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Lara RSL Sub Branch Lara, Victoria

Lara RSL Sub Branch. We are members of the Returned and Services League Australia. For further Information about RSL Victoria, see www.rslvic.com.au.
The building we use was formerly the Corio Roads Board, then Corio Shire office until 1937. The centre section was built in 1863, and the wings added in 1923.
It is a heritage listed building and is one of the oldest remaining buildings in Lara.

Contact Information

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PO Box 228 Lara Victoria 3212 (map)
phone
+61 Bruce Challoner President 0400546449

Contact

Opening Hours

By appointment; call Bruce on 0400546449 or see a member at the Sub Branch Friday nights 6 - 8 pm.

Entry Fee

Free admission.

Location

McClelland Ave Lara Victoria

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Book - The Politics of Patriotism

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

The Politics of Patriotism - Printed 1966 Paper back with the multiple RSL emblems on front cover and an information blurb on the back cover. The spine has the title, author and RSL emblem. Cartoons and photographs.

Minute Book - Lara RSL Sub Branch Minute Book

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Book of cardboard and paper by CollinsBooks

Historical information

Minute book to record minutes of meetings held at Lara RSL Sub Branch

Significance

records of meetings at Lara RSL Sub Branch

Inscriptions & Markings

On Cover Collins 3880 Series Minute Book Inside cover Lara Sub Branch Minute Book 19/4/1982 to 8/8/1988

Photo Album - Soldiers Avenue Memorial Day 2015

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

20 Page Plastic Folder. Colour Photographs of the Soldiers Avenue Memorial Day

Historical information

Commemorating the dedication of the Soldiers Avenue Memorial in 2015

Uniform - Sergeant Black dress jacket Army

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Black Dress Jacket with sergeant stripes on the sleeves.Has a signal corps badge on each lapel.Also six brass buttons on front of Jacket.

Historical information

Jacket made in 1969 for use by Australian army personal.

World War 2 War Graves of Lara Men - Photograph of Head Stone of grave site Pte. A. Bowler at Bomana War Cementary, New Guinea and Grave Site of Flight Lieutenant J.S. Austin DFC grave site Adelaide River, N. T.

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Plain Sheet A4 paper with 2 photographs 1. A. Bowler W. 9.8 cm H. 13.8 cm photograph 2. J.S. Austin W. 1`5.9 cm H. 10.0 cm

Historical information

Flt Lt J S Austin DFC, 400363. No 608 Sqn RAF, Nos 32, 13 & 2 Sqns. Stock agent of Lara, Vic; b Melbourne 15 May 1918. Died of illness 9 Nov 1943. Timor was the target for the night of 6 July, when Flight Lieutenant "Bunny" Austin (A16-207) led five Hudsons to bomb Koepang town. The next night he led back seven aircraft against the airfield at Penfoei, attacking before dawn on the 8th prior to United States Liberators bombing the runways and barracks. 75 Austin's aircraft was caught by Penfoei's master defensive searchlight, and Austin used violent evasion and switching on and off of his IFF equipment, a tactic used in Europe. The radar-controlled searchlights went out. Flying Officer Mick Helsham (A16-160) attacked first to act as a pathfinder and mark the target for the other Hudsons and Liberators:

Significance

Full service records of J. S. Austin held by Lara R.S.L.

Inscriptions & Markings

A4 sheet heading as: W.W. 2 War Graves of Lara Men. Note on photograph 1. Grave of A. Bowler, Bomana War Cemetery.

Cards - Saddams Staff Most Wanted

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

A sealed pack of playing cards issued by USFLAGKING. Front of pack has crest and words "ISSUED BY USFLAGKING BRAND PLAYING CARDS 2003". Reverse side has pictures each of Saddam's staff most wanted.

Historical information

In the 2003 invasion of Iraq by a United States-led coalition, the U.S. military developed a set of playing cards to help troops identify the most-wanted members of President Saddam Hussein's government, mostly high-ranking members of the Iraqi Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party or members of the Revolutionary Command Council. The cards were officially named the "personality identification playing cards". According to spokesman for the Defense Intelligence Agency Jim Brooks (US Navy Lieutenant commander), playing cards such as these have been used as far back as the US Civil War and World War II. It was thought that seeing the names, faces and titles of most-wanted individuals would help soldiers to identify them if they were to run into them in the field.

