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Framed photograph - Sapper Darren Smith

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame containing reproduced photograph of armed soldier with dog

Historical information

Photograph of Sapper Darren SMITH who was killed in action in Afghanistan with Army dog "Herbie"

Inscriptions & Markings

Sapper Darren Smith with (E.D.) Dog "Herbie"KIA Afghanistan 7.6.2010

Two-up Game

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Green cardboard package containing two coins and three timber paddles.

Historical information

Two up is a traditional Australian gambling fame involving a designated "spinner" throwing two coins or pennies into the air. Players bet on whether the coins will fall with both heads up both tails up or with one coin head and one a tail. It is traditionally played on Anzac day in pubs and clubs throughout Australia in part to mark a shared experience with diggers through the ages.

Inscriptions & Markings

1955 and 1984 pennies in a wooden board made in the Perth Mint Logo of Perth Mint embossed on board. Perth Mint EST 1899 together with Bird

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with green coloured sketch of soldier holding a rifle behind foliage.

Historical information

WW2 Envelope Art

Inscriptions & Markings

Top left - AIR MAIL Top right - postage stamp Left side - AIF Censor stamp Right side Mrs M MacDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia Bottom centre - "They shall not pass"

Pocket Book - Geo Parker

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Red canvass covered pocket book

Historical information

Pocket Book belonging to George Parker 9 Oak Street Bentleigh

Inscriptions & Markings

The Australian Soldiers Pocket Book Gift from the Australian Comforts Fund 1942

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.

Framed poster

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber and gold painted frame containing poster of badges of rank.

Historical information

Army Commissioned, Non-commissioned officers and specialist qualification badges of rank

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Army Badges of Rank commissioned officers Warrant and Non Commissioned officers specialist Qualification Badges

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a colour cartoon of two men standing on the side of cliff next to the ocean. One man is dressed in a sailors uniform. The other is wearing a suit and smoking a cigar. 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: "Don't folks often fall over the cliffs and get lost." / "No, we allers finds em at the bottom!"

Leather Pouch - Wallet

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown leather pouch/wallet. Has tan interior with pen in writing inside. Has large silver metal catch on front.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved into the leather on the inside flap is "H.C. Wraith Serviceton Bike 616020". Written in pen ink on opposite flap is "Rutherglen 1904, Harrietville 1905, Benalla 1906, Wangaratta 1907, Serviceton 1907, Sale 1911, Melton 1915"

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and white unframed photograph of 14 men wearing suits and ties standing under RSL Logo shield.

Historical information

Members of the Wangaratta RSL - D Gray, G Poidenven, A MacFarlane, B Clark, T Anderson, M Burles, W Williams, L Hansen and others

Inscriptions & Markings

Rear - June 23rd 1954

Leather Pouch

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown with green tinge leather pouch with flap secured by metal button. Two leather belt keepers on reverse side.

Historical information

Pouch possibly used to contain maps and/or documents in the field.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside flap has arrow symbol above the number 7 impressed into leather

Book - Ceremonial (1958)

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Light Brown paper book with black writing with Australia crest.

Historical information

Restricted Australian Ceremonial Instructions (1958)

Inscriptions & Markings

Restricted Australian Military Forces Ceremonial (1958) S/C Bateman handwritten top right hand corner

Buttons - Australian Military Forces

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Five small and three large buttons. Are a brass colour with Australian Military Forces written around the outside, a map of Australia in the middle with a crown on top.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front: Australian Military Forces. Also has the map of Australia with a crown on top, On back: P.J.King Pty Ltd, Melb.

Framed poster

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame with gold painted inner edge containing a poster headed with two springs of wattle either side of three flags above four rows of medals and ribbons on a white background edged with photograph negatives of soldiers and wartime.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Service Medals Centre of bottom edge - Christie's Pty Ltd Registered Design Number 1/2500

Unframed mounted photograph - C Coy No 4

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and white photograph mounted on khaki colored cardboard depicting four rows of soldiers standing and sitting

Inscriptions & Markings

C Coy No 4

Commemorative Plate

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Round white ceramic plate with various royal, imperial and military gold emblems bordering an image of a brown building. Original cardboard box has also been retained.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: "Commemorative Plate for the official opening of the Queen Elizabeth II Army Memorial Museum 15th October 1978" Back: "Queen Elizabeth II / Army Memorial Museum Plate / This plate has been created as one of 2,000 only, to commemorate the official opening of the Queen Elizabeth II Army Memorial Museum in Waiouru, by the Governor-General, Hist Excellency the Rt Hon Sir Keith Holyoake, GCMG, CH, on the 15th October 1978. / This plate design was authorised by the Chief of General Staff, Major General R.D.P. Hassett, CB, CBE, and approved by the New Zealand Herald of Arms. / 319"

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with sketch of man running toward sign

Historical information

WW2 Envelope Art

Inscriptions & Markings

Top left - AIR MAIL Top right - postage stamp Centre - AIF Censor stamp Right side Mrs M MacDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia Left side "Beer Issue on at 1900hrs" Bottom "Boy OH Boy I'll be in on that"

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

1 on top wing & on sides of plane.

