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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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Aircraft - Model - Nakajima E8N

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Model aeroplane Japanese Nakajima E8N. Painted orange. Japanese markings.

Historical information

These model aeroplanes were handed to the RSL unbuilt when an unknown member passed away. Gordon Ball built and painted the models in 2014.

Aircraft - Model - Messerschmitt Bf 109

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Model aeroplane German Messerschmitt Bf 109. Painted two-tone grey with German markings.

Historical information

These model aeroplanes were handed to the RSL unbuilt when an unknown member passed away. Gordon Ball built and painted the models in 2014.

The Evolution of the Rising Sun Badge of the Australian Army

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Glass covered Rectangular Picture Frame showing the Evolution of the Rising Sun Badge of the Australian Army.

Historical information

The origins of the rising sun badge are disputed. Rising sun designs had appeared on early Australian colonial coins and military insignia decades before the federation of the Australian colonies in 1901, and may have represented the image of Australia as 'a young nation' and a 'new Britannia'.[2] As early as the 1820s, the symbol of a 'rising sun' was used by various progressive organisations, loosely characterised under the banner "Advance Australia". The rising sun crest used in the New South Wales colonial and State crests was taken from the crest used on the first Advance Australia Arms, circa 1821, and consistently since then.[3] The oldest known example is the 'Advance Australia' coat of arms. The 'Advance Australia Arms' (named because of the motto inscription) became widely used in New South Wales and the neighbouring colonies by private corporations and individuals. Although they never had any official status, they formed the basis for several official coats of arms, including the New South Wales coat of arms. The representation below was reputedly painted for Thomas Silk, the son of the captain of the Prince of Orange, a convict ship that visited Sydney in 1821. The symbol struck a chord with the pre-federation population and many examples still exist on colonial architecture.[4]

Significance

Proudly worn by soldiers of the 1st and 2nd Australian Imperial Force in both World Wars, the 'Rising Sun' badge has become an integral part of the digger tradition. The distinctive shape of the badge, worn on the upturned side of a slouch hat, is commonly identified with the spirit of Anzac.

Inscriptions & Markings

Gives a brief rundown on the Evolution of Rising Sun Badge with 12 examples and explanatory notes

Metal badge - Royal Australian Regiment Cap Badge

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

The badge is anodized in gold and it is of circular shape with a crown at the top. At the center is a Kangaroo with two rifles behind it. At the base is a boomerang with inscriptions and Laural's around the exterior.

Historical information

This brigade became the basis of the post-war regular army in 1947, and when the decision was taken in 1948 to withdraw two of the battalions to Australia attention turned to the status and designation of these regular infantry battalions. Brigadier Hopkins, commander of the brigade, was concerned that despite the unit prestige and regimental spirit developed since October 1945, it would be undesirable to have the regular units the highest numbered, without battle honours or colours, and with precedence after militia units. Consideration was given as to whether the battalions might be designated as separate regiments. For example, the 65th Battalion might have become 1st Battalion, City of Sydney's Own Regiment under one proposal or 1st Battalion, King George VI's Australian Rifle Regiment under another proposal. Instead the decision was taken to number the units sequentially as part of one large regiment and so on 23 November 1948 the 65th, 66th and 67th Battalions became the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the Australian Regiment. An application was made for a royal title, which was granted on 10 March 1949. The Royal Australian Regiment thus came into being as Australia's first regiment of regular infantry.

Inscriptions & Markings

At the base of the foot of the Kangaroo are the words "Duty first". Underneath on the boomerang are the words "Royal Australian Regiment".

Card - Simon

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

USA Naval ID Card - Simon

Metal badge - British Ex Service Legion Australia

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Gold Metal Badge

Inscriptions & Markings

British Ex Service Legion Australia Number 588 on Back

Photograph - Troops aboard Transport ship Plassy

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Colour Photo of a Transport ship carrying soldiers 28 April 1919

Inscriptions & Markings

Troops eagerly crowd the sides as the transport Plassy draws into Port Adelaide, 28 April 1919. It had left Liverpool, England six weeks earlier to bring mem home from the war. (Australian WarMemorial PO3639.001)

Card - England's Call to Australia

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Cardboard White.