Equipment - Parachute patch

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

A Panel of Air Supply Parachute

Photograph Bill Mahoney

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Historical information

Anzac Day Photo of William Mahoney Centre, Essendon Footballer Jobe Watson and Collingwood Nick Maxwell in front of the Melbourne War Memorial. Photo taken by the Herald Sun in 2015

Significance

Photo from The Herald Sun commemorating Anzac Day 2015.Traditional Anzac Football Match at the MCG between the Essendon and Collingwood footbal club. The photo was taken with Lara Resident William (Bill) Mahoney (a Kokoda Veteran of World War Two)

Inscriptions & Markings

Herald Sun Anzac

Booklet - Guide to selected viet cong equiptment and explosive devices.

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Department of The Army Pamphlet - Guide of Selected Viet Cong Equipment and Explosive Devices

Historical information

Used by. military personal during the Vietnam war.

Gas Mask - Gas Mask with canister

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Gas Mask WWII made in 1941 and the Canister was made 1942 Typical design of a mask made of black rubber with glass eye slots with metal rims. Black Metal nose filter. Black with red stripes Elasticized straps to hold mask in place, with a short tan circular rubber cloth covered tube that connects to the canister. Canister is oval shaped reinforced with ridges, brown in colour

Historical information

used by service personai during WW11

Significance

Extensively used in World War Two

Inscriptions & Markings

On tag holding all the straps for mask is VO 1 with roman numerals 3 Underneath date 26 -1-42 . Side of mask OTRC 10/41 On the metal NO 4# Inside mask on metal rims of eye piece Stokes 1942 On canister base W A K 2 Eiv.m No 48 1942 Richard Hughes Pty Ltd Sydney MLC 17 2 42 next line AT 297

Money - Japanese Goverment One Shilling

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

A blue coloured paper note with picture of fruit and an island beach on the front.

Historical information

The Japanese government-issued Oceanian Pound was one of several issues of Japanese invasion money used during World War II. Consisting of only four denominations, the Oceanian Pound was the shortest set (i.e., total number of denominations) issued. Geographically, the region of Oceania comprises numerous islands across the vast South and Central Pacific which includes the islands of New Zealand.[1] Certain descriptions may or may not include Australia.[2] Oceania has also been defined by island groupings: Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.[1][3] However, from a numismatic perspective (i.e., the issuance of Japanese invasion money), Oceania consisted of the occupied territories of Guam, Gilbert and Ellice Islands, Caroline Islands, Marianas Islands, Solomon Islands, Palau, and the now defunct Territory of New Guinea.[4] [5] Although officially called "Oceania" the region was considered a financial and currency union under Japanese colonial dominion that included several political jurisdictions rather than a single polity.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front reads "Japanese Government One Shilling" and on the reverse the number 1. On the front in red are the letters "OC".

Medal - Regular forces service medal.Unoffical

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Round in shape with a fitted clasp for the ribbon.

Historical information

Sourced from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, concerning the wearing of “unofficial” medals: http://www.dpmc.gov.au/resource-centre/government/wearing-awards Ex-service organisations sometimes commission their own unofficial medals to mark participation in particular military campaigns, periods of service or types of service that have not been recognised through the Australian honours system. Awards made by foreign governments which have not been approved by the Governor-General for acceptance and wear are also "unofficial". There are no restrictions to wearing such medals in appropriate private settings, such as a meeting of the relevant ex-service association, or a reception hosted by the relevant foreign government. Ideally, unofficial medals should not be worn at public ceremonial and commemorative events, but if they are worn as the occasion requests, the convention is that they are worn on the right breast.

Significance

Unoffical medals presented to A.E.Rich.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tri service emblem on the front.The obverse has the words Regular forces service 29936 E.A.Rich

Plaque - Plaque......Timber oblong /wool felt insert.

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Wooden oblong stained Mahogany.TopR&Lcorners....Gold finish Lion Heads....Top centre LAUREL WREATHwith erect SWORD....bottom L corner Wreath,Crown&crossed Rifles insignia...bottom R corner likewise but with Australian Kangaroo. Bottom centre....ACTIVE SERVICE MEDAL 1945/1975 on ribbon &VIETNAM STAR MEDAL on ribbon.PLAQUE shows an insert of green felt fabric with a metal relief of an S.L.R.

