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Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch Ringwood, Victoria

The Ringwood RSL has some of the best displays of memorabilia in Victorian. The collection focuses on locally and nationally relevant military memorabilia, covering all theatres of activity by Australian Forces since Federation from WW1, WW2, Korea and Vietnam. We have on display items ranging from uniforms, equipment, photographs, medals souvenirs, trench art, books and ephemera.

Ringwood RSL is a metropolitan sub-branch of the RSL, situated in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
It was formed in 1919 with a membership of 28.
After a short hiatus, and through the efforts of one member, Captain Miles the RSL was re-established in 1924 and has been in continuous ever since this time.
Originally housed in the Mechanics Institute building, members successfully raised enough funds to buy Jubilee Hall on Station street in 1956 with further renovations taking place in the subsequent years.
The clubs current location adjacent to the railway station and within busy shopping district of Ringwood is a definite advantage to the RSL in terms of public access for potential visitors. The club is known also for the strength of its Women's auxiliary which was formed at the start of World War 2and has a long history of successfully raising funds for welfare and conducting social events for families of returned soldiers.
The origins of the memorabilia collection and arrival at this location are currently unknown, however the work undertaken through the VHP by the Memorabilia team has sparked a renewed interest in finding out more about it's beginnings. The collection focuses on locally and nationally relevant military memorabilia, covering all theaters of activity by Australian Forces since foundation. It consists broadly of uniforms, honour boards, military relics, trench art, books, photographs, firearms and ephemera.
It has grown over the years in an impromptu way, largely by donations passed to the RSL by veterans or their families and in some cases by the Armed Forces them selves. The exact size of the RSL's collection is currently unknown, but estimated to be around 2000 items.
Unlike other RSL memorabilia collections in the surrounding areas which have found it difficult to continue due to dwindling numbers of volunteers and inadequate skills, it is anticipated that the Ringwood branch is likely to grow as the demand for suitable places capable of caring for these items increases. Ringwood RSL's desire to participate in the VHP is motivated primarily to ensure that they have the skills and knowledge required to take care of current items with future expansion in mind.
The Ringwood RSL has great exhibition spaces available for the showing of the memorabilia collection and also have a desire to be able to create and develop interesting and engaging exhibitions for the public to enjoy. Prior to their participation in the Veterans Heritage Project (VHP), the organisation did not have a system in place to account for and properly manage their collection. The three main issues have been: 1) loss and/or destruction of valuable objects, 2) little to no knowledge of object provenance, 3) limited skills, equipment and knowledge to undertake collection management.
By providing the Ringwood RSL members with the tools necessary to properly care for their collection, it is expected that not only will the RSL, but the wider community, will begin to actively engage with the history of the organisation through Victorian Collections. It is expected that this will contribute positively to the continuation and preservation of their collection for generations to come.
After 11 day5 of on-site training and support from MA (Vic) staff, participants Ringwood RSL have successfully
• reorganised and renovated the collection store
• developed policies and procedures consistent with museum standards,
• acquired new skills, knowledge and confidence to continue to manage their collection to the standards demonstrated
• catalogued a total of 150 records on the Victorian Collections collection management system — all of which were made publicly accessible.
As a direct result of the Veterans Heritage Project, participating members of Ringwood RSL have become competent users of Victorian Collections, and have also developed a clear understanding of collection management best-practices and standards. The Ringwood RSL Memorabilia team is also committed to continuing the task of cataloguing their collection until it has been completely documented on Victorian Collections and have set targets for themselves to achieve this result. For the continuing success of the project it is important for Ringwood RSL members to recognise a few potential challenges:
1) Maintaining momentum in cataloguing with Victorian Collections use to ensure the on-going success of the project.
2) Ensuring the collection policy is actively used to guide acquisitions and deaccessioning.
3) Ensuring acquisitions are received in a formal way so that vital donor and object information is not lost which can potentially result in the RSL being left with unwanted items and no legal ownership. Procedures to deal with this need to be discussed broadly with RSL management and front of house staff also.
4) Ensuring that all memorabilia is well-documented and appropriately stored.
5) Monitoring and maintaining a Pest Management program to ensure sensitive items such ds those made from fabrics or paper are not degrading.'
6) Tracking the movement of objects as they come on and off display and ensuring records are updated accordingly.
Participation from Ringwood RSL remained constant across the 11-day period, with numbers ranging from two to seven members. The participants were:
• George Ward
• Brian Roe
• Peter Fogarty
• Colin Vincent
• Geoff Coglan
• David Liggett

In total , seven participants can be said to be able to competently use Victorian Collections for cataloguing items. With heightened awareness of the project at the Ringwood RIL it is hoped that new users will be added to this list in the future.

