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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

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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

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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227 items

227 items

Medal - 4517 R R McDonald

Key words

boer war
queen's south africa medal
4517 tpr r r mcdonald

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

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Medals V 166315 Cecil Roy Reid

Key words

decorations
amf
ww2
c r reid

Three Medals, silver medals with with ribbons attached

Historical information

Three Medals awarded to V 166315 C R Reid who served with AMF during WW2

Significance

These Medals are awarded to V166315 C R Reid, they are the original medals

Inscriptions & Markings

Around the circumference of each medal V166315 C R Reid

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Photographs - Docking Family

Key words

ww1
ww2
docking family
changi

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?

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

'Diary' VX10193 William Sollory

Key words

ww2
eurpoe
september 1941
vx10193 w j sollory

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.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Medallion

Key words

anzac
medallion
gallipoli
commemorative

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.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

RSL Badge circa 1978-1982

Key words

rsl
badge 1978-1982
brass

An almost triangle badge, brass, the year 82 attached the the crown at the top. Colours blue, red.gold, white

Historical information

This brass badge was made for the RSL 1978-1892.

Significance

This badge is an original as made for the RSL during 1978-1982.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front - Returned Services League, Service Member. Three figures in the centre of the badge. Back - V20731, Property ofg RSL, Brim Melb.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Badge - Returned from Active Service

Key words

badge
returned from active service

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.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Military Documents

Key words

v166315 pte c r reid
aab 83
aab 87
am form m7

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.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Leather Helmet & Goggles

Key words

helmet goggles ww2

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

Lasica's Australia

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Magazine - Diggers Annual

Key words

magazine, stories & poems, plugger martin & w gilbert, 2aif, 1951

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.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Medal - VX122136 A G Ellis

Key words

vx122136
andrew george ellis
ww2

War Medal 1939-1945 - round silver, Ribbon - cloth, red, blue and white

Historical information

This Medal belongs to VX122136 Andrew G Ellis, he was born in Geelong and enlisted in the AIF in Seymour. VX122136 A G Ellis served during WW2.

Significance

This Medal is the original that belonged to VX122136 A G Ellis, who served during WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

VX1221136 A G Ellis inscribed on the bottom of the medal.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Plaque - HMAS Sydney FFG 03

Key words

hmas sydney, ffg 03, adelaide class frigate, ran,

A stained wooden plaque with an etched picture of the Sydney and the ships motto 'Thorough and Ready' on a plate attached to the wooden plaque, there is also a presentation plate attached to the plaque.

Historical information

The HMAS Sydney FFG 03 was an Adelaide-class guided-missile frigate of the Royal Australia Navy. She was constructed in the United States of America and was launched in 1980. The Sydney was commissioned on 29 January 1983 and decommissioned on 07 November 2015.

Significance

The HMAS Sydney was commissioned to the Royal Australian Navy and has been involved in responses in Fiji and Bougainville, she was also deployed to the Persian Gulf on five occasions to support US Gulf War operations.

Inscriptions & Markings

HMAS Sydney FFG 03 Presented to Geelong RSL by HMAS Sydney 13 July 1991

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Aust Army Signallier Trade Badge

Key words

signallier badge

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

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Flag - US Vietnam Veterans

Key words

flag
united states
vietnam veterans

This flag is oblong, cloth material, colour olive/brown, it has a map of Vietnam in a round red circle with the words Vietnam Veteran above the circle in a black half circle are the words Our Cause Was Just. There are 12 Unit Patches in a circular pattern around the other circles.

Historical information

This Flag was designed to honour US Vietnam Veterans.

Significance

The Flag is has the Unit Patches of the US Units that served during the Vietnam era - August 1964 to May 1975.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

History of Colin Quin

A detailed A4 paper discription of Colin Quin a National Serviceman in 1958 and commenced training in the 20 National Service Battalion. Colin Quinn and joined the Regular Army after completion of National Service.

Historical information

Colin Quin was a National Serviceman in the 1958 intake upon completion of National Service Colin Quin joined the Regular Army. Colin served with the 21st Construction Engineers the unit went to Wewak, Borneo. After Military Service Colin worked as a refrigeration mechanic and has the interesting hobby of making model aeorplanes from beer cans. Colin Quin is also a distant relative to Ned Kelly.

Significance

This is the original story of Colin Quin.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Photograph - HMAS Warrnambool

Key words

hmas warrnambool (fcpb204), patrol boat,

A black and white photograph in a black wooden frame with a gold stripe on the inside edge of the frame. There is a presentation plaque on the glass of the frame.

Historical information

HMAS Warrnambool (FCPB 204) was a Fremantle-class Patrol Boat. The Warrnambool was Launched in 1980 and Decommissionbed in 2005.

Significance

Designs for new class of patrol boat began in the late 1960s, the HMAS Warrnambool (FCPB204) was launched on 1980 and de commissioned in 2005. The Warrnambool was built by North Queensland Engineers and Agents and carried a company of 22 personnel.

