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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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Envelope

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with censor stamp and sticker

Historical information

One of several letters sent to Mrs M MacDonald of Grey Street Wangaratta by soldiers during the second world war. This one is from Private Peter Alan ANDERSON VX 33905 Born 17/2/1910 Enlisted 21/2/1941 Served with 2/24th and 2/29th Battalions Prisoner of War - B Force / Japanese Died 25/2/1945 due to illness in Borneo - Labuan Memorial Malaya - POW No 282

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 Left side - AIF Censor stamp and sticker along fold "Opened by Censor" Right side - Mrs M MacDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia Rear VX33905 Pte P Anderson R.O.D A.I.F Malaya

Framed silk cloth

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Ornate gold coloured plastic frame with cream mount containing a pink silk square embossed in yellow and white thread and edged in yellow fringe. In the centre

Historical information

Stan Grossman sent this silk embroidery to his cousin Doris Grossman. Private Stanley GROSSMAN 246 from North Wangaratta enlisted on 15/7/1915 aged 19 years. Embarked on 10/11/1915. Served with the Camel Corp and 29th Battalion and 14th Light Horse.

Inscriptions & Markings

Embroided - Happy Christmas Australian Commonwealth Military Forces Plaque -A Christmas Gift from Cairo World War 1 1916

Aircraft Gauges X 3

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Air speed indicator Sperry Gyro Horizon indicator RAAF Computer Navigational system MK. III. D. WWII (Metal box with flap top cover, Serial No WG 2833)

Minature Model Aircraft

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Gruman Avenger. Small brown and camouflage plane with black and red spots on wings. Yellow, white, blue & red circles on sides.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

NF W8142

Badge

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Rectangular shaped metal badge with white glazed enamel border containing purple centre

Historical information

Unit colour patch badge

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Reproduced photograph of soldiers marching along street lined with parked vehicles

Historical information

Members of the 2/24th Battalion marching in Wangaratta. The Unit was raised in Wangaratta in July 1940 and the photograph was taken in late 1940 prior to overseas deployment to the middle east during WW2

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on rear - 2/24th Marching in Wangaratta late 1940

Book - Aussie - The Australian Soldier's Magazine

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Book of cream coloured pages with two columns of writing with pictures. Book is a collection of magazines Volumes 1 - 13

Historical information

Book is a collection of magazines entitled Aussie - The Australian Soldier's Magazine Volumes 1 - 13 Dated January 1918 to April, 1919 Price 10 centimes Printed in the field by the AIF Printing Section during WW1

Inscriptions & Markings

Aussie

Framed Print

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber frame surrounding green and brown print of four soldiers in a village.

Historical information

57/60 Battalion in action in Bougainville

Inscriptions & Markings

57/60 BTN in Action at Bougainville Loaned by 57/60 Btn Assoc. Donated by Roy Tobias M.M. 1999

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!"

Photographs - Admiral Graf Spee

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

12 black and white unframed photographs of ship at sea

Historical information

Photographs of the German ship Admiral Graf Spee which was involved in the Battle of the River Plate, the first naval battle in the Second World War and the first one of the Battle of the Atlantic in South American waters. The German panzerschiff Admiral Graf Spee had cruised into the South Atlantic a fortnight before the war began, and had been commerce raiding after receiving appropriate authorisation on 26 September 1939. One of the hunting groups sent by the British Admiralty to search for Graf Spee, comprising three Royal Navy cruisers, HMS Exeter, Ajax and Achilles (the last from the New Zealand Division), found and engaged their quarry off the estuary of the River Plate close to the coast of Uruguay in South America.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription in pencil on rear of each photograph

Framed Photo and medal - Leslie V Clark 2829

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black frame with dark green background mounted with circular photograph of a soldier and star shaped medal with red white and blue ribbon

Historical information

World War 1 service of Leslie Victor Clark 2829 awarded the Gallipoli Medal.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque: Service Number - 2829 Full Name - Leslie Victor Clark - 8th Battalion A.I.F "Blood and Bandits" Overseas from 7/7,1915 Returned to Australia 30/6/1916

Rifle Launch Grenade

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Metal Rifle Launch Grenade

Historical information

Two rifle launch grenades bought back from WWI by Sgt Major Albert James. Originally designed to be jammed into enemy tank tracks.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hope /18 (written on the side of one)

Framed Poster

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Carved brown timber framed poster of rising sun, two flags and images of Army Commanding Officers, Awards and Badges

Historical information

Record of Australia's Voluntary Effort in the Great War (AIF) AUG 4TH 1914 to JUNE 28TH 1919 During the the First World War General Sir W.R. Birdwood, was Commander of the Australian Imperial Forces and Lieutenant General Sir J. Monash, Commander of the Australian Army Corp.

