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Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch Montmorency, Victoria

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch Incorporated.


The Montmorency RSL Club was founded in 1946 after World War II. Known as ‘the Club in the Park’, it moved to its present location in Petrie Park Montmorency in 1968. A series of building renovations and improvements led to the opening of the current multi-purpose complex in 2002.

The Club continues to accumulate a collection of military memorabilia donated by members and neighboring clubs dating back to the Boer War. The bulk of the collection is on permanent display in the Peter Randle Memorabilia Room on the first floor which is used for presentations to school and scouting groups and which may be viewed by others during trading hours. For information about a specific article contact our Memorabilia Officer at the Club.

The collection features two field artillery pieces; a German Krupp 150mm. howitzer from World War I and a British 25-pound Mark 2 field gun from World War II which are located close to the club rooms. In addition displays inside the club room feature letters, documents, paintings, photographs, medals, uniforms, weapons, flags and trench art. The recent merger with the Eltham RSL Sub Branch to form the Montmorency-Eltham RSL Sub Branch has provided a substantial addition to the collection which is currently being catalogued and prepared for redisplay.

‘ Memorabilia on the Move’ is Montmorency-Eltham’s program dedicated to use its collection to ensure that local communities continue to honour and respect the service and sacrifices of Australian defense personnel past and present.

Contact Information

location
Petrie Park 16 Mountain View Road Montmorency Victoria 3094 (map)
phone
+61 03 9434 2085

Contact

Opening Hours

Monday - Thursday 10.00am - 12.00am Friday - Saturday 10.00am - 1.00am Sunday 11.00am - 10.00pm

Entry Fee

None

Location

Petrie Park 16 Mountain View Road Montmorency Victoria

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Chris Green 18 April 2016 6:23 PM

The Boer War flag which you own : https://victoriancollections.net.au/media/collectors/4f729f5997f83e0308601610/items/4f72b4b697f83e0308604e8d/51cf97962162ef1394569b29/item-350High.jpg is the twin of one which I inherited from my parents. The emblem in the middle of the cross is the Star of India ( https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Star-of-India-gold-centre.svg ) . It's not a very good likeness, but the rest of the flag is pretty amateurish too.

Peter Randle 30 April 2019 7:33 PM

This item needs to be rephotographed and retitled as flag of the union. Lara RSL has one, we need to update ours as per theirs. Montmorency- Eltham Memorabilia.

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343 items

Jacket, Khaki, Field

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

Khaki Field Jacket with cord ties around waist and bottom.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cotton label attached to the inside back of the jacket with the markings 'K.SP-302'.

Mess Tin

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

Aluminium Mess Tin with metal movable steel handle attached to one end.

Historical information

The Mess Box ( 0089.1 ) is one of two with the partnering box referenced at 0089.1

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on aluminium plate affixing handle to box “ C & B. Ltd. 1939. “ with arrow pointing upwards.

Postcard

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

Embroided rectangular card featuring floral arrangement plus flags of Russia, France, United Kingdom, Belgium.

Historical information

Typical hand embroided post card. One of 5 in this display.

Inscriptions & Markings

Reverse details TBA

Military Helmet (Republic of Vietnam)

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

Cotton Outer, Resin Inner, Green Colour, Pith Helmet Design.

Inscriptions & Markings

Republic of Vietnam Star

Commemorative Medallion

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

An irregular cloissonne medallion Yellow with gold illustrations and red and gold writing on one side and silver gun, bayonet and fist on a black background with red and silver writing

Inscriptions & Markings

Crucible Enter recruits 54 hours 48 miles 49 lbs of gear 36 stations 29 problem solving exercises 8 hrs sleep 3 MRE’s Exit Marines One mind any weapon

German Hohner Harmonica

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

Chromed brass exterior, wood core

Inscriptions & Markings

Side 1. The Super Chromonica M Hohner, Chromatic Harmonica Side 2. Made by M HOHNER Germany

Coat, US Cold Weather, M-65

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

Olive green army man coat with four outside pockets - two on the chest, two at the bottom; each pocket has one metallic button attached. Coat has a metallic zip as well as metallic buttons; two velcro scratches at the wrist level. Extra removable padding inside, which is attached with plastic buttons. Two identical inscriptions on right and left shoulder reading '14 National Service Battalion'.

