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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

location
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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Note Book - Military Police Note Book

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Note pad Cardboard cover

Significance

Issued to Edward Rich

Inscriptions & Markings

Military Police Notebook Serial No15. Issued to WO2 29936, Edward A. Rich, 55 MilitaryPolice Platoon Issued 1978 Reprinted Oct 73 Australian Coat of Arms AB 486 -1

D V A Calendar - Animals in War 2017

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Australians have worked with all manner of animals throughout more than a century of wars, conflicts and military operations. The 2017 DVA calendar features images of some of the many with which Australians have come into contact from the First World War to the present day.

Flag

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RAAF Recruit Course 448 Pennant

Badge - German Iron Cross

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

German Iron Cross Second Class WW1 1914

Inscriptions & Markings

Crown above "F W". Laurel branch or oak leaves in centre of cross with date " 1813 " below. Raised metal border of cross outline. Attachment ring at top of cross with another brass ring attached. Reverse side: Crown above central "W" with date "1914 below.

Postcard Booklet - Souvenir de Chardleroi Belgium

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Postcard Book - Souvenir de Chardleroi Belgium - JL McIntyre Xmas 1918

Book - Australia in the War of 1939-1945 - Air War Against Germany and Italy 1939-1943. AIR Author John Herington

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Australia in the War of 1939-1945 - Air War Against Germany and Italy 1939-1943 Illustrations, Maps, Diagrams and Graphs, Maps

Historical information

Australian contribution to air fighting against Germany and Italy with Australia being a small force against the larger, stronger air forces. The smaller Australian Airmen were merged into the Royal Air Force.

Significance

Historical record of the AIR effort 1939-1943

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian War Memorial

Newspaper Article - Anzac Day Special Woman's Day - 2000

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Anzac Day Special Woman_s Day - 2000

Gyro (A&B) - Gyro Horizon Indicator Type C-7

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Glass fronted dial Black Metal casing

Inscriptions & Markings

Air Corps US Army WWII ID plate on rear S/No. AWA/619 Part No. 643720-R Patent Aust 110675 18.3.39

NZ coins - first to include colour in

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the stamping feature produces a multi colour finish

Magazine - 7 x Home Beautiful's 1948-1951

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

7 x Home Beautiful's 1948-1951

Belt - Webbing Belt

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Webbing Belt with Badges and Buttons WW1

Historical information

This belt belonged to a WW1 Australian Anzac who most probably, because of the buttons and badges, served on the Western Front. Records destroyed in 1969 bush fires at Lara means we are unable to determine who owned this in the RSL. The belts is called a 'stable belt' and the one you have acquired is an early example with a leather pocket. It became common in WW1 for both, leather belts (especially that from the 1903 bandolier equipment as worn by those in the Boer War), and stable belts to be used to hold badges collected from fellow soldiers and for that reason it was often known as a 'souvenir belt'. The evolution of the stable belt: It seems that stable belts began to become popular across the Army as a whole around the turn of the 20th century, although they probably originated with the cavalry a little earlier sometime in the 1880s/1890s. All units at that time had horses on their establishment and those soldiers told off to attend them reported for Stable Parade in Stable Dress which consisted of very high waisted and pocket less breeches, or trousers, held up by braces and collarless, woollen flannel shirts with sleeves rolled up. This was to facilitate the rigorous physical effort and flexibility of movement necessary for mucking out and grooming. Braces at that time had no elastic as rubber was expensive, they were made of cotton with no 'give' whatsoever and so soldiers commonly allowed the braces to flop down from the waist so that they could bend over freely. For trousers that fitted loosely (due to the high waist) this meant that they tended to slip down and at first soldiers cinched them in with leather belts. Later on the regimental saddlers began to make belts from the same, plain canvas or wool strapping used for the horses Surcingle and utilising the same double leather strap and buckle arrangement for security (if one strap broke the other would hold and prevent the saddle from coming unseated). One particular feature of these early stable belts was a sewn on (or in) pocket, secured by a stud or clip, within which loose change could be kept, or a pocket watch, as there were no pockets in the breeches. As you might imagine these became very popular as the pocket was useful and the extra breadth afforded by the canvas strapping made them very comfortable. Around about the turn of the 20th century it began to be popular for officers to wear neckties in regimental colours both for sport and less formal, country dress. This habit probably began with the Queens Household troops and Line Cavalry, but quickly spread throughout the Army and it appears as if this use of regimental colours spread to the canvas or wool strapping used to make stable belts. For this reason the stable belts invariably followed the same colour scheme (but not always the same pattern arrangement) of regimental neck ties.

