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Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch Wangaratta, Victoria

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2-4 Templeton Street 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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No entry free.

Location

2-4 Templeton Street Wangaratta Victoria

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Water Bottle

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Felt covered metal water bottle with attached cork stopper and canvas straps.

Historical information

Worn in a specially designed pouch, these water bottles held approximately one litre and had a felt cover for insulation. Fresh water was often scarce and it was rationed according to supply.

Swagger Stick

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Long narrow round cane made from polished reddish/brown wood with brass metal tip and embossed silver top

Historical information

This swagger stick belonged to Private Ernest LUCAS who served with the Royal Defence Corps between 17/6/1907 and 18/5/1919 including the 6th Battalion Middlesex Regiment In the British Army before World War I, swagger sticks were carried by all other ranks when off duty as part of their walking out uniform. The stick took the form of a short cane of polished wood, with an ornamented metal head of regimental pattern. The usual custom was for the private soldier or NCO to carry the stick tucked under his arm. Until 1939 swagger sticks were still carried by peacetime regular soldiers when "walking out" of barracks but the practice ceased with the outbreak of World War II.

Significance

The 6th Battalion Middlesex Regiment can trace its history back to 7 August 1760 as part of the Middlesex Militia. In 1778 it was titled the 1st East Middlesex Militia. By royal order the regiment was later designated the Royal East Middlesex Militia on 24 April 1804. By 1855 it was using the formal title of "1st or Royal East Middlesex Regiment of Militia". In 1900 the number of regular Middlesex Regiment battalions was doubled with the formation of a new the 3rd and 4th battalions; and the two militia battalions were renumbered as 5th and 6th battalions of the regiment. The unit's standing orders of 1863 record the regimental insignia as being somewhat unusual, in that it did not include standard royal crown, but featured a five-pointed Saxon Crown atop a shield with the arms of the East Saxon Kingdom i.e. three stylised Seaxes hilted and pommeledp

Inscriptions & Markings

Silver metal top embossed with a crown above a shield inscribed 6th Battalion Middlesex Regt

Trench Art P38 Lightning Plane

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brass shell castings in form of P38 Lockheed lightning plane

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with coloured picture of sun setting over water with palm trees in foreground

Historical information

Envelope Art made during WW2

Significance

Victoria's 2/24th Infantry Battalion was raised in Wangaratta in July 1940. They were welcomed with open arms by the local community as they rapidly built up their numbers. The people of Wangaratta adopted the Battalion and they became known as "Wangaratta's Own" because of the time the battalion spent in the town during its formative period prior to deployment overseas. Many of the soldiers maintained life long friendships with the people of Wangaratta. Even though the Battation was disbanded in 1946 members and their families return each year, in November, for a commemorative service at the 2/24th Battalion Memorial Wall at the Wangaratta Cemetery.

Inscriptions & Markings

Top left - ACF in red star / AIR MAIL Top right - postage stamp Right side Mrs M MacDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia

Map - Australian Army Operations 1940-45

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Large cream coloured cardboard folded in three, inside is a coloured map of the middle east 1940-1942, New Guinea Theatre 1942-1944, Pacific Islands 1944-1945 and Malay and Islands 1942-1945. Front cover has Unit patches from top left to bottom right corner , at top right corner is the rising sun badge and bottom left corner 1940-45 Back cover is a listed Chronology.

Historical information

Large fold out map and chronology of Australian Army Operations between 1940-1945 that belonged to Private Joan Spencer VFX12932 (VF507134) born 12/11/1924 at Albury. The family moved to Wangaratta and Joan was educated at Wangaratta High School before joining the Australian Army Medical Women's Service at 115 (Heidelberg) Military Hospital. She served with the 130 Australia General Hospital and was deployed overseas to Japan on 17/6/1947 and returned on 26/1/1949

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written at top - VFX Pte Joan Spencer AAMWS 115 (H) M.H.

Framed photograph and Medals - L/Cpl. Neville G Rose

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber frame with maroon felt mount containing photograph of soldier, eight medals with attached ribbons two metal badges and plaque.