Historical information

In 1951 - in the context of the Cold War - the Menzies government established the 'National Service Act 1951', which called-up men for compulsory military training for a period of 176 days. The 14th Battallion was located in Victoria.

Significance

The coat has historic significance in the wider context of Australia’s involvement in the Cold War (particularly in Vietnam) and in the establishment of a National Service Scheme.

Inscriptions & Markings

Two identical inscriptions on right and left shoulder - reading '14 National Service Battalion' Manufacturing details on the inside reading: Coat, Cold weather, Man's, Field M-65. Olive green colour. Style 8120/8542 DSA 102-81-C1204. 1. Wear as outer garment or as under-layer in cold-dry climate. 2. Wear button-in liner for added insulation. 3. Adjust closures and drawcords to ventilate; avoid over-heating of body. 4. When hood is used, lower extension shall be worn over neck opening, preventing water. 5. Brush snow or frost from garments before entering opening. 6. For fast drying, remove liner from coat. 7. Do not expose to high temperature of a stove. 8. Lubricate slide fasteners with wax. 9. For cleaning and restoring of water repellency return to laundry for machine washing in accordance with established procedures for quarpel garments. 10. Do not starch. Do not remove this label. Black ink pen inscription on manufacturing label reading '3/715875' and 'N.Wain'

Helmet Liner

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

Helmet Liner with camouflage pattern and internal suspension webbing

Belt, Patt. '37 W.E.

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

Khaki Pattern 1937 Webbing belt minus its two rear brass buckles.

Historical information

Owned by William Albert HARRISON (Service Number VX41478; above Link ["WW2 Record"] indicates that Rank on Discharge was Cpl, but other AIF documents, from National Archives Australia [including Proceedings on Discharge - see pdf Media File above], indicate that he was Sergeant).

Significance

Soldier's name known. Items donated (date unknown) by brother-in-law who was living in Montmorency and was a committee member of MERSL when item donated.

Inscriptions & Markings

hand-written name ("W. A. HARRISON") and service number (VX41478) Carrier PLN 2/5 Bn S^ ME Co 1940

Defence Personal Items Pack male

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

Olive green plastic corrugated cardboard rectangular box with folding lid containing 18 miscellaneous male grooming, washing and deodorant items. A black medium biro pen is also included. A black printed white label is located on the outside of the box lid.

Significance

Used by male Defence personnel

Inscriptions & Markings

RMSDAS 44 Biloela St Villawood NSW Ph 02 9728 5914 Fax 02 9728 5901 Defence Personal Items Pack Male Order No 293064 NSN No: 8465 66 145 6306 05/2003

Backpack

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

Standard Backpack with camouflage pattern with one zip at top of backpack, two black pastic clips on back side

Inscriptions & Markings

Internal front side 8465-66-139-4068, SOS, JAN 95

Ceremonial Naval Sword, Scabbard

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

Bank note, Korean, 100 Won

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

100 Won is a cream coloured bank note with brown and pale blue/grey printing on it.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front side is a picture of the main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace, 100 and other Korean writing also the number in brackets (128) in red ink On the reverse side it says The Bank of Korea and 100 and 100 won

Clinometer

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

Metal with some parts painted black. Device comprises a segment of a circle with an adjustable radial arm with bubble level on a slide attached

Historical information

This model clinometer used in both WW1 and WW2 for checking artilllery and mortar barrel angles

Significance

Precision instrument widely used by Alliied forces in two wars

Inscriptions & Markings

"Clinometer Field Mark VI No. A.221" Noblet and Forrest 1941" "Direction of Target" with arrow. "Use this Base for 0° - 45°" "45° - 90° Target" with arrow Circle segment graduated with 0 - 44 degrees on side, 45 - 89 degrees other side. Arm graduated 0 - 60 minutes both sides

Framed 1915 Anzac Cove Map, Gallipoli

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

A framed map depicting trench lines and the battlefields of the Gallipoli Campaign, 1915, made by the Survey Department Egypt. Depth soundings of landing areas off Anzac Cove.