Framed embroidered green silk cloth

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Dark green silk embroidered with a commemoration of Australia Military Forces. Surrounded with a gold fringe.

Inscriptions & Markings

Souvenir Of Palestine 1941

Boomerang

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Boomerang from Northern Territory 1945

Inscriptions & Markings

Greetings 1945 Northern Territory

Unframed Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Unframed sepia photograph mounted on cardboard of man in soldier's uniform standing next to seated female wearing a hat.

Historical information

Photograph believed to be parents of Private Ernest LUCAS 88379 Middlesex Regiment Discharged on 18/5/1919. Father possibly H LUCAS Middlesex Regiment - refer to 321.9

Inscriptions & Markings

Wilson & Sons Photographers On rear - "Ernies Mother and Father Wedding Photo"

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Colour postcard with a photograph of St Kilda beach. Handwritten message on 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.

Army arm band/brassard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Khaki army arm band/brassard with white writing in a white round circle.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Army, Engineering Development Establisment.

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 Sub Branch - Womens Aux - Pres.1918 - present

Inscriptions & Markings

Wangaratta Sub Branch President 1918 to present

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Mini postcard with a blue grey design.

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 "situation shortly vacant / with good prospects of a rise"

Framed photograph - Jack McINTOSH

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber framed photograph of male in suit.

Historical information

Jack McIntosh enlisted in the 2/24th Inf. Battalion in 1940. He joined the Wangaratta Sub Branch in 1946. He was Vice President for 15 years. As Chairman of the Building Committee he was mainly responsible for many improvements to the clubrooms. In 1963 he was presented with his Life Membership Badge by Sir Charlies McKay, then President of the Victorian Branch.

Inscriptions & Markings

JACK McINTOSH enlisted in the 2/24th Inf. Battalion in 1943. Joined Wangaratta Sub-Branch in 1946. Jack was given his life membership in 1963 .

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a black and white photograph of Creswick Botanical Gardens

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.

Shield

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Wooden shield with cast metal slouch hat (no rising sun badge) in the centre, attached with three screws. Beneath that, a brass badge of Australia.

Historical information

Probably donated by Commercial Club Albury

Inscriptions & Markings

"Diggers Day Commercial Club Albury the 30-12-1939"

Framed Certificate - D Murray

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown laminate frame containing certificate bordered by Australian State crests with photograph of King George two flags and crown at top and red seal below.

Historical information

Certificate of Appreciation from the Shire of Oxley to D Murray who served during WW2 - Dated 11/12/1945 James Desmond Murray was born on 2/3/25 at Moyhu and enlisted in the RAAF on 28/5/1943 - Leading Aircraftman 142205

Inscriptions & Markings

The Call to Arms Shire of Oxley D. Murray World War 1939-45

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

WW2 Envelope Art

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Dinner menu. Paper based with plastic laminate.

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.

Framed Photograph - Sgt Cyril Buckler

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Wooden frame with gold insert, wooden mount. Coloured paper Union Jack on top left of mounting, Red Ensign on top right of mounting. Inscriptions in white paint. Glass front. Back has wire hangings. Has paper backing has stitching on three sides, some paper backing is ripped.

Inscriptions & Markings

For King and Country. Presented to State School No 2391. North Wangaratta. by Mr & Mrs W. Buckler in memory of their son Sgt Cyril Buckler. Killed in action at Pozieres France 7 Aug 1916.

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 222 Friday June 29 1945

Army Education Journal - SALT

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Small red and purple journal with sketch of a soldier and sailor on front cover.

Historical information

Educational Journal published and distributed free fortnightly to Australian and Allied troops during WW2 1941-1946

Inscriptions & Markings

Vol 6 No 13 30 Aug, 1943

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard

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.

Framed Medals - Private Mervyn HARRIS

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber frame containing two WW2 service medals mounted on red felt backing.

Historical information

Service Medals x 2 and Life Membership Badge awarded to Pte Mervyn S HARRIS 6th Aux. Horse Transp Coy

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque: Private Mervyn S HARRIS V22764 6 Aux Horse Transport Coy

Framed Print

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber framed print of a ship surrounded by signatures in white paint

Historical information

SS SUEVIC 1901-1942 White Star Line

Inscriptions & Markings

SS SUVIC Commander Edwin English

Embroidered Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

White rectangular postcard with embroidered scene depicting two brown sail boats and vase of pink flowers. Handwritten message on back.

