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Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch Wangaratta, Victoria

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1 Victoria Parade Wangaratta Victoria 3677 (map)
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+61 (03) 5721 2051

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Monday - Thursday: 10.00 - 22.00 Friday - Saturday: 10.00 - 00.00 Sunday: 10.30 - 22.00

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1 Victoria Parade Wangaratta Victoria

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Honour Board - Women's Auxiliary - Presidents

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

timber look laminate five sided with RSL Women's Auxiliary crest with list of names in gold coloured paint in two columns

Historical information

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch - Women's Auxiliary Honour Board of Presidents from 1918 to the present day. On the 18/5/2018 the Women's Auxiliary celebrated its Centenary and is believed to be one of the oldest if not the oldest Women's Auxiliary in Victoria.

Significance

On the 18/5/2018 the Women's Auxiliary celebrated its Centenary and is believed to be one of the oldest if not the oldest RSL Women's Auxiliary in Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

Wangaratta Sub Branch President 1918 to present

Framed poster - Tobruk

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame containing poster with Map in centre and circles in each corner with images of soldiers and one symbol on light blue background

Historical information

Item donated by Eric Hamilton VX42389 who served with the 2/32nd Australian Infantry Battalion in the Middle East and at the battle of Tobruk which lasted 241 days in 1941.

Inscriptions & Markings

Siege of Tobruk April- Dec 1941

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and white photograph of all aboriginal platoon in single file holding rifles.

Historical information

Aboriginal soldiers formed a special all volunteer platoon at No 9 Camp Wangaratta in Victoria from late 1940 until February 1941. No 9 Camp was set up at the Wangaratta Showgrounds to allow the formation of the 2/24th Australian Infantry Battalion prior to leaving for Egypt. Major Joseph Albert Wright a WW1 Light Horse veteran was in charge of this platoon the only Aboriginal squad in the Australian Military Forces at that time. The soldiers from Lake Tyers enlisted at Caulfield between June and July 1940 include Harold Cornelius HAYES VX 48217 DOB 2/4/1916 Enlisted 25/7/40 Discharged 22/3/1941 Edward FOSTER VX48218 DOB 25/5/1921 Enlisted 25/7/1940 Discharged 22/3/1941 Noel Ernest HOOD VX48194 DOB 3/1/1919 Enlisted 25/7/1940 Discharged 22/3/1941 Edward Leslie MULLETT VX48199 DOB 30/6/1910 Enlisted 25/7/1940 Discharged 22/3/1941

Significance

Image relates to a "special platoon" based at No 9 Camp Wangaratta as being the Australian Army's first all Aboriginal Unit formed in 1940. The soldiers were all volunteers mainly from Lake Tyers in Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

Attached to rear - Abo Platoon by Colonel Rogers Wangaratta Dec 1940 - J A Wright 1940 Wang

Booklet - Wangaratta Sub Branch - Annual Report and Balance Sheet

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Yellow and brown cardboard covered booklet with RSL crest and type.

Historical information

Wangaratta Sub Branch - Annual Report and Balance Sheet For the year ending 31st December 1977

Inscriptions & Markings

Wangaratta Sub Branch - Annual Report and Balance Sheet For the year ending 31st December 1977

Personal papers - Lieut. A.J Cruise MBE

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Four large parchment documents Two Australian Military Forces certificates and one form Five original letters One copy of letter written in French Seven copies of typed letters AIF Military Pass

Historical information

Personal documents and letters belonging to Lieutenant Albert John CRUISE born 13/4/1883 at Nathalia in Victoria. Educated at Geelong College. Enlisted in NSW on 29/8/1914 as Private No 86 1st Battalion. Promoted to L/cpl on 25/7/1915 then Lieutenant on 9/11/1915. He was nominated and appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire - Military Division for conspicuous services rendered as follows:- 'During the period 16-19 September to 11th November 1918 this officer has shown conspicuous devotion to duty and great gallantry in the performance of that duty. He has organised salvage parties and was instrumental during the advance in September in making German Dumps of HE material available for use in forward positions thus saving time and transport. His work throughout has been characterised by marked individuality and courage in the forward area and has been productive of far reaching results. He served at Gallipoli and the Western Front. Due to pneumonia and enteric he returned to Australia in early 1916 to recuperate and married before returning in August 1916. In September 1919 he returned to Australia on board HMAT Takadaussie (refer item 363) and discharged on 7/11/1919. He later served full time with the CMF from 15/5/1940 - 17/10/1943. He died in 1952

Significance

Parchment of Appointed to rank 2nd Lieutenant on 9/11/1915 by King George V - Document dated 26/6/1917

