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Honour Board - KIllawarra State School

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Wooden Honour Board containing fifteen names listed in the centre surrounded by 11 numbered photographs.

Historical information

WW1 Killawarra State School 1914-1919 O Francis,WF Robertson, LJ Robertson, C Everitt, J Everitt, W Rhodes, H Rhodes, E Payne, J Adams, A Coppin, T Rhodes, D Clarke, H Sumpton, J Kellow, W Toohey.

Inscriptions & Markings

Top - "Killawarra State School/Roll of Honour/For King & Country" Bottom - "The Great War 1914 to 1919"

Diary - John William ELLIS

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Thin brown leather book with attached holder for pencil.

Historical information

Diary of John William ELLIS Private 218 and 5334 Born: Rupanyup. Home Town: Nyarrin Occupation: Farmer Enlisted 1915 aged 37 24th Battalion Fought at Gallipoli and Western Front. Wounded and returned to Australia 16/4/1918

Significance

Diary contains principle events written in pencil between leaving Australia on the 10th April 1916 and arriving back in Melbourne on the 16th April, 1918.

Embroidered Card

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

White rectangular bi-fold card with window mounted embroidery of the colours and flags of different countries in the shape of 1918. Inside is glossy paper with decorative flowers and printed and handwritten messages. Bound with yellow ribbon.

Historical information

Card from WWI soldier posted in France to W. West.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: "1918 / souvenir from France" (embroidered) "Merry Christmas" (printed)

Honour Board

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber Honour Board with two carved cannons at the top and side columns.

Inscriptions & Markings

"North Wangaratta State School/Roll of Honour/The Great War 1914 to 1919" 26 names in gold paint.

Framed photograph - Life Member Kenneth R. Dodemaide

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Dark timber framed photograph of male in suit.

Historical information

Ken joined the army in 1941, with the 105 Anti Tank Regiment. Went to New Guinea in 1943-1945 with the 52Lt/AA Regiment. Ken joined Wangaratta sub branch in 1945 and was a committee man and Vice President for a number of years. Was made a life member in 1991.

Inscriptions & Markings

KENNETH R. DODEMAIDE

Memorbilia - Soldier's Pay Book

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Yellow covered Soldiers Pay Book with black writing of VX32816 Green, John Strobel. Has the Australian Crest in the middle of the cover.

Inscriptions & Markings

Army No. VX32816. Pay Book No: C279807. Surname: Green. Christian Names: John Strobel. Unit: . Australian Military Forces. Soldier's Pay Book. Continuation.

Embroidered Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

White rectangular postcard with embroidered numbers representing flags and colours of different countries.

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: "1914 / 1915 / 1916 / 1917" "Souvenir from France" (embroidered)

Leather Belt with Clip Clasp

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown leather belt with brass clip clasp and brass adjustments, brown stitching that has faded.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

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"

Minature Model Aircraft

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Junkers JU52. Medium sized dark green model with German markings. Has yellow tail fin.

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.

Framed photograph - 2/6 Australian ARES REGT

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

black metal frame with white mount containing reproduced copy of photograph of regimental soldiers

Historical information

2/6 Australian ARES Regiment

Inscriptions & Markings

2/6 Australian ARES REGT

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Sepia coloured postcard with a drawing of a man on horseback - probably a stockman or drover - with a dog and cattle. A group of soldiers are drawn in the top left corner. 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 Cooee from Australia / Cooee! Cooee! / Can you hear it you have heard it oft before / It carries with it, best of love / and comes from Australs' shore."

Framed Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and gold coloured frame containing sepia photograph of female in uniform

Historical information

Dorothy Kiely (nee James) DOB 31/1/1922 - DOD 7/9/2017 Aged 95 - late of Moyhu and Edi Upper In February 1943 joined the Australian Women's Land Army. In 1995 received the Civilian Service Medal in recognition of her contribution to her country during the war years.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on rear - Dorothy KIELY Land Army 1943-45

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a black and white photograph of a soldier in uniform. His right arm is resting on a wooden stand and he stands in front of a brick ivy covered wall. 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

There is a small sign at the base of the stand that says "3251"

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.

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.

