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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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236 items

236 items

Plaque

Key words

anzuk
brigade
force
malaya
singapore

Plaque shape, wood painted brown, metal cover on top of the wood with the insignia of all Forces involved in ANZUK Force Singapore

Historical information

ANZUK Force was formed and served in Singapore and Malaya

Significance

ANZUC Force grew out of ANZUK Brigade at a time when Britain assumed prime responsibility for the dedence of Malaysia and Singapore

Inscriptions & Markings

Insignia engravings of forces involved in ANZUK Force Singapore

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Replica Ice Bucket

Key words

argyll & sutherland highlanders
princess louise's
scotland
ww1
ww2

A round shape Replica Ice Bucket various colours predominately yellow looks like a drum of the corps.

Historical information

A Replica Ice Bucket of 1st Bn Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's). There is a list of conflicts on the front of the Ice Bucket that this Regiment has been involved in. The Regiment has been amalgamated and renamed several times. As of July 2012 they are known as Balaklava Company, 5 SCOTS (A&SH), Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Significance

This Regiment was created in 1881 and served during WW1 and WW2, an active battalion served in Korea 1950-51 and Aden during 1967.

Inscriptions & Markings

1st Bn The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's) Korea 1950-51

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

News Paper, The Argus, Souvenir Supplement

Key words

ww1, ww2, 17th brigade, aif,

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.

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

Nurses Cape V10909 Margaret A Brown

Key words

nurses cape
v10909 m a brown
ww2
heidelberg
puckpunyal
pay book
appointment certificate

A Scarlett Nurses Cape. There are two Major Badges of Rank on the epaulettes and two Australian Military Forces buttons holding the epaulettes to the shoulders. Soldiers Pay Book, Continuation. Cardboard Cover, buff colour with paper pages. Appointment Certificate. Paper.

Historical information

The Cape belonged to V10909 Margaret Annie Brown who served with the AMF during WW2. Margaret A Brown enlisted on 17 September 1940 and was discharged with the rank of Major on 28 July 1944. Margaret Brown worked at the Heidelberg Hospital and also as Matron at Puckapunyal. Margaret Brown missed out on a posting to Hospital Ships working in the Pacific because of her age at the time - 40 - the cut off for the assignment was 40. One of Margarets co-workers at Heidelberg Vivian Bullwinkle - late 20ish at the time - gained a posting oversees.

Significance

This is the original Nurses Cape that belonged to V10909 Margaret A Brown. The Soldiers Paybook and Appointment Certificate are originals belonging to V10909 Margaret A Brown.

Inscriptions & Markings

The are no inscriptions or markings on the Cape. Pay Book No C81010, Army No. V10909, Name Brown, Christian Names Margaret Anne.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Magazine - Geelong RSL News March 1973

Key words

geelong rsl news march 1973

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

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Photograph - Jenin Palestine 21 September 18

Key words

ww1
capture of jenin. september 1918. palestine.

A black and white photograph on a cardboard backing.

Historical information

The Capture of Jenin occurred on 20 September 1918 during the last months of the Sinai and Palestine Campaign of the First World War. This photograph portrays a scene the day after the Battle 21 September 1918. Australian Commanders and Units were involved.

Significance

This is a photograph of the Jenin area the day after the Capture, 21 September 1918. Australian Commanders and Units were involved in the Capture of Jenin.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front of the backing - Jenin, Palestine. 21.9.18. On the bottom right corner of the photograph the figures 259. On the back of the backing - B259 Australian War Musuem, Wool Exchange, King Street, Melbourne. Copyright. Prosecution will follow Infringement.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Tobacco Tin

Key words

defence
ww2
personnel
tobacco

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.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Embroidered Supper Cloth relating to Richard H Bromilow

Key words

amf ww2 supper cloth vx48425 richard h bromilow

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

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Print - 'Mosquito'

Key words

leonard cheshire, vc., group capt raf, ww2, baron of cheshire

A print of the aircraft Mosquito, the aircraft is portrayed in flight on a sky background. The print is in a silver metal frame with a white backing.

