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Red Cliffs Military Museum Red Cliffs, Victoria

Situated in Red Cliffs/Irymple RSL Clubrooms in Jamieson Ave, Red Cliffs, Victoria, Red Cliffs Military Museum was established in 1997, when the committee decided that there were so many items being handed in for safe keeping, they would use the unused billiard room to house these items. It was then decided to open to the public. The Museum has a wonderful collection of artefacts and memorabilia, from the Boer War to Vietnam, covering all Services including Women's Services, some are unique, not to be seen elsewhere, and is still growing. We also have a very extensive Library of Military related books and DVD's. Run by volunteers our museum has been described as one of the best outside of major cities.
At the moment it is open to the public 1st Sunday of each month- 10am -4pm, Every Friday morning 9am -12noon or by appointment.
Schools, service clubs and visiting coach tours are regular visitors, and there have been visitors from all over Australia and many parts of the world.

Contact Information

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Jamieson Ave Red Cliffs Victoria 3496 (map)
phone
+61 03 50241499

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Opening Hours

10am to 4pm 1st Sunday of each month Friday mornings 9am to 12md or by appointment

Entry Fee

Adults- $2 & Children Free

Location

Jamieson Ave Red Cliffs Victoria

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Wallet

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

A brown leather wallet/bill fold, with 3 internal pockets

Historical information

No information at all with this wallet

Inscriptions & Markings

Good Wishes from the Australian Red Cross Society

Certificate - Commendation notice for Military Medal

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Photocopy of original dispatch notice for Military Medal to No 1272 BDR J. Moore, 13th F.A.B.

Historical information

Associated with BDR. Joseph Moore grouped framed certificates

Inscriptions & Markings

No 1272, BDR. J. Moore, 13th F.A.B./ On 24th April, 1918 whilst the 51st Battery was/ in acrion N.E. of Cordie it was subjected to a very heavy hostile/ bombardment of H.E. and gas shells. This N.C.O.'s duries as a/ specialist required the maintenance of communications between the/ Battery an C.P. The line was frequently cut and required several/ trips, all of which took some considerable time. The whole area/ was very heavily shelled as was the vicinity of the C.P. and this/ N.C.O.'s tasks were performed under heavy shell fire ar great/ personel risk. Throughout the periods Bdr. Moore displayed great/ coolness and total disregard of personal danger thus setting a/ splendid example

POW Camp Money - POW One Lira Camp Money WW11

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Low Grade paper with printed information, camp commanders signature. For use in in Italian Prisoner of War Camp No 106

Historical information

Part of a collection of POW items by VX 8007 A.J. Roddy, AMMO Coy, A.A.S.C., 6 Division. POW in Greece Campaign

Inscriptions & Markings

Campo P.G. No106. PM 3100. No 2696. Buono per L. Una. Il Comandante. Vale solo presso lo spaccio del campo

Badge Replica - Commemorative Badge R.S.L.

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

This reproduction of the first R.S.L. Badge is a Limited Edition released as a commemorative badge cira 1980-1990

Inscriptions & Markings

The First R.S.L. Badge/ This specially crafted lapel badge is a/limited edition replica of the very first/ R.S.L. badge which decorated our soldiers/ and sailors returning from WW1/ This badge was worn with Pride from/ 1919-1926 by the founding members of/ the R.S.L., as they Returned Home to a Victorious Australia./ Right side of paper: Oceanic Life is proud to present this commemorative Badge to you, as a small/ token of our continuing commitment to/ the Men and Women who have served/ their country. Reverse Sise left: Symbol of Oceanic Life Ltd./ Right side: The Returned & Services League/ Commemorative Lapel Badge/ Circ 1919-1926

Letter

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Photocopy of letter, 4 pages, originally written in ink on (unofficial) Australian Red Cross form.

Historical information

Letter written from (unknown) POW imprisioned by the Japanese on Morotai Island from 1942 - 1945 to (unknown) friend. Descriptive of life and treatment in POW camp. The island was captured by the Japanese in early 1942. Morotai's southern plain was taken by American forces in September 1944 during the Battle of Morotai, and used as a staging point for the Allied invasion of the Philippines in early 1945, and of Borneo in May and June of that year. Japanese soldier Teruo Nakamura was discovered in the Morotai jungle in 1974, as one of the WWII Japanese soldiers who held out subsequent to the Japanese military's surrender.