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

Army Teddy Bear

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

WWI Lance Corporal brown teddy bear, wearing a khaki uniform with rising suns on both collars, slouch hat and 59th Battalion patch on right shoulder.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with coloured sketch of three palm trees an ambulance and plane overhead with bomb exploding in distance.

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 Bottom - "The good samaritan" 1943

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with coloured sketch of palm tree and mountains.

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

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 215 Friday June 22 1945

RAAF Magazine - WINGS

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Grey and white magazine with photograph of six planes

Historical information

Official RAAF Magazine issued fortnightly during WW2 between April 1943 to March 1946 This magazine is the final edition.

Inscriptions & Markings

Vol 6 No 5 Mar 15, 1946 RAAF's first twenty five years - Page 2 FINAL EDITION

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.

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

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

Framed photograph - Frank Ramage

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black plastic frame with white border mount containing photograph of elderly male smoking a cigarette with two males in background.

Historical information

Photograph of Wangaratta RSL Life Member Frank "Rooster" Ramage. Vic Novak and Bruce McIlroy in background left and right respectively.

Inscriptions & Markings

Roosters's Corner Life Member Frank (Rooster) Ramage

Framed Photo

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Carved timber frame of sepia coloured photograph of ship being towed by tug boat from wharf crowded with people History on paper attached to glass,

Historical information

HMAS Nestor Departed Melbourne 2nd October 1916

Inscriptions & Markings

HMAS NESTOR Departed Melbourne 2nd October, 1916

Framed newspaper articles photos and flags

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

News paper cuttings and 13 photos of ships and 7 flags

Historical information

Battle of Java & Sunda Strait

Inscriptions & Markings

As Portrayed to the Australian Public 1942-1945 BATTLE OF JAVA SEA & SUNDA STRAIT 27 FEB - 1 MAR 1942 The first and only battle fought by a combined American Australian British and Dutch Naval Force against the Japanese

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.

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a black and white photograph of Creswick Park Lake

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 photographs and boomerang

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Historical information

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 Eygpt. 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

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Historical information

WW2 Envelope Art

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?"

Anzac Commemorative Medallion and Box

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Bronze commemorative medallion depicting Simpson and his donkey on the front and Australia, New Zealand and the southern cross on the back.Medallion is set inside a plastic hinged lid box with a deep purple velvet lining. Original white cardboard box with two sections. Top section has brown paper label with handwritten address and white/blue stamp on outside. The medallion is cast in bronze and is approximately 75 millimetres high and 50 millimetres wide. The obverse of the medallion depicts Simpson and his donkey carrying a wounded soldier to safety. It is bordered on the lower half by a laurel wreath above the word ANZAC. The reverse shows a map in relief of Australia and New Zealand superimposed by the Southern Cross. The lower half is bordered by New Zealand fern leaves. The name and initials of the recipient is engraved on the reverse. The medallion is issued in a presentation box.

Historical information

Anzac commemorative medallion issued to the next of kin of Private Thomas Emanuel Rollings - 1983 - 24th Battalion, Wangaratta. See also 213. The Anzac Commemorative Medallion was instituted 1967. It was awarded to surviving members of the Australian forces who served on the Gallipoli Peninsula, or in direct support of the operations from close off shore, at any time during the period from the first Anzac Day in April 1915 to the date of final evacuation in January 1916.

Inscriptions & Markings

Medallion - Front: "1915" "ANZAC" Back: "T. E. ROLLINGS" hand engraving Cardboard box - Top section: "St Kilda Rail., S.2 / Victoria / No. 8248"printed "Mrs A E Rollings / Eldorado / Victoria" handwritten "If not claimed in seven days return to :- Central Army Records Office, Albert Park Barracks, Melb"

Colour Patches - 8th Light Horse

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Two woollen patches of the 8th Light Horse Regiment. Both patches are for the right arm. They are blue and yellow on the diagonal, with yellow being at the bottom. Has white woollen cloth on the back.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Letter - RS&SILA

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream coloured paper letter with black type below letterhead and crest.