Historical information

Service medals issued to VX95196 - 3/400050 Private Neville George ROSE was born 17/5/1926 at Coburg. He served with the 3rd Battalion RAR from 28/9/1950 to 30/10/1950 a total of 33 days when he was killed in action in Korea aged 24 years. Military service records currently closed.

Inscriptions & Markings

VX95196 - 3/400050 L/Cpl. Neville G. Rose 2/5th Battalion 2nd A.I.F 1st New Guinea Inft. BN 3Rd Royal Aust. Regiment Killed in Action Korea 30/10/1950

Framed Certificate of Authenticity

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber and gold frame with green mount containing document with rising sun and red seal

Historical information

Army 100 years

Inscriptions & Markings

Certificate of Authenticity

Framed poster - The Australian National Flag

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and gold painted frame containing montage of Australian flag and 14 smaller flags with boxed narratives.

Historical information

Australian National Flag Montage depicting 15 Australian flags, including Naval, Military and Aboriginal flags - with history and details of each flag, also featuring the words of our National Anthem

Significance

Australia entered the first world war with three flags representing its dual nationality: the Union Jack as national flag and its two Australian ensigns. All three featured in recruiting drives for the Australian Imperial Force (the AIF). At that time the Union Jack was clearly regarded as the most important

Inscriptions & Markings

The Australian National Flag Gold Plaque - Proudly endorsed by the Returned & Services League of Australia 1992 Signed by Brigadier A B Garland AM and B C Ruxton OBE

Trophy

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Silverplated Punch Cup Trophy

Historical information

PUNCH CUP RSSILA Sports Carnival won by A W Macauley on Nov 9th 1929

Inscriptions & Markings

Punch Cup RSSILA Sports Carnival Nov 9th 1929 won by A.W. Macauley

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

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

RAAF Fitters Manual II.A belonging to ACI S.M. Willcox 75552. Book has black binding with black cord to bind it. Cover is a dirty cream colour with black writing. On back cover is two drawings in ink.

Historical information

Training manual issued to - WILLCOX STANLEY MERVYN : Service Number - 75552 : Date of birth - 23 Jan 1923 : Place of birth - MURWILLUMBAH NSW : Place of enlistment - BRISBANE who served with the RAAF during WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

R.A.A.F. 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 75552 ACI Wilcox S.M., A drawing of a cactus and a drawing of an eagle. Inside the back cover is a drawing of a horse. On the back cover is a drawing of a map of Australia with a kangaroo and an emu. Also a cartoon of a man on a bucking horse while smoking a pipe with two onlookers and a speech bubble.

Newspaper Cutting - Making it hot for the Japs - and the mosquitoes!

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cut out newspaper article containing two photographs with short story bottom left hand corner.

Historical information

Newspaper article reads - "Flamethrowers have a dual purpose for men of the AIF New Guinea - Above - an infantryman is burning out a Jap bunker during a successful attack on Mt Shiburangu in the Wewak area while At right - Pte T Nicholls of Bairnsdale (Vic) is shown using a flamethrower on mosquito-infested vegetation in the Maprik area. - Australian Official" Private T (Thomas) Nicholls of Bairnsdale - VX 80709 2/6 Aust Infantry Battalion Born 22/3/1923 Died 7/7/1945 buried at Lae Cemetery PNG

Inscriptions & Markings

Making it hot for the Japs - and the mosquitoes!

RAAF Magazine - WINGS

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Grey and white magazine with photograph of WREN on a boat at sea.

Historical information

Official RAAF Magazine issued fortnightly during WW2 between April 1943 to March 1946

Inscriptions & Markings

Vol 4 No 5 Dec. 12, 1944

Slouch Hat

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Slouch Hat - this broad brim hat is made of fur felt with an 8 fold hat band (puggaree) around the outside of the crown and attached to the inside of the crown is a brown leather chin strap. The left side of brim is held up by a gold colour metal rising sun badge.

Historical information

On 22 December 1890, the military commanders of the then separate Australian Colonies prior to the Federation of Australia met to discuss the introduction of the khaki uniform throughout Australia. They agreed that all Australian Forces with the exception of the Artillery would wear the slouch hat. It was to be looped up on one side—Victoria and Tasmania on the right and the other colonies (later states) on the left. This was done so that rifles could be held at the slope without damaging the brim. After Federation, the slouch hat became standard Australian Army headgear in 1903

Significance

Today it is worn by military personnel from a number of countries, although it is primarily associated with Australia, where it is considered to be a national symbol.

Army Mess Dress

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Two piece dark blue/black material suit consisting of long pants with red stripe and jacket with metal buttons and two badges attached to collar

Historical information

Army mess dress is the formal military evening dress worn by Army officers and senior non-commissioned officers in their respective messes or at other formal occasions. Tailor made item belonging to Lieutenant Leonard V. GREAVES 310387. Badges attached to jacket collar indicate GREAVES served with the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME). This uniform serves as an example of the military dress worn by the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineer during the late sixties.

Significance

The Royal Corps of Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME) is a corps of the Australian Army that has responsibility for the maintenance and recovery of all Army electrical and mechanical equipment. RAEME has members from both the Australian Regular Army and the Army Reserve. Prior to being given the title of 'Royal', the Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (AEME) were raised on 1 December 1942. Some 64 years later, on 1 December 2006, the last independent RAEME Workshop was disbanded. RAEME soldiers continue in their role to provide support through attachment to other units in Tech Support Troops, Sections or Platoons.

Bayonet Holder/Frog

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Pale khaki canvas type material bayonet holder, also known as a Frog. Has a large darker khaki loop at the top and two smaller canvas loops at the bottom.

Inscriptions & Markings

There is writing on the back that is faded and cannot be read.

Document - Lieut R.B. Harris

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Laminated photocopy of AMF document

Historical information

AMF Movement Order issued to Lieut R B HARRIS VX798 from Bandiana to Melbourne by train from Albury on 10 March 1945 and proceed to Royal Park.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Military Forces Movement Order VX 798 Lieut. Harris, R.B 2/4 Aust.Base Wkshops AEME Bandiana to Melbourne 10 Mar 45

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with black and white design featuring a pyramid and the sphinx.

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: "Greetings from Egypt"

Framed print

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Grey and white distressed style frame containing coloured print of four planes flying over land and water at sunrise/set.

Brassard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Green army armband/brassard with white writing in a white round circle.

Historical information

Worn by all Army personnel and civilian employees whilst deployed on research trips prior to camouflage uniforms.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Army, Engineering Development Establisment.

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 266 Sunday August 12 1945

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a colour cartoon depicting a crowd of people lining up to get in a door. One gentleman has a very large stomach. 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: "Lummy, Guv'nor, you ought to be in the Big Push!"

Citation

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Paper photocopy of a typed document

Historical information

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.

Army Kit Bag

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Light khaki canvas kit bag with metal eyelets

Historical information

Army kit bag belonging to Private Henry JONES VX48340 who enlisted at Wangaratta on 25th July 1940 and served with the 2/23rd Battalion 2nd A.I.F. He was twice wounded and after being wounded at Tobruk spent time in hospital in Alexandria. (refer item 69) He was discharged from the army on 26th of September 1945. Keywords

Inscriptions & Markings

H.G. Jones VX48340

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a black and white photograph of a cottage in a garden setting

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 "the Queen's cottage, Kew"

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Colour photograph of 14 men in two rows with Australian flag in background.

