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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

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Dark timber framed containing photograph of Life Member - Frank RAMAGE

Historical information

Frank joined the C.M.F in 1943 and transferred to the 6th Field Ambulance A.I.F. in 1944 and discharged in 1946. He served in New Guinea and New Britain He joined the R.S.L. in 1956 and was made a Life Member in 1996

Inscriptions & Markings

FRANCIS N. RAMAGE Frank was made an Honorary Life Member in 1996

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with coloured sketch of yacht sailing at sunset.

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 Right side Mrs M MacDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia

Tankard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Pewter drinking tankard

Historical information

Presented to the late Army Chaplain Lewis NYMAN who served during the Vietnam War

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to Chap. L Nyman By 16 LAA REGT. Officers Mess Mar73

Leather Holster

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown leather revolver holster with metal loop on the back, metal hook & button

Historical information

Webley Mark VI issue revolver holster made from brown cow hide. The holster is has double cotton stitching and features a leather belt loop, brass hanger and a brass notch riveted to the flap to secure the leather locking belt.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Book - Cartoon - World at War

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Book without cover containing 60 plus cream coloured pages of cartoons

Historical information

A history of sixty cartoons with text by David LOW a New Zealander of Scottish-Irish parentage. In 1919 he started work in London. His cartoons on world affairs had a wide reputation in Europe before the war were banned in Germany in 1936.

Inscriptions & Markings

World at War A history in Sixty Cartoons with a narrative text by LOW

Framed print

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black timber frame containing coloured caricature of saluting Army Officer with flag in background.

Historical information

Colonel Sir Ernest Edward "Weary" Dunlop, AC, CMG, OBE (12 July 1907 – 2 July 1993) was an Australian surgeon who was renowned for his leadership while being held prisoner by the Japanese during World War II. Born 12 July 1907 Major Plains, Victoria Died 2 July 1993 (aged 85) Service/branch Australian Army Years of service 1935–1946 Rank Colonel Unit Royal Australian Army Medical Corps 2/2nd Casualty Clearing Station Commands held No.1 Allied General Hospital Battles/wars World War II Battle of Greece North African Campaign Syria-Lebanon campaign South West Pacific New Guinea Campaign South East Asia Campaign Awards Companion of the Order of Australia Knight Bachelor Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George Officer of the Order of the British Empire Knight of the Venerable Order of Saint John Mentioned in Despatches

Inscriptions & Markings

Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop - Anzac Day 1993 Print No 455 of 500

Embroidered Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

White rectangular postcard with embroidered yellow, orange, red, white rising sun badge, green banner and english maritime flags.

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.

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: "AUSTRALIAN COMMONWEALTH" "Australian Commonwealth Military Forces" (embroidered) Back: "To Alice best of love from loving husband Will xxxxxxx write soon"

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Reproduced black and white photograph of tent structures with supplies and vehicles in foreground.

Historical information

View of HQ Australian Army Services Corps Issuing Depot on Tarakan Island.

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 1996 and one of the first, if not the first, to receive this type of honour.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on rear - Tarakan

Framed print - Menin Gate at Midnight

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Dark wooden frame of a dark blue coloured print with large cream coloured arched monument in distance.

Historical information

The original art piece was painted by Australian artist Will Longstaff after he attended the unveiling ceremony of the Menin Gate memorial at the entrance of the Belgian town of Ypres in 1927. It was purchased in 1928 for 2000 guineas and presented to the Australia Government by British Philanthropist Lord Woolavington The memorial is inscribed with the names of 54,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers killed in Flanders with no known grave. More than 6000 are Australians.

Significance

The image commemorates those soldiers with no marked graves who died on the Western Front during the First World War.

Inscriptions & Markings

MENIN GATE AT MIDNIGHT by Will Longstaff Presented by Lord Woolavington

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

Soldier's Pay Book

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Yellow covered booklet with black writing and Crest in the middle of the cover.