Peter Hedgcock has lately volunteered to assist the above crew.

5.5. Policies and Procedures
During the workshop, participants gained an understanding of the importance of collection policies and donation forms as being fundamental to how a museum operates, as well as guiding and informing how a collection is acquired and used. Resulting from this training, Ringwood RSL developed a draft collection policy that will soon be presented to their council for approval and adoption.

6. Observations
It was important for MA (Vic) Staff to be onsite throughout the entire duration of the program to provide help and advice.
The 11-day training resulted in a steady progression of skill and confidence development as participants had varying degrees of comfort and experience using digital technologies and working with memorabilia. At the start of the workshop, those who were less familiar with computers and internet usage required more assistance from MA (Vic) staff throughout the day; however, by the end of the 11 days, these individuals were able to catalogue objects on their own. MA (Vic) staff also noted that participants were eager and capable to help one another if advice or assistance was needed.
MA (Vic) staff could see participants using their new skills within the examination and investigation of items — searching for inscriptions and markings. Moreover, participants demonstrated a greater understanding of preventative conservation. By the end of the workshop, participants were able to assess and appropriately prepare objects for long-term storage without assistance.

7. Budget Disbursement
Ringwood RSL was granted $5,000 for the purchase of goods and services that would contribute to the preservation of their memorabilia.
MA (Vic) staff concluded that the establishment of a designated, secure storage area at Ringwood RSL was a key priority. This would provide a more stable environment for fragile materials, and create safe, secure storage for easy object retrieval and access. To facilitate this long-term preservation and storage plan, conservation-grade materials were purchased from Archival Survival along with cabinets from Safer Storage Systems.
Additional tools and materials (detailed below) were also purchased to provide Ringwood RSL members with enough resources to allow them to continue cataloguing once MA (Vic) staff had finished on-site.
Table 2: Materials and equipment purchased as at the time of report:

Item Cost
Assorted materials Archival Survival $ 1,899.60
Shelf and cabinets Safer Storage Systems $ 831.00
Assorted materials Archival Survival $ 321.86
Camera Ted's Cameras $ 499.95
Assorted materials Archival Survival $ 693.32
TOTAL: $ 4,245.73

Contact Information

location
16 Station Street Ringwood Victoria 3134 (map)
phone
+61 98706604

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Opening Hours

9am until 10pm

Entry Fee

Free to visitors but they must sign in at reception.

Location

16 Station Street Ringwood Victoria

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Established by the late Len Polkinghorne the collection was catalogued with the assistance of John Mangan in the mid 1990s. The collection has continued to grow as the demand for suitable places capable of caring for these items increases.

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Equipment, Safety Fuze No11

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Black metal round container. Paper sticker label listing contents on lid. Stamped on base.

Inscriptions & Markings

48 feet of saftey fuse no11 3/45 20 seconds per yard burn rate, Group VI

Booklet - Souvenir of Bristol & Clinton

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Souvenir photo album

Trench art.

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

RAAF under Eagle Trench art Car badge / lamp badge

Inscriptions & Markings

RAAF under Eagle

Equipment - Aterbrin Tin

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Small Khaki tin from WW2 which onced contained Aterbrin Tables 10 mg. This product was used widely to help control Maleria amongst the troops.

Inscriptions & Markings

Impressed in the lid Aterbrin 10 gram.

Book, Pistols - Infantry Training

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Infantry Platoon Weapons Pistols 1966,

Historical information

Vietnam period.

Headgear Hat Utility (Giggle Hat)

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Soft green hat.

Uniform, Navy, Mess Jacket, Waistcoat, Trousers

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Colonel Mess Uniform, tailormade. 00055.1 Waistcoat. Felt front with polyester back and lining marked ‘Evans’. 00055.2 Jacket. 00055.3 Trousers. Tailor made.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tag inside front right waistcoat ‘Evans’.