Inscriptions & Markings

The presentation plaque 'Presented by the Officers abd Ships Company HMAS Warrnambool'

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Shovel

Key words

military
trench
shovel

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

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

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

Key words

discharge
certificate
ww1
pte g diwell

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'

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Documents NX200845 A E Beale

Key words

aif
ww2 nx 200845 pte a e beale
driving licence
paybook
101 agh
114 agh

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.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

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

Key words

training
engineering
field
military

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.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

History - 2/6 Independent Company - The Purple Devils, Syd Trigellis-Smith

Key words

vx132826 w g h burrell, ww2, new guinea, 2/6th commando sqn, gunto sword, purple devils

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.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Medals - Frederick T P Bryce

Key words

ww1 ww2
3362 ftp bryce vx35001 f bryce
14 bn aif

7 x Medals of Frederick Bryce. 2 x WW1 - British War Medal 1914-1918 and Victory Medal 1914-1919 5 x WW2 - 1939-1945 Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-1945, Australian Service Medal

Historical information

These Medals were awarded to Frederick Bryce who served in the AIF during WW1 with 14Bn, Regimental No 3362 and WW2 Regimental No VX35011, unit not known at this time, however the Africa Star is part of the collection. According to records is appears that Frederick Bryce was 16 years 1 month on enlistment to WW1. He embarked from Sydney 16 July 1917 aboard HMAT A16 = Star of Victoria and returned to Australia on 08 January 1919 on HMAT Orsova (arrived 27 February 1919.

Significance

These are the original Medals of Frederick Bryce.

Inscriptions & Markings

WW1 Medals - 3362 Pte FTP Bryce 14 Bn AIF WW2 Medals - VX 35011 F Bryce

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Documents & Photographs 6454 James F Fry

Key words

ww1
24 battalion
6454 james f fry
ww2

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.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Silk Map - Asiatic Series

Key words

ww2
silk map
great britain
united states

An oblong, cream colour silk map, Asiatic Series.

Historical information

Silk Maps were produced by Great Britain and United States during WW2 some 3.5 million Silk Maps and cloth maps were produced for Allied Military Personnel.

Significance

This Silk Map is an original map from the WW2 era.

Inscriptions & Markings

AAF Cloth Map-Asiatic Series Side 1 - No 34 Southeast China Side 2 - No35 - Northeast China

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

English Penny's

Key words

3758 p foley, 14 battalion, ww1, british penny's

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

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Clutch Pencil

Key words

vx20233 r t king
clutch pencil

A silver coloured metal clutch pencil.

Historical information

The pencil is enscribed R T King VX20233, Robert Teague King served in the 2nd AIF.

Significance

The pencil has belonged to VX20233 R T King, who served in the 2nd AIF.

Inscriptions & Markings

R T King AIF VX20233

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Documents - 826 Harry J Britter

Key words

31 battalion
826 harry j britter

Paper clippings, Cablegrams, Greeting Cards

Historical information

The family of 826 Harry James Britter have collected paper clippings, cablegrams, greeting cards relating to the Service of H J Britter, who enlisted into the AIF on 12 July 1915, he was posted to 31 Battalion. In WW1 this Battalion initially went to Egypt, the Battalion consisted of two companies from Queensland and two companies from Victoria.

Significance

The documents are originals and have been preserved by the family of 8216 Harry J Britter, a Geelong man who enlisted into the AIF on 12 July 1915

Inscriptions & Markings

Paper clippings - with photographs of 826 H J Britter, PMG Cablegrams from Britter to wife etc, Military PMG Cablegrams re Britter injured in hospital. Greeting Cards from Britter to wife.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Bag

Key words

air
raid
precautions
patrol persons
ww2
volunteers

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.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Medals VX 73026 Pte F A Sowerby

Key words

aif
ww2
awards
sowerby

Four Medals, 2 Stars Brass Colour, 2 Medals Silver Colour with identifying ribbons Swing Mounted

Historical information

These Medals were awarded to Pte F A Sowerby who served in the AIF during WW 2

Significance

The Medals are the originals of Pte Sowerby

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back of the Stars and on the circumference of the Medals VX 73026 F A Sowerby

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Cap, Peaked

Key words

officer
cap
khaki

Khaki Officer's Peak Cap, cloth material, leather band round the peak attached to the cap by two small round shaped gold in colour Australian Army cap buttons.

Historical information

Australian Army Officers Cap worn in the mid 20th century.

Significance

These caps are not issued anymore and have been replaced by the slouch hat.

Inscriptions & Markings

Internal cap band is leather and joined at the centre back by a silk white ribbon. Internal leather band is secured at the rear by a white silk bowed ribbon. The inside water proof insert is inscribed Dept of Supply and CGCF (Commonwealth Government Clothing Factory) with the Commonwealth Coat of Arms in the centre of the inscriptions. Size 7 and one half.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont