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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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Photographs - Yours sincerely George 6/9/18

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Photograph

Inscriptions & Markings

Yours sincerely George, 16/9/18 Sailor with Cap band H.M.A.S Sydney.

Badges - Italian

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Brass shoulder badge - Artillery

Inscriptions & Markings

Has symbol of crossed canons and flaming bomb with a small sword on either side.

Ammunition - Shell case

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Brass shell case 1938 2 pound shell

Historical information

Souvenir of WW2

Inscriptions & Markings

2 PDR sub call 1 II LA. A arrow 1938 ME

Edged Weapon Kukri

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

steel blade brass fittings wooden handle two small sharpening knives wooden and leather scabbard leather sword hangers

Documents - Discharge papers - Merchant Navy

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Merchant Navy certificates of discharge ranging from August 1925 to May 1941

Significance

Original documernts.

Inscriptions & Markings

Seaman Henry A Webb indicating rank AB to Bosun. Vessels Tarcoola and Narrabeen.

Book - WW1 - From the Australian Front

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Soft cover, information and black and white photos of Australian Forces on the Western Front in WW1.

Book - Australia in the War of 1939 - 1945. The Government and the People 1939-1941

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Official history of WW2

The Jet Age - Book

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Uniform Dog Tags

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Aluminium Dog tags one round one rectangular

Inscriptions & Markings

VX21216 Montgomery A

Book - - Manual of Map Reading.

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Hard cover book with fold out maps with 132 printed pages text. Author - The War Office 1955

Inscriptions & Markings

Airphoto reading, Field sketching.

Printed Display item

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Black and white print of soldier in camo gear carrying a steyr weapon. Soldier also has back pack etc.

Inscriptions & Markings

Print done by Jeff Isaacs

Book - WW2 - The War in the Desert

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

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

Booklet - State Emergency Services material

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Verification book and ration tickets. Paper and cardboard.

Inscriptions & Markings

Verification book for 15721 to Mr W Grant, transport driver. 3rd May 1942. 2 Victorian motor spirit Ration tickets for 2 gallons valid in all states.

Medal - Australian

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

1939 - 1945 Star with ribbon

Inscriptions & Markings

Unamed.

Equipment Fuse Tin

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Khaki tin used for storing bulbs and fuses etc.

Inscriptions & Markings

Painted on the lid Bells and Fuse D arrow D

Uniform RAAF

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Inscriptions & Markings

RAAF Officers rank shoulder boards

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

Uniform

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Black lace up GP boots

Medal 1914 - 15 Star

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

WW1 1914 - 15 Star on new ribbon

Historical information

Awarded to a Ringwood resident for service in WW1 pre 1915. His name is on the wooden honour boards on display in the club.

WWI card - Copy of Paintings "Australians Advancing fro Villers-Bretonneux" and others of the same era.

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Painting on paper background.

Inscriptions & Markings

Copy of Original painting of Australian advancing from Villers-Bretonneux August 18th 1918. Specially painted for the Australian Comforts Fund by Captain Will Longstaff. A.I.F War Artist. Captured Train Gun, Start of The Great attack,8/8/18 and The Capture of Hamel Village July 4th 1918 by A Pearse, War Artist.

Uniform, Naval Jacket

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Blue double breasted naval Jacket with bullion Australia shoulder titles and Petty Officers Badge with QE2 crown, and Cooks Trade Badge. Gold finished buttons.

Ammunition - 50 mil case and projectile

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

50 mil complete round been fired and refurbished

Inscriptions & Markings

Dated 1941 SL

Edged Weapon - Japanese NCO Sword

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Sword with wooden handle and metal hilt. Both hilt and scabbard have been painted black. Scabbard is metal.

Historical information

Brought home by an Australian soldier.

Book - Korea remembered,

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

cover depicting Australian soldier at rest, 393 printed pages, signed by korean veterans,

Equipment, First Aid Kit

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

First aid container metal Drab olive green metal container with red cross and yellow writing, Containg first aid equipment 3 first field dressing, Electrolyte powder, Kaolin compound powder, 1 band aid, adhiesive plastic patch. 3 Pin, Safety, Brass, Nickel plated, 1/2 inch 00083.1openend field dressing 00083.2 first field dressing un opened 00083.3 first field dressing un opened 00083.4 kaolin compound powder 00083.5 plastic band aid 00083.6 electrolyte powder 00083.7 safety pins X3

Inscriptions & Markings

6545-66-019-9802 First Aid Kit General purpose For MT (CES 6007)

Badges Victorian Colonial - Victorian Local Forces Helmet Plate and Forage Cap badge Circa 1885

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Victorian Local Forces Helmet Plate and Forage Cap badge Circa 1885

Photograph - on parade Seymour army camp 1916

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Paper

Inscriptions & Markings

on parade Seymour army camp 1916.

Equipment - Machette Australian

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Australian issue machette checkered handle complete with canvas scabbard

Inscriptions & Markings

On blade - D arrow M/44

Uniform, Army Shirt

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Khaki Army style short sleeve shirt. Holes on shoulder boards where badges have been removed from.

Photo Album

Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood

Bound album with cardboard front and back covered in aqua fabric. Greek scroll decoration on bottom, KODAK gold lettering, frontleft. 11 pages plus one cut in half. Each pages contain four photo pockets with black and white photos. Each photo has handwritten description on bottom of pocket. Photos depict Mena Camp, Egypt.1914 /1915, warships in Mudrus harbour, hospital ship and photos of soldiers with local people. Photos missing.

Historical information

Captures a soldeirs experiences in Egypt including rare photos of the everyday life and experiences of a soldier.

Significance

Possibly a rare collection of a WW1 soldiers experiences captured in photographs

Inscriptions & Markings

Each photo inscribed below image with information about location. Top Right inside cover Donated by R.F. Ormaton, Box Hill. Photos belong to Capt. A. Greig Dec. 1988. Also written top left ‘J. Crowley / 105 Ocean Street/ Rosebud/ (059) 861246