Historical information

Part of McIntyre collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

Composed by Sapper Brewster, 6452, 4th Reinforcements, Engineers.

Group of Maps World War One - Group of Maps World War One - Dardanelles and Anzac Gallipoli Maps Circ 1915

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

!. Black and White Photocopy of Gallipoli 1915 ANZAC Battlefield - detailed positions of troops and Cemeteries. 2.The Allied Failure to Force The Dardanelles Passage 18 March 1915 - detailed line of Attack Naval Organisation, Mine layout, Plan of Attack (and copy).. 3. Map of Turkey and surrounding area written in Turkish and German Languages. C0olor version main roads and distances. (and copy).. 4. Map of ANZAC Trench Diagram. World War One.Color. (and copy). 5.Panorama of Chunuk Blair from 3 miles south of Nibrunesi Point, 3 November 1915 and Anzac from 1 mile N. E. of Ari Burnu, 21 November 1915. Black & White 6. Color Map of ANZAC positions with topographical Details, notes.

Historical information

Gallipoli 1915 Maps and Naval plan of Operations World War One ANZAC

Significance

Rare examples that explain both ANZAC and Naval Operations during World War One Gallipoli & Dardanelles Passage .

Inscriptions & Markings

1. Artwork and copyright by Srewart Cownie, Gallipoli 1915 ANZAC Battlefield with Landings and later evacuation marked. 2. Details of Naval actions taken in the Dardanelles Passage 18 March 1918. 3. Local area Map or Turkey. Shows roads network and townships. 4. ANZAC Trench Diagram, copyright Whitcombe & Tombs Limited , Wellington N.Z. 1919 5. Panorama of two coast views of ANZAC area. Australian War Memorial, 6. Map of ANZAC positions of World War One, Gallipoli 1915. Published by H.E.C. Roberinson, George Street, Sydney N.S.W.18 April 1916

Photograph - F18 Hornet

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

F18 Hornet

Hat - Chief Petty Officer Naval Hat

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

White Peak Cap. Black Knitted Hat Band, Brown Plastc Sweat Band, Black plastic band

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

AGCF 1979 Size 67/8 Cloth and wire woven Chief Petty Officer badge

Booklet With Map - Subject Nationalities of the German Alliance

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Grey Booklet containing Coloured map of the German Alliance

Historical information

Map Produced for Allied Forces

Significance

Map of German Alliance as to which nationalities were aligned with Germany

Inscriptions & Markings

Grey Booklet Subject Nationalities of the German Alliance (With a coloured map from German Sources) Cassell and Company Limited London New York Toronto Melbourne 1917 Price 2d

Book - Soldiering On - The Australian Army at Home and Overseas

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Soldiering On - The Australian Army at Home and Overseas. Red hardback front and back with light coloured text of title. The rising sun badge, with text under it - The Australian Army at home and overseas. Inside front and back cover show illustrations of RAAF personnel dressed in the uniform which depicts their job i.e. females in nurse uniforms.

Historical information

This volume is like a veteran 'gong' - winner with years of tough going and breathless incidents to draw from. The service and the blokes in it have been able to dig into this pile of gen. and present some amazing stories, pictures, poems, graphics and cartoons.

Significance

Personal recounts from RAAF service personnel by way of stories, poems, cartoons, illustrations and portraits

Uniform - RAAF WW2 Dress 1A Uniform FLTLT

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

RAAF WWII Dress 1A Uniform - FLTLT

Book - Australia in Palestine

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Brown front and back hardcover with dark brown text 'Australia in Palestine' with a light horseman framed in centre of front cover. The spine is green with text Australia in Palestine, Angus and Robertson bottom of spine. Evidence of water on front cover. Silverfish have eaten top right hand corner of first two pages. Farm scene in four boxes with AR in the lower corner of each square. Inside front and back covers are illustrations of a camel train and came corps in the desert with the rising sun in the background with a mountain. There is a grave and white cross in their foreground right lower corner Illustrations, photographs, poems, short stories, Centre foldout of the Battle for Richon Le Zion and Battle of Beersheba and after the Battle of Bir El Abed

Historical information

A soldier's book produced almost entirely by soldiers in the field under active service conditions to send to their friends in Australia and abroad.