Inscriptions & Markings

Added to head of letter at a later date is inscription ' First letter written home for 3 1/2 years'.Top left hand- FOR SAFETY/ IN YOUR LETTERS DO NOT REFER TO:-/ The name of your ship or other ships in the convoy, or its escorts./The date of sailing, ports of call, or probable destination./ The description of troops, their loca-/tion or any other information/ which, if intercepted, would be of/ value to the enemy. In your Top right hand- Australian Red Cross Society/ (UNOFFICIAL)/ 25-8-45/ (added at later date 'Morotri Island')/ Alex, Have witten this especially/ as i don't wish our women folk to know the tougher side of life./Well Alex for the first/ 2 1/2 years as POWs we lived reasonably/ well, but the last 15 months was like /hell. Heres the worst lot of b-s/ you could find on earth, they worked /us from 7AM till 6 PM, & fed/ us on muck you wouldn't feed to/ Pigs. I'm nothing at all they would

Air Mail Envelope - Prisoner of War Air Mail Letter

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

An Air mail letter/envelope written to A.J.Roddy while a prisoner of war in Stalag XV111 A

Historical information

This is part of the A.J. Roddy Collection. The type written 'letter' inside cannot be deciphered as the envelope is stuck with adhesive.

Inscriptions & Markings

Prisoner of War post/ KRIEGSGEFANGENEN POST/ Service Des Prisoneiers De Guerre/(White writing on Blue Background) AIR MAIL/ PAR AVION/ (London Post Mark) Dater 21 April 1943// Top right hand corner: 21/2D (Pence) [Stamp Postage] with head of King George V (Blue)// RANK AND NAME (typed) Pte Roddy. A. J./Surname in Block letters British Prisoner of War/ Prisoner of War No (typed) 3557/(se note on flap)/ Camp name & No: (typed) STALAG XV111A G.W. 10511/ including subsidairy/ NUMBERING OR LETTERING/ if any EG WORKING CAMP/ COUNTRY (typed) GERMANY

Handkerchief

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Linen Handkerchief on which many of the Prisoners of War of the Japanese signed and recorded their unit identity.

Historical information

A Note with the Handkerchief. A relic of Nakompaton This frame contains a linen handkerchief on which many of the prisoners of war of the Japanese have signes and recorded their unit identity

Inscriptions & Markings

Many signatures of soldiers including "Edward Weary Dunlop"

Copied Photos - The Amiens Gun

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Two copied photos of the Amiens Gun (seperate Frames) and a history of the Amiens Gun in seperate frame.

Historical information

This 11 inch (28) Railway Gun was captured by the AIF in front of Harbonnieres near Villers Bretonneaux on the 8th of August 1918. It was one of the Guns used by the Germans to shell Amiens from a distance of 15 miles (24km) in an endeavor to destroy the railway centre in the city. However the destruction of the city was prevented by the advance of Allied Troops on the morning of 8th August when 5 Australian, 4 Canadian, 4 British and 9 French Divisions broke the German Front before Amiens./ The Barrel of the Great Gun, 41 feet (12,5m) long and weighing more than 45tons (45-80 tonnes), is exhibited at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. More information can be found at www.Wikipedia/The Amiens Gun

Inscriptions & Markings

None on Photos, the history frame has a short history and "Presented by the Canberra Services Club 2003"

Certificate - Despatch Notice

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Photocopy of original certificate of despatch

Historical information

Is one of 4 certificates framed together in a frame 55cm W x 55cm H belonging to Bdr. Joesph Moore.

Inscriptions & Markings

The War of 1914-1918/ Australian Imperial Force/ 1272 Gnr. (A.Bomdr.) J. Moore, 51st By Field Artilery./ was mentioned in a despatch from/Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig. KT., G.C.B., G.C.V.O., K.C.J.E./ dated 7th April 1918/ for gallant and distinguished services in the Field/ I have it in Command from the King to record His Majesty's/ high aprreciation of the services rendered. (indecipherable signature)/ Secretary of State for War.

Paper Ticket - Leave Pass Ticket WW11

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

A large paper ticket - Leave Pass belonging to A.J. Roddy, showing details of recipient and issuing officer.

