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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

AABC Badges

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Oblong timber framed Badges of the Australian Army Band Corps. One x Rising Sun Hat Badge One x AABC Hat Badge Two x AABC Collar Badges Two x AABC Epaulette Badges

Historical information

The Badges are those worn by the Australian Army Band Corps. The AABC was formed on 02 August 1968. AABC Musicians arfe also required to qualify in soldering skills eg - Admin, Drivers.

Significance

The badges are originals and have been framed in a wooden frame.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

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.

AMF Driving Licence VX130386 Spr W M Hammond

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

AAF G11 AMF Army Driving Licence, a printed white page attached to cardboard and cloth cover.

Historical information

This Army Driving Licence was issued to VX130386 Spr W J Hammond, who served with the AIF during WW2.

Significance

This is the original Driving Licence Issued to Spr W J Hammond.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Licence is made out to VX130386 Spr W J Hammond.

ANZAC Commemorative Medallion of 551 L Harry Atkins

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Round bronze medallion surmounted with King Edward Crown ANZAC printed round the bottom of the medallion, the reverse of the medallion has an impression of Australia and New Zealand and the Southern Cross.

Historical information

This medallion has been awarded to 551 Pte L Harry Atkins who served with the AMF during WW1 with 'C' Company 22 Bn.

Significance

This is the original Medallion awarded to Pte L Harry Atkins. The ANZAC Commemorative Medallion was awarded to personnel who served on Gallipoli.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on the back of the medallion L H Atkins.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Badge - Returned Soldiers Association

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A Small badge, brass colour, enamel finish on the front.

Historical information

This badge was issued for the Returned Soldiers Association, Victoria. It is numbered on the back of the badge 2050, no makers marks. The RSA preceed the RSSILA Badge of 1916.

Significance

It is an original badge issued in Victoria in the period 1915-1919

Inscriptions & Markings

Front - RSA, Returned Services Association, Victoria. Back - figure 2050.

Badge - R&SLA

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Metal gold coloured badge, white background, blue circle with four figures in a coloured gold centre of the circle. A red ribbon like across the bottom .

Historical information

This badge is issued to personnel who have served during periods of peacetime and personnel who had not served overseas.

Significance

This is the last time the Badge has been changed (1990) - a fourth figure has been added to the figures in the centre of the badge, and the name changed to Returned and Services League Australia. The fourth figure, female, recognises our female service personnel.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front - in the blue circle Returned & Services League, in the red ribbon on the bottom of the badge Australia. Covering the crown the year badge 03. Back - Badge Remains Property of League, V26132.

Badge - RSL Affiliate

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

A squarish badge, crown on top, cream colour, blue inscribed ribbons, air force wings, rising sub and anchor in the middle of the badge.

Historical information

RSL Affiliate Membership was introduced in 1969 in South Australia. Now SA, Victoria, WA and Tasmania offer Affiliate Membership.

Significance

This is an original Affiliate Badge.

Inscriptions & Markings

Returned and Services League, Affiliate. Reverse - Aust Made, V14523, Not Transferable, Property of RSL, A J Parks

Badge - RSL Life Membership

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Badge, white background, blue centre with four figures in gold colour in the centre. Returned and Services League around the blue, Australia in the red ribbon,m Life Member in the attachment at the bottom of the badge.

Historical information

These badges are issued to members who pay for life membership or those who have been appointed honorary life members.

Significance

This is an original badge that has been issued to a life member.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back - V2526, badge remain property of the league.

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

Badge - RSSILA

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Brass badge, crown on top, red,white and blue on the front, two figures in the centre of the badge - small version of the badge.

Historical information

These Badges were made between 1922-1940 , there are two figures in the centre of the badge - Sailors and Soldiers.

Significance

These badges are originals that were issued to Returned Service Personnel in the period 1922-1940

Inscriptions & Markings

Front - Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League, Australia Back - Stokes Melb, 85803, Badge remains property of League

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'.

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.

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

Belt - Sam Browne

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Leather Belt.

Historical information

This is an original belt, however the name on the back is illegible, except for WO1. The Sam Browne belt is named after Sam Browne who when injured devised the belt to hold a sword and the belt had two shoulder pieces when a pistol was added.

Significance

This is an original Sam Browne belt.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back of the belt WW1, name is not legible

Binoculars

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Black metal binoculars, the middle metal barrel of the binoculars are covered in leather. There is provision to adjust the optics and the the binoculars can be lengthened. The binoculars are in a brown leather case.

Historical information

Binoculars possible used by military personnel during the 2nd World War.

Significance

The binoculars could have been used in the 2nd World War by Military Personnel.

Inscriptions & Markings

There are no markings or makers details on the binoculars or the leather case.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Book - Manual of Field Engineering Vol.I (All Arms) 1933.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oblong book, pink cardboard cover, red taped spine.

Historical information

A training manual of Field Engineering for use by the Australian Military Forces.

Significance

A Training Manual used by Australian Military Forces in the early 20th Century.

Inscriptions & Markings

The figure 2 in ink on the front cover. In stamp on the front cover 4th Anti-Tank Regt. A.I.F.

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.

Book - From the Australian Front

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

An oblong book, buffy coloured pages, no outer covers.

Historical information

From the Australian Front is a pictorial history of Australians at war in France

Significance

This book depicts Australians at War in France during 1917

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed by Cassell and Company, Ltd London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne 1917