Significance

Australian Lighthorse men is a type peculiar his own and has no counterpart in h is NZ brother. His fearlessness, initiative and endurance, and his adaptability to almost any task, are due to the adventurous life he leads in his own country where he has been accustomed to long hours in the saddle, day and night, and to facing danger of all sorts from his earliest youth.

Inscriptions & Markings

To the memory of fallen comrades. Pen mark inside W. Mathews Lara

Hat - Yellow United Nations Peace Monitoring Group Bougainville

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Yellow United Nations floppy hat with United Nations Peace Monitoring Group Badge on front of hat. The Peace Monitoring Group badge has PEACE in black above the badge and Peace Monitoring Group in black beneath. The badge has a white dove on a blue background with black olive branch. Underneath dove is map of Papua New Guinea. Hat is circular and can be squashed up to fit in baggage. Made in China of cotton material.

Significance

Used by Peace Keeping Forces in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea in the 90's

Inscriptions & Markings

Has Peace Monitoring Group badge on front. Badge has black writing with white dove on blue sky with green olive branch

Postcards - France

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

A brown envelope addressed to Miss J McIntyre. Within the envelope is a pack of 12 illustrated souvenir post cards.

Historical information

John Lachlan McIntyre was born at Beeac, Victoria in December 1890. He enlisted in the 1st AIF in July 1915. John fought on the Western Front, taking part in the battles of Fromelles and the 2nd Battle of the Somme. He was severely wounded at Fromelles and spent 12 months in hospital in England before returning to the front. John returned home in 1919 and was granted a soldier settlement block in Lara in 1937. He was a founding member of Lara RSL and is its longest serving member. John died in 1990. This letter was written by John and sent to his mother in 1918 on his journey through Belgium.

Significance

The McIntyre family were early pioneers in the Lara district, and the brothers were founding members of the Lara RSL. This letter represents a significant link to the history of the town and sub-branch.

Inscriptions & Markings

Envelope: O.A.S. Tower of London. Miss J McIntyre. Elcho Lara lake, Australia, Victoria. Rear of postcard pack: London December 27th 18 Dear Mother, I arrived here yesterday. Spent Xmas day travelling across France. The trip took the best part of four days. We are up near Belgium. Had to go into Belgium to get a train. Will write when I get settled. Hoping you are all well. With best wishes for a happy new year. Jack. Edition Martinetty Charleroi Front of pack: J. L. McIntyre Xmas 1918 Souvenir de Charleroi-Belgium 12 cartes postales 12 En Photochrom

Memento - HMAS Australia Veterans ASSN medallion

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

A medallion that says "HMAS Australia Veterans ASSN" on one side and "National Reunion Sydney June 1981" on the obverse.

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 medallion forms part of a collection of Ronald Leslie's belongings that were donated to the Lara RSL in 2006.

Inscriptions & Markings

"HMAS Australia Veterans ASSN" "National Reunion Sydney June 1981"

H.M.A.S.Tally Bands - HMAS Tally Bands - H.M.A.S., H.M.A.S. Sydney, H.M.A.S. Tobruk, H.M.A.S. Canderra, H.M.A.S. Vampire, H.M.A.S. Leeuwin, H.M.A.S. Cerberbus,

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Sailors cap cloth Band, known as a Tally Band, a collection of: - H.M.A.S., H.M.A.S. Sydney, H.M.A.S. Tobruk, H.M.A.S. Canderra, H.M.A.S. Vampire, H.M.A.S. Leeuwin, H.M.A.S. Cerberbus, mounted in a wooden and glass display frame.

