Stories Organisations Projects About Login

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch Wangaratta, Victoria

Contact Information

location
1 Victoria Parade Wangaratta Victoria 3677 (map)
phone
+61 03 5721 2051

Contact

Location

1 Victoria Parade Wangaratta Victoria

View on Google Maps

TAKEDOWN POLICY

These records are digitised by this organisation on Victorian Collections for the purposes of education and preservation. If you believe that we have infringed your copyright please contact us and we will remove the material from the site.

There are no comments yet.

Leave a comment

730 items

close
Show All Items Items with Images (713) Items with Audio (6) Items with Video Items with Documents
View As Grid List

730 items

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

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on front - In Friendship's Name- Greetings and Best Wishes Handwritten on rear - To Will, wishing you many happy returns of 16th April, from Alice xxx

Ammunition rounds - Inert

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

5 cartridges each containing 5 Inert 303 rounds - total of 25

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

R.A.A.F. Fitters Manual II.A

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

RAAF Fitters Manual II.A belonging to 20164 Cpt Bulluss G. Book has black binding with black cord to bind it. Cover is a dirty cream colour with black writing. Water stain on front cover.

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. 6201 Fitters II.A Carpenter Riggers, Flight Riggers, Course Notes, Engineering School. Issue 4 - 1942. This book is R.A.A.F Property and is NOT TO BE REPRODUCED without authority. Inside cover written in red ink is 20164 Cpt Bulluss G.

Dinner Menu - Welcome Home

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Bone coloured card with red and blue stripes at right hand side. Australian and Union Jack flags at top with blue writing.

Historical information

To the ex service men and women of Love & Pollard Pty Ltd Stores and served in WWII. Has the names of those who served and died and the dinner menu.

Inscriptions & Markings

On cover: Welcome Home Dinner to Ex-Service Men & Ex-Service Women of Love & Pollard Pty Ltd Stores. Lower Melbourne Town Hall June 19th, 1946. Inside left: Honour Roll. Inside right: Dinner Menu. On back cover: Autographs. Also with 10 signatures written in pencil.

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"

Framed photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame containing cream coloured mount and photograph of large group of soldiers and bandsmen

Historical information

The 59th Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army. Initially raised for service during World War I, the battalion fought on the Western Front in France and Belgium between 1916 and 1918, before being disbanded in 1919. In 1921, it was re-raised as a part-time unit of the Militia in Victoria. They remained in existence until 1942 when, due to a manpower shortage in the Australian economy, the decision was made to amalgamate the battalion with the 58th Battalion to form the 58th/59th Battalion. Together they remained linked throughout World War II, serving in New Guinea and Bougainville in 1943–1945. In 1952, the 59th Battalion was re-raised and subsequently was absorbed into the Royal Victoria Regiment in 1960.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque -59th Militia Circa 1939

Framed photograph - Jack Fogarty

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber framed photograph of male in suit.

Historical information

Jack Fogarty was made a Life Member of the R.S.L in 1957. He joined the league in 1920 and was one of the original members when the Wangaratta Sub-Branch affiliated with Anzac House in 1929. He was elected to the committee in 1940, was Senior Vice Present in 1949 and President in 1957-8. Jack was also the Foundation President of the R.S.L. Club. He was chairman of the 34th District Board in 1956-57 and was a delegate for many years.

Inscriptions & Markings

JACK FOGARTY

Framed Medals - Private Mervyn HARRIS

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber frame containing two WW2 service medals mounted on red felt backing.

Historical information

Service Medals x 2 and Life Membership Badge awarded to Pte Mervyn S HARRIS 6th Aux. Horse Transp Coy

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque: Private Mervyn S HARRIS V22764 6 Aux Horse Transport Coy

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

Button

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Small gold coloured Australian Military Forces button.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front: Map of Australia with a crown on top. On back: Stokes Melb

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a sepia coloured photograph of Government House, Perth Western Australia. 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.

Framed Print - HMAS Sydney

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black plastic frame with moulded pattern with grey mount containing photograph of ship and Sydney Harbour Bridge

Historical information

HMAS Sydney built by Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend on Tyne, United Kingdom Launched 22 September 1934 Engaged and sunk Bartolmeo Colleom 19 July 1940. On 19 November 1941 South West of Carnarvon Western Australia she was lost at sea with all hands after engaging the German raider Kormoran.

Significance

On 19 November 1941, HMAS Sydney, a light cruiser of the Royal Australian Navy with an impressive record of war service, was lost following a battle with the German raider HSK Kormoran in the Indian Ocean off the Western Australian coast. The loss of the Sydney with its full war complement of 645 remains Australia’s worst naval disaster. The Kormoran was also sunk, but 317 of its crew of 397 were rescued. The fate of the Sydney remains one of Australia’s greatest wartime mysteries; even the location of the wrecks was not established until 2008.

Inscriptions & Markings

Banner - HMAS Sydney HMAS Sydney built by Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend on Tyne, United Kingdom Launched 22 September 1934 Engaged and sunk Bartolmeo Colleom 19 July 1940 Lost at sea with all hands 19 November 1941 South West of Carnarvon Western Australia after engaging the German raider Kormoran.

Signals Head Set

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

1942 Signals Head Set. Two black bakelite earpieces attached to black wire headpiece. Brown electrical cord is attached to wire and bakelite. Thick black rubber cord is attached to one earpiece. Has khaki canvas material attached to go around back of head.

Inscriptions & Markings

ZA28658 D ^ D

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

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with coloured drawing of path leading to three mountains.

Historical information

Sent to Mrs M MacDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia from V129537 ACI Gilbert A V Group 436 RAAF Flinders Island during World War 2

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 corner - Air Mail/ACF in red star right top corner - postage stamp left side - AIF censor stamp right side - Mrs M Mac Donald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia rear - V129537 ACI Gilbert A V Group 436 RAAF Flinders Island

Gas Mask

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

US Gas Mask for Child - 2 pieces and box

Inscriptions & Markings

Model MIA2-1-1

Mounted Medallion for Driver M M Maloney

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Mounted Medallion on metal base

Inscriptions & Markings

Borough of Wangaratt Inc 1863 In grateful Appreciation VX 82156 World War Dvr Maloney M.M? 1939-1945

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

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 266 Sunday August 12 1945

Photograph - 25 Squadron

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

black and white photograph of squadron of airmen

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 : Prior to enlisting in Melbourne John WILKINSON was a Pharmaceutical Chemist. Awarded the distinguished flying cross in March 1944 WILKINSON was tragically killed in action over Germany in 1944.

Inscriptions & Markings

25 Squadron Personnel Rear - signature of J H Wilkinson

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.

WWII Helmet

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Khaki in colour, with remants if yellow paint at the front. All the interior is missing. Has quite a bit of rust.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil.

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

Ticket

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream coloured parchment with fluted edging, blue printed wording with yellow and blue diagonal strip top left corner.

Historical information

Wangaratta Troop 8th Light Horse Annual Ball St Patrick's Hall Wangaratta, Tuesday June 11, 1940 - SSM W.A. McDonald, Hon Sec Tickets 3/-. The Ball was planned but was cancelled due to the War.

Inscriptions & Markings

Wangaratta Troop 8th Light Horse Annual Ball Tuesday June 11 1940

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 Honour Board contains the names and photographs of teachers and past students who enlisted for military service during World War 1. Owen Francis Private 68800; William Francis Robertson,Sergeant 981/Lieutenant KIA 7/6/1917: Lubin James Robertson,MC and Croix de Guerre L/Cpl 980/Lieutenant; Christopher George Everitt 5882 Died of Wounds 26/4/1918; James Samuel Everitt 3319 KIA 18/7/1916; William John Rhodes 917, Henry Rhodes 2779, Robert Ernest Payne 5215,KIA 15/4/1918; Joseph Adams 10296, Albert Reginald Coppin 57084, Thomas Rhodes, Reserve - Enlisted 15/7/1915 did not embark - discharged medically unfit on 29/4/1916 due to meningitis and lumbago, Henry Sumpton 1827, James Joseph Kellow 6836, William Patrick Toohey 1750 and David William Quinton Clarke 44233 School Teacher Enlisted 15/5/1916 and discharged on 11/7/1916 due to urgent family reasons. Robert "Ernie" PAYNE was a cousin to William,Henry and Thomas RHODES. The latter was 1 of 6 lives lost when they drowned in the disastrous floods of the Ovens and King Rivers on 7/6/1917.

Significance

A timber and glass framed Honour Board containing 15 names and 11 black and white photographs of teachers and past students of Killawarra State School who enlisted for military service during World War 1. Following the closure of the school the Honor Board was donated to the Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch. In 2018 the community of Killawarra sought the loan of the Honour Board for display in the CFA/Community Hall.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Minature Model Aircraft

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Dornier Flying Boat. Large dark green model with German markings. Propeller is on the top of plane behind the wings.

Historical information

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

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

Mortar Shell

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Japanese Jungle Motar Shell

Historical information

Japanese Jungle mortar shell

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Colour postcard with a kangaroo and Australian flag next to a poem. 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 an Australian Patriot / fond hearts thy memory doth enshrine ....."

Framed poster

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Carved timber framed poster with rising sun crest with flags and columns of coloured symbols and shaped badges.

Historical information

WW1 Distinguishing badges colours and patches of the AIF

Inscriptions & Markings

The Great War 1914-1918 Colours & Patches Distinguishing Badges of the Australian Imperial Forces

Booklet - Wangaratta Sub Branch - Annual Report and Balance Sheet

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Blue 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 1966

Inscriptions & Markings

Wangaratta Sub Branch - Annual Report and Balance Sheet For the year ending 31st December 1966

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"

Booklet

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

black and white coloured booklet with picture of a large cross stone monument.

Historical information

Imperial War Graves Commission brochure with enclosed covering letter distributed to the next of kin of deceased Australian Servicemen who are buried in war cemeteries.

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!"

Newspaper Articles

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Four black and white newspaper articles adhered to cream paper

Historical information

Article One - Image of Private Wally Atkinson from Barmah, Victoria a descendant of Murray tribe. Article Two - Mealtime - image of aborigines at meal time Article Three - Swingtime - image of aborigines practisiing latest hits on gum leaves - members of gum leaf band have raised much money for local hospital,comfort funds. Article Four - Goanna Soup? image of Pte E Foster and Cook H L Harvey with "Myrtleford Mary" camp mascot (goanna) Article Five (on rear) - Canteen - image of aborignal squad at canteen. 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 Samuel Richard RANKIN VX48201 DOB 23/7/1910 Enlisted 25/7/1940 Discharged 22/3/1941 Stewart HOOD VX47351 DOB 23/1/1903 Enlisted 18/7/1940 Discharged 22/3/1941 William GORRIE VX48208 DOB 22/11/1921 Enlisted 25/7/1940 Discharged 22/3/1941 David John MULLETT VX48195 DOB 10/6/1919 Enlisted 25/7/1940 Discharged 22/3/1941 Arthur Alexander (Tom?) MULLETT VX48198 DOB 25/11/1914 Enlisted 25/7/1940 Discharged 22/3/1941

Significance

Images relates to the "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. In addition to normal army training they performed guard duty at the Army Hospital and Camp. They formed the Gum Leaf Band and led the troops at community singing and assisted in Methodist Church services.

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

Brassard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Army camouflage armband/brassard with yellow crown and lion patch.

Historical information

Camouflage brassard introduced circa 1983 replacing dark green brassard worn by all Army personnel and civilian employees whilst deployed on research trips

Inscriptions & Markings

Engineering Development Est.

Leather Pouch - Pen Case

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Home made tan leather pen case for three pens. Has large yellowing stitching.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil.

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with sketch of a soldier in bed and a nurse

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 - "The reason for not writing sooner" Top right - postage stamp Left side - AIF Censor stamp Right side - Mrs M MacDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australi Rear - Red cross

Propeller

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Two black wide narrow shaped wings with white strip on ends either side of round grey nose centerpiece.

Historical information

Australian Army Cessna 180 A98-044 which suffered bullet damage whilst operating from Bien Hoa South Vietnam on 6th July, 1968

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque - This Propeller powered Australian Army Cessna 180 A98-044 It suffered bullet damage whilst operating from Bien Hoa South Vietnam on 6th July, 1968 Pilot 2nd Lt Steve TIZZARD Observer Lt Kev LUNNY

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Colour postcard with a photograph of St Kilda beach. 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.

Framed Poster

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber framed poster of map of Dardanelle Peninsula featuring soldier holding rifle

Historical information

Map of the Dardanelles Strait, Turkey, used as a World War I recruiting poster Includes photographs of King George V; Major-General Sir W.T. Bridges; Brigadier General G.D. Legge; General Sir Ian Hamilton; and Lieut-General Sir William Birdwood and list of Australian Commonwealth Brigade Commanders

Significance

Posters were used for various government propaganda campaigns over the course of World War I, most significantly to encourage enlistment, but also to raise money for war charities, to encourage saving and frugality and to rally the home front.

Inscriptions & Markings

In top margin: "Rally round the flag, boys!" In lower margin: "Your King and country needs you!"

Embroidered Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

White rectangular postcard with embroidered pink flower 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 was sent to his wife at home, 1917.

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 your husband" (embroidered) Back: "Write soon / Best Love / to West / do not forget to / send that / France / Jan 23/1/1917 / My Dear Alice / Just a P.C. to let you know I'm still well and hope you are all the same Best love / to all from Will xxxxxxxxxxxxx"

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a colour cartoon of a man smoking a pipe looking at a bottle of XXX Ale. 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: "you made me love you - and i didn't want to do it!"

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.

Sword

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Sword with a wide, curved steel blade and black scabbard. Attached to a black metal scabbard. Attached to a red wooden board with a Japanese sword, another bayonet and a curved sword and three other scabbards.

Framed propaganda cards

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black gloss frame with silver inner trim containing six Japanese propaganda leaflets on black background

Historical information

Japanese propaganda leaflets x 4 and two cards depicting planes.

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