Inscriptions & Markings

Gallipoli - Anzac Cove World War One Map - 1915

Medallion, ANZAC, Victorian Department of Education 1916

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

Circular medal with an eyelet at the top for attaching loop holding ribbon (loop and ribbon missing). Obverse ... head of King George V facing left Reverse ... wreath surrounding inscription (see below) The edge of the medallion is plain.

Historical information

The ANZAC Day school children's medallion was issued for sale in 1916. The medallion was struck by the Education Department of Victoria for school children, in 1916, to commemorate the first anniversary of the ANZAC Forces landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. An article in the ARGUS newspaper, written at the time, stated that the medallions were issued for sale for the price of sixpence. 175,000 medallions were made, but this proved insufficient for demand. The medallion was sold to Victorian school children at commemorations of the landing of the of the Australian and New Zealand troops arriving on the Gallipoli Peninsular in 1915. The medallion was also distributed to the public on ANZAC Button Day for one shilling.

Inscriptions & Markings

Obverse ... FOR KING AND COUNTRY 1916 Reverse ... ANZAC (surrounded by wreath) DEPT. OF EDUCATION VICTORIA LEST WE FORGET 25 APR 15 (around circumference)

Bayonet, L1A2

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

Steel Bayonet; Rounded fuller (hence L1A2 - not the very similar L1A1)

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Mortar Bomb, 2 Inch

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

Steel cylinder with six perforated tail vanes..

Historical information

The ordnance SBML two-inch mortar was a British-designed mortar used by the British and Commonwealth forces during the Second World War and later. It was more portable than larger mortars and had greater range and firepower than rifle grenades. It could launch a 960g High-explosive bomb to an effective range of 460m.

Identity (Dog) Tags

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

Two steel tags on silver coloured chain

Inscriptions & Markings

First tag has "W 227689 Houguet D I Pres" on front and "O Neg" on back. Second round tag is attached to first tag by metal ring. It has exactly the same inscription on it

Blouse, Khaki, Patt.'49 Battle Dress

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

Pattern 1949 Khaki Battle Dress Blouse. Two deep button breast pockets, Four buttons on right side concealed by right side jacket. Belt hem located at the bottom with buckle. Hemmed arm cuffs with one button on left and right sleeves. Two internal pockets on right and left side. Cord lanyard hanging from left sleeve. Patch with words 'Royal Australian Artillery' embroidered in red on navy on both left and right shoulders. Separate embroidered crown placed above both embroidered text patches. Material with embroidered crown attached with button at the top on right and left shoulder. Crown is made up of red, purple, cream and brown string. Material loop attached inside top of jacket at the neck.

Historical information

This is an example of a standard issue battle jacket for the Royal Australian Artillery, issued by defence department.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sewn patch with inscription R. J. Hatch & Co. 1950 Size......... MADE IN AUSTRALIA Regimental No. ...................... Name Stamp on inner lower jacket - '170' with arrow point up to the number.

Slouch hat - Hat, khaki, fur felt, 1990

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

Khaki Australian Army slouch hat (fur felt) with khaki cloth puggaree. Cloth black over red rectangular colour patch on right hand side of puggaree. Gilt metal Royal Victoria Regiment cap badge on front of puggaree. Australian Army rising sun badge "The Australian Army" on left side turned up brim. Brown vinyl sweat band. Chin strap missing. Hat mounted on plywood carrying board.

Historical information

Standard issue hat to Army Reserve unit.