Significance

Historic....Rare .

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal Australian Infantry Corps insignia L corner......" DUTY FIRST " Royal Australian Regiment insigniaRcorner.On reverse....Mr Bill Leadbeater 5 R A R VIETNAM 1966/1967.

B and W photograph - Kit McNaughton and fellow staff of the plastic Surgery division of the Queen Mary Hospital, Sidcup, Kent, England 1918

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Kit McNaughton and fellow staff of the plastic Surgery division of the Queen Mary Hospital, Sidcup, Kent, England 1918 Also the cover picture of the paperback book, "Kitty's War" by Janet Butler 2013

Inscriptions & Markings

On Back of Photo - WWW.Kit .Mcnaughton Reminiscences from a bloody Imperial War NSW Nurses and Midwives Association Janet Butler - 'Kitty's War' Latrobe University Queen Mary Hospital Sidcup in Kent England Plastic Surgery Hospital 1918

Book - Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-18 - Volume IX - The Royal Australian Navy Author A.W. Jose

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-18 - Volume IX - The Royal Australian Navy Maps and Illustrations

Historical information

Historically depicts the operations of the Royal Australian Navy duty occasioning navy vessels in addition to the drudgery of patrol work and the search for enemy vessels. Working in isolation because of being a vessel that is under their own control.

Significance

This volume of the War Histories is concerned with the doings of an infant navy.

Stereoscopic Photos World War 1 Ballarat

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Sepia Stereoscopic paper photographs mounted on grey cardboard

Historical information

Stereograph photo of Australian Infantry Force in Training at Camp Kitchen Ballarat Lining for Dinner

Inscriptions & Markings

12.926 Australian Expeditionary Force Camp Kitchen Ballarat Vic Lining up for dinner The Rose Stereographs Copyright Melbourne Sydney Wellington & London

Book - 2194 Days of the War - An Illustrated Chronology of the Second World War

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

2194 Days of the War - An Illustrated Chronology of the Second World War

Postcard - Cartes Postales Albert

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Booklet of 12 Postcards

Historical information

Shows French towns and the destruction that the war had on them

Inscriptions & Markings

Intaxct on the front page floral dedcoration around the outside with the name ALBERT printed in the middle, On the bottom of the page is 12 Cartes Postales Textes Francais & Anglais ND, Phot. NEXT is the 12 postcards each depicting a photo of France from 1914-1917 Some show the destruction from the war

Memento - 2005 End of World War II 60th Anniversary Service To Australia Medallion

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Medallion struck to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, issued to eligible veterans in 2005. Stored in its original issue box.

Historical information

Ronald Leslie Gregory (R/22961) served in the Australian Royal Navy. Born 5th August 1921, he enlisted on the 7th March 1939, and served on the HMAS Kuttabul II. He was discharged in 1948. The commemorative coin forms part of a collection of Ronald Leslie's belongings that were donated to the Lara RSL in 2006.

Inscriptions & Markings

Coin Side A: World War II 60 years 1945 2005 Coin Side B: World War II Service to Australia Front of Box: Australian Government Department of Veterans Affairs Inside Box: 60th Anniversary of the end of World War II For Service To Australia

Postcards Booklet - Le Nord - De La France Serie 17 - Villles B ombardees

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Rectangular in shape,Beige in colour.Made from cardboard and paper.

Historical information

France post WW1 photo-postcards showing building and bomb damage sustained during WW1.

Inscriptions & Markings

SERIE 17 GUERRE EUROPEENNE Le Nord-De La France Villes Bombardees

Australian Red Ensign 1901 - 1903 - Australian Red Ensign 1901 - 1903 Design

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

1901–1903 version Australian/Commonwealth red ensign (1901–1903) Version After being submitted to King Edward VII for approval the competition winning design which featured a southern cross with nine, eight, seven, six and five points respectively was standardised by the British Admiralty with the number of points on the four biggest stars of the southern cross set to seven, ostensibly to improve ease of manufacture. The original variety of points was an indication of the relative brightness of each star as it appeared in the night sky.

Historical information

Red Ensign Flag was updated in 1908, the current Commonwealth star of seven points replaced the earlier six-pointed star

Significance

Part of a collection of Wold War I Flags obtained by Harry Groves. Rare historical example of an Australian Flag.