Historical information

Image depicts a group of 14 men who served with the 2/24 Battalion during World War 2 attending annual reunion in Wangaratta in November 2002. They include:- VX24987 Clifford GIERSCH DOB 16/12/1918 POB Culcairn; Bill WILLIAMS; VX15247 Alan MacFARLANE DOB 13/9/1908 POB England; VX43349 Leslie HANSEN DOB 26/1/1920 POB Coburg POW 5/1941; VX34601 Murray BURLES DOB 12/9/1919 POB Hobart; VX44006 Robert CLARK DOB 15/1/1920 POB Glenhuntly; VX34767 Thomas ANDERSON DOB 31/5/1914 POB Hamilton POW 5/1941 VX34505 James HUGHES DOB 28/5/1920 POB Castlemaine POW 5/1941; VX31279 Eric EDWARDS DOB 3/8/1916 POB Mordialloc POW 1/5/1941 VX29686 Gordon POIDEVIN DOB 30/3/1917 POB Corowa POW 3/5/1941; VX34760 Reginald GUNNING DOB 29/1/1919 POB Branxholme VX46233 Robert KEE DOB 10/11/1916 POB Sydney; VX45356 Douglas GRAY DOB 16/8/1918 POB Bendigo (Bugler) VX40320 Edgar SHILLING DOB 12/7/1918 POB England;

Significance

The 2/24th Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army, which served during World War II .A unit of all-volunteers, it was formed in July 1940 from primarily Victorian volunteers and was known as "Wangaratta's Own" because of the time the battalion spent in the town during its formative period prior to deployment overseas. It served in North Africa in 1941–1942 as part of the 26th Brigade, which was assigned to the 7th Division, before being reassigned to the 9th Division. In early 1943, the battalion returned to Australia and later took part in campaigns against the Japanese in New Guinea in 1943–1944 and Borneo in 1945, before being disbanded in 1946. The 2/24th suffered the highest number of casualties of any 2nd AIF infantry battalion. The Unit was granted the Freedom of the City by the Rural City of Wangaratta in 1990 and one of the first, if not the first, to receive this type of honour.

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with sketch of two palm trees with stick figure below. Two small stick figures on rear

Historical information

One of several illustrated envelopes, without letter, sketched by soldier/s during the second world war and sent to Mrs McDonald of Wangaratta

Significance

Victoria's 2/24th Infantry Battalion was raised in Wangaratta in July 1940. They were welcomed with open arms by the local community as they rapidly built up their numbers. The people of Wangaratta adopted the Battalion and they became known as "Wangaratta's Own" because of the time the battalion spent in the town during its formative period prior to deployment overseas. Many of the soldiers maintained life long friendships with the people of Wangaratta. Even though the Battation was disbanded in 1946 members and their families return each year, in November, for a commemorative service at the 2/24th Battalion Memorial Wall at the Wangaratta Cemetery.

Inscriptions & Markings

Top left - BY AIR MAIL Top right - postage stamp Left side - AIF Censor stamp Right side Mrs M McDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with coloured sketch of palm tree and flag pole with red cross flag next to thatched hut

Historical information

One of several illustrated envelopes, without letter, sketched by soldier/s during the second world war and sent to Mrs McDonald of Wangaratta

Significance

Victoria's 2/24th Infantry Battalion was raised in Wangaratta in July 1940. They were welcomed with open arms by the local community as they rapidly built up their numbers. The people of Wangaratta adopted the Battalion and they became known as "Wangaratta's Own" because of the time the battalion spent in the town during its formative period prior to deployment overseas. Many of the soldiers maintained life long friendships with the people of Wangaratta. Even though the Battation was disbanded in 1946 members and their families return each year, in November, for a commemorative service at the 2/24th Battalion Memorial Wall at the Wangaratta Cemetery.

Inscriptions & Markings

Top left - BY AIR MAIL Top right - postage stamp Centre - AIF Censor stamp Right side - Mrs M McDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia crossed out - 5 ? Street Glen Iris Melbourne. Bottom - "Dressing station" Bottom left - Bill 1943

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a black and white photograph of Creswick Forestry Plantation

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.

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.

Honour Board - Wangaratta Sub Branch Office Bearers - President and Secretary

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber style laminate honour board five sided with RSL plague at top.

Historical information

List of years and names of Wangaratta Sub Branch Presidents and Secretaries from 1928 to present

Inscriptions & Markings

"Wangaratta Sub Branch" List of years and names of Presidents and Secretaries from 1928 to present