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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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Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a black and white photograph of Albert St, Creswick

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.

Medals - W K Gray

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Four medals - Two silver round in shape - only one has ribbon attached. Two brass star shaped with striped ribbon attached.

Historical information

These medals together with striped ribbon miniature bar were awarded to William Keith GRAY VX77837 who was born on 17/10/1915 at Warragul in Victoria.

Framed caricature - Nancy Wake

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame containing caricature of female in uniform wearing a beret

Historical information

War hero and Australia's most decorated woman Nancy Wake

Significance

Australian born Nancy Wake AC, GM, was the most decorated servicewoman of the Second World War. She was nicknamed the 'White Mouse' for her ability to consistently evade and outmanoeuvre the Gestapo as a secret agent for British forces.

Inscriptions & Markings

Medals and Decorations: France: U.S.A War Hero - Australia's most decorated woman Great Britain - George Medal/1939-45 Star Legion de Honneur Freedom Medal France & Germany Star Croix de Guerre Defence Medal/Victory Medal Medal de Resistance

Honour Board - - Legion of Ex-Servicemen & Women

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Solid piece of wood with gold writing, has five columns listing the year President, Vice-President Secretary, Treasurer, dating from 1985 to 2002.

Historical information

The Australian Legion of Ex-Servicemen and Women (Vic) Ltd (The Legion) is an ex-service based not for profit association. Formed in December 1944 from a number of existing organisations, membership of the legion is open to all ex-service personnel, including British Commonwealth and Allied personnel, and former members of the peace-time Australian regular and reserve forces, their families, relatives and other persons who abide by and are accepted in accordance with the Constitution.

Inscriptions & Markings

Legion of ex-servicemen & women, Wangaratta Branch, 1985 - 2002. Signware 5721 2430. Board Donated by D.C.E & A.E Williams

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.

Framed photographs

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Carved timber frame containing 23 photo images and two newspaper articles on cream background

Historical information

Images of Wangaratta RSL Past Presidents 1928-1971 and newspaper article on the history of the formation of Wangaratta RSL.

Inscriptions & Markings

23 names and dates of Wangaratta RSL Past Presidents 1928-1971

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with sketch of palm trees, hut, mountains and clouds on left of scroll.

Historical information

One of several illustrated envelopes, without letter, sketched by soldier/s during the second world war sent to Mrs MacDonald 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 - AIR MAIL Top right - postage stamp/No stamps available Top left - AIF Censor stamp Right side Mrs M MacDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia

Small binoculars and case

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Khaki coloured canvass case with carry strap containing metal Binoculars

Historical information

Binoculars used in the field

Inscriptions & Markings

Serial number 150918 Binoculars prism No 2 Mk 2, magnification x6. O.S, 108 M.A.

Drawing

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper with drawing by hand in pencil of soldier looking up at plane and parachutes attached to boxes falling to ground with palm trees and hills in background

Historical information

Drawing by Sgt Stewart Allan Chambers VX77754 Born 23/7/1902 at Toongabbie Enlisted 11/3/1942 at Caulfield at the age of 39 years 7 months He served in the AIF from 11/3/1942 to when he was discharged on 14/2/1946 He was attached to the 2nd Ambulance Car Coy and 3rd Australian Air Maintenance Coy. Sgt Chambers was posted to Wangaratta prior to embarking on 14/8/1942 for New Guinea during World War Two.

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

Christmas Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year To Mrs McDonald From Stewart Drawing - verse on box Rear - VX77754 S A Chambers 3rd Aust Air Maint Coy Australia

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 272 Friday August 171945

Newspaper - The Argus

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Large one page yellow coloured newspaper with black print

Historical information

The Argus was a morning daily newspaper in Melbourne that was established in 1846 and closed down in 1957. It was considered to be the general Australian newspaper of record for this period. Page 7 - dedicated to the second anniversary of the Anzac Landing.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Argus Wednesday April 25,1917 page 7-8

Framed photocopy of photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream brown and gold coloured frame containing a photocopy of plane and two planes in background flying over land.

Historical information

Kitty Hawk plane

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Oral history interview - Margaret Redmond

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

This digital oral history interview was conducted at Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch on May 29, 2018 as part of the Veterans Heritage Project.

Bell

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brass Bell made from artillery shell casing

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!"

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a colour illustration of a bulldog carrying a brown sausage dog in its mouth

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 "got him!"

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Colour postcard featuring a poem, a map of Australia, a currawong or magpie, a swastika, an aboriginal man holding a boomerang or throwing stick. 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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: "A message to the absent one"

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with coloured sketch of a soldier pointing to a mosquito

Historical information

One of several illustrated envelopes, without letter, sketched by soldier/s during the second world war and sent to Mrs MacDonald 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 and signature Right side - Mrs M MacDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia Bottom - "Hey who let this thing in?"

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

Newspaper - News Chronicle

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

News Chronicle Newspaper. Coloured newspaper with a caricature of Hitler" head being tipped over a cliff by two Diggers. Black and white with "The war papers, part 50" written in red.

Historical information

This British publication was a lift-out of the Daily Chronicle and belongs to a 90-part series that chronicled the allies progress in the Second World War, right up until Victory Day in 1946.

Inscriptions & Markings

News Chronicle. The War Papers, Part 50, April 8 1945. Annihilation is now at hand. British sweep towards Breman. "Adolf, you're about to make the best crack of your life!"

Soldier's Pay Book - Gunner Barry Seymour 19825

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown canvas booklet with black writing and rising sun crest

Historical information

Soldier's Pay Book belonging to WW1 Gunner Barry SEYMOUR 19825 108 Australian (Howitzer) Battery Born Box Hill Enlisted Melbourne 7/12/1915 aged 22 years 3 months Awarded Military Medal in 1918' Returned to Australia 22/7/1919 and Enlistment terminated 5/9/1919

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Imperial Force Soldier's Pay book

Pay Book - RAAF - James Desmond Murray 142205

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Blue covered booklet with black print

Historical information

RAAF Member's Pay Book No 126576 issued to James Desmond MURRAY 142205 born Moyhu Victoria

Inscriptions & Markings

STAFF written in white top right hand corner and stamped CANCELLED. 142205 MURRAY, James Desmond

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 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. 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.

Significance

The Battle of Ambon (30 January – 3 February 1942) occurred on the island of Ambon in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), during World War II. Japan invaded and conquered the island in a few days, facing Dutch, American and Australian forces. The chaotic and sometimes bloody fighting was followed by a series of major Japanese war crimes. Allied casualties in the battle were relatively light. However, at intervals for a fortnight after the surrender, Japanese personnel chose more than 300 Australian and Dutch prisoners of war at random and summarily executed them, at or near Laha airfield. In part, this was revenge for the sinking of the Japanese minesweeper, as some surviving crew of the minesweeper took part.. Three-quarters of the Australians captured on Ambon died before the war's end. Of the 582 who remained on Ambon, 405 died. They died of overwork, malnutrition, disease and one of the most brutal regimes among camps in which bashings were routine. Blood Oath, a 1990 Australian feature film is based on the real-life trial of Japanese soldiers for war crimes committed against Allied prisoners of war on the island of Ambon, in the Netherlands East Indies (Indonesia), such as the Laha massacre of 1942.

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.

Honor Book - Docker's Plains

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

A brown velvet covered book with gold edged pages written in fine calligraphy depicting the history of past pupils who offered for War service in the 1914-1918 war.

Historical information

This is a velvet covered book with gold edged pages beautifully written in fine calligraphy depicting the history of all the pupils who offered for War service in the 1914-1918 war. Nurse Alice M Byrne, William Thomas Byrne, Richard Cummins, George Delaney, William George Elliot (Military Medal), Stanley William Grossman,29th Battalion; Alexander Cluny McDonald, Albert Arthur Perkins,KIA 1/10/1917; Harry Perkins,37th and 38th Battalions; Frederick Perkins,37th Battalion; Sydney Spencer Plum, Leslie George Richardson,trained at Wangaratta before contracting menigitis and died 25/6/1916; John Claude Smith,18th Battalion KIA 18/4/1916;

Significance

This is a velvet covered book with gold edged pages beautifully written in fine calligraphy by Docker's Plains Head Teacher Mr Thomas Kidman, recording the military history of all the pupils at Docker's Plains State School who offered for War service in the 1914-1918 war. . Fixed inside the book's back cover are four original newspaper articles, two relating to the unveiling of the Honour Roll and Book at the children's annual picnic held on 17/10/1921 and dated 19/10/1921. The other two articles relate to the death and funeral of Albert D Lowerson VC of Myrtleford in 1946.The school was closed in 1949 and no longer exists

Inscriptions & Markings

Docker's Plains Honor Book

Plaque

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Round solid timber plaque with eagle over sub machine gun over anchor carved in centre.

Historical information

Combined operations plaque - designed and carved by Petty Officer Joiner 3rd Class A W VENABLES on behalf of the Cammanding Officer of HMS Northney attached to Combined Operations in the Second World War.

Significance

Combined Operation - World War 2

Inscriptions & Markings

Combined Operations - United We Conquer

Leather Pouch - For Belt

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown leather pouch with two belt keepers on the back. Has large yellowing stitching.

Historical information

Leather pouch for inclusion on belt issued to soldiers

Inscriptions & Markings

On back has C.H.F. ^ engraved into the leather

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Reproduced black and white photograph of armed soldier on patrol in jungle terrain

Historical information

SATTELBERG AREA, NEW GUINEA. 1943-11-15. A PATROL OF THE 2/24TH. AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION LEAVING THE BATTALION LINES. SHOWN ARE: VX14320. PRIVATE A. W. M. CORCORAN. (1) VX75910 PRIVATE N. W. JONES. (2) VX33860 LIEUTENANT J. H. CAPLE. (3) VX75647 PRIVATE P. L. MATHIESON. (4) VX31579 CORPORAL R. W. WEBB. (5) VX75207 PRIVATE D. N. MUIR. (6) NX73554 PRIVATE H. T. ROCHE. (7) VX76785 PRIVATE R. W. RICE. (8)

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

Beret - 2/6th Australian Regiment 1941

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black woollen beret with leather edging, string drawstring and rising sun badge. Also has 2/6 Aust Armoured Reg 1941 patch of green top, red bottom and white tank in the middle with white edging.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside: M.T.X. Size 6 3/4

Lanyard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Orange and blue handwoven lanyard

Historical information

The wearing of lanyards, of various colours, on the right shoulder, applies to all members of the Australian Army except for Infantry Corps units and ‘A’ Field Battery, Royal Australian Artillery who wear their lanyards on the left shoulder.