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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 0400546449

Contact

Opening Hours

By appointment; call Bruce Challoner 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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Military memorabilia from all conflicts which Australians were involved.

Significance

National significance

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

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

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

Card - Empire Mothers Day Card

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Empire Mother's Card - issued by the Geelong and District Band of Hope Union

Historical information

Reproduction.

Inscriptions & Markings

Refer images

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

Citizens Military Forces (CMF) Lapel Badge

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Citizens Military Forces (CMF) Lapel Badge Complete with two lugs on rear and brass fastening clip

Significance

Complete condition, face is well worn

Inscriptions & Markings

Front CMF Ba rear Makers name Swan and Hudson VIC 1951

Stamps of the Anzacs. ( Framed ).

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Glass covered Rectangular shaped picture frame with white timber boarder depicting stamps-(with a written Explanation).

Historical information

Shows Australian stamps Depicting people and events from WW1.

Inscriptions & Markings

STAMPS OF THE ANZACS. PREPARED BY JAN VAN DEN EIJKEL 26 APRIL 2016.

Cloth Badge - WO2 Sleeve Badge

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

WO2 Sleeve Badge

Uniform - Army Khaki Trousers

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Wool Khaki Trousers from a Maori Service Uniform.

Historical information

Part of Service Uniform C.Henshaw 28 Maori Battalion Ass. Sub Branch Australia

Inscriptions & Markings

WhiteTag C Henshaw 3275 30/8/1990

Flag - Lest We Forget

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Lest We Forget Flag

Postcards Booklet - Postcards from Edinburgh

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Postcards from Edinburgh

Two Pictures R.A.A.F. Aircraft CIRC 1921- 1981 - R.A.A.F. Diamond Jubilee photographs. Two R.A.A.F. Aircraft.

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

992.1 R.A.A.F. picture of Avro Ab'Intio (AKA Avro 504K) Aircraft Trainer in 1921 - Picture released for R.A.A.F Diamond Jubilee. 992.2 R.A.A.F. picture of CAC Wackett Aircraft Trainer in 1939 - Picture released for R.A.A.F Diamond Jubilee.

Historical information

R.A.A.F. Diamond Jubilee 5/04/1981 Pictures of RAAF history produced framed series of prints of aircraft 1921 to 1981, of which these prints are a example.

Significance

Pictures (two off ) RAAF Aircraft part of RAAF history from 1921 - 1981.

Inscriptions & Markings

992.1 Avro Ab'Intio Aircraft Trainer On front of picture lower right corner is details of Avro Ab'Intio in 1921 The R.A.A.F.'s first training Aircraft were the rotary engined Avro 504Ks. Royal Australian Air Force No.2. Picture Title of " RAAF AIRCRAFT 1921 - 1981". 992.2 Naive Native CAC Wackett Trainer. On front of picture lower right corner is details of Naive Native CAC Wackett Trainer of 1939 introduced Monoplane to the RAAF. Royal Australian Air Force No.6. Picture Title of " RAAF AIRCRAFT 1921 - 1981".

Book - As You Were 1949

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

As You Were 1949 Illustrations, photographs, Green coloured hardcover front and back with light green test on front page 'As you were' and '1949'. There is a rectangular relief showing three tri servicemen. The inside front and back covers have illustrations of Air force, Navy and Army on a dark green background. The Southern Cross is also a feature of the illustrations.

Historical information

Compilation of articles, short stories and poems of events and experiences of servicemen and women. This volume recalls the courage and humour, the boredom and the achievements, the travel and adventure and misdeeds, and above all the good comradeship of the services in the war years.

Significance

Historical recount through stories, poems and illustrations of Australians in World War 2

Inscriptions & Markings

To the memory of the fallen ' They gave their lives. For that public gift they received a praise which never ages and a tomb most glorious - not so much the tomb in which they lie, but that in which their fame survives, to be remembered forever when occasion comes for word or deed...'

Flag - Australian Flag 1903

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Frame - Australian Flag 1903

Tie - Naval Black Tie

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Black cotton tie.

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.

Approach Indicator - Beam Approach Visual Indicator

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Black round casing Glass fronted dial

Inscriptions & Markings

Ref 10Q/4RAF (25031)

Service Gear - Handcuffs in Leather pouch

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Pair of stainless steel handcuffs with key and a brown leather pouch.

Historical information

Donated by Edward Rich a Military Policeman in the Korean and Vietnam Wars

Inscriptions & Markings

Smith and Western emblem on one handcuff. no. 297978. Made in USA. MAPCAS REGRISTRADAS SMITH AND WESSON SPRINGFIELD. MASS.

Medals - Miniture Medal and Ribbons

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

4 x Miniature Medals Various 1939 - 1945 Star with Ribbon (Dark Blue, Red, Light Blue), Pacific Star.with Ribbon (Red, Dark Blue, Green, White, Green, Light Blue, Red), Australia Defence Medal 1939-1945 no Ribbon Miniature single Ribbons for 1939 - 1945 Star (Dark Blue, Red, Light Blue), Pacific Star (Red, Dark Blue, Green, White, Green, Light Blue, Red) (Two Of). 1939 - 1945 Star (Dark Blue, Red, Light Blue), Pacific Star. (Red, Dark Blue, Green, White, Green, Light Blue, Red), no ribbon for Australia Defence Medal.