Historical information

The print is of a 'mosquito' aircraft and has been signed by Leonard Cheshire, VC. Group Captain RAF. Group Captain Cheshire became a most decorated pilot during WW2 and was created Baron of Cheshire in 1991 in recognition of his charitable work.

Significance

This print 'Mosquito' has been personally signed by Leonard Cheshire.

Inscriptions & Markings

Each print is individually signed by Leonard Cheshire, VC. The original painting is by Robert Taylor. The print is published by The Military Gallery, Bath.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Card - A Christmas Message to the ANZACS

Key words

hamilton
birdwood, christmas card
senator pearce, christmas card

An oblong card, an off while colour with a paper insert held in place by a tied cotton thread.

Historical information

This souvenir card "to the ANZACS Christmas 1915" was produced with greeting messages from General Sir Ian Hamilton, General Sir William Birdwood and Senator Pearce. The card was being sent by Australian Women in England to all Invalided Australians in England, Egypt and Malta. It would appear that Lady Birdwood was one of many behind the production of the Card. On the back of the Drawing Page is a note from Dr S H Archibald, 6th A S C dated 27 December 1915 "This card was given to me by Miss Birdwood, who is a Nurse on the Hospital Staff."

Significance

The Card and the "With Compliments" page are original as were sent to Invalid Australians in England, Egypt and Malta in December 1915.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front a Rising Sun, a picture of General Sir William R Birdwood, a message from General Sir Ian Hamilton, a Cooee to Australia drawing from Gen William Birdwood, inside last page a message from Gen Ian Hamilton. On the back page of the drawing is a note from Dr S H Achibald 6th A S C dated 27 December 1915. There is also a page with the Card issued with the Compliments of the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Statue and Photograph - Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels

Key words

ww2 fuzzy wuzzy angel
qx23902 pte g c whittington
raphael oimbari
george silk

Photograph - black and white copy of the original in a wooden frame. Statue - free standing bronze statue on a wooden block.

Historical information

The photograph was taken by George Silk on Christmas Day 1942 near Buna, Papua New Guinea. George Silk was a War Photographer for Australian Government, his appointment began in 1939. He was in New Guinea with the AIF when this photograph was taken.

Significance

The photograph shows the work and assistance of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels to Australian Servicemen who were Serving in Papua New Guinea during WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Photograph has a information on the bottom of the frame describing the picture and who is the photographer - George Silk. The men in the photograph are Pte G C Whittington 2/10th Battalion AIF and Papuan Raphael Oimbari. The photograph was taken on Christmas Day 1942 near Buna, Papua New Guinea.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Medal VX145971 Capt Henry Francis Clark

Key words

amf vx 145971 capt h f clark bcof/japan

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.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Medals - WX34557 H A Green

Key words

wa34557 h a green
dob western australia
place of enlistment dandarragan wa

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.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Brass Slouch Hat

Key words

brass
slouch hat
alderman o c hearne

A brass slouch hat, hand made.

Historical information

This brass slouch hat was hand made in France by 2203 LLB of the Australian Army Service Corps.

Significance

The brass slouch hat is original and was presented by Geelong RSL to Alderman O C Hearne.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the brim - made by 2203 LLB AASC AIF France May 12th 1918. 1914 - 15 - 16 - 17 - 18. Underneath the fold of the hat - VSM, 80/44 Mk 11 A. On the hat - to Alderman O C Hearne, from Geelong Branch RS&SILA, the friend of the digger because he was the Diggers friend

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Medals - Mr N MacDonald Merchant Navy

Key words

n macdonald
ww2
merchant navy

1939-1945 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, 1939/1945 War Medal with ribbons.

Historical information

Mr N MacDonald served in the Merchant Navy during WW2, these are the Medals that were awarded to him for Service during that period.

Significance

These are the original Medals that were awarded to Mr N MacDonald.