Inscriptions & Markings

On top left hand side of the flag is inscribed "GROVES" and a cardboard note stating "This Australian Flag and other flags in the Gallery were brought home from the First World War by Harry Groves."

Honour Board - Renovations of RSL Lara Club Rooms

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Renovations of RSL Lara Club Rooms

Army Jacket - Australian Army Jacket

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Khaki jacket featuring two buttoned chest pockets and a belt. A rope cord is draped across and under the right shoulder of the jacket (referred to as a lanyard). There is a single patch (of red and blue colouring) that is located at the top of both sleeves, with an additional patch at the bottom of the left sleeve.

Historical information

This jacket, along with the rest of the dress uniform, belonged to an individual named H.E Schulze. It is believed to have been dropped off to the RSL, so no additional information is known.

Significance

This uniform serves as an example of the military dress worn by the Royal Australian Army (Royal Australian Artillery Regiment) during the late sixties.

Inscriptions & Markings

Both patches read "ROYAL AUSTRALIAN ARTILLERY". Inside jacket tag reads "E.W. PTY/LTD. / SOUTH AUSTRALIA 1968 / CLASS 8405-66-025-6422 / BATCH 8/68 / MILL AV / SIZE OF CHEST 41/42 PR / MATCHING TROUSERS 39 PR / DRY CLEAN ONLY / CREASE UPPER HALF / OF LAPELS ONLY / NAME: SCHULZE HE / ARMY No. 3164207"

Photograph - H.M.A.S.ADELAIDE

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

White bordered coloured print mounted on M.D.F.board.

Historical information

On 1 September 1939 Adelaide (I) commissioned for war service under the command of Captain HA Showers RAN, and operated on the Australian coast for defence of trade.

Significance

This is a limited print of HMAS Adelaide. No 6 in a series of 25. Royal Australian Navy 75th Anniversary.

Inscriptions & Markings

H.M.A.S.ADELAIDE,an improved Chatham class light crusier,shown during service in the Second World War. No 6 in a series of 25 ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY 75 TH ANNIVERSARY

Picture Postcard Booklet - Souvenir of Cairo Album 32 views

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Album 32 Views - Souvenir of Cairo, the Outer cover is pink in color made of heavy ornate design with the photograph of a tribesman with the Pyramids in the distance. Inside is a series of 32 photographs of Cairo and surrounds.

Historical information

souvenir of Cairo prior to WW1

Significance

Photo Souvenir, issued prior WW1

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside back cover contains an inscription which states "To Mother, with Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. From Jack, Egypt 1915

Ordnance - Fuze No 221 with timer for a 25 lb artillery round

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Conical fuze no.221 for 25 lb artillery round. The top section is a polished bright metal conical shape. The remainder is made up of 3 rings made of a brass with the final ring being the timer adjuster.

Historical information

WW2. 221 Fuze

Significance

WW2 221 Fuze for a 25 lb bomb

Inscriptions & Markings

No markings were found on the top section. The first brass ring contained No. 221 ISM/C 4 42. Cr/C7/42 E 19 The second brass ring contains D4. The third ring contains the timer setting details 0 to 22 plus indication if the timer is in safe or not. There is a final offset ring with screw mount.

Gavel

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Small wooden hammer with flat head and pointed reverse. The handle is rounded and has five rings carved into it. The wood is smooth and polished. The head has a small metal plaque attached.

Historical information

This hammer was presented to the Lara RSL by AJ Quick in 1965. Alan James Quick was a member of the 1st Australian Parachute Battalion during the Second World War, and was later a life member of Lara RSL. Alan received the RSL Meritorious Service Medal. Alan was the president of Lara RSL from 1965-1970, and this gavel was used at committee meetings by the president after its donation in 1965.

Significance

This gavel is a key object of Lara RSL's history. It was used in committee meetings in the 1960s and perhaps later, and provides a documented link to an earlier president.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Lara RSL. Presented by A.J Quick. 1965."

