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Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch Wangaratta, Victoria

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Combined leave and railway ticket

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Light green colour paper with black printed writing and red stamp front and rear.

Historical information

Combined Leave and Railway Ticket No. C150696 issued to James Crawford Third class for travel in Great Britain and Ireland

Inscriptions & Markings

Ticket No. C150696 Havre route only. REAR - Req No. 90. Rank Sapper. Name Crawford. Unit 8 Field Co 1st Aust Div. Authority ??? ANZAC AA585 FRONT & REAR red stamp "Leave England 6 Dec 1916 AMLO LEAVE BOAT

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.

Unframed photograph - A.R. WILLS

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and white photograph with decorative edge depicting soldier's wearing slouch hats

Historical information

Presumably photograph of Sgt A R WILLS with fellow soldier (unknown) taken in Damascus in 1941

Inscriptions & Markings

Rear of photograph handwritten - "Taken in Damascus Fondest love to all Son xxxx 1941

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a vase of wattle flowers in the centre

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

"Merry Xmas"

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.

Trophy

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Silver Plated trophy with removable lid and side arms mounted on brown plastic base with 10 small silver shields attached.

Historical information

North Eastern AIF Golf Cup for perpetual competition 1938 -

Inscriptions & Markings

North Eastern AIF Golf Cup for perpetual competition. Names of winners inscribed on trophy from 1938

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

Newspaper - Guinea Gold

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Two page cream coloured newspaper with black print and photographs.

Historical information

Two page newspaper containing news from home published in the field

Inscriptions & Markings

Guinea Gold Volume 3 No 123 Wednesday March 21, 1945

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"

Frame Print - Guide to Military Campaign Ribbons

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber frame with gold inner edge containing green mount and Guide to Military Campaign Ribbons

Historical information

100 years of the Australian Army service to the nation with guide to campaign ribbons.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Spirit - ordinary people, extraordinary service

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

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.

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

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 TO JUNE 28TH 1919

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

Box containing Medal - Pte G J Malcolm 3536

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Small white box with black typing on attached label on lid Contents - round gold coloured medal with multicoloured ribbon and red and fawn coloured diamond shaped patch

Historical information

Original Victory Medal belonging to Private George James MALCOLM 3536 10th Battalion AIF who came from Naracoorte South Australia Enlisted on 24/8/1915 Aged 25 years and KIA on 19/8/1916 at Mouquet Farm near POZIERS. Unknown grave - Villiers Bretonneaux Medal sent to next of kin - brother W.S. MALCOLM Nandaly near Sea Lake Victoria

Inscriptions & Markings

Box - 3536 Pte. G. J. MALCOLM 10 Bn AIF 29783/DECD. Medal -The Great War for Civilisation 1914-1919

Honour Board - School and District South Wangaratta

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber Honour Board containing 48 names within two side columns

Inscriptions & Markings

Top "School & District/Roll of Honour/South Wangaratta/For King & Country" Bottom 'The Great War/Presented by JW LAW. ESQ./1914 to 1919"

Badge

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Round blue badge with white writing above and below picture of wings. Pin attached to back.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Air League To Defend To Develop

Framed Poster

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Historical information

Map of Dardenelles Campaign

Inscriptions & Markings

"Rally around the Flag, Boys!" Dardenelles Campaign" "Your King and Country Needs You!"

Framed Photograph and Medals - Private Percy Albert TIPPETT 483

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber frame with photograph of solider, four medals with ribbons and death penny

Historical information

Medals death penny and photograph of Private Percy Albert TIPPETT 483 who served with the 6th Battalion AIF and was wounded on the 25/4/15 at Gallipoli and died on 28/4/1915.

Inscriptions & Markings

Medals include: The Victory Medal, The British War Medal, The Memorial Plaque and the 1914/15 Star

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Colour postcard of two men in front of a house. 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: "Can I see the master of the house? / Just wait a fe minutes, Me and the old girl's in the middle of settling that question!"