Inscriptions & Markings

All Medals - N Mac Donald, M N

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Field Dress Khaki Drill

Key words

aif
serpell
ww2
1942 1943

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.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Souviner Program - Dunlop Military Relay ... Despatch Ride 1912

Key words

military relay, 1912, despatch ride, dunlop rubber company

A cardboard cover program with white thick pages inside.

Historical information

In 1912 there was a Military Relay Despatch Ride through South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. The purpose of the ride was to deliver a despatch in the quickest possible time by road through the three states mentioned. The ride was carried out under the auspices of the Dunlop Rubber Company and involved cyclists, motor cyclists and motorists.

Significance

This is an original program of the event that was carried out in 1912. The program details the list of participants, a map of the route taken and statements of appreciation from the Military and the Promoters', there is also a message of greeting from the Military Commandant, South Australia to the Military Commandant, New South Wales.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front cover a Coat of Arms, a red stripe with souviner written in the stripe and Dunlop Military Relay ... Despatch Ride - 1912.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Book - Small Arms Training Volune 1, Pamphlet 7 .303-inch Machine Gun Part III.-Fire Control 1939.

Key words

army
military
small arms
.303-inch machine gun
fire control.

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.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Belt - Sam Browne

Key words

sam browne
belt

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

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Book - Army Manual of Hygiene and Sanitation 1934

Key words

manual hygiene sanitation army

Oblong book buff colour cardboard cover.

Historical information

Book relating to Hygiene and Sanitation in the Military Forces used by W.A. Cronk.

Significance

Book belonging to W.A. Cronk 59 Bn.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front cover in pen Capt W.A. Cronk 59 Bn. On the spine in in H&S 1934. Inside on the first page in ink W.A. Cronk Capt 59 Bn.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Forage Cap

Key words

forage cap
watc

Blue Forage Cap, Photograph, Two Badges

Historical information

This cap belonged to a member of the Women's Air Training Corps. The Corps was established in 1939 in Brisbane. The Corps preceded the Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force by 18 months.

Significance

The Cap and Badges are originals

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside the Cap - Imperial Cap Co Pty Ltd Size 6 7/3rd, Badge - WATC, Cap Badge - wings with Australian Map and initials WATC Black and white photograph 6x4. Initials R Sk inside the Cap.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Mess Tins

Key words

mess tins, ww2

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.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Instrument of Surrender

Key words

ww2
instrument of surrender
aif

A paper copy of the Instrument of Surrender in a gold painted wooden frame.

Historical information

The Instrument of Surrender was signed on 2 September 1945 and is the Surrender of the Empire of Japan. Emperor Hirohito announced the Surrender of Japan in August 1945, the surrender document was signed by board USS Missouri on 2 September 1945.

Significance

The Instrument of Surrender ended WW2 in 1945.

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to Fred Stanley, Best Wishes from RSL Club Norfolk Island 1995.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Medal

Key words

1939-1945 australian service medal
438920 e a bryant

Silver Medal, no ribbon, round.

Historical information

1939-1945 Australian Service Medal belonging to 438920 Ensor Alexander Byrant.

Significance

This Medal is the original belonging to 438920 E A Bryant.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the base of the Medal 438920 E A Bryant.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

News Papers, The Herald and The Argus

Key words

ww2, news papers, the herald, the augus

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.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

RSL Badge circa 1919-1926

Key words

rssila
oversize badge
1919-1926

RSSILA Badge - oversized - brass, crown on the top, white, blue, red, gold coloured.

Historical information

This oversize RSSILA Badge was made between 1919-1926 for the RSL.

Significance

This is an original badge

Inscriptions & Markings

Front - Returned Sailors' & Soldiers' Imperial League, Australia Back - copywright, B1848, W Bishop

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

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

Key words

leather wallet, bank notes, booklet, post card

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

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Magazine - The National War Memorial of Victoria

Key words

national war memorial of victoria, the shrine of remembrance, magazine

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.

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont

Book - Drill for Foot Guards and Infantry of the Line

Key words

training drill foot guards infantry pamphlet

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

Geelong RSL Sub Branch, Belmont