Historical information

This Leave Pass ticket is part of the A.J. Roddy Collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

Across the top of the ticket are numbers 1-31 in boxes that could be punched or marked./ Printed on the ticket, Left hand side: AAF A96/Revised/April 1943. In the centre beside this is: Australian/ Military Forces. On the right side in big Print: LEAVE PASS B8578067 Below all of this: LEAVE OF ABSENCE (with permission to proceed to below)MENTIONED/ DESTINATION HAS BEEN GRANTED TO:-/ ARMY NO. RANK NAME FROM TO/ Hand written under above headings; VX8007 Pvt. Roddy AJ, 1600hrs (& Under this) 7/9/45. Under To: 0700hrs Under this; 8/9/45/ Destination Unit Stamp/ Stamp (Metro Area)/Signature & Rank (indecipherable) PLACE.....

Badge - Rising Sun lapel/hat badge

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Smaller style rising sun hat badge or lapel badge that belonged to Lt. Frank William Tickle

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Commonwealth Military Forces

Satchell (leather)

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Brown leather satchell,embossed with Australian flora and forna, front, back and under flap, there is a carry handle on the top. The front features two Kookaburra like birds, under the flap is a Kangaroo and butterfly and folliage on the back. The seams and handle are hand sewn with 2.5mm leather lacing, and there are press studs to hold the flap closed. There are two internal pockets, stitched with fine cotton thread and the stitching is only visable from the inside.

Historical information

This item of meorabilia was made by J.G.Murphy while he was hospitalised in the Middle East during the 2nd World War. He later became President of the Red Cliffs RSL and a Life Member of the League for service rendered.

Certificate - Certificate of Discharge Bdr. J, Moore

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Photocopy of original Discharge Cetificate on grounds of medical unfitness

Historical information

Certificate of Discharge No 1272 rank; Bombadier Moore Joseph - Served Three years 331 days; Service Abroad - Three years 155 days. Medals Military Medal/ Discharged Keswick Barracks Adelaide./ Part of Framed display of Certificates for Joseph Moore

Inscriptions & Markings

top right hand corner: R10325/ Issued with Silver badge No 45908, signature of Secretary of State for War, 5th May 1919. Discharged: Medical unfitness due to gunshot wound right thigh whilst on active service.

Identity Card - Identity Card for A.J. (Blue) Roddy

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Postcard sized identity card for Alfred james Roddy. Ink print on card Writing in ink, one ink stamp

Historical information

Part of collection of A.J. (Blue) Roddy VX 8007

Inscriptions & Markings

O.H.M.S./ Post Free/ Left hand side: Form C.R.3./ Civilian Regidtration (British Subjects). / Keep this Identity card in a cover./ It will fir into an ordinary envelope./ Carry it with you when away from home.// IDENTITY CARD./ Number./ 19118 A45883/ Notify any change of place of living on Form C.R.4/ (obtainable at Post Office)./ If not delivered within 14 days/ return to Divisional Returning/ Officer at

Japanese Sword

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Japanese NCO Army sword has ornate cast alloy and brass hilt which has 3 small Lotus flowers. Steel blade and metal sheath

Historical information

Notes with sword. This Japanese sword was received by 2/8th Australian Field Regiment at the surrender at Miri, Borneo, in 1945. The Regiment served in the Middle East (1940-43) as part of the 9th Australian Division. It's final action was in Borneo, once again with 9th Division.

Inscriptions & Markings

Number on Blade 136088

Razor - Service Shaving Razor WW11

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Aluminium & steel Service razor -No Blade. Handle finshed in knurling

Historical information

Razor is part of the A.J. Roddy Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

A.S.& Co R45

Telegram - Telegram from Minister for the Army to Mrs. Roddy

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

A hand written telegram from the Minister for the Army to Mrs. J. Roddy to inform her of the capture of VX8007 A.J. Roddy

