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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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Menu - POW Dinner Menu 1944

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

2 sheets of card used to make a menu, hand sketched xartoon on front in grey lead and ink of soldier leaning on a shovel. Inside is two menus. One is the ideal menu the second is the real menu, (Very Humerous) all hand written in ink. Brought home from POW camp by A.J. (Blue) Roddy VX8007

Historical information

Forms part of the A.J. (Blue) Roddy VX8007 Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

Front page: 3rd POW/ Anniversary/ 1944/ Bottom Left corner: Notsch 10811/GW Page 1: MENU/ Hors-d'oeuores/Soup./ Consomme Minestrone Tomato Bouillon/ Fish/ Whiting Dover Soles Oysters./ Emtree/ Roast beef and Yorkshire Pudding/ Roast Pork and White sauce./ Grilled chops and peas./ Dessert. Peach Melba Fruit Salad and Cream/ Carlton Puding, Apple pie and Cream/ Ice Cream/ Coffee.// Page 2: Menu/ Horses Manoeures/ Etwas./ Yeatecomme,Tinned Tomato Bully./ Tons of it./ Salmon Red. Salmon Pink. Sardines Varied./ Enter./ Roast Bully and "Bengers" Yorkshire Pudding./ Roast Meat Roll and Horse radish sauce/ Garlic sausage Grilled spick and Etwas./ Desserted./ Rice Custard, custard,/ Fruit salad and klim, Notsch duff./ Currant Pudding and custard./ Cold klim./ Coffee - if lucky tea./ Captivity Plonk./ K.G.H. Schnapps, Soft Drinks/ Beer cocktails.

Framed Document - Officers Mess Bill for Lieutenant I.A. O'Connell 2-27th Punjabis 1919

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

An original Mess Bill for the Officers Mess of the 2nd 27th Punjabis Regiment, 30th September 1919. Framed in a wooden frame with additional informayion on I.A. O'Donnell and family inside frame.

Historical information

Provides an itemised account of mess charges and credits, eg. credit Bridge winnings

Inscriptions & Markings

Full listing of bill, Signature and date of mess president

Photo - Group of troops including Sgt, Wiiliam Carroll 815 in Europe

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Black and white photo of Australian troops in Europe during the Great War. Sgt Carroll is on the far left front row as you view the photo and marked with a x at his feet.

Historical information

This photo is part of a collection of Sgt. William Carroll.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Certificate - Commendation Military Medal Award

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Photocopy of original certificate for Military Medal award to No 1272 Gunner J. Moore

Historical information

Contained in a frame with 3 other certificates associated to J. Moore

Inscriptions & Markings

Coat of Arms on Top of page/ dated 8th June 1918/ To No1272 Gunner (a/Bombadier) J. Moore, Australian Field Artillery. I congratulate you on the gallant act by which you have won the Military Medal./Rawlinsom, Commanding Fourth Army.

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

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

Brass Statue - Brass Australian WW11 Soldier

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

A brass cast Australian Soldier in jungle equipment with Owen Gun, slouch hat, dog tags, basic 37 patern webbing, short and boots.

Historical information

No-one at currently at Red Cliffs Military Museum knows Mrs Mihan. but are trying to rectify this.

Inscriptions & Markings

No makers mark

Framed Photo - Barclay Memorial Sculpture

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

A framed photo of a Memorial Sculpture to honour Nathaniel Barclay, which is located in Barclay Square, Red Cliffs. The sculpture was designed by Heather McClumpha, a student of Red Cliffs High School 1965. The phot is in an ornate scrolled (scrolling made from plaster of paris) frame which is slightly damaged.

Historical information

Heather McClumpha is now Mrs. Newton Hunt

Inscriptions & Markings

Top: The Barclay Memorial/ Barclay Square. Under photo: To honour Cr. Nathaniel Barclay, DCM, MLA, J.P.,/ Designed by Heather McClumpha,/ a student of Red Cliffs High School, 1965.

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

Torch Pump Action

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

A manually powered torch, made from die cast metal. The torch is powered by means of a lever action handle which is operated by squeezing with a spring return. It has a magnify in lens and the handle can be locked down when not in use.

Inscriptions & Markings

Japanses markings and Arabic Numerals. Possibly patent numbers 178061/188192/203357

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 Photo Reproduction - Changi POW Camp 1942

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Black & white reproduction photograph of Changi POW Camp in ornate wooden frame. Photograph shows variety of tents and structures in foreground and groups of figures in background. Vehicle with Red Cross emblem in background.

Inscriptions & Markings

On Photograph: 6-Bartack SQ,. Sept, 1942. Black tape on frame: Changi POW Camp 1942

Non Escape Pledge

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

paper document backed on cardboard of a pledge form for allied POW's not to escape. This is a copy and larger than the original.

Inscriptions & Markings

No T113,. I, the undersigned, hereby solemnly swear on my honour that I will not, under any circumstances, attempt to escape. Signed Dated At Nationality Rank or position

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.

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.

Pewter Tankard - The Australian Army Tankard

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Pewter drinking cup with ornate handle, Rising sun Badge with Queens Crown. Glass bottom. Tpered sides. Listing Captains and locations. From World War 1, World War 11,, Korea, Malaya and Vietnam

Historical information

There is no record of where this Tankard came from or who donated it.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Rising Sun Badge in Front centre. On Base serial No 0983, Makers markings, Other pewter markings

Telegram - Telegram to Lt. Frank William Tickle from Buckingham Palace

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Telegram sent to Lt. Frank William Tickle inviting him to Buckingham Palace from Lord Chamberlain, London.

