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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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Photo - The Battle of Amiens,France,8Aug,1918.

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Rectangular shaped black and white photograph.

Historical information

The Battle of Amiens, also known as the Third Battle of Picardy (French: 3ème Bataille de Picardie), was the opening phase of the Allied offensive which began on 8 August 1918, later known as the Hundred Days Offensive, that ultimately led to the end of the First World War.

Significance

By the end of August 8—dubbed “the black day of the German army” by Ludendorff—the Allies had penetrated German lines around the Somme with a gap some 15 miles long. Of the 27, 000 German casualties on August 8, an unprecedented proportion—12,000—had surrendered to the enemy. Though the Allies at Amiens failed to continue their impressive success in the days following August 8, the damage had been done.

Inscriptions & Markings

The battle of Amiens,France,8thAug.1918.Lt R Downes MC.addressing his Platoon from B Coy.29 BN.during a rest near the village of Warfusee before the advance on to Harbonnieres.Pte Charles Olive of Lara is 3rd,from the left carrying the Lewis Gun. He was killed in action three weeks later charging a German machine gun post. Earlier in the day, he had successfully taken two machine gun posts. Photo from Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Identity Card - John Austin Identity Card

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Plastic Plague for John Austin

Historical information

This card identifies one of our serviceman who served in WW2 JOHN AUSTIN was a member of the RSL

Inscriptions & Markings

400363 John Austin 608 SQN. RAF-2&13 SQN. RAAF. WW2 DIED 9 NOV 1943. Service colour bar "LEST WE FORGET"

Newspaper Clipping - Country Living - September 1999 - single page

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Country Living - September 1999 - single page

Medal Badge - Officers Crowns,Major.2 off

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Small crown with five coloured glass chips embedded around the base and the cross of St George on top.It has a Burgundy coloured Fabric inlay on either side and two clips on the back.

Historical information

Worn by infantry officers.Majors and above.

Photograph - Record of Empire Forces in Great War

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Rectangular shaped glass covered picture frame surrounded by a wooden border

Historical information

Framed Photograph showing Divisional Colour Patches and Generals from the Great War.

Significance

Record of the Australian Imperial Force in the Great War 4th August 1914 - 28th June 1919.

Inscriptions & Markings

Record of THE AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCE In the GREAT WAR 4th Aug 1914-28 June 1919

Sepia Photographs.( 2 of ) - Gala Day 1919

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Rectangular shaped photographs ( 2 of )

Historical information

The Returned Serviceman's Gala Day was held on the Lara main oval on Saturday 8th November 1919. Each returned serviceman was presented with a medallion with their name on it. Copies of the badge are held at the Lara RSL Sub Branch. Lt General Smith is presenting a badge to a serviceman in one photo. The other photo is the serviceman's race of 100 yards

Inscriptions & Markings

Returned service men WW1.

Newpaper article "Physically Sound" - Argus newspaper article "Mentally Bright nd Phyically Sound" dated 16th June 1923.

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Part of an article from the The Argus Newspaper dated 16th June 1923 relating to the arrival of SS Moreton Bay and the British sailors due to enlist in the Australian Navy.

Historical information

Circ 1923 historical information on the immigration to Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on the article is a comment " On the other side is an account of the storm which the Moreton Bay passed through".

Photograph - E and F Subsections No 2 Battery.

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Rectangular shaped photograph mounted on cardboard backing

Inscriptions & Markings

E and F Subsections No 2 Battery.

Service Gear - Military Handcuffs

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Pair of chromed hardened steel handcuffs with keys and cardboard box with instructions written on inside of lid. Also has woollen fleece padding and a small chamois in the box.

Historical information

These handcuffs were issued to A.E.Rich who was in the military police.

Inscriptions & Markings

SAF-LOK 54061. The box has full instructions of how to operate the handcuffs with the numbers 3416/58 written under the lid.

Insignia - USSR BADGE

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Red central star with gold hammer& sickle resting on 8 laurel leaves[gold].Reverse shows attaching wire .

Significance

Historic.....Rare.

Inscriptions & Markings

U 21 K imprint on reverse .

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

certificate of appreciation - Lara Heritage Festival 2008 Certificate of appreciation Dated 2008 to Lara RSL dated 2008

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

A4 paper Certificate of Appreciation Multi color text with stars and stylized lines dated 10h April 2008 in a picture frame from Lara Heritage Festival 2008 signed by Robert C. Y. Eyton Chairman.

Historical information

Record of Lara RSL support to local community organisations.

Significance

Evidence of Lara RSL support to local Lara communities.

Inscriptions & Markings

A4 paper Certificate of Appreciation Multi color text with stars and stylized lines dated 10h April 2008 in a picture frame from Lara Heritage Festival 2008 signed by Robert C. Y. Eyton Chairman.

BOOK. - DIGGER DIALECTS.

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Rectangular shaped book with clear plastic cover and black vinyl.

Significance

Slang words used by Australian diggers in World War One.