Inscriptions & Markings

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA POSTMASTER GENERAL's DEPARTMENT/ RECIEVED TELEGRAM/ Typed section of Telgram: FUNDS MAYBE QUICKLY, SAFELY AND/ECONOMICLY TRANSFERRED BY/ MONEY ORDER TELEGRAM/ PLEASE TURN OVER./ RECIEVED TELEGRAM./ The first line of this Telegram contains the following/ particulars in the order named/ Office of Origin, Words, Time Lodged, No/ (hand written)Melbourne, 36/1, 9a, 12 , 2./ Top right hand corner: T.G. 42 (not stamped)/Office Date Stamp/sent at...../Ch'nl No..../ By ....(all of which have no markings)/ Mid Document: Remarks. This message has been recieved subject to the/post and telegraph act/ and regulations./ The time received at this office is shown at the end of this message./The date stamp indicates the date both of lodgement and of reception/ inless otherwise shown after the particulars/ of the time lodged.// Beside this is: TO (hand written) Postal acknowledgement/ Personal/ Mrs. J. Roddy 20 Emily St/Merbein 6365.// Under this handwrittten in ink: Distre 1319 To inform you that/ VX8007 A J Roddy Previously/ reported missing is now reported/ Prisoner of War Interned Carinthia/ Minister for the Army/ 9.25

Hexamine Stove

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Light gauge metal folding stove using 25mm X 25mm X 10mm hexamine tablets as fuel. The stove folds up to hold a pack 0f hexamine tablets, it is gold in colour and designed to heat a mess tin in the field.

Historical information

Stove used in the field by individual soldiers for heating food and boiling water. The stoves were provided in individual ration packs and when folded up held a packet of hexamine tablets, the fuel used in the stove.

Enamel Badge - Original R.S.L. lapel Badge

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

A lapel badge of the Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League of Australia. Very similar in shape to current R.S.L. Badge but twice the size, provision is made at the top of the badge for a crown clip (removable) with a date showing membership year. Blue, white and red enamel on brass.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sailors and Soldiers League Australia

Replica Medals - WW1 & WW11 Medals Awarded to Nathaniel Barclay

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

WW1 - Distinguished Conduct Medal 1914/15 Star 1914/18 British War Medal Victory Medal WW11 - 1939/45 British War Medal Australian Service Medal 1939/45 All medals with associated coloured ribbons. These are replica medals made in the exact metals as the originals. Also in display is a record of War Service which can be found in the narrative.

Historical information

Born 5th October 1895 in Adavoyle, United Kindom Occupation Grocer and later horticulturalist Married after WW1- Wife - Daisy Florence Barclay World War One Staff Sergeant Regimental Number 2139 Enlisted AIF in Melbourne 29th December 1914, having previously served 3 months with the Ulster Volunteers and to camp Broadmeadows, to depot Battalion 29th December 1914. Embarked from Melbourne for the middle East with 3rd reinforcement group for the 5th Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 25th February 1915 per transport 'Runic'. Disembarked Alexandria and to camp Heliopolis, Egypt. Operation Gallipoli from 5th May 1915 with 5th Battalion. Sick with dental problems 2nd Field Ambulance 17th September 1915. To hospital Lemnos 20th December 1915. To Alexandria hospital with pluerisy 12th January 1916. Returned to Australia with enteric per 'Nestor' 9th February 1916.To duty Broadmeadows 4th April 1916. Wmbarked with 4th reinforcements group for the 58th Battalion, 15th Brigade per transport 'Themistocles' 1st August 1916 Returned to England 14th September 1916. Operations France and Flanders from 6th December 1916. To 59th Battalion 29th December 1916. To 5th Division Infantry School 18th February to 28th March 1917 as Lance Corporal. Corporal 7th April 1917. Sergeant 2nd May 1917. To 3rd Southern General Hospital Oxford 4th October 1917. Returned to Melbourne per Transport 'Persic' 12th February 1918. Discharged 14th March 1918. Second World War. Regimental Number V5571 Emlisted in the Australian Military Forces in Royal Park, Melbourne 22nd August 1940 and to 2nd Infantry Training Battalion, Fyansford. Staff Sergeant 24th August 1940. To 2/14th Training Battalion Wangaratta 11th October 1940. To 2/23rd Training Battalion, Wangaratta 18th October, 1940.To Southern Command Training School 26th May 1941.to Camp Bonegilla 15th May 1942. To Camp Caulfield 11th November 1942. Discharged to Reserve Occupation 19th November 1942. Remarks. Awarded 1915-15 Star, British War Medal, and Victory Medal 1914-1919 Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal as Lance Corporal vide London Gazette 30111 of 31st July 1918. Citation for action on 9th July 1917 during the third Battle of Ypres reads- " For conspicous gallantry and devotion to duty. He rendered invaluable service during operation in carrying important messsages through heavy fire" Awarded War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45 in 1951. Described as 71.5inches tall, medium complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. He died 11th September 1962.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Ammunition Box