Significance

Representative uniform item

Inscriptions & Markings

Bardsley Hats 1990 broad arrow Fur felt 54 gold stencil on sweat band. "319232 READ R" handwritten inside sweatband "Sgt Nicholls" handwritten brown marker pen on mounting board

Trousers, Khaki, Field

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

C.1950s Khaki Trousers, 2 buckle front ties, 4 button fly.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cloth patch stitched to inside waist of trousers with largely indescernible markings but indicating size 37 with regimental No 18

Gas Mask

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

Rubber gas face mask with attached tube leading to container of chemical neutralizing agent. Harness straps attached by rivets to face mask; held in place by rubber cross piece.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rubber cross piece: No 4 III (Type 4 Mark 3) 28-1-42 On left side of mask: 6 KENWORTH 11/41

Gloves, Flyers, Summer

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

Gloves, Flyers, Summer. Dark green fabric upper stiched with grey leather on the usage side (palm side) from finger tips to wrist area. White printed identification label located on the fabric wrist area of the left glove. 4mm elastic stiched for 3.5cm length on the inside of the glove located at the lower wrist area below the thumb.

Historical information

Worn by Swinfield in Afghanistan

Inscriptions & Markings

Identification label located on the upper wrist fabric area of the left glove. Size marking 11. Gloves, Flyers, Summer. Type GS,EBN-237. MIL-G-81188B. TRANSLERO.INC. CAGE 27547. NSN 8415-01-029-0116. The cloth portion of this glove is fabricated from an intermediate fire resistant material (MCMEN) that does not melt or drip. Can be laundered without losing its fire resistant protection and no retreatment is necessary.

Combat shirt

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

Long sleeved Shirt with two pockets, epaulets on both shoulders, tightening tabs on cuffs. Material is Disruptive Pattern Camouflage Uniform (DCPU) nicknamed Auscam or Jelly Bean Camo.

Historical information

DCPU is a five colour camouflage pattern developed by the Australian Defence Force and tested during Auscamthe late 1970s. DCPU has been replaced in the Australian Army by Australian Multicam Camouflage Uniform (AMCU)

Commemorative Medallion

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

Cast bronze, approximately 75 mm high and 50mm wide. The obverse depicts Simpson and his donkey carrying a wounded soldier, with '1915' . It is bordered on the lower half by a laurel wreath above the word ANZAC. The reverse shows a map in relief of Australia and New Zealand superimposed by the Southern Cross. The lower half is bordered by fern leaves. The name and initials of the recipient is engraved on the reverse. The presentation box in black leatherette is lined with deep red velvet and deep red silk (lid).

Historical information

Medallion awarded to surviving members of Australian forces who served on the Gallipoli Peninsula during 25 April 1915 to January 1916. Recipient enlisted 07 June 1915 and was taken on strength of the 4th Australian Light Horse Regiment at ANZAC on 14 October 1915. He arrived at Alxandria on 27 December 1915. Subsequently served in France, and was discharged, in London, 24 January 1920. Returned to Australia, departing United Kingdom 06 May 1921.

Inscriptions & Markings

"W. R' Hawkins"

RAAF Cap

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

Blue Cotton, RAAF Emblem.

Historical information

Donated by CPL Bramley who was in charge of our Catafalque Party ANZAC Day 2006.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sewn Patch ADI Vic 1993, 0405 - 66 - 090 - 0104, Size 56.

Container

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

Olive green cylindrical fluted pressed metal tube. Sealled one end, with twist top lid attached by short chain at other end. Evidence of removed carrying sling mounting brackets (??) both ends.

Historical information

This item has not yet been identfied as to use, origin, etc. Any information to assist identification would be appreciated.

Trench Art - Ashtray

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

Brass 25-pounder shell case cut off above the base and made into an ashtray with 3 indentations and set in the middle of the ashtray is a .50 calibre machine gun round.

Inscriptions & Markings

Outer edge underneath - 1938 LOT 379 25PR ECC 1 Inner edge - No II S45 CY5-40 SH&S 6/40

Scabbard No.2 Mk1 for Pattern 1907 Sword-Bayonet

Montmorency/Eltham RSL Sub Branch, Montmorency

Leather Sword-Bayonet Scabbard with steel top-mount and chape for Hooked Quillion Bayonet (Item 0131). Teardrop stud for attachment to either a leather or webbing bayonet frog.

Historical information

Typical scabbard for the Pattern 1907 Sword Bayonet as used on the Short, Magazine Lee Enfield Rifle during World War 1. This Pattern was introduced in 1915.

Inscriptions & Markings

Lithgow 'Star' trademark.