Inscriptions & Markings

Cream Parchment with embossed seal, italic script and stamped George R I dated 26/6/1917 and 3/6/1919 Cream Parchment with embossed seal, italic script issued by the Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of the Commonwealth of Australia dated 17/3/1924 and 21/4/1941 AMF Recommendation for Promotion V 84119 Lieut Cruise - form incomplete AMF Certificate of Release from War Service No 11943 - V84199 Lieut Cruise AMF Certificate of Service of an Officer No 33461 -V84119 Lieut Cruise Typed letter dated 13/10/1919 from Commonwealth of Australia Dept of Defence to Lieut Cruise referring to London Gazette extract - Member of the British Empire - Military Division Typed letter embossed with seal dated 9/6/1919 signed W Birdwood Handwritten in blue ink with "Denman Chambers" imprint top right corner letter of reference signed B V Stacy formerly Lieut. Col., Commanding 1st Bn AIF Typed letter with AIF letterhead dated 1/6/1927 Typed letter with The Gallipoli Legion of Anzacs letterhead dated 24/1/1950 Typed copy of letter of gratitude in French dated 18/6/1918 from Military Attache General Pierre de Laguiche - stamped with Statue of Liberty AIF Military Pass dated 25/6/1919 issued to Lieut Cruise

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a sepia photograph of a city street scene. Handwritten message on the back.

Historical information

From the album of WWI soldier William West (1268) of the 29 Infantry Battalion, 5th Pioneers Battalion. This collection of postcards, photographs and clippings were sent between William and his family and loved ones during the years he was on active service. See also 207 and 220.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: "Rue a HELIOPOLIS"

Tankard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Pewter drinking tankard

Historical information

Presented to the late Army Chaplain Lewis NYMAN who served during the Vietnam War

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to Chaplain L N NYMAN From Officers of 3TB 20.4.68

Newspaper - Guinea Gold

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Two page cream coloured newspaper with black print and photograph.

Historical information

Two page newspaper containing news from home published in the field

Inscriptions & Markings

Guinea Gold Northern Edition (Australian) Volume 2 No 28 In the Field Thursday December 16 1943

Personal items

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Dog Tags X 4 Wrist Tag x1 Pte W. WEST 1268 AIF

Historical information

5th Pioneer Battalion. Five WWI dog tags, one brass, one homemade silver metal, one silver metal and two brown leather. These items are related to a photo album which was owned by W. West, reference number 208.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brass wrist tag: W. West 1268 5th Pioneers Batt. A.I.F. Homemade silver metal wrist tag: W. West 5th Poineer BTN AIF Silver metal tag: Front; Next of Kin Mrs A.M West VIC Nt Creswick Aust. Back; 1268 W. West D 29 AI CE Brown leather tag: West. W 1268 5 PNRS AIF CE Brown leather tag on neck string: West. W 1268 5 PNRS AIF CE

Minature Model Aircraft

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Gruman Avenger. Small brown and camouflage plane with black and red spots on wings. Yellow, white, blue & red circles on sides.

Historical information

One of a collection of 25 model aircraft made by Brian Anthony DOWD late of Eldorado

Inscriptions & Markings

NF W8142

Scabbard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black scabbard for a pattern 1907 bayonet. Attached to a red wooden board with a Japanese sword, another bayonet and a curved sword and three other scabbards.

Unframed Sketch

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Hand drawn sketch in pencil of grave with cross on cream coloured paper Rear side - black square with three rows of dots coming to a point

Historical information

Hand drawn sketch in pencil of grave site with cross belonging to J.T. TOBIN NX 73062 2/15 Field Regiment WW2 who died from illness on 12/9/1943 in BURMA/MYANMAR

Inscriptions & Markings

NX73062 J.T.TOBIN 12.9.43 Rear side - Tavoy Golden Temple at Night - Korsel

Framed Photograph - Col. H J SHANNON D.S.O.,V.D.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame containing sepia photograph of Army Officer

Historical information

First President Wangaratta RSL 1928 Colonel H J Shannon D.S.O., V.D.

Inscriptions & Markings

Col. J. J. Shannon D.S.O., V.D. - First President Wangaratta RSL. 1928 Colonel Shannon became the 1st President of the Wangaratta RSL when it was organised under Anzac House and the present constitution. He was born at Bowman's Forest in 1874 and died in Wangaratta in 1960. He served in the Victorian Mounted Rifles at the turn of the century, rose to the rank of Captain and commanded the Wangaratta Detachment and Company - this later became the 8th Light Horse Regiment. In 1915 he embarked as Major in the 8th Light Horse and served in Gallipoli, Sinai, Palestine and Syria whee he commanded the 8th Squadron. Later he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and commanded the Regiment. During the Amman raids, he won the D.S.O at El Salt. This award was presented to him by the Duke of Clarence. In post war period he commanded the 8th Australian Light Horse and later as Colonel of the 3rd Cavalry Brigade During the second world war Colonel Shannon came from retirement to organise the V.D.C in North East Victoria.