Significance

This belt is an example of what Australian troops collected when on the Western Front during WW1 and when on leave.

Inscriptions & Markings

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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.

Booklet - Sydney and Surroundings Win and Co Sydney

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Sydney and Surroundings Win and Co Sydney containing eight double sided pages of photograph of the Sydney area.

Historical information

Photos from 1945 era include Sydney Harbour Bridge, Aerial View looking South East McMahon's Point, Aerial view of Sydney Harbour Bridge looking South West from over Neutral Bay. Top portion of the Bulli Pass. An Entrancing View of the South Coast, from Sublime Point. Government House, Sydney. Central Square Railway Station.

Significance

Booklet from WW2 era that displays old photographs of the Sydney area circa 1945

Inscriptions & Markings

Front Cover - Sydney and Surroundings. In bottom left hand corner - Printed by Winn & Co. Sydney, for Murray Views, Gympie, Queensland. Copyright. At top right hand corner in pencil is the price 2/6 On Back Cover - Stamp - Tivoli Bookshop 335 Castlereagh St, Sydney - Books, Magazines, Stamps

Book - Signals - Story of the Australian Corps of Signals

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Signals - Story of the Australian Corps of Signals. Green front and back hardcover with black text and insignia. Photographs, cartoons, illustrations and poems. The inside front and back covers have a photograph montage in green sepia.

Historical information

Little has been written previously about this technical group of men and women and that their duties were under insurmountable difficulties which they faced and overcome in conditions that were encountered in the desert and jungle warfare. Without their constant and never ending services, the task of the force in bringing to a close this fight for freedom would have been greatly handicapped.

Significance

An outline of the Australian Signals Corps over the years from the campaign in the Middle East to the present day of the victories in New Guinea. A tribute to the corps that stayed on duty every hour of every day providing and maintaining vital communication channels.

Book Nuclear handbook part 1 - Australian Military Forces - Nuclear Handbook - Part 1

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Booklet Australian Military Forces - Nuclear Handbook - Part 1 (1960) two copies on hand. Light Brown cardboard Covers with 159 off white pages.

Historical information

Australian Military reference booklet dated 1960

Significance

1960 Australian Military Forces - Nuclear Handbook - Part 1

Inscriptions & Markings

Front Cover One copy pencil notation Copy No. 81. Second copy red pen notation Copy 96 and a blue ink stamp "13 Field Regiment DOD" Inside Front Cover "AMENDMENTS" Amendment no. 1, 2, 2 Supp.

Book - Defenders of the Empire - Aircraft of Today

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Rectangular shaped booklet

Inscriptions & Markings

Defenders of the Empire - Aircraft of Today

Ordinance - 75mm French Shell Casing

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Brass Shell Base with Lid Belgium 1916-1919

Historical information

Many casings were decorated by troops and used as ashtrays & containers.

Significance

It examples the quality of material [brass]used for shell casing at that time.

Inscriptions & Markings

BELGIUM ...1916_1919

Coin - Polish Coin - Jack Sollary

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Polish Coin - Jack Sollary

Photograph - Jim & Jack McIntyre

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Sepia toned photograph that has been adhered to a piece of white paper along with two other photos. The image depicts two men wearing military uniforms - the one to the left is seated on a wooden chair and the one to the right is standing. A small piece of paper has been taped to the front of the photograph that has the names of two men typed on it.

Historical information

This is a photo of two brothers, Jim and Jack McIntyre.

