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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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Framed photograph - Frank H. McDonagh

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber framed black and white photograph

Historical information

Joined the army in 1915,joined the RSL in 1916 and joined Wangaratta Sub-Branch in 1933, President from 1937-38 and asst Secretary from 1935-1936

Inscriptions & Markings

FRANK H. McDONAGH

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Colour postcard with a brown boomerang and written messages on a white background. 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: "To wish you / a speedy safe / and a sure return" "Like the boomerang may you quickly come back"

Badges and Buttons

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

9 x Round brass buttons embossed with crown above map of Australia 2 x Brass arc shaped badges in the word Australia 1 x Brass half semi shaped badge of the rising sun

Historical information

Badges and buttons from army jacket belonging William Keith GRAY VX77837 who was born on 17/10/1915 at Warragul in Victoria.

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a black and white photograph of Creswick Town Hall. 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.

Leather Belt with Large Buckle

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Dark brown leather belt with large rusted buckle. Belt is made up of three bits of leather, sewn together.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Framed photographs - WWI Honour Roll State School No 1962 (Dockers Plains)

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber frame with ornate edging containing 12 oval framed photographs of men in uniform with writing above and below.

Significance

A framed collection of their photographs was donated by Mrs. J.B. Richardson. These were unveiled in a special ceremony at the school on the 17th October 1921. Also in 1921 an Avenue of Honour of gum trees was planted by schoolchildren and residents, along both sides of the Boorahaman road in front of the school. I do not know the exact date most of these trees remain. When the school was closed in 1949, local residents were invited to remove what ever they fancied, so Mr W.B. Richardson chose the two above mentioned items. After the death of both parents - last one in 1977 - Clarice Tobias and her Husband Jim took care of the shield and the photo`s. During 2002 the photo`s were presented to Wangaratta R.S.L. Sub/Branch,

Inscriptions & Markings

At top - State School No 1962 Roll of Honour Below - August 1914 - June 1916 The following soldiers are depicted from top left to right: Pte S Grossman, Pte S Plum, Pte W Byrne, Pte C Smith, Pte B Cummins, Pte H Perkins, Pte F Perkins, Pte A Perkins, Pte A C McDonald, Pte F Vonarx, Pte T Frasca, Pte G Richardson (centre)

Shoulder straps

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Two long canvas straps with metal buckle and each with canvas pocket and felt shoulder padding.

Historical information

Two shoulder straps property of deceased RSL member Robert SLOAN.

Significance

Robert's son Glen believes these were used by his father during the assault and battle of Tarakan.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Printed Sheet - Address to AIF by General Sir Harold Alexander

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper with crest and four lines running top to bottom down left side of printed black typed text.

Historical information

Printed Address made to the AIF by General Sir Harold R.L.G Alexander, DSO, MC Commander in Chief The Middle East Forces at a parade of the AIF (9th Australian Division) held in Palestine on 22nd December,1942, in commemoration of Fallen Comrades. Item belonged to Lieutenant Colonel George Watson BLACKWOOD OBE born Glasglow Scotland who immigrated to Western Australia in 1911 aged 4 years. He moved to Victoria prior to being demobilized in 1945 as an Engineer with the Australian Army Field Workshop.

Significance

The 9th Division sustained more casualties and won more medals than any other Australian Division with seven of its members receiving the Victoria Cross, Australia’s highest award for gallantry.

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

Timber Map of Australia

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber Handmade Map of Australia with kangaroo and emu either side RSL Crest sticker

Inscriptions & Markings

RSL Australia

Framed photograph - Paul Kirby

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber framed photograph of male in suit.

Historical information

Paul joined the R.S.L in 1948 and received his 50 year Service Award in 1998. Paul joined the British Army in Melbourne in 1944 and was posted to the Black Watch Regt. He served in the UK until 1946. He was commissioned into the Duke of Wellingtons Regt and served in Palestine with the 1st British Infantry Division until 1948. Paul was discharge at Royal Park in Melbourne in 1948. He was awarded Life Membership in 2001.

Inscriptions & Markings

PAUL KIRBY1991-2000

Coat - Army

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Khahi Army Great Coat with Australian Army Buttons

Historical information

Khaki Army Great Coat made in 1941

Inscriptions & Markings

J FERRIS ...?58019

Minature Model Aircraft

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Gloster Gladiator. Silver bi-plane with blue & yellow diamonds on top wing and sides with red, white & blue circles.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

K7984

Engraved Box and Pennies

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Light pink velvet and plastic box with engraved inscription containing 6 penny coins

Historical information

These pennies belonged 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.The game of two up is played by throwing two pennies in the air and betting on which way they face up on landing.

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to WANGARATTA R.S.L. by THE FAMILY OF THE LATE HARRY JONES 1993

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 Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Carved timber frame containing photograph of a platoon of standing and seated WW1 soldiers.

Historical information

Photograph of 3rd Platoon at Wangaratta Training Centre March 1916

Inscriptions & Markings

Top - "3rd Platoon" Bottom - "Wangaratta Training Centre March 1916"

Framed Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame containing black and white photograph of group of men playing Two Up.

Historical information

Photograph taken of members/patrons playing Two Up at Wangaratta RSL on ANZAC Day in the 1980's. Present include Rob Parkinson, "Rooster" Graham Gayles, Daryl and Graham Everitt.

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 26 Thursday December 14 1944

Booklet - Coming Back - A Souvenir

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Small booklet with blue printing consisting of seven pages.

Historical information

This booklet contains a collection of stories, anecdotes and jokes told by soldiers returning to Australia from Belgium aboard the Troopship SS Port Napier.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front cover: Coming Back, Incidents etc since leaving Belgium, Nos 19 & 25 Quotas 4th Aust. Division. April - May - June, 1919. A Souvenir. On back cover: Autographs, with lots of handwritten names in purple pencil.