Historical information

Letter of sympathy to Mrs Seymour on the passing of her husband Gunner Barry SEYMOUR 19825

Inscriptions & Markings

The Returned Sailors and Soldiers' Imperial League of Australia dated 26/2/1941 and signed by State President G.W. Holland addressed to Mrs R. H. Seymour 29 Barnett Street, Kensington.

Canister

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Round brass canister with separate lid embossed with elephants with monkey engraved on base Inside blue stamp Christmas 1968

Historical information

Monkey on base of tin

Framed Cloth

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

White cloth with Japanese verse in a black frame. The cloth has a red circle and Japanese writing mounted on cardboard

Inscriptions & Markings

Verse translates to " We pray that the soldier's good fortune would last forever"

Unframed Scroll - Private R.J.C. Moore

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Unframed cream coloured paper with Coat of Arms above ten lines of writing in black and two lines in red ink.

Historical information

Scroll to commemorate those that made the ultimate sacrifice.

Inscriptions & Markings

Pte. Rupert James Cavanagh Moore 3rd M.G.Bn., A.I.F.

Australian's Soldiers' Pocket Book - G.R. Sands

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Small red book with plastic canvas cover with black writing.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front cover: The Australian Soldiers' Pocket Book. Gift from The Australian Comforts Fund. Inside written in blue ink: G.R. Sands 71023 Sgt. 401 Road Sen Lake Via. NOK M.O Sands. DOB 2-1-23. Weight 12st 6lb. Height 6ft 4in.

Life Buoy - HMAS Sydney

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Solid white circle surrounded by attached rope

Historical information

Life Buoy - HMAS Sydney

Inscriptions & Markings

HMAS SYDNEY

Badges RAASC x 3

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Large plastic silver button. Plastic silver seven point star shaped badge with crown on top. Plastic silver RAASC badge.

Inscriptions & Markings

Button has RAASC, ER on front. Stokes Melb on back Star has Royal Australian Army Services Corps, ER, Honu Soit Qui Mal Y Pense on front. S. Wann & Hudson on back. RAASC has nil.

Booklet - Wangaratta Sub Branch - Annual Report and Balance Sheet

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Green and white cardboard covered booklet with black RSL crest and type.

Historical information

Wangaratta Sub Branch - Annual Report and Balance Sheet For the year ending 31st December 1965

Inscriptions & Markings

Wangaratta Sub Branch - Annual Report and Balance Sheet For the year ending 31st December 1965

Framed Sketch

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Silver plate frame with black mount containing RSL crest and sketch of Airman

Historical information

RSL of Australia 70th Anniversary Frame - commissioned artwork by Dick Evans

Significance

70th anniversary of the RSL Limited Edition Certificate of Authenticity attached to rear of frame

Inscriptions & Markings

"Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Returned Services League of Australia 1916-1986

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with drawing of two soldiers walking side by side

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 Bottom left - "Who pinched Puds bottle?"

Engraved Box and Pennies

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Historical information

Two up game consisting of two pennies which are thrown in the air and bet on.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Framed Photographs

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame and mount containing eight photographs of soldiers.

Inscriptions & Markings

Photos of the following Soldiers: Pte J H Law, Pte J McCormack, Pte N Foster, Pte R Hughes, Pte W J Law, Pte J O'Callaghan, Pte S Davison, Pte W Hunter

Badge

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Two brass coloured metal badges in shape of a propeller - one badge slightly larger appears handmade (trench art) from silver metal. and has rear clips attached.

Historical information

WW2 propeller badges - larger of the two badges has appearance of trench art; the other manufactured

Shield - RSL

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Large white plastic cast in shape of a shield with crown on top, three servicemen within a circle above a red banner.

Historical information

RSL Shield and Logo

Inscriptions & Markings

Returned Sailors',Soldiers' & Airmen's Imperial Australia League

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

Discharge Certificate - Private Ernest LUCAS 88379 Middlesex Regt.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Off white coloured cardboard document with black and red printing

Historical information

Discharge certificate dated 18.5.1919 belonging to Private Ernest LUCAS 88399 Royal Defence Corps Middlesex Regiment.

Inscriptions & Markings

Discharge Certificate in name of Private Ernest LUCAS 88379 Royal Defence Corps - Middlesex Regiment. Discharged on 18th of May 1919.