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.

Historical information

Anzac commemorative medallion issued to the next of kin of Private Thomas Emanuel Rollings - 1983 - 24th Battalion, Wangaratta. See also 213.

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"

Framed Map

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame containing black and white map. Has two squares top left side and lower half contains three circles.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Kokoda Trail

Framed Print

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber framed poster of mounted soldier in battle

Historical information

Charge of the Heavy Brigade Battle of Balaclava

Inscriptions & Markings

Charge of the Heavy Brigade

Photograph - SS Orduna

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and white unframed photograph of ship at sea alongside populated coastline.

Historical information

One photograph of SS Orduna used during WW2 for the British Government children's evacuation program then as a Troop ship.

Inscriptions & Markings

In pencil on rear - SS Orduna - We escorted her from Panama to Valparaiso

Book - Demobilization - Private J. B Murray

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown cardboard covered book with black print

Historical information

Demobilization Procedure Book issued to Private John Brian MURRAY VX142238 of Moyhu Victoria

Inscriptions & Markings

No 145950 VX 142238 Pte MURRAY John Brian - Moyhu Victoria

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

Newspaper Cuttings

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Newspaper cuttings.

Historical information

From the album of WWI soldier William West (1268) of the 29 Infantry Battalion, 5th Pioneers Battalion. These postcards, photographs and clippings were sent to William's family and loved ones during the years he was on active service. See also 207 and 220.

Inscriptions & Markings

1."Diggers at ANZAC house reunion" 2. "Song of the Wattle Bloom" 3. "Soldier's diary / The touch of a vanished hand" 4. "A parody on 'Blighty'"

Propeller - McCauley

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

Plague - 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

Framed poster - Tobruk

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame containing poster with Map in centre and circles in each corner with images of soldiers and one symbol on light blue background

Historical information

Siege of Tobruk 1914

Inscriptions & Markings

Siege of Tobruk April- Dec 1914

Minature Model Aircraft

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Aeronica C3. Khaki bi-wing plane with yellow wings & tail. Red nose & wheels. Has red, white & blue stars on top wing.

Inscriptions & Markings

U.S. Army underneath bottom wing.

Framed Photograph - National Servicemen's Association

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown frame with khaki mounting containing photograph of 8 men standing, 3 men sitting with a woman sitting in the centre.

Inscriptions & Markings

Back: Presentation of National Service Medals, Federal Member for Indi Sohpie Panopoulos 22 October 2003. Vin Murray, Barry Harris, Peter Styles, Ray Bliss, Bill Edgar, Les Wood, Ian Stewart, Geoff McClure, Kevin Schulz Sec: Jim Payne, Pres: Tom Heaney, Member for Indi Sophie Panopoulos

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a drawing of a gold basket full of purple flowers. Newspaper cutting adhered to the back.

Historical information

From the album of WWI soldier William West (1268) of the 29 Infantry Battalion, 5th Pioneers Battalion. This collection of postcards, photographs and clippings were sent between William and his family and loved ones during the years he was on active service. See also 207 and 220.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: "Just a line"

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a drawing of a uniformed sailor boy with his hand raised over his eyes, as if to shield from the sun. White background. Handwritten message on back.

Historical information

From the album of WWI soldier William West (1268) of the 29 Infantry Battalion, 5th Pioneers Battalion. This collection of postcards, photographs and clippings were sent between William and his family and loved ones during the years he was on active service. See also 207 and 220.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: "Joe" (handwritten) "Looking for Bill"

British Identity Card

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Small folded cardboard of grey colour with pale blue background in centre. Has black lettering and crest. Information contains name, address and signature of person. Is an British National Registration Card. Card was issued to Abraham Van Lier

Inscriptions & Markings

Number: BCDP 157:2, Abraham Van Lier, Class A of 89 Sherwood Avenue Greenford Middlesex England. Issued on 22 June 1943.