Badges - Australia x 5

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Three metal "Australia" badges with metal pins at side.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australia

Unframed Photograph - Private R.J.C. Moore

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Unframed copy of a black and white photograph of three men one seated in front of two standing all dressed in Australian Army uniform

Historical information

Photograph of Private Rupert James Cavanagh MOORE 6852 22nd Battalion and 3rd Australian Machine Gun Company - Enlisted on 6/2/1917 at Wangaratta and killed in action on 13/7/1918 in France aged 25 years

Inscriptions & Markings

Attached to photograph - Private Rupert James Cavanagh Moore (seated) Enlisted in Wangaratta 6/2/1917 Killed in action in France 13/7/1918

Newspaper - Daily Telegraph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

The Daily Telegraph Newspaper, "The War Papers, Part 33". Print is black, white & blue.

Inscriptions & Markings

The War Papers, Part 33. London, Monday, Jan 31, 1944

Framed Print

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame with light brown mount containing print depicting soldiers landing on shore from ships at sea.

Historical information

Landing of ANZAC's at Gallipoli April 25 1915

Inscriptions & Markings

The landing of the New Zealand and Australian Expeditionary Forces,Gallipoli,April 25,1915

Book - World War 1 Honour Board - Milawa Primary School 737

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

White and red book with blue wording and photograph of school children at a cenotaph

Historical information

In 2005 the children of Grades 4,5 and 6 of Milawa Primary School researched and compiled personal stories, photographs and service records to honour those listed on the Milawa State School WW1 Honour Board. Inside rear cover contains a colour patch index to the following:- Andrew Robert BARRIE 3757/ Ralph Augustus CECIL 1677/ John COLEMAN 4089/ Arthur John Victor CULPH 896/ Edward Heathcote CULPH 2629(1447)/ Henry John CULPH 3108/ Thomas Wilson CULPH 34A/ Edward Frederick DOIG 3991/ Ernest Hugh DOIG 2937/ John Harold FOWLER 4488/ William Joseph FOWLER 3233/ Howard Fraser GRANT 7077/ Joseph Henry HOWELL 7247/ Frederick John HUMPHREY 2472/ Stanley Gordon HUMPHREY 3553/ Roy Curtis KENNEDY 5401/ Charles James KETTLE 29741/ Michael McGRORY 5390/ Ernest Phillip McPHEE 50339/ Stanley Charles McPHEE 3741/ Thomas MURDOCH Lieut/ William Lawrence PURDON 3223/ Ludin James ROBERTSON 980/ William Francis ROBERTSON 981/ Harold Ernest THOMAS 966/ George Ernest Vincent WOODBERRY 2173.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book is dedicated to all the service men and women in the Australian Armed Forces who continually strive to protect the Australian way of life.

Framed photographs and boomerang

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Large timber frame with orange mount containing boomerang three flags six photographs and narrative plaques

Historical information

Dedication to the Aboriginal soldiers who formed a special all volunteer platoon at No 9 Camp Wangaratta in Victoria from late 1940 until February 1941. No 9 Camp was set up at the Wangaratta Showgrounds to allow the formation of the 2/24th Australian Infantry Battalion prior to leaving for Egypt. Major Joseph Albert Wright a WW1 Light Horse veteran was in charge of this platoon the only Aboriginal squad in the Australian Military Forces at that time. Aboriginals from Lake Tyers enlisted at Caulfield between June and July 1940. 7 of the 13 who enlisted in June 1940 were discharged as members of the 2/23rd Battalion. 10 were discharged on the 22/3/1941 as Services No Longer Required, 1 discharged in November 1940, 1 in January 1941 and another in April 1941.

Significance

Dedication to Aboriginal soldiers who formed a special all volunteer platoon at No 9 Camp Wangaratta in Victoria from late 1940 until February 1941. No 9 Camp was set up at the Wangaratta Showgrounds to allow the formation of the 2/24th Australian Infantry Battalion prior to leaving for Egypt. Major Joseph Albert Wright a WW1 Light Horse veteran was in charge of this platoon the only Aboriginal squad in the Australian Military Forces at that time.

Inscriptions & Markings

9 Platoon Wangaratta

Unframed Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Unframed black and white photograph of soldier with base drum facing three soldiers one wearing slouch hat, one wearing peak hat both behind soldier wearing beret

Historical information

General MONTGOMERY with escorts Drum Major W.A. SIMPKINS and Major General CLOWES inspecting Southern Command Military Band at Essendon Airport in 1947

Inscriptions & Markings

Back of Photograph - General Montgomery at Essendon Airport 1947 - inspecting Southern Command Military Band Escorts - Drum Major W Simpkins and Major General CLOWES

Badge - Large Gold "L"

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Large gold coloured metal badge, possibly for a hat or to attach a sash. Has an "L" in the centre and leaves on the bottom. The "L" is removable.