Historical information

Australian Navy Tally bands for H.M.A.S., H.M.A.S. Sydney, H.M.A.S. Tobruk, H.M.A.S. Canderra, H.M.A.S. Vampire, H.M.A.S. Leeuwin, H.M.A.S. Cerberbus,

Significance

Royal Australian Navy Tally Bands, for H.M.A.S., H.M.A.S. Sydney, H.M.A.S. Tobruk, H.M.A.S. Canderra, H.M.A.S. Vampire, H.M.A.S. Leeuwin, H.M.A.S. Cerberbus,

Inscriptions & Markings

Cloth Tally bands, mounted in a wooden and glass display frame.

Badge - Australian Intelligence Corps Badge

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Gold Australian Intelligence Corps gold badge. The badge consists of a Union (Tudor) Rose resting on a wreath of laurel, surmounted by the crown, over a scroll bearing the title 'Australian Intelligence Corps'.

Licence - Army driving licence. KenSimons

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Army Driving Licence -Ken Simons.Paper driving licence 205mm x 90mm folded two times to a size of 90m x 68mm with the owners relevant information on it.

Historical information

Issued to Ken Simons on his return to Australia from Vietnam

Inscriptions & Markings

Army driving licence No 55367.

Uniform - Provest officers cap

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Officers cap , flat on top with a peak at the front and a brown belt half way around it and a sweat band inside the cap.Khaki in colour.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label inside cap saying Christies Pty.Ltd. 248 Pitt St. Sydney.

Ordinance - 25.lb shell fuse

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Cylindrical copper coloured metal tube perforated which screws apart from a copper base.

Significance

Historic......Clearly showing the. Fuse element as used then.

Inscriptions & Markings

On circular base ......no 11 over triple I I I ....M F 2/42....43 overME8/42Q.

Equipment - Parachute patch

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

A Panel of Air Supply Parachute

Manual of Naval Cookery 1921 - Book Manual of Naval Cookery 1921

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Manual of Naval Cookery 1921 with brown cardboard cover and 162 paper pages contents. Sta . 47/12 Publlshed by His Majestty's Stationery Office, London

Historical information

Rear manual a well presented example for the period. A sort after item.

Significance

A representation of the type of manuals issued by Government War Departments of the period, Circ 1921

Inscriptions & Markings

Front Page of Manual - Manual of Naval Cookery 1921, Sta . 47/12, LONDON. Publlshed by His Majestty's Stationery Office, Price 1s net. Contents are reciepies and suggestons for foood to be served to the sailors.

Official 2014 and 2016 coin collections, - ANZACS Remembered WWI 1914-1918 / ANZAC to Afghanastan / ANZAC Spirit

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Anzacs Remembered Contains 14 Australian coins on cards, cards measuring 138mm x 95mm 14 x 20 cent coins (silver in colour) __________________________________________________________ Anzac to Afghanistan Contains 14 Australian coins on cards, cards measuring 138mm x 95mm 10 x 20 cent coins (silver in colour) 4 x 25 cent coins (Gold in colour) ___________________________________________________________ ANZAC Spirit Contains 15 Australian coins on cards, cards measuring 138mm x 95mm 11 x 20 cent coins (silver in colour) 4 x 50 cent coins (silver in colour)

Historical information

Lists military moments which shaped our nation

Significance

This collection is supported by the official Anzac Centenary Program. Images courtesy of the Australian War Memorial, Gary Ramage and the Australian Government Department of Defence.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Government Royal Australian Mint Westpac Australia

Photographs - Australian Paratrooper in full Battle Kit

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

2 x Black and White Photos inside plastic envelope

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

Uniform - Disruptive Pattern Camouflage Hat

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Cloth Hat Disruptive Pattern Camouflage Hat Reinforced Rim Cloth Band Around Rim Green Cord with toggle to secure hat on head

Inscriptions & Markings

White Tag Inside SOS Marine DEC 2000

Newspaper Article - The Sun News Pictorial Melbourne August 15th 1945

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

The Sun News Pictorial Melbourne August 15th 1945