Historical information

Soldier's Pay book continuation issued to John Strobel Green VX32816. Born at Wonthaggi on the 19/4/1913. These books were usually carried by the soldiers in their battle dress breast pocket. They note personal details, rate of pay and promotions, and the place in which the soldier was paid each fortnight – effectively plotting soldiers' movements in the Army. From the pay book GREEN enlisted in June 1940, at the age of 27, before embarking overseas on 5 February 1941 for the Middle East. Inside the rear cover are two photographs of GREEN. His mother Kate Green of Yallourn is listed as next of kin.

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 sailing boast with flying french flag and union jack. Also pink, blue flowers and green foliate 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.

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: "My dear Alice / France / Just a PC to let you know I'm well and hope you are all the same I have not see Joe yet over here but I believe he is alright so far well there not much news to tell you get more news over there than we do. I hope Jack and Father are working. I wrote to Jack he aut to have my letters by now well this all the news ???? as long as you know I'm well ?????? bye best love Will xxxxxx"

Medal in white box - Corporal Percy Kiely

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

T shape medal in silver metal with cream coloured ribbon with red and light blue strip

Historical information

The Tobruk Siege Medal is an unofficial award issued by the "Rats of Tobruk" Association in 1977 to troops who were in action during the Siege of Tobruk between April and December 1941. Medal issued posthumously to Corporal Percy Angus KIELY VX48300 Born 30/1/1906 at Wangaratta who served with 2/23 Battalion in the MIddle East and New Guinea. Percy died on 25/4/44 from a fractured skull and brain haemorrhage when struck by a falling limb of a tree on 21/4/44 at Whitfield.

Significance

The Tobruk Siege Medal is an unofficial award issued by the "Rats of Tobruk" Association in 1977. The Tobruk Siege medal known as the T medal was issued to Australian, British, Indian, New Zealand and Polish troops who were in action during the Siege of Tobruk between April and December 1941.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tobruk Seige 1941

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with coloured sketch of soldier running away from aircraft dropping bombs. Box and bottles in foreground.

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 - AIR MAIL Top right - postage stamp Left side - AIF Censor stamp Right side Mrs M MacDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia Bottom left- "Fair Dinkum Wouldn't it!" Box - "Jungle Juice 100% OP'

Plate

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Small rectangular metal plate with enamel coloured flags

Historical information

Plate with series of flags embossed. Flags include parts of Japanese flag, Italian flag, Union Jack, French flag Other flags are unknown

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Framed photograph - Colonel H J SHANNON

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Gold coloured metal frame containing sepia photograph of Army Officer with moustache

Historical information

Lt Colonel Herbert James SHANNON DSO,VD - Commanding Officer of the 8th Light Horse AIF. Returned to Australia 3/7/1919 and died 27/12/1960. Colonel Shannon became the 1st President of the Wangaratta RSL when it was organised under Anzac House and the present constitution. He was born at Bowman's Forest in 1874 and died in Wangaratta in 1960. He served in the Victorian Mounted Rifles at the turn of the century, rose to the rank of Captain and commanded the Wangaratta Detachment and Company - this later became the 8th Light Horse Regiment. In 1915 he embarked as Major in the 8th Light Horse and served in Gallipoli, Sinai, Palestine and Syria whee he commanded the 8th Squadron. Later he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and commanded the Regiment. During the Amman raids, he won the D.S.O at El Salt. This award was presented to him by the Duke of Clarence. In post war period he commanded the 8th Australian Light Horse and later as Colonel of the 3rd Cavalry Brigade During the second world war Colonel Shannon came from retirement to organise the V.D.C in North East Victoria.