Historical information

part of the Lt. Frank William Tickle Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

Envelope inscription - No Charge for Delivery top left hand corner. Lt. Frank Tickle 1st T.B. Telegram -Across top - Post Office (British Emblem) Telegraphs Left hand side & across top - Office of Origin, OHMS, Buckingham Palace handed in at 6.45p, Received here at 10.30p. To Lt. Frank William Tickle 1st T, Bde. A.I.F. 8th B Message - Your attendance is required at Buckingham Palace on Thursday next the 20th Inst. at 10.20 ock am. Service Dress. Please telegram acknowledgment. Lord Chamberlain London Office Stamp top right hand corner - Sutton Way Camp 14 mr 19 War Minister

Certificate - Instrument of Surrender

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

A copy of the Japanese Surrender Document, in a brown wooden frame, with ornate font in heading.

Historical information

Copy of a very important document of an event on the 6th September 1945, that changed the course of the second World War.

Inscriptions & Markings

Instrument of Surrender / of /Japanese Forces in New Guinea, New Britain,/ New Ireland, Bougainville / and adjacent Islands./ I, the commander in Chief of the Japanese Imperial/ Southeastern Army, hereby surrender to the General Officer/ Commanding First Australian Army all Japanese Imperial Armed Forces/ under my command in accordance with the instrument of/ Surrender issued by the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters and Government and// General Order No1 Military and Naval issued by the Japanese Imperial Headquarters./ I will henceforth and until otherwise/ directed by you or your successor carrry out the orders/ issued by you or your staff on your behalf to the best/ of my ability and I will take action to ensure that my/ subordinate commanders carry out the orders issued by/ your representatives./ (Japanese signature) General, Imperial jap... (indecipherable)/ Japanese Characters / Japanese Characters / Commander in Chief/ Japanese Imperial Southern Army/ Received on board H.M.S. Glory of Rabaul at/ 1130 hours sixth day of September 1945./ Signature Lieutenant General/ General Officer Commanding / First Australia Army. Caption on front of Document says "Copy of Surrender Document/ Donated by Mr. Clive Morgan/ of Mildura (formerly of Red Cliffs)

Bandage

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Triangular shaped bandage of calico material with multiple printed diagrams showing how to use item. Indicates base edge as well as sides and point

Historical information

Bandage used by Maggie Walker while attending First Aid Training during World War One approximately 1916 while her fiance Thomas Bishop was serving overseas. They married after the war. This bandage remained in the Bishop family for many years and was treasured. This would have been fairly standard equipment in first aid training. Probably had an associated instruction card that explained the numbers on each method of using the bandage as printed on the bandage.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on top point the St John Ambulance Association Star "THE ST JOHN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION" "M.W." written in permanent pen on edge

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"

Carved Stick

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

The carved stick is made from Kunja Cane of New Guinea. It was hand carved with the names and places the 2/7th Battalion Stretcher bearer unit. Carved by Dagwood Williamson, with the aid of a Penknife and a nail file.

Historical information

Note with Stick. Kairivu New Guinea This carved stick is Kunja cane of New Guinea. When the war ended my company was in Kairivu, the last outpost in the world to get official notification of the Peace. During the time of waiting for the word from Wewak, for something to do, Dagwood Williamson with the aid of a pen-knife and a nail file carved the names of the places we had been and the name of our Stretcher Bearer Unit - 2/7 Battalion. Next to the Doctor at Regimental Aide Post [R.A. P.]. I was Sgt. in Charge of Stretcher Bearers and when Dagwood Williamson asked me to accept the cane for safe keeping I was pleased to do so. Now most of the boys have gone, so now over to you to look after it, it is the only one in the -----WORLD. Stan Hair Red Cliffs. March 1999

Inscriptions & Markings

Highly decorated and has the names Aitape, Balif, Banyak, Maprik, Yamil, Kiarivu, Wewak, New Guinea, 1944-1945, 2/7th Btn, 6 Div, As a list. Stretcher bearers, Lofty, Stan, Norm, Bob, Jacko, Dagwood, Aussie, Mick, Lyle, Sam, Reg, Ocker, Hulla, Luppy, Stewy, Smithy, Harvey, Graham, Don, Dave, Mac x, Farmer, Vince, Farnell, Lightning.

Framed Photo - Photo of 2nd Brigade Artillery - Mena 1915

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

An original Photo of the 2nd Brigade Artillery with Pyarmids in the background.

Historical information

On the back of the frame is written:/ 2nd Brigade Artillery (18 PDRS) / Mena- Prior to Peninsular/ Landing 1915/ per favour - George Moore.

Inscriptions & Markings

None on photo

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

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

Certificate - Special Tabacco Ration for Ex-Service personnel

Red Cliffs Military Museum, Red Cliffs

Consummers copy of rationing certificate for tabacco to Ex-Service personnel

Historical information

Part of a collection for Thomas Henry Anderson VX 34767

Inscriptions & Markings

Consumer's Copy/ National Security (Tabacco Rationing) Regulations 1942/ Specil Tabacco Ration for Ex-Service personnel/ Surname Anderson Christian Names: Thomas Henry/ Address: P.O. Red Cliffs/ Male or Female/ Service Number: VX 34767/ Identity Card No/ R(unreadable) No./ Monthly Quota Selected- Cigarettes... 8oz Tabacco/ see details on other side/Nominated Retailer x Stracos..(Unreadable)..P/L/ John..L (unreadable) & Co/ (to be filled in bt retailer)/ Quota to operate on and from ....../ National Security (Tabacco Rationing) Regulations 1942/ I declare that I am a genuine smoker, that all supplies to be/ drawn as above are for my own personal use/ and that I have no other source of supply./ ...... signature of Applicant/ c.812/9.45-c.5491/ Authorized by (faded Signature)/ Chairman, Tabacco Distribution Committee/ Place Melle Ror Date: 20 Feb 1946 (More details on back of sheet but it is glused to a board)

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

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