Inscriptions & Markings

A large "L" which is removable in the centre.

Framed print

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame with cream mount containing print of two planes flying over land

Historical information

During World War II, the RAAF established twelve Elementary Flying Training Schools (EFTS) to meet the rapid demand for pilots in an expanding Air Force.

Significance

Due to a shortage of pilots, observers, wireless operators and gunners, the Dominions of the Commonwealth agreed to establish a co-ordinate scheme to train 28,000 air crew each year to help England fight the war in Europe. It was known as the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS). The Dominions would supply the trained aircrew and the mother country would provide the aircraft.

Inscriptions & Markings

A17-468 cavorts over a RAAF EFTS airfield during World War Two

Newspaper - Guinea Gold

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Two page cream coloured newspaper with black print.

Historical information

Two page newspaper containing news from home.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Edition Guinea Gold Volume 3 No 103 Thursday March 1 1945

Minature Model Aircraft

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Hawker Demon. Silver bi-plane with red, blue & white circles & black and white checks on top wing & on both sides. Red, white & blue tail fin.

Historical information

One of a collection of 25 model aircraft made by Brian Anthony DOWD late of Eldorado

Inscriptions & Markings

K1938

Minature Model Aircraft

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Sopworth Pup. Camouflaged two winged plane with red, white & blue circles on top wing. Has red, white & blue stipes on tail fin.

Historical information

One of a collection of 25 model aircraft made by Brian Anthony DOWD late of Eldorado

Inscriptions & Markings

1 on top wing & on sides of plane.

R.A.A.F. Fitters Manual II.E

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

RAAF Fitters Manual II.E belonging to L.A.C G. Bulluss. Book has black binding with black cord to bind it. Cover is a dirty cream colour with black writing. On front cover in two drawings in ink.

Historical information

Item issued to 20164 Granville Inverell Hamilton BULLUSS Born 12/11/1909 in Hamilton NSW . He enlisted at Tamworth into the RAAF. Service records not available to the public.

Inscriptions & Markings

R.A.A.F. 3613 Fitters II.E Flight Mechanics, Course Notes, Engineering School. Issue 3 - 1941. This book is R.A.A.F Property and is NOT TO BE REPRODUCED without authority. Inside cover written in ink is numerous names and addresses. On the front cover is a drawing of clouds and rain and the RAAF crest. Inside on various pages is some sketches in pencil, quite a few of people in profile.

Certificate of Identification - Gunner Barry Seymour

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Light blue paper document with black writing

Historical information

AIF Certificate of Identification No 5901 belonging to Gunner Barry SEYMOUR 19825 Awarded MM in 1918 Enlisted 7/12/1915 - Enlistment terminated 8/9/1919

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Imperial Force No 5901 Certificate of Identification - Gunner Barry Seymour 8th F.A.B. 3rd Div.

Newspaper Article - Honoring the Memories

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Newspaper article with picture of a Distinguished Flying Cross medal

Historical information

Article relates to several items in the Wangaratta RSL collection including the DFC medal awarded to John Hudson WILKINSON. From collection of photographs and cuttings dedicated to the memory of WILKINSON JOHN HUDSON : Service Number - 400444 : Date of birth - 18 Feb 1914 : Place of birth - RUTHERGLEN VIC : Place of enlistment - MELBOURNE : Next of Kin - WILKINSON HUDSON. Wilkinson was awarded the distinguished flying cross in March 1944 and tragically killed in action over Germany also in 1944. See also 237 and 240.

Leather Pouch - Pen Case

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Home made tan leather pen case for three pens. Has large yellowing stitching.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil.

Framed Print - HMAS Sydney

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black plastic frame with moulded pattern with grey mount containing photograph of ship and Sydney Harbour Bridge

Historical information

HMAS Sydney built by Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend on Tyne, United Kingdom Launched 22 September 1934 Engaged and sunk Bartolmeo Colleom 19 July 1940. On 19 November 1941 South West of Carnarvon Western Australia she was lost at sea with all hands after engaging the German raider Kormoran.

Significance

On 19 November 1941, HMAS Sydney, a light cruiser of the Royal Australian Navy with an impressive record of war service, was lost following a battle with the German raider HSK Kormoran in the Indian Ocean off the Western Australian coast. The loss of the Sydney with its full war complement of 645 remains Australia’s worst naval disaster. The Kormoran was also sunk, but 317 of its crew of 397 were rescued. The fate of the Sydney remains one of Australia’s greatest wartime mysteries; even the location of the wrecks was not established until 2008.

Inscriptions & Markings

Banner - HMAS Sydney HMAS Sydney built by Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend on Tyne, United Kingdom Launched 22 September 1934 Engaged and sunk Bartolmeo Colleom 19 July 1940 Lost at sea with all hands 19 November 1941 South West of Carnarvon Western Australia after engaging the German raider Kormoran.