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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

Contact

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.

Significance

The collection contains items ranging from the war in the Sudan 1885 up to present day wars. It contains primary source material in the way of photos, notes and diaries.

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Uniform, Short Jacket

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Short Khaki Battle jacket

Historical information

Short Battle Dress Jacket, not common in Australian Army in WW2. Issued to Albert Oliver in WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Metal Australia shoulder titles. No colour patches. Rising sun collar badges. Three blue service stripes on right lower sleeve.

Equipment

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

British Commonwealth pattern water bottle complete with web carrying shoulder strap.

Historical information

Water bottle used by Australian soldier during WW2

Inscriptions & Markings

Owners name on sling shown as D> Collier??

Equipment

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

3 piece expandable web belt with metal fittings.

RAAF Blazer

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Unknown Private School Blazer, Dark Blue with Emblem on pocket of RAAF Squadron in bullion. Stripe material around the edges. Blazer pocket Squadron emblem 467 Squadron RAAF.

Souvenir Lighter

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Metal cigarette lighter with base missing.

Uniform, Army Jacket, Khaki Drill

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Army Jacket, Khaki Drill O.A, 1949 pattern, Two plastic buttons, Three Seargant Cheverons, Red Air force wings flash, Two large breast pockets, Two large lower pockets, Waiste belt with brass buckle attatched,

Uniform, Trousers, RAAF

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Work pants for RAAF aircrew. Buttons x5 . Worn with braces. Navy blue.

Inscriptions & Markings

M. TX. 418595, R M Turnbull RAAF.

Document Certificate of Discharge - Board of Trade No, 963114

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Issued to Harry Webb - merchant seaman born 1901 in London - last entry 1921.12pages plus loose sheets. Continuous Certificate of Discharge

Souvenir Vietnam Doll

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Souvenir doll dressed in Asian attire mounted on wooden base.

Significance

Brought home ny an Australian soldier who served in Vietnam.

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.

Book Royal Navy - Cruisers of WW2

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Cardboard cover, printed text and photos. 288 pages. Author M.J.Whitley

Inscriptions & Markings

Cruisers of World War Two An international Encyclopedia.

Photo Album - View Album & Guide to Isle of Man

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

124 photos of Isle of Man

Book - On Guard - Volunteer Defence Corps

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

History of the Australian Volunteer Corps in WW2 ( Home Guard ).Printed pages

Historical information

An excellent reference to the forming and service of the Australian Volunteer Defence Corps in WW2. Sometimes referred to as Australia's Dad's Army.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed pages containing photos, sketches and jokes.

Book - WW2 - Blitzkrieg

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Hard cover, no dust cover 208 pages Text with black and white and colour photos

Uniform, Army Jacket and Trousers, Engineers Corps

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

00090.1 Warrent Officer 2nd class Kharki polly dress, 4 plastic brass look buttons front, 1 plastic brass look buttons breast pockets 2 brass belt keepers, 1 crown cloth badge each sleeve, 1 plastic brass look buttons on eppilate, 1 brass unint badge per collar. 1 belt 00090.2 pollyester tie, 00090.3 pollyester trousers, 00090.4 belt

Inscriptions & Markings

Commonwealth government clothing factory 1963,

Ammunition - shell case - Brass shell case

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Brass shell case

Inscriptions & Markings

S 8/7

Document railway - LSWR Continental Services

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

London and South Western Railway timetable and prices London to Paris

Historical information

Brought home by a returned Australian service person.

Photographs - RSL MEmbers photo's

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Photo Album with coloured pictures of building and people.

Uniform

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Ladies fawn coloured stockinettes

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Edged weapon

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Japanese sword with aluminium handle, brass fittings metal scabbard.

Inscriptions & Markings

5 Japanese symbols on blade.

Book - Australia in the War of 1939 - 1945. Middle East and Far East

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Official history no dust cover

Equipment - Cleaning kit folder

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Waterproof fabric tool roll missing contents

Photographs - Leonard Grant Collett.

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Painting of Leonard Grant Collett

Inscriptions & Markings

Full service recod

Book - Three Centuries of Wars of Aggression and Conquests

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Soft cover 43 pages containing text.

Book - - Flowers and views of the Holy Land.

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Souvenir booklet with wooden covers of British Occupation of Palestine 9th December 1917.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed " to my sweetheart wife from her loving husband in Palestine, Harold".

Untitled

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Book - Sudan Egypt - War in the Soudan Volume IV

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

British Forces in Egypt 1882 - 1885 Volume 4 192 pages

Equipment, Sewing Kit

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Soldiers sewing kit known as a 'Housewife' belonging to D.A. Geake, complete with needles, thread and buttons etc.

Inscriptions & Markings

Soldiers details. Reg. no 3/784037. D.A.Geake. Makers name also stamped on one end.

Booklet - Identity Card

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Cardboard identity card

Inscriptions & Markings

Form C.R.3. Civilian registration (British Subjects) V9 M09 20333. William Charles Grant. 30 Earl Street , Windsor.

Badges Australian Army

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Oval cloth badge with Rising Sun

Inscriptions & Markings

The Australian Army