Significance

WW 2 awards and campaign medals

Uniform - RAAF Dress 1A Uniform FSGT

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

RAAF Dress 1A Uniform FSGT

Service Gear - Puttee

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Olive green wrapping wool mix wrapping 106cm long and q2cm wide with tape 103 cm long 1.5 cm wide

Historical information

A puttee is a cloth band that was wound round a soldier’s leg from their ankle to their knee. They were designed to provide support when walking and protect against harsh weather conditions. Many Australian soldiers developed a painful medical condition during their service on the Western Front called trench foot. The primary causes were wet feet and unsanitary conditions but puttees were also partly to blame as they limited circulation to the lower leg and foot. These puttees are a collectors item, they are the real thing, used in WW1 and made a short return in WW2 and were used as ceremonial dress in Malaysia in the 1960s, these ones are WW2 issue.

Significance

Used as military dress in world war one, briefly in world war II and ceremonial dress in Malaysia in the 1960's

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Uniform - RAAF Jumper WOFF

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

RAAF Jumper WOFF

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.

Cigarette case

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Cigarette Case made from the windscreen of a Japanese Zero aircraft

Historical information

This cigarette case was made from the plexiglass windscreen of a Japanese Mitsubishi Zero aircraft. Whilst its maker is unknown, its inscription, “Tarakan May 1st 1945” suggests that it was created during the Battle of Tarakan. Tarakan was a small, oil-rich island off the coast of Borneo which in 1945 was held by the Japanese. The battle, code named Operation Oboe One, began when Australian forces landed on May 1st 1945, and continued until June 21st. 240 Australians died during the conflict. The term ‘Trench art’ describes objects made from the debris and by-products of warfare. Reasons for making trench art varied, from creating mementos of battles to passing time or mitigating the effects of warfare.

Significance

This object has historic significance at a national level due to its association with World War Two. As an example of trench art, it makes an important contribution to our understanding of Australian soldiers’ experience of the war. This object is an example of skilled craftsmanship and has artistic and aesthetic significance due to its detailed engraving of a beach scene. Unlike the majority of trench art, which was made from used ordnance, it is made from the windscreen of a Mitsubishi Zero aircraft and therefore is comparatively rare.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Tarakan May 1st 1945" "A-F-B" Engraved beach

Papers - The British Empire Service League 14th Biannual Conference Menu

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Menu - 14th Biannual conference - The British Empire Service League in honour of

Letter and photographs - The RSL Blue Lake Highland Pipe Band - Remembering the Fallen

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

A4 letter, 2 photographs and one newspaper clipping - memorial Book at Menin Gate re: Charles Olive 4103 from 29th Battalion.

Historical information

The Blue Lake Highland Band from Mount laid wreaths at Menin Gate for WWI soldiers. This visit was to honour the service and sacrifice. In particular they acknowledged Charles Olive 4103 from 29th Battalion. His details have been recorded in the Menin Gate memorial book which will be kept in the archives of Menin Gate.

Significance

Commemoration and Memorial for WWI at Menin Gate

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Sound Block.

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Small octagonal wooden sound block with sloped sides and green felt top. Underside is painted dark green and has a round hole in the base.

Historical information

This sound block was presented along with a gavel 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 sound blockis 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.

Coloured Print - Colour Patches of the Australian Military Forces World War Two

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Coloured Print of Colour Patches of the Australian Military Forces World War Two

Historical information

The Chart displays unit colour patches worn by members of the Australian military forces during world war 2. the Australian Military forces consisted of the 2nd Australian Imperial Forces and the Permanent Military Forces

Significance

During the world wars and the years in between, Australian soldiers wore cloth patches of various shapes and colours on their upper sleeves to indicate to which unit or formation they belonged. The use of colour patches was discontinued in 1949 when the British system of embroidered shoulder titles, formation signs and lanyards was adopted. In July 1987 colour patches were reintroduced in order to foster the Army’s heritage and are now worn on the right side of the puggaree on the slouch hat.

Inscriptions & Markings

Numbered Colour Patches and descriptions of each patch 1 to 630

Badge - RSL Women's Auxiliary Badge

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Blue, gold and red badge with crown at top. External circle in blue with centre circle containing blue Australian Flag. Crown at top in red. On reverse side is the manufacturer Swann & Hudson with pin and chain attached.

Card - OL BOI HERIM TOK (OLD BOY HEAR HIM TALK)

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Frail white paper Australian Government issue letter.

Historical information

WW11 has ended and Australian Government has issuing this letter in pidgeon English for local Papua New Guinea tribesman to advise that WW11 has ended.

Significance

WW11 has ended and Papua New Guinea village population needed to be advised of need to pass info on to any Japanese Soldier and have them interned, repariated to their homeland.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Government logo with Kangeroo & Emu reverse has an Papua New Guinea emblem.

Photograph Beaufighter over Melbourne Shrine of Rememberance circ 1944 - Beaufighter over Melbourne Shrine of Rememberance

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Photograph Beaufighter over Melbourne Shrine of rememberance circ 1944

Historical information

WW2 eria 1944 Photograph of Beaufighter over Melbourne shine of remberance circ 1944

Significance

photograph of Beaufighter over Melbourne Shrine of Remberance circ 1944

Inscriptions & Markings

GAF - Goverment Aircraft Factory stamp in lower right corner. Title - Beaufighter.

Book - THE COMPLETE FLYING COURSE>

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Rectangular in shape. The book is blue in colour with a green dust cover. There are 93 pages.

Historical information

This book was used by new inductees into the Air Force to assist them with there training in 1939-1941.

Inscriptions & Markings

The complete flying course by N.ROY HARBEN D.F.C. A manual of flying tuition. C. Arthur Pearson, limited

Photographs

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

3 photos mounted on A4 paper

Inscriptions & Markings

Harry Walker Joe Bromley 2nd MG Coy Sam Ellis