Historical information

Postcard from WWI soldier William West (1268) of the 29 Infantry Battalion, 5th Pioneers Battalion while posted in France to his family at home.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: "To my Wife" (embroidered) Back: "My dear Alice just a PC to let you know I'm still well I heard Joe is in Hospital with a sore throught I have not heard from you latly this is all at present all well and hope you are all the same / best love Will xxxxx"

Framed Print

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber framed poster of mounted soldier in battle

Historical information

Charge of the Heavy Brigade Battle of Balaclava

Inscriptions & Markings

Charge of the Heavy Brigade

Minature Model Aircraft

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Gruman Hellcat (Wildcat). Small khaki plane with white spots on top and white band around middle, white cross on back fin.

Framed Tribute - Gull Force

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame with gold coloured inner edge containing badge and tribute on grey background

Historical information

On the night of 30-31 January 1942 this small force of 1131 Australian soldiers were stationed at Ambon, an island which formed part of the Netherland East Indies (now Indonesia). An invasion of approximately 20,000 Japanese overwhelmed Gull Force and the majority of the Australian soldiers were taken prisoner. In October, 1942 just under a third of the force were transferred by the Japanese to Hainan. The execution of 229 at Laha, starvation, over work, disease and the absence of medical supplies led to horrific loss. At the cessation of hostilities only 352 of the original 1131 had made it back to Australia. 779 members of Gull Force made the supreme sacrifice and now lie in foreign fields.

Inscriptions & Markings

Gull Force 2/21 Battalion Ambon Laha In memory of and tribute to the Officers and Men of "Gull Force" comprising of 2/21 Battalion and attached Units.

Book - Manual of Protection Against Gas and Air Raids

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Red cardboard cover containing three booklets tied together with a black shoelace

Historical information

WW2 Guidelines for the protection against gas in the field, respirators and passive air defence.

Inscriptions & Markings

Manual of Protection Against Gas and Air Raids

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a illustration of two pink and purple flowers, gold text and white background.

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

"Good / Luck"

Badge - Army

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Small gold badge with blue enamel with Army written in gold at top & a scotch thistle in the middle.

Inscriptions & Markings

Army on front. Millers Sydney on back.

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Colour postcard with a scene of two monkeys, a pig and set of scales. One monkey is wearing a jockey's cap and carrying a saddle and whip. No message on 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: "Gran'pop weighs in for the derby."

Unframed Photograph - C Company 7th Battalion

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Sepia photograph of 11 men six standing and five kneeling dressed in military uniform wearing forage cap with row of pine trees in background. Photograph is mounted on brown cardboard with handwriting across top border.

Historical information

Photograph taken of soldiers in 1914 - names hand written in ink and possibly as follows:- J Powly, Col Serg Baker? Corp Naldress?, Private Couham?, C Powly, L Williams N Hardy J Crocker, E Lahy?, J?? K Jarrot? Following ascertained by research:- Brothers Charles POWLEY 347 and John Hall POWLEY 348 from Boweya - Charles enlisted 17/8/14 and Embarked 19/10/14 with his brother John on HMAT Hororata. Charles aged 21 years KIA 25/4/15 at Gallipoli and John rturned to Australia on 31/10/15. Charles attended Wangaratta High School. John Crocker 346 listed as from Bracknell Tasmania Edward Fahey 364 Ovens Street Wangaratta, Nelson Albert Hardy 363 KIA 23/8/1915 at Sulva Bay and Joseph Cowham 360 La Perouse Sydney NSW..... Colour Sergeant William Baker 290, Thomas Peter Williams 404 and either Joseph Nathaniel O'Brien 376 or John William O'Brien 365 both of Rowan Street Wangaratta

Significance

Donor stated included in photo is John Crocker whose brother Arthur was Post Master in Richmond and past neighbour of Donor

Inscriptions & Markings

Rear - Wangaratta Boys C Company 7th Battalion October 11th 1914 From Private John Crocker 346 Front - Top row - list of names handwritten in ink Bottom row - list of names handwritten in ink

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

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

Framed embroided cloth

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and gold timber frame containing rectangular black cloth edged in blue with embroided camel and pyramids either side of rising sun and crown

Historical information

Souvenir of Egypt 1941

Inscriptions & Markings

Souvenir of Eygpt 1941 Australian Commonwealth Military Forces

Magazine - Aussie - The Australian Soldier's Magazine

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Magazine of cream colour pages with sketch of soldier with rifle

Historical information

Magazine No 12 of 13 Printed in the field by the AIF Printing Section during WW1 Price 10 centimes

Inscriptions & Markings

Top - No. 12 March 1919 Centre - Aussie

Framed Medals - H R HORNE

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber frame with three metal medals and ribbons on red velvet background.

Historical information

Three service medals with ribbons awarded to H R HORNE

Inscriptions & Markings

"Donated by the family of H R HORNE'

Framed print of Gallipoli, Turkey

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black framed Map of Gallipoli

Historical information

This is s copy of the original map taken from Turkish Officer by the Grandfather of David and John Evans 0f Edi Upper

Inscriptions & Markings

TURKEY GALLIPOLI Copy of original map taken from Turkish Officer by the Grandfather of David and John Evans - Edi Upper