Identity Card - Kenneth Simons

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Made of card, two pieces with a plastic cover

Historical information

This card belonged to the president of thde Lara RSL for 25 years

Inscriptions & Markings

Kenneth George Simons, Cpl. No 1753,There is a picture attached to first card, with number 37228. Personal Description, change of rank Australian Military Forces Identity Card with rising sun emblem in between, with 4 points Second card, card no name, MIL Service Noor 1173 Card No. N8 240 284,UNIT and APO AUST ARMY,, next line NA, Signature of authorising signature

Dog Tag - Dog Tag C. Fleming Service Number 230

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Australian Dog Tag belonging to Corrin Flemming Service Number 230

Historical information

WW1 Dog Tags of C. Fleming Service Number 230.

Significance

WW1 Dog Tag known history of Australian C, Fleming Service Number 230

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Dog Tag belonging to Corrin Flemming Service Number 230, joined the 2nd Field Company Engineers, 21st November 1914 in Melbourne at age 30 years 6 month. Promoted to Corporal, before sailing to Cairo on H.M.A.T. Berrima, leaving Melbourne on 22nd December 1914. He was then sent on to Gallipoli on 25th June 1915. as an Engineer, his duties required that dig tunnels under The Turkish lines. He was injured and sent to recuperate at Cairo, only after a few days of arriving. He was subsequently repatriated back to Melbourne aboard H.M.A.T Ballarat on 5th July 1915 Upon returning to Australia he was found to be medically unfit for service and discharged on 29th November 1915. He married, selllted down in North Melbourne until he passed away aged 60 on 22nd July 1944.

Book - HMAS Melbourne 25 Years

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

HMAS Melbourne 25 Years

Historical information

HMAS Melbourne (R21) was a Majestic-class light aircraft carrier of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Operating from 1955 until 1982, she was the third and final conventional aircraft carrier to serve in the RAN. Melbourne was the only British Commonwealth naval vessel to sink two friendly warships in peacetime collisions. The ship was laid down for the British Royal Navy as the lead ship of the Majestic class in April 1943, and was launched as HMS Majestic (R77) in February 1945. At the end of World War II, work on the ship was suspended until she was purchased by the RAN in 1947. At the time of purchase, it was decided to incorporate new aircraft carrier technologies into the design, making Melbourne the third ship to be constructed with an angled flight deck. Delays in construction and integrating the enhancements meant that the carrier was not commissioned until 1955. Melbourne never fired a shot in anger during her career, having only peripheral, non-combat roles in relation to the Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation and the Vietnam War. However, she was involved in two major collisions with allied vessels. On the evening of 10 February 1964, Melbourne collided with and sank HMAS Voyager when the Daring class destroyer altered course across her bow. Eighty-two of Voyager's crew were killed, and two Royal Commissions were held to investigate the incident. The second collision occurred in the early morning of 3 June 1969, when Melbourne collided with and sank the Allen M. Sumner class destroyer USS Frank E. Evans in similar circumstances. Seventy-four United States Navy (USN) personnel died, and a joint USN–RAN Board of Inquiry was held. These incidents, along with several minor collisions, shipboard accidents, and aircraft losses, led to the reputation that Melbourne was jinxed. Melbourne was paid off from RAN service in 1982. A proposal to convert her for use as a floating casino failed, and a 1984 sale was cancelled, before she was sold in 1985 and towed to China for breaking. The scrapping was delayed so Melbourne could be studied by the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) as part of a secret project to develop a Chinese aircraft carrier and used to train PLAN aviators in carrier flight operations. HMAS Melbourne was decommissioned on 30 June 1982, having spent 62,036 hours underway and having steamed 868,893 nautical miles. A proposal to convert her for use as a floating casino failed, and a 1984 sale was cancelled, before she was sold for scrap in 1985 and towed to China for breaking. The scrapping was delayed so Melbourne could be studied by the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) as part of a secret project to develop a Chinese aircraft carrier and used to train PLAN aviators in carrier flight operations.

Significance

The pictorial history of HMAS Melbourne with rare photos. Now a scarce title and highly desirable title that is now long out of print. Has provenance history of all ships movements from 1955 till decommissioned.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front page is a picture of HMAS Melbourne with the words at top "H.M.A.S. Melbourne. At bottom are the words in orange, '25 Years'. In white, are the words 'by Ross Gillett' then 'Forward by Rear Admiral G.G.O. Gatacre C.B.E. DSO. DSC & Bar, RAN'. On the rear page is a list of all the Captains that served on the HMAS Melbourne between 1955-1980.