Inscriptions & Markings

DIGGER DIALECTS

Ration Book - Ministry of Food Ration Book Supplement

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

16 page paper booklet stapled in the center.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ministry of Food Ration Book Supplement You WILL BE TOLD HOW TO USE IT William R Herring, 1 Walton Way, Mitcham. CNCZ 37 1 Serial No. RBIPP 609997 Mitcham 7 July 1941

Booklet - Homeward Bound - Souvenir of the voyage of H. M. T. Andes. Oct. 1945.

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Pamphlet - Homeward Bound - Souvenir of the voyage of H.M.T. 'Andes' Oct 45 Cover has green printing of title, ship, U.K. image and a dotted line showing journey to Australia - New Zealand.

Historical information

A brief history of the effort made to return Air Force Personnel to their home lands.

Significance

WW2 article voyage home of service personnel.

Inscriptions & Markings

In the middle of the Booklet is an autographs section. Autographs are from fellow ship board travelers.

Plastic ANZAC APPEAL pins (3)

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

3 white plastic Rising sun design lapel pins each with different coloured letters on it.( Green, Gold, & Red ).

Inscriptions & Markings

The front has a large A with the words Anzac appeal underneath. On the back is the makers name (A.J.PARKES )with the price, $2 for the red, $1 for the green & gold.

British Commonwealth of Nations flag circ world war 1 - British Commonwealth of Nations flag world war 1

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Flag White Ensign is made up from Commonwealth Countries and displayed as a flag- Top left-hand corner British flag, right-hand top corner Coat of arms of South Africa, bottom-left Coat of Arms for Canada, Bottom right corner Advance Australia Coat of Arms, flag center is for India is a yellow and red rosette and New Zealand is represented by four white 5 pointed stars centralized as representation of the Southern Cross.

Historical information

British Imperial Forces involved in World War 1

Significance

Rear representation,

Inscriptions & Markings

The flag on the left border is marked with "Groves"

Card - Simon

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USA Naval ID Card - Simon

Book - The sixth of June by Lionel Shapiro

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Hardcover mustard coloured front, back and spine with the title on the spine.

Historical information

A WWII historical novel based on 1942,1943 and 1944. Advance of science adds an incredibly romantic aura which is the vital element.

Significance

Historical novel with 4 books making up the complete novel.

Photograph - 6th Battalion V.D.C. 1946

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Photograph - 6 Bn V.D.C. Geelong 1946

Ordinance - Magazine, SLR

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Black metal magazine for SLR rifle. Two pieces, one large and rectangular and one small.

Historical information

The SLR (L1A1 Self-Loading Rifle) was the standard issue rifle for the Australian military from 1954-1988. This weapon saw service primarily in Vietnam, and was used by most Commonwealth countries. The magazine fopr the SLR is used to hold bullets and allow quick loading.

Significance

This object is significant due its representatives. The SLR was the standard issue rifle for thousands of Australian soldiers throughout the 20th Century, and the magazine was a ubiquitous item carried by all soldiers.

Newspaper Article - The Sun News Pictorial Melbourne September 27th 1944

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

The Sun News Pictorial Melbourne September 27th 1944

Book - Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-18 - Volume XI - Australia During the War Author Ernest Scott Professor of History at Melbourne University

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Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-18 - Volume XI - Australia During the War. Illustrations, Photographs,

Historical information

This book deals almost entirely with occurrences within Australia. It describes the background - political, social, industrial, economic-against which the war effort of Australia was projected.

Significance

This book deals almost entirely with occurrences within Australia. It describes the background - political, social, industrial, economic-against which the war effort of Australia was projected.

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...'

Postcards

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Postcard with a black and white image of citadel and tombs of the Mameluks, Cairo. Has writing on the reverse in black ink, and some scribble from a blue pen.

Significance

This postcard was sent by an Australian soldier from Cairo to Australia during the First World War. It has the capacity to illustrate issues of British Imperialism, Australian approaches to race and religion, and the experience of Australian Soldiers experiencing world travel during the war.

Inscriptions & Markings

"The polish of the main pyramids is decorated in the interior of the tombs. I use to pass this often when going for stores in Cairo. It is rather nice but the Gyppoes sleeping on the foot path, and other stupid pranks. Harvey." Publ. the Oriental Commercial Bueau. Port Said.

Personal Records - Soldier Pay Book

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Khaki Booklet Length 154mm W106mm

Historical information

Pay Book Of World War One Soldier of Mc Intyre 1918 Contains Pay details ( Earnings and Other Credits )period 1916 Next of Kin, Medical and Training Courses Completed

Inscriptions & Markings

Pay Book 20291 Surname Mc Intyre Christian Names James W Reg No 7049 Unit Australian Imperial Force Rising Sun Badge

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

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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

Book - HMAS Melbourne 25 Years

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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.

Book - Australia in the War of 1939-1945 - The Government and the People 1939-41 Author - Paul Hasluck

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Australia in the War of 1939-1945 - The Government and the People 1939-41 Photographs, Illustrations

Historical information

Political and Social History of Australia in the War of 1939-1941. A history of political events in Australia during the War and merges into the history of world events. Matters which found their eventual significance in decisions made in the Australian Cabinet, the Parliament and the Australian electorate.

Significance

The Political, Social chronological history of Australian Parliament, Cabinet and Electorate.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian War Memorial

Flag - Australian Flag 1903

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Frame - Australian Flag 1903