Significance

Colonel Shannon became the 1st President of the Wangaratta RSL when it was organised under Anzac House and the present constitution. He was born at Bowman's Forest in 1874 and died in Wangaratta in 1960. He served in the Victorian Mounted Rifles at the turn of the century, rose to the rank of Captain and commanded the Wangaratta Detachment and Company - this later became the 8th Light Horse Regiment. In 1915 he embarked as Major in the 8th Light Horse and served in Gallipoli, Sinai, Palestine and Syria whee he commanded the 8th Squadron. Later he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and commanded the Regiment. During the Amman raids, he won the D.S.O at El Salt. This award was presented to him by the Duke of Clarence. In post war period he commanded the 8th Australian Light Horse and later as Colonel of the 3rd Cavalry Brigade During the second world war Colonel Shannon came from retirement to organise the V.D.C in North East Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Col.H.J.SHANNON.D.S.O.V.D." "FIRST PRSIDENT WANGARATTA PRSIDENT RSL. 1928." Rear of item - "Col.H.J.SHANNON D.S.O.,V.D. Photographed CAIRO 1916

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a colour portrait of two embraced lovers sitting on a fence. Newspaper cutting adhered to 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.

Pocket Book - A.R. Sharrock

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Red canvas covered pocket book

Historical information

Australian Soldier's Pocket book belonging to WO2 Almora Reedie SHARROCK VX142263 DOB 13/7/1911 at Dandenong. Enlisted 26/2/1940. Occupation Armourer. Unit 127 Aust Bde Workshop. Served in New Guinea during WW2

Significance

An example of a small pocket book gifted by the Australian Comforts Fund (ACF) to soldiers and other servicemen during WW2. This pocket book has a bright red cover and was given as a morale boosting gift. The book contains details of relevant information considered useful to serving service personnel.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Australian Soldiers Pocket Book Gift from The Australian Comforts Fund 1944

Newspaper - Daily Mail

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

The Daily Telegraph Newspaper, "The War Papers, Part 48". Print is black and white.

Inscriptions & Markings

The War Papers, Part 48. Friday, January 19, 1945. 1945 The year of war and peace.

Canvass belt and holster

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Khaki canvass belt with metal buckle and revolver holster

Historical information

Army canvass belt with revolver holster

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a studio photograph of a standing child and a reclined dog

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 - 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 276 Tuesday August 21 1945

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 53 Wednesday January 10 1945

Framed Print - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown ridged timber frame containing print of lady wearing evening dress and a tiara standing beside floral display on pedestal table.

Historical information

The Queen's relationship with the Armed Forces began when, as Princess Elizabeth, she joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) in 1945, becoming the first female member of the Royal Family to join the Armed Services as a full-time active member. During her time in the ATS, the Princess learnt to drive and to maintain vehicles

Significance

The Queen has a long and close relationship with the Armed Forces, both in the United Kingdom and in the Commonwealth. As Sovereign, The Queen is Head of the Armed Forces, and is also the wife, mother and grandmother of individuals having served in the Forces.

Inscriptions & Markings

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Brass Cribbage Board

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brass triangle featuring embossed image/bust of Sir John Monash in the centre of triangle.

Historical information

In the style of trench art possibly made from shell casing in the shape of a triangular cribbage board with the image of Sir John Monash who was the Commanding Officer of the Australian Imperial Force during the first world war.

Inscriptions & Markings

engraved "Sir John Monash" image of Sir John Monash

Army Tie

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Khaki green woven tie

Historical information

Item belonged to Lieutenant Leonard V. GREAVES 310387 who served with the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers 1965-1971.

Framed Print

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame with light brown mount containing print depicting soldiers landing on shore from ships at sea.

Historical information

Landing of ANZAC's at Gallipoli April 25 1915

Inscriptions & Markings

The landing of the New Zealand and Australian Expeditionary Forces,Gallipoli,April 25,1915

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and white photograph/postcard of Band Stand

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Band Stand, Albert Street, Creswick

Framed Flag

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black timber frame containing red cloth with white star and crescent.

Historical information

Turkish Flag

Badges - Rising Sun

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Nine small & three large Rising Sun badges. Some have pins & attachments & others are missing them.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Commonwealth Military Forces