Inscriptions & Markings

Jim & Jack McIntyre

Booklet . - A Passing Cheer for the Aussies of the Second World War

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

A Passing Cheer for the Aussies of the Second World War paper booklet of war tune lyrics

Historical information

War song lyrics that were written at various times, during 1941 and printed as separate leaflets which were given by the writer, as a token of welcome, to visiting Australian on Active Service

Memorabilia - Victory Thanksgiving Service August 16th 1945 - VX65614

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Victory Thanksgiving Service August 16th 1945 - VX65614

Framed jigsaw picture

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Rectangular shaped Framed jigsaw picture of British,American,Russian,Japanese and German planes over the ocean.

Historical information

Showing some of the planes of Britian, America,Russia, Japan, Germany.

Inscriptions & Markings

British,American,Russian,Japanese,German.

Book - Australian War Photographs

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Australian War Photographs - Printed 1919. A pictorial record from November, 1917 to the end of WWI. Soft cardboard cover front back and spine. The back cover has the badge of the Australian Commonwealth Military Forces badge. The front cover has the title and silhouette illustration of WWI soldiers in the trenches and/or 'no man's land'.

Historical information

The graphic pen-pictures of the war correspondents we have learned much of the conditions under which our soldiers lived and fought, but no matter how vivid the presentation, words alone cannot fully convey to the civilian an accurate impression of the battle area. Many of these photographs were taken under heavy fire showing the actual scenery amid which some of the most thrilling acts in the great drama of WWI were displayed.

Significance

A pictorial record of places and events of our heroic soldiers who served in WWI. Each photograph of the sectors on which they fought will stimulate old memories - some sad, some pleasant, but all unspeakably dear.

Service Gear - Boots

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Khaki Calf height / 22 bootlace holes in each ,Bootlaces in both boots .

Historical information

Australian Army issue boots circa 1996 .Donated to Lara Sub Branch R S L by persons unknown.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sole: Highmark / Made in Australia. Internal Labels: Right boot: Final Inspection 1998 /R B no 111316 Size/Fitting Mth.Year of manufacture 1996. 544/26 Internal Labels .Left boot RUB Khaki Size 9 Fitting F OLIVER Final InspectionB 3/96. SOLE/9 F

75th Anniversary 1916 to 1971 RSL Badges over the period and variety of names which made up the Returned Services League. - RSL Badges from 1916-1991 - 75th Anniversary

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

R.S.L. Badges from 1916-1991 - covering a variety of Names Associations and Leagues. Put together to celebrate the 75th Anniversary.

Historical information

75th Anniversary of the making of the R.S.L.by the legacy of past Associations and a display of their badges.

Significance

History of the creating of the R.S.L. in Australia and a display of the badges of the variety of past Associations etc.

Inscriptions & Markings

For a Seventy five years the Returned and Services League (R.S.L.) has ensured that adequate care, advocacy and financial assistance is provided to past and present members of the Australian Defence Force, and remains as relevant today as it was in 1916.

Uniform - Australian Army Trousers

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Standard Australian Army Trousers. Khaki in colour.Has one Pocket at rear and one on each side. Has Provision for a belt and braces.Also has a zipped fly. .

Historical information

Standard Australian Army Trousers for use by military personnel

Inscriptions & Markings

Makers label inside with C.G.C.F. VIC. 1973

Service Gear - Parramatta T Shirt

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Cotton T Shirt

Inscriptions & Markings

Front Cartoon as per Media Parramatta Back Parramatta Commissioning Steam Atomisation Steam Team 81

Shirt - White Naval Shirt

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

White cotton button up dress shirt.

Historical information

Worn by Robert Lawson Promoted to Petty Officer Engineering (MTP) 1979

Significance

This uniform was worn by Bob Lawson. Bob is a member of Lara RSL, and this uniform is representative of his service in the Royal Australian Navy.

Sword - World War Two Japanese NCO/Officer Sword and Scabbard

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World War Two Japanese NCO/Officer sword and scabbard

Historical information

Japanese Shi-gunto Army Officers sword and scabbard. The guard is rectangular in shape with cherry blossom motifs. The hilt is encased in Shark skin (?) Scabbard is made of painted steel. Brass fittings on the wooden scabbard encased in an enamel painted metal sheath

Inscriptions & Markings

Cherry Blossom inscription on guard

Newspaper Clipping - Heliopolis, Egypt 1916

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Heliopolis, Egypt 1916