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Wooden ammunition box with rope and timber carry handles. 2 u shaped metal closing clips secured by a split pin. The wood lid is hinged with 2 webbing strips. The inside has yellow felt padding and provision for wood dividers (missing)

Inscriptions & Markings

upper side of box has "S8" embossed. No other markings

Framed Letter - Citation for Military Cross

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Letter in brown wooden frame with the Battalion colour patch attached to wooden surround under the glass.The letter has the Commonwealth of Australia emblem on the top of the page and was issued by the Department of Defence on the 17th September 1918, to notify Lieutenant F.W. Tickle's father the he had been awarded the Military Cross. It also has the citation for which the Military Cross was awarded. The paper backing on the frame is detiorating.

Historical information

This letter was sent to Mr. Frank Tickle Esquire in Warracknabeal, in Victoria, to inform him that his son Lieutenant Frank William Tickle,M.C. 8th Battaslion, had been awarded the Military Cross. With reference to the award conferred as announced in the London Gazette dated 26th November, 1917. "For conpicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in an attack. He led his company throughout with such fearless disregard of danger as to inspire his men to great effort. When they came under heavy shell fire he halted his men in shell holes, and went out to a flank and engaged the enemy with a machine gun. During the fight for the final objective he was again heavily opposed by a machine gun. He led his men forward with great gallantry and personally killed the entire gun crew and successfully captured the position. He set a splendid example of courage and determination."

Collage - Collage of WW1 photos

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

An old black wooden frame containing 12 WW1 photos which have been beautifully displayed in the frame, surrounded by hand made wooden lattice and leaves decor. Typed on the bottom of each photo is a description of the photo.

Historical information

There is no information with this collage other than what is on the photos, it is unknown who put it together, who owned it, or who donated it.

Inscriptions & Markings

Top Left to right. ( .1) British Infantry practicing an attack. (.2) Australians parading for the Trenches. (.3) 'Tommy' at home in German duggouts. Next Rowe Left to Right. (.4) London Scottish going to their trenches. (.5) Happy 'Tommys' wearing Hun Helmets. (.6) A galant Rescue under fire - This man saved 20 lives like this. Next rowe down, Left to right: (.7) Firing a heavy Howitzer in France. (.8) Loyal North Lancs Regiment cheering when ordered to the trenches. (.9) Thirsty German prisoners in their barbed wire cage. Bottom rowe Left to right (.10) Highlanders Pipe themselves back from the trenches. (.11) Decorating a Canandian on the Field of Battle. (.12) A 'Fag' after a fight.

Wallet - Leather Wallet

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

A leather wallet (possibly Emu hide), which was presented to A.J. Roddy, by Archie McNabb, for the Chamber of Commerce, Roxy Theatre, Red Cliffs 1940.

Historical information

Wallets like these were presented to the men leaving to join the Services or before leaving Australian shores, by Firms and individuals in the community

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Collage - Collage of WW1 photos of E. H. Rowe

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

A brown wooden frame, containing 7 photos and a history of Ernest Henry Rowe. The frame has a small plaque on the bottom front.

Historical information

This is part of the E.H. Rowe Collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

Photos from left-top to bottom: (.1) 1 Australian Divisional Headquarters- Orderlies, Grooms & Police- Derna Camp - Egypt 1914/ (.2) Two Pals and Ernie Rowe -Pyramids, Egypt, 1914/ (.3) Morning fatigues- Derna Camp- Egypt, 1914/ Main Photo: (.4) Officer Cadet Ernest Henry Rowe/ Queens College, Oxford, England/ October 1917./ Top right to bottom: (.5) Recovering at Al Hayat Hospital- Egypt after being wounded at Lone Pine Battle, Gallipoli, in August 1915./ (.6) The boy from the Bush- heading to France with Engineers- 1916./ (.7) The Sphynx and Pyramids - Egypt - 1914/ Plaque: To The Red Cliffs R.S.L. / from/ The Rowe Family of Red Cliffs/ 1st April, 2001.

Hat Badge - Hat Badge Royal Irish Rifles WW1

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

This Royal Irish Rifles Hat badge appears to be a Pewter type alloy with brass clip. At top a Crown. Centre is harp shaped. Left side of harp has the figure of a siren her wings join to the right side of the harp which is a bar? adorned with raised decor. Bottom is a scroll with the lettering- Qius Separabit.