Presentation Box and Medal

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Maroon coloured presentation box containing maroon and blue striped ribbon with three metal bars attached above white stone medal.

Historical information

Macedonian Civil Defence Medal

Inscriptions & Markings

White stone is engraved front and back with black letters in a circle.

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a drawing of a gold basket full of purple flowers. Newspaper cutting adhered to 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: "Just a line"

Leather Despatch Pouch

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown leather pouch with 48 BN written in white on front flap. Two metal buckles with leather straps on rear

Historical information

Leather dispatch pouch issued to soldier serving with the 48th Battalion to deliver urgent orders and messages usually between headquarters and military units.

Significance

Despatch riders were used by armed forces to deliver urgent orders and messages between headquarters and military units. They had a vital role at a time when telecommunications were limited and insecure.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front flap: 48 BN written in white paint. Under flap: C.H.F. ^^ES C.M.F S.A 10/12 has been engraved into the leather

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

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 Parchment of Appointment as a Member of the Military Division of the Order of the British Empire by King George V dated 3/6/1919

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

Embroidered Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

White rectangular postcard with embroidered pink flowers, green foliate and blue winged butterfly decoration on front. Handwritten message on the 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, 1917. Mentioned in postcard George Buse 2208 born Yarraville who enlisted on 10/9/1914 aged 21 years 3 months. He embarked on 20/10/1914 and returned to Australia in 1919. He was a Driver with the 10th ASC,

Significance

Embroidered silk postcards were first made in 1900 for the Paris Exposition. The popularity of silk postcards peaked during the First World War 1914 - 1918.They were mostly embroidered by French women in their homes and then sent to the factories for cutting and mounting on cards. Many of the cards were illustrated with patriotic symbols, flags, slogans, or sentimental texts. During the First World War, many Allied officers and soldiers based in France sent silk embroidered postcards to their loved ones back home

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: "To my dear Wife" (embroidered) Back: "To Enid from dad xx / xxxxxx / France / Feb 26/2/1917 / My Dear Alice / Just a PC to let you I'm still well and hope are all the same I have not see Joe lately I may see him sometime or the other I hope you enjoyed yourself on your holidays they will do you good. I'm in a rest station I have not been too well I think I will be back with the battalion in a few days you can tell ??[ma]?? I met Pugger Loney he is in the 15 ambulance he looks well and it just as fat as ever I'm goin gover to see youn George Buse tomorrow well I have not much new to tell only all is well so I will now close with best love from loving husband Will xxxxxxxx"

Framed Document - Catalina Flying Boat

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black frame with gold painted inner edge containing cream coloured paper with black text.

Historical information

Framed document "panel" relates to item 199 - Watercolour painting of a Catalina Flying Boat by an unknown artist -tells the history of the Catalina Flying Boat as well as the service histories of Flight Lieutenant Owen Mortimer and his younger brother Flight Sergeant Air Gunner Reginald Roy Mortimer from West Wyalong, New South Wales who served from 1941 to 1945 - relatives of the Donor Dr Owen Campbell Mortimer. Flight Lieutenant Owen Mortimer completed 85 missions in the wartime South West Pacific area. Reginald Mortimer served as a Transport Driver with the Australian Army later remustering to the RAAF to train and qualify as Flight Sergeant Air Gunner.

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalina Flying Boat Royal Australian Air Force

Badge

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Two brass coloured metal "Australia" badges - one with rear clips attached

Historical information

General issue to Australian Defence Force personnel.

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with sketch of full moon over water and palm trees - to the left of this outline in blue of map of Australia with red shield in centre

Historical information

One of several illustrated envelopes, without letter, sketched by soldier/s during 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 - AIR MAIL above The Salvation Army Red Shield War Services Top right - postage stamp Left side - AIF Censor stamp Bottom left - " A Merry Christmas to you all" Right side Mrs M McDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia

Booklet - The Takadaussie

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Beige and black booklet with photograph of three primitive barges surrounded by ornate border

Historical information

The Takadaussie - Journal of H.M.A.T "Takada" voyaging Devonpart to Australia - Souvenir Copy August 1919 Colombo Built in 1914 by the British India Steam Navigation Company originally for the Indian-chinese trade. The Takada was used as a hospital ship making numerous trips with sick and wounded soldiers. On the signing of the Armistice she made three trips carrying repatriated prisoners of war before transporting Australian troops home.

Tribute - Capt. Kenneth Mortimer

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Grey plastic folder with clear front cover over image of young male.

Historical information

A tribute to Captain Kenneth Malcolm Mortimer by his nephew Dr Owen Campbell Mortimer. Kenneth was born on the 9th October 1895 at Leneva near Wodonga and went to Agricultural High School in Wangaratta in 1912 before entering the Royal Military College Duntroon in 1913. He was killed in action on 20th July 1916, three months before his 21st birthday, at the Battle of Fleurbaix, Fromelles in France. His remains were unknown for 102 years when DNA testing confirmed the identity of nine Australian soldiers found buried in a mass grave near Pheasant Wood. The graves of these nine soldiers will be rededicated on July 19 2018.

Significance

Mortimer entered the Royal Military College, Duntroon on 10 March 1913 and was graduated early, along with the rest of his class, on 28 June 1915. Mortimer had been a member of the college's photography club and took numerous pictures of his fellow cadets. He was appointed as a Lieutenant with the 29th Battalion on 1 July 1915 and embarked with his unit for Egypt in November 1915. He was promoted to Captain in February 1916 and arrived in France four months later. Died (killed in action) on 20 July 1916 near Fromelles, France aged 20 years

Inscriptions & Markings

KENNETH