Significance

A commemorative colour poster published c.1920 as a record of Australia's voluntary effort in the Great War. The composition is similar to that of an Honour Roll and features a depiction of the rising sun badge within a wreath. Listed are each Australian Division, the Light Horse and the AIF Corps Headquarters. Each is headed with a portrait of the Division's Commanding Officer, and includes depictions of colour patches, followed by principal engagements and a summary of causalities suffered.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque reads ...Presented to Wangaratta RSL by Eric Hamilton

Map - Australian Army Operations 1940-45

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Large cream coloured cardboard folded in three, inside is a coloured map of the middle east 1940-1942, New Guinea Theatre 1942-1944, Pacific Islands 1944-1945 and Malay and Islands 1942-1945. Front cover has Unit patches from top left to bottom right corner , at top right corner is the rising sun badge and bottom left corner 1940-45 Back cover is a listed Chronology.

Historical information

Large fold out map and chronology of Australian Army Operations between 1940-1945 that belonged to Private Joan Spencer VFX12932 (VF507134) born 12/11/1924 at Albury. The family moved to Wangaratta and Joan was educated at Wangaratta High School before joining the Australian Army Medical Women's Service at 115 (Heidelberg) Military Hospital. She served with the 130 Australia General Hospital and was deployed overseas to Japan on 17/6/1947 and returned on 26/1/1949

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written at top - VFX Pte Joan Spencer AAMWS 115 (H) M.H.

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"

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and white photograph of aboriginal soldier holding rifle and young girl

Historical information

Aboriginal soldiers 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 Egypt. 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. The soldiers from Lake Tyers enlisted at Caulfield between June and July 1940 include Harold Cornelius HAYES VX 48217 DOB 2/4/1916 Enlisted 25/7/40 Discharged 22/3/1941 Edward FOSTER VX48218 DOB 25/5/1921 Enlisted 25/7/1940 Discharged 22/3/1941 Noel Ernest HOOD VX48194 DOB 3/1/1919 Enlisted 25/7/1940 Discharged 22/3/1941 Edward Leslie MULLETT VX48199 DOB 30/6/1910 Enlisted 25/7/1940 Discharged 22/3/1941

Significance

Image relates to a "special platoon" based at No 9 Camp Wangaratta as being the Australian Army's first all Aboriginal Unit formed in 1940. The soldiers were all volunteers mainly from Lake Tyers in Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

Attached to rear - Little girl asking Guard if she can go into Showgrounds Wangaratta end of 1940 - J A Wright 1940 Wang

Memorial Plaque

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Round metal plaque and letter with red crest mounted on rectangular timber board.

Historical information

Memorial plaque and Letter of condolence from Buckingham Palace signed by King George V sent to the family George William PAGE - born 20/5/1900. He served with the RAN aboard HMAS Tingira a training ship for boys during the First World War. He died by accidental drowning in Sydney on 16/3/1919. Service No 6790

Significance

George William PAGE served with the RAN aboard HMAS Tingira a training ship for boys during the First World War. On 16/3/1919 he died by accidental drowning. In 1911 Sobraon was purchased by the Commonwealth Government for £15,000 and fitted out as a boy’s training ship at Mort’s Dock Balmain. The name chosen for her was an aboriginal word meaning ‘open sea’ and she commissioned into the RAN as HMAS Tingira on 25 April 1912. On 1 June 1912 the first batch of 37 boys recruited from New South Wales joined Tingira. Drafts from other states quickly followed, completing the first intake of 100. Entry was limited to boys between the ages of 14½ and 16 years who were bound to serve for seven years following their 18th birthday.

Inscriptions & Markings

"HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR" GEORGE WILLIAM PAGE

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

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

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Reproduced black and white photograph of four Army Officers having a brew under roof of thatched hut and in front of banner of The Salvation Army/Australian Comfort Fund

Historical information

TARAKAN, BORNEO, 1945-05-08. GENERAL SIR THOMAS A. BLAMEY, COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, ALLIED LAND FORCES, SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA, (4), DRINKING COFFEE WITH SENIOR OFFICERS OUTSIDE THE SALVATION ARMY RED SHIELD HUT DURING HIS INSPECTION TOUR OF THE 2/23 INFANTRY BATTALION. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- BRIGADIER D.A. WHITEHEAD, COMMAND 26 INFANTRY BRIGADE, (1); LIEUTENANT COLONEL F.A.G. TUCKER, (2); LIEUTENANT COLONEL DWYER, (3); LIEUTENANT GENERAL F.H. BERRYMAN, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 1 CORPS (5).

Significance

Brigadier David Adie Whitehead had a distinguished and decorated career in both First and Second World Wars. He joined the Citizen Military Forces when it was raised in 1947 and commanded the 2nd Armoured Brigade (4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse and 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regiments) till 1953 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

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on note attached to rear -Whitehead on L Blamey on R - Qld tablelands (?)

Pilot Balloon Slide Rule

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

The case is fabric covered wood with felt fabric lining containing a long black laminate ruler with numerous white markings and numbers. Top of the ruler is in three sections with the centre section movable by small gold metal knobs at either end.