Historical information

The Royal Irish Rifles was a British Army Infantry Regiment. It dates back to the reign of King George 111. In 1793 the British Army raised 2 new Regiments to meet the commitmentd of the war with the French First Republic. In 1881 under the Childers Reforms these 2 regiments were amalgamated to form the Royal Irish Rifles,it saw service in the Second Boer War, Great War. In 1921 it was renamed the Royal Ulster Rifles. Quis Separabit = "Who shall seperate us" (Latin) In 1968 under reforms of the army, was amalgamated with The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the Royal Irish Fusiliers to form the Royal Irish Rangers. More information on this Regiment can be found on Wikipedia under Royal Ulster Rifles

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal Crown Harp -Siren on left, wings joining to the right side with raised decor Scroll has - Quis Serarabit

POW Camp Money - POW 5 Lira Camp Money

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Low Grade paper with printed information, for use in Italian POW Camp. Has N6544 on it.

Historical information

Part of a collection of POW items by VX8007 A.J. Roddy, Ammo Coy, A.A.S.C. 6 Division, POW in Greece Campaign

Inscriptions & Markings

Prigionieri Di Guerra/ Buono fiduciano da L.5/ Valevole soltanto Nell' interno del cmpo di concentramento/ N. 6544 / Lire Cinque

Framed Photograph - Surrender of Japanese at Balikpapan

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Framed photograph (copy) of Japanese Commanders surrendering at Balikpapan. Black frame and glass covered. The Japanese Command staff with a Japanese general and aid-d-camp (Captian)carring his breif case along with other staff members. In the background here are 2 American PT boats with American naval personal .Note American flag flying in the top left corner. There are several American landing craft next to a Japanese landing barge. The Japanese landing bardge has the required surrender markings which is a green square with a white cross on top right of photo. The Australian soldier following the Japanese soldiers is wearing slouch hat and gungle green uniform. Along the docks are native workers.

Historical information

Japanese Commanders crossing a pontoon bridge under guard by Australian soldier on the way to the official surrender of Japanese forces in Balikpapan in (Dutch East Indies) Indonesia 1945. This was a major event in the ending of World War 2. Following the japanese surrender the Local population began it push for independance.

Inscriptions & Markings

Paper discription on lower photograph with details of item description, where photo obtained from and donated by.

Certificate - Certificate of Promotion in Rank

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Official Australian Government Certificate.Possibly written in old English script and carries the Royal Seal.

Historical information

This certificate and 5 other documents from the Walter Thomas West Collection, are in a frame 90.40cm x 66.50cm, which has non reflecting glass.

Inscriptions & Markings

Main face of Certificate. "His Excellency the Right Honorable Henry William Baron Forster a member of his Majesty's Most Honorable Privy Council Knight Grand Cross of the most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, Governor General and Commander In Chief of the Commonwealth of Australia. To Walter Thomas West Greeting: By virtue of the provisions of the Defence Act 1903 - 1918 and of all the other powers me enabling I, Henry William Baron Forster, the Goveneror General a foresaid acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, do gereby appoint you to be an officer of the Military Forces of the Defence Force of the Commonwealth from the First Day of January 1920. And I direct you diligently to discharge your duty as such officer in the rank of Lieutenant or in any higher rank to which the Governor General is pleased to promote or appoint you. Given under my hand and the seal of the Commonwealth this first day of October One Thousand Nine Hundred and Twenty Three. By the Excellency's Command. (signed) E.K. Bowden" Left Hand side Margin: Entered on record by me, in Register of Patents No 40 Page 2 this 5th day of December, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Twenty Three.

Cartoon - "Yer know, Blue, sometimes I sit back and wishes I was 'ome".

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Cartoon of soldiers in the trenches up to their waists in water wishing they were"ome". It shows the soldiers fully equipped, helmets, webbing, rifles with fixed bayonets. "Blue" was the nick name of A.J. Roddy owner of the cartoon.

Historical information

A.J. "Blue" Roddy was one of the people who set up the museum as it is today. Unfortunately the men didn't understand the need for records.

Inscriptions & Markings

signed Quincay// Cartoon quotation; "yer know Blue, sometimes I sits back and wishes I was 'ome'// (hand written) one of the boys left it under my pillow 1940