Framed poster

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Gold coloured crazed plastic frame containing poster of 95 medals with ribbons

Inscriptions & Markings

Decorations and Medals awarded to members of the Australian Armed Forces

Minature Model Aircraft

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Mirage. Green & brown fighter plane on a stand.

Inscriptions & Markings

A3-100

Light Horse Leggings - Pair

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Pair of brown leather Light Horse leggings. Has one long leather strap with buckle from ankle to calf & one short leather strap with buckle at top of calf.

Inscriptions & Markings

Both have RAH written on inside.

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

Minature Model Aircraft

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Spitfire. Small khaki plane with red spot within a blue circle on wings and yellow blue and white circles around red dot on sides

Inscriptions & Markings

KLB P9398 Image of Kiwi bird near cockpit.

Embroidered Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

White rectangular postcard with embroidered pink flowers, green foliate and blue winged butterfly decoration on front. Handwritten message on the back.

Historical information

Postcard from WWI soldier William West (1268) of the 29 Infantry Battalion, 5th Pioneers Battalion while posted in France to his family at home, 1917.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Framed Japanese Flag

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Large black frame with gold inner surround. Charcoal fabric mounting. White part of flag is covered with Japanese writing in black ink around red circle in center.

Inscriptions & Markings

Japanese writing in black ink on front.

Framed print - HMAS Sydney

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber frame with mount containing print of ship at sea and soldiers in a barge in foreground.

Historical information

Depicting the boarding of Australian Troops from Vung Tau, Vietnam for return to Australia following active service in Vietnam. HMAS Sydney (R17/A214/P214/L134) was a Majestic-class light aircraft carrier operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). She was built for the Royal Navy and launched as HMS Terrible (93) in 1944, but was not completed before the end of World War II. The carrier was sold to Australia in 1947, completed, and commissioned into the RAN as Sydney in 1948. Sydney was the first of three conventional aircraft carriers[a] to serve in the RAN, and operated as the navy's flagship during the early part of her career. From late 1951 to early 1952, she operated off the coast of Korea during the Korean War, making her the first carrier owned by a Commonwealth Dominion, and the only carrier in the RAN, to see wartime service. Retasked as a training vessel following the 1955 arrival of her modernised sister ship, HMAS Melbourne, Sydney remained in service until 1958, when she was placed in reserve as surplus to requirements. The need for a sealift capability saw the ship modified for service as a fast troop transport, and recommissioned in 1962. Sydney was initially used for training and a single supply run in support of Malaysia's defence policy against Indonesia, but in 1965, she sailed on the first voyage to Vũng Tàu, transporting soldiers and equipment to serve in the Vietnam War. 25 voyages to Vietnam were made between 1965 and 1972, earning the ship the nickname "Vung Tau Ferry". Sydney was decommissioned in 1973, and was not replaced. Despite several plans to preserve all or part of the ship as a maritime museum, tourist attraction, or car park, the carrier was sold to a South Korean steel mill for scrapping in 1975

Significance

A pictorial image of troops returning to Australia from Vietnam.

Inscriptions & Markings

Homeward Bound

Framed newspaper article - Boys from the North at Torquay Camp

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black patterned plastic frame with newspaper article featuring 10 photographs of soldiers on black mount

Historical information

Photographs of soldiers from Victorian north east towns at Torquay Camp

Inscriptions & Markings

WeeklyTimes, March 16, 1940 boys from the North at Torquay Camp

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 photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Historical information

59th Militia

Inscriptions & Markings

Plague -59th Militia Circa 1939

Bayonet

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Bayonet with long steel blade. Has a steel handle. 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.

Brass Cribbage Board

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brass triangle. Featuring embossed image of Sir John Monash

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

Tankard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Pewter drinking tankard

Historical information

Presented to Army Chaplian Lewis NYMAN (now deceased)

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Framed photocopy of photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream brown and gold coloured frame containing a photocopy of plane and two planes in background flying over land.

Historical information

Kitty Hawk plane

Inscriptions & Markings

None