Historical information

The Mark II Pilot Balloon Slide Rule was made of wood laminated with heavy white plastic with a length of 24.5-in. and width of 2.5 inches. Mark II rules were manufactured in Australia by W & G (Melbourne). The W & G rule differs only slightly from the English A. G. Thornton LTD rule. The W & G rule uses serif fonts and has some fiducial marks that the English rule lacks. Exact dates of production are not known but the MK II is known to have started production by 1927. The printed scales are engraved in the plastic faces. The slide rule has 4 captive cursors (glass windows and brass guides) that ride in slots on the top and bottom edges. Each can be moved independently of one another. The cursors are missing from this item. Brass knobs at both ends of the slide facilitate its movement. The case is fabric covered wood with felt lining. The Pilot Balloon slide rule is used to convert the observed azimuth and elevation readings into wind velocity and direction records. No known history as the item was found in house after purchase.

Inscriptions & Markings

This slide rule contains a engraved notation on the rear face "IMPORTANT. NORMALLY NUMBER OF GRATICULE SCALE DIVISIONS PER RADIAN (K) X LENGTH OF TAIL IN FEET (I) = 12X 105. IN OTHER CASES MULTIPLY GRATICULE READINGS BY 1.2/KI BEFORE CALCULATION ON RULE" Top of Slide Rule - RAAF Ident No G268/480 Serial WG/22

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 belonging to Herbert Roger HORNE VX42461 who was born at Traralgon on 8/10/1908. He enlisted at Caulfield on 8/7/1940 and served with the 2/11 Field Regiment in the Middle East during the second world war. He was discharged on 28/9/1944 and later died on 12/9/1961.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Donated by the family of H R HORNE'

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 RSL Sub Branch - Women's Auxiliary Honour Board of Presidents from 1918 to the present day. On the 18/5/2018 the Women's Auxiliary celebrated its Centenary and is believed to be one of the oldest if not the oldest Women's Auxiliary in Victoria.

Significance

On the 18/5/2018 the Women's Auxiliary celebrated its Centenary and is believed to be one of the oldest if not the oldest RSL Women's Auxiliary in Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

Wangaratta Sub Branch President 1918 to present

WWII Helmet

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Khaki in colour, dark brown leather plastic coated canvas inserts, with pale khaki cloth chin strap

Inscriptions & Markings

W. Hill has been scratched into the underside brim

Embroidered Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

White rectangular postcard with embroidered yellow rising sun, crown, banner and foliate decoration. 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.

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: "FROM 5TH PIONEER BATTALION FRANCE" "KEEP SMILING" (embroidered) Back: "To Enid best love from Dad xxxxxx / France June 28/6/1917" "My Dear Mary / just a pc to let you know I'm still well and hope you are all the same I have not seen Joe yet is is still warm over here yet we have been out shooting to day I feel tired. I wish it was all over I full up of it. I seen Dexter the other night he is looking well on it ?? I'm beginning to think it is never going to end well this all at present love Will love from your loving husband xxx / xxxx "

Document - Service History - Major Herbert James SHANNON

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Two pages of cream coloured paper with black typing below rising sun crest centred in ornate border.

Historical information

Empire research/service history of Major Herbert James SHANNON 2314 8th Light Horse AIF - Enlisted 21/6/1915 aged 40 years 9 months - Served Dardanelles, Egypt, Palestine and Sinai - Batles Gallipoli, The Nek, 2nd Gaza, Beersheba, Tel El Khuweilfe, At Huj Led Charge during the Es Salt Raid, Tiberias, Damascus. Awarded Distinguished Service Order Mentioned in Dispatches VD 1914/5 Star British War Medal Victory Medal. Discharged 6/10/1919.

Inscriptions & Markings

Service No 2312

Framed Print - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Light brown timber and gold gilt inner edge frame containing print of lady wearing evening dress with diamond and ruby tiara

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 Plaque - Present to Wangaratta RSL by Ken S Jasper MLA 31-8-79

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Reproduced black and white photograph of a monument/cenotaph and lawn grave sites with white crosses.

Historical information

The Battle of Tarakan was the first stage in the Borneo campaign of 1945. It began with an amphibious landing by Australian forces on 1 May, code-named Operation Oboe One. While the battle ended with success for the Allied forces over the Japanese defenders, this victory is generally regarded as having not justified its costs. 225 Australian soldiers of the 26th Brigade, 9th Division, 2nd Australian Imperial Force were once buried here. They were killed in the Battle of Tarakan (1 May - 21 June 1945) or died due to their wounds until 15 August 1945.

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 Cemetery

Booklet - Wangaratta Returned Servicemen's Club RULES (1955-6)

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream coloured booklet with blue RSL logo and inscription

Historical information

Booklet of Rules of the Wangaratta Returned Servicemen' s Club which contains the names of Office Bearers - President - Mr W. H. FIELD - as per Honour Board verified as President in 1955-6.

Significance

Wangaratta Returned Servicemen's Club Booklet of Rules - Mr W. H. FIELD was President of the Club in 1955-6

Inscriptions & Markings

Wangaratta Returned Servicemen's Club - RULES

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