Document Discharge Certificate

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Hard cardboard cover containing discharge certificate

Inscriptions & Markings

3787387 Trevor Ward PEARCE. Discharged 28 Sept 1967. Date of certificate 26 Oct 67.

Souvenir Trench Art

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

WW1 April 1918 Brass Shell Case Base.

Inscriptions & Markings

Polte Madgeburg SP406

Badges Shoulder Titles

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

00497.128th London Territorial Bn 00497.2 Royal Scottish Fuseliers 00497.3 King Somerset Light Inf 00497.4 Hoghland Brigade ?

Uniform - Naval Tally Band

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Black Tally Band with gold lettering

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal Australian Navy

Equipment

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Triangular bandage

Book

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Hard cover with Jacket, HMAS Mk11. Has 200 pages with colour drawings of vessels and other Navy equipment/personnel. Book was published to present the work in WW2 of the ships and men of the RAN.

Ammunition - Projectile

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

2 pound flat nose projectile

Historical information

Used in WW2

Inscriptions & Markings

P 2 PR II Mks X plus X guns 72 7/42 BS

Badges Officers Pips

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

18 Assorted Officers pips and 1 Italian Rifle Coy badge

Badges - Association etc

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

TPI 1973; Australia Remembers 1995; RSL ; Returned from Active Service; Ex POW Assn; War Chest; Life Member Rinfwood RSL blood donor; WW1 Women's Badge with two bars; The Royal British Legion; Women of Australia badge WW2 with one star; RSL Women's Auxilliary; Australian Women's Army Srevice Assn Vic; Australia Lapel badge; 12th Bn Assn badge; TB Sailor, Soldier Airman Assn Vic.

Document - Postcard WW1 Mounted Division

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Greetings from New Zealand and ANZAC Mounted Division Christmas 1917

Inscriptions & Markings

From Ralph to Gertie

Photo, Batch

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

00154.1 RAAF Liberator flying over RAAF Base Dubbo Strip 250 00154.2 Crashed RAF Mosquito near Narramine NSW at Strip 650 Duddo. 00154.3 Vulter Vengenance at Strip 650 Dubbo NSW 00154.4 Planes and staff at Dubbo. 00154.5 Crashed Tiger Moth suspended in trees. 00154.6 RAAF Base Dubbo Strip 250 00154.7. “. “. “. “. “ Stores Depot. 00154.8. “ Officers and other ranks thought to taken at Dubbo NSW WW2.

Shield - Honour Board WW1

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Wooden Honour listing the names of Past scholars of Ringwood Primary School who took part in the Great War. The centre panel headed Memoriam lists the names of the 12 pupil who died on service. There are 68 other names listed on the board. School 2997.

Historical information

Removed from the school when the property was sold and donated to the Ringwood RSL.

Inscriptions & Markings

Details of many of the soldiers listed on the board are recorded in the book " The Anzacs of Maroondah" published in November 2018.

Untitled

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Equipment

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Canvas Equipment bag WW2

Inscriptions & Markings

P. Doherty

Document Training Manual

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

00155.1 Royal Marines Physical Exercise Table 1943 72 printed pages. 00155.2 Great Britain National Registration Identity Card to Francis M. Thomsom Edinburgh 1947 00155.3 The Serviceman's Sewing Guide. Printed and illustrated. * pages on paper.

Uniform, Army Jacket, Dress

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

White dress jacket for Sergent from Vietnam war. Royal Australian Engineers Corp

Equipment Gas Mask

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Gas Mask

Inscriptions & Markings

MA6 0115

Uniform, Australian Air Force Jacket

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Navy Blue jacket with Gold Buttons and Sergeant Stripes plus waist belt.

Equipment Side Pack

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

1916 Webbing Small Pack with leather shoulder strap and brass bucles

Historical information

Type of equipment used in WW1

Inscriptions & Markings

Australia CGHF 1916 with Broad Arrow

Photographs - Assorted WW2 photographs Middle East

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Envelope dated December 1940 from Salvation Army hut Egyptian stamps to Miss Isabel Munro, Prahran. Containing 2 photos.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sent by Don Munro, A Coy, 2/6th Btn to Miss Isabel Munro. "Don and Ned"

Photo, Navy - photo

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Paper

Inscriptions & Markings

none

Document - Personal letter

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Letter from Cliff to Beth

Fighting Jets - Book

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood