificate to VX32317 Francis O Bryne from the Shire of Wimmera.

Book - Signal Training (All Arms) 1938

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Oblong shape book, red cardboard and cloth cover.

Historical information

Signal Training (All Arms) 1938 for the use of training Military Personal.

Significance

Used for training Military Personnel in Signals.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside front cover written in pencil in name Booth. Printed by Brown, Prior, Anderson Pty Ltd Melbourne. C.1.

Medals - 3305 James Scholes

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

1 x British War Medal 1914-1918, 1 x Victory Medal 1914-1918

Historical information

3305 Pte J Scholes enlisted to the AIF on 7 March 1916 and served with 29 Battalion during WW1.

Significance

The Medals are the originals belonging to 3305 Pte J Scholes

Inscriptions & Markings

3305 Pte J Scholes, 29 BN AIF

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

RSL Interstate Football Program

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

1 x Souvenir Program RSL Interstate Football - Victoria vs South Australia, 1 x Order of Weekend Events, 1 x Admit Bearer Entry Tag.

Historical information

On 31 July 1948 a football match was played at the South Melbourne Cricket Ground between sides from Victoria and South Australia. The event was organized by the RSL Victorian Branch. The RSL Victorian Branch Football Association was originally formed in 1947 and was affiliated with the Victorian Football Union. The purpose of the Football Association was to provide organized football for Returned Servicemen. The were 14 teams and 650 players registered in the inaugural competition which was won by Williamstown Sub-Branch.

Significance

The Program, Order of Weekend Events and Admit Ticket are originals from the weekend 30 July 1948 to 01 August 1948, the game was played on 31 July 1948.

Inscriptions & Markings

Souvenir Program - RSL Interstate Football Victoria vs South Australia at South Melbourne Cricket Ground, 31 July 1948. Order of Program - Victorian Branch RSL 1948 South Australian Footballers' Visit to Victoria, forward by G W Holland, President 1948. Admit Bearer Entry Tag - RSS&AILA Victorian Branch, Victoria v Sth Aust, Football, Admit Bearer South Meld Ground 31 July 1948. Printed by Renwick Pride.

Medals & AAB 83

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

One Star shape copper colour medal and two round silver medals. One AAB 83 Record of Service Book buff colour cover.

Historical information

These are the original Medals and AAB83 of VX149000 Cpl R T MacKenzie. Cpl MacKenzie served during WW2 with Australian Army Canteens Service.

Significance

These are the original Medals and Record of Service Book.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back of the Star and on the circumference of the Medals, VX 149000 R T MacKenzie.

News Paper, The Argus, Souvenir Supplement

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Oblong, buff colour news paper, souvenir supplement of The Argus,16 pages, 22 February 1940. The supplement is dedvoted to the 17th Australian Infantry Brigade 2nd A.I.F.

Historical information

The 17th Brigade (Australia) was an Infantry Brigade first formed in 1917 during WW1, but did not see action. The Brigade was reformed during WW2 and served in Libya, Greece and New Guinea. The Brigade was disbanded in 1946.

Significance

This supplement is an original as printed and issued with The Argus News Paper on 22 February 1940.

Inscriptions & Markings

The front cov er of the supplement has a photograph of Brigadier S.G. Savige, DSO, MC, ED, Commander. The following pages are photographs of Companies within the Brigade.

Slide Rule Calculator

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Wooden Slide Rule Calculator

Historical information

The Slide Rule was made in 1940 and used by the Royal Australian Air Force during WW2.

Significance

This is an original Slide Rule that was used by RAAF during WW2

Inscriptions & Markings

Rule, Slide M.G. Mk III. W.H.H. 1940

Book - Manual of Protection against Gas and Air Raids.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oblong manual there are two seperate covers to the manual which are cardboard construction and coloured red. The covers are tied together with a black shoe lace. Inside the covers are Pamphlet No 1 Protection Against Gas in the Field, Pamphlet No 2 Respirators, Pamphlet No no 3 Passive Air Defence

Historical information

This Manual would have been used by Military Personnel of Protection against Gas and Air Raids, Respirators, Passive Air Defence.

Significance

Safety precautions for Members of the Military circa 1930 and beyond.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the first Pamphlet stamped 115 G.H. Heidelberg. In ink the figures 79.

Emergency Signaling Mirror (ESM/1)

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Oblong mirror face one one side, painted instructions on one side, with printed instructions for use. There is a whole on the bottom left corner with a rope for personal attachment.

Historical information

This is an Army Air Corp procured signal mirror that dates from September 1943 (Ser No 40653)

Significance

This mirror was adopted for use by Army Air Force (US?) in September 1943

Inscriptions & Markings

Specification Number 40653 General Electric Company

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.

Documents NX200845 A E Beale

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Soldier's Pay Book Form WF 5(a) Revised July, 1944 - Oblong yellow covered book with grey pages, Pay Book Number C523278. AMF Army Driving Licence AAF G11, Revised March,1943 - Oblong brown covered book, folds into three, a white page pasted to the inside cover with Pte Beal's authority to drive military vehicles.

Historical information

The Pay Book and the Driving Licence belong to NX 200845 A E Beale who served during WW2 with the AIF 101 and 114 Australia General Hospitals.

Significance

The document are the originals belonging to NX 200845 A E Beale.

Inscriptions & Markings

Pay Book and Driving Licence - NX 200845 Pte Alan Edgar Beale.

Flag

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Cloth Flag - Union Jack

Historical information

This flag was commissioned by the Geelong City Council. The Geelong & District Returned Soldiers' Reception Committee appears to have been Functional 1918-1920.

Significance

The Flag is an Original

Inscriptions & Markings

In an oval circle in the middle of the flag - Welcome Home Geelong & District Returned Saliors and Soldiers' Reception Committee.

Medal - 1319 E E Cork

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

1914-1915 Star with ribbon - red white blue stripe - bronze colour.

Historical information

1319 E E Cork enlisted in Geelong 26 July 1915 and served during WW1 with Light Horse Regiment, AIF. The archives record shows him as posted to 4th Light Horse, the 1914-1915 Star has 8th Light Horse.

Significance

This Medal is the original that was issued to 1319 E E Cork

Inscriptions & Markings

On the reverse 1319 Pte E E Cork, 8/LH Rgt, AIF

Pre Stamped Envelope

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oblong pre stamped envelope, white, enbossed stamp in the right upper corner - tri service -, Australia 45c. Four photographs in the left upper corner.

Historical information

This Pre Stamped Envelope is an original that was issued on 09 August 2001 from Puckapunyal Milpo, Vic 3662.

Significance

This envelope is original can marks the 50th Anniversary of National Service in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

50th Anniversary of National Service in Australia. First Day of Issue 9th August 2001 Puckapunyal Milpo Vic 3662

ANZAC Day 1918 Commemoratived Medal

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Round silver medallion. ?Silver Bronze. Red, white and blue ribbon.

Historical information

These Medallions were made in 1918 to commemorate ANZAC Day. They were issued by the Education Department of Victoria to school children. The medal was also sold on behalf of the Australian Branch of the British Red Cross Society. The medal was made in bronze, silvered bronze, silver and gold.

Significance

This medal is an original.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front of the medallion an engraved picture of a soldier, the words Honor to the AIF. One the back of the medallion ANZAC Dat 1918, Gallipoli, France, Palestine.

Book - Echoes of ANZAC

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A grey coloured book, white pages, oblong shape, 47 pages.

Historical information

This book was compiled by 1557 Gnr F E Westbrook. Gnr Westbrook was posted to 4th Battery 2nd F A B, he enlisted into the AIF 16 Sep 1914.

Significance

This booklet is of War Verses and Other Poems by 1557 Gnr F E Westbrook. Gnr Westbrook Enlisted into the AIF in Bairnsdale in 1914, Victoria, he served in 4th Battery, 2nd F A B and went to Egypt, Gallipoli and France.

Inscriptions & Markings

front page - Echoes of ANZAC, by Gnr F E Westbrook , Late 2nd F A B. Introduction by the late Gen Sir James Whitesides McCay. Price One Shilling.

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.

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

Leather Helmet & Goggles

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A brown leather Helmet with goggles attached.

Historical information

This helmet and goggles are originals from WW2.

Significance

This helmet and goggles are the originals as issued during WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

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