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1 Victoria Parade Wangaratta Victoria 3677 (map)
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1 Victoria Parade Wangaratta Victoria

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Dinner Program - RSSILA Wangaratta Sub Branch Centenary Dinner

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream parchment card with embossed border

Historical information

RSSILA Wangaratta Sub Branch Dinner held to celebrate the Centenary of Wangaratta in 1938. Dinner guests included the Chief Commissioner of Police and Mr Holland, State President. Other Centenary events included the unveilling of the King George V Memorial Gardens which were opened by Mr McEwan Minister of the Interior, representing the Prime Minister. John McEwen was born on 29 March 1900 at Chiltern in Victoria, to pharmacist David McEwen and Amy (Porter) McEwen. His mother died after the birth of their second child in 1901, and his father died in 1907. McEwen and his younger sister were raised by their grandmother, Ellen Porter, who ran a boarding house. They lived first at Wangaratta and then moved to Dandenong in 1912. In June and July 1965 he was acting Prime Minister.

Significance

Dinner held by Wangaratta Sub Branch to celebrate the Centenary of Wangaratta in 1938.

Inscriptions & Markings

R.S.S.I.L.A. Wangaratta Sub Branch Centenary Dinner St Patrick's Hall Wednesday 19th October 1938 8pm Three Shillings RSVP Wed., 12th October F.H. McDonagh President. G. Balcke, Secretary.

Postcards and photographs

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Ten postcards - five coloured postcards and five black and white postcards Three photographs of soldiers, one seated, one standing and one on horseback. One photograph of female. Four envelopes Twenty-five photographs

Historical information

Postcards dated 1917 sent to Private J W ELLIS 5334 during WW1. Born: Rupanyup. Home Town: Nyarrin Occupation: Farmer Enlisted 1915 aged 37 24th Battalion Fought on the Western Front. Wounded and returned to Australia 16/4/1918. Buried at Wangaratta Cemetery

Inscriptions & Markings

Photograph of female has handwritten inscription on front - Yours Sincerely Theresa 7-8-1916 Two envelopes address to J W ELLIS and one to Miss Jean Heap 21/25 photographs have handwritten inscriptions on rear and dated between 1915-1917

Framed newspaper articles photos and flags

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed cuttings of newspaper articles,13 photographs and 7 flags

Historical information

The Battle of Sunda Strait was a naval battle which occurred during World War II in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java, and Sumatra. On the night of 28 February – 1 March 1942, the Australian light cruiser HMAS Perth and the American heavy cruiser USS Houston faced a major Imperial Japanese Navy task force. After a fierce battle of several hours duration, both Allied ships were sunk.

Significance

The sinking of HMAS Perth at the Battle of Sunda Strait 28 February -1 March 1942 cost 357 Australian lives. A further 324 crewmen fell into enemy hands. Two and a half years of brutal captivity claimed the lives of 106 of these men - 53 on the Thai Burma Railway alone.

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

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Reproduced black and white photograph of unknown soldiers bathing and sitting on a river bank in bush land.

Historical information

In July 1940, the 2/24th Battalion was formed in Wangaratta. On the 27th September, after weeks of hard training the Battalion marched out to Bonegilla to continue training prior to overseas deployment to the Middle East in November, 1940. This image depicts soldiers bathing and washing during the 60 mile march.

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

Washing enroute to Bonegilla

Framed Photograph - HMAS Westralia

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Silver frame containing black and white image of a ship at sea

Historical information

In 1943 Westralia was converted into a Landing Ship, Infantry. In this role, Westralia had a capacity of 933 soldiers, and was used primarily to transport units of the United States Army and Marine Corps. The ship arrived at Manus on 7th April 1945 befoe reaching Morotai on the 19th. The 2/24th Australian Infantry Battalion embarked for attack on Tarakan Island, Borneo. On 1 May – After preliminary bombardment by two cruisers and six destroyers ,troops of 26th Australian Infantry Brigade were landed. After the end of the war, Westralia was one of the ships at Ambon on 22 September 1945 for the surrender and occupation of the island where the 164 survivors of Gull Force prisoners had already been taken off on 10 September. She was later used for the repatriation of Australian troops, before being paid off in September 1946. The ship earned five battle honours for her wartime service:

Inscriptions & Markings

Gold coloured plaque attached top right "HMAS Westralia" - 2/24th AUST INF BATT TARAKAN ISLAND BORNEO 1ST MAY, 1945

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.

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"

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 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

Framed Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame containing black and white photograph of group of men playing Two Up.

Historical information

Photograph taken of members/patrons playing Two Up at Wangaratta RSL on ANZAC Day in the 1980's. Present include Rob Parkinson, "Rooster" Graham Gayles, Daryl and Graham Everitt.

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with sketch of a soldier standing in front of desk with officier seated behind

Historical information

One of several illustrated envelopes without letter sketched by soldier/s during the second world war

Inscriptions & Markings

Bottom left corner - "Whats this I hear about you coming on parade without your gaters"

Framed medals - Private William T. Lawson

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black timber frame with six Medals and ribbons mounted on red felt

Historical information

Service medals and ribbons awarded to William T. LAWSON VX148982 of Woods Point who served with the 14/32 Infantry Battalion.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque - 3401136 / VX148982 William T. Lawson 14/32 Aust. Inft. Battalion

Newspaper Articles

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Three black and white newspaper articles adhered to cream paper

Historical information

Article One - Charge! - image of members of the aboriginal group carrying out a baton charge Article Two - Officer's Tribute - image of aborigines at Wangaratta carry out ceremony of changing of the guard Article Three - Two Australians - image of Shirley Anderson, 8, of Wangaratta frequently entertains Diggers, singing and dancing. She visits camp nearly every day to chat with guard on duty. 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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Warrior Tradition Written in blue ink 28/12/1940

Newspaper - Guinea Gold

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Four page cream paper with black print and photograph Centre page contains "Ginger Meggs" comic strip in colour.

Historical information

Published for the Australian troops with news from home.

Inscriptions & Markings

Guinea Gold Northern Edition (Australian) Vol.2 No 3 in the field, Sunday November 21, 1943

RAAF Magazine - WINGS

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Grey and white magazine with photograph of six planes

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and white photograph of japanese officers standing on deck of ship at sea

Historical information

OFF SAMARINDA, BORNEO. 1945-09-08. FILMED AND WATCHED BY MEMBERS OF THE SHIP'S COMPANY, AUSTRALIAN AND JAPANESE OFFICERS SIGNING OF THE SURRENDER OF THE JAPANESE FORCES IN DUTCH BORNEO ON THE QUARTERDECK OF THE FRIGATE HMAS BURDEKIN

Framed photograph - Frank H. McDonagh

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber framed black and white photograph

Historical information

Joined the army in 1915,joined the RSL in 1916 and joined Wangaratta Sub-Branch in 1933, President from 1937-38 and asst Secretary from 1935-1936

Inscriptions & Markings

FRANK H. McDONAGH

Framed Photos - Op Belisi II

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame with green mount containing six photographs and yellow lanyard

Historical information

April 30 1998, marked the transition from the New Zealand led Truce Monitoring Group (TMG), OP BEL ISI (I), to the Australian led Peace Monitoring Group (PMG) and the beginning of OP BEL ISI (II). The transition occurred following the signing of the Ceasefire Agreement in the Arawa Township earlier that day. The PMG consisted of about 100 people from Australia, NZ, Fiji and Vanuatu. F324093 WO2 Cheryl A Frawley was a member of OP BEL ISI II serving between 27 May and 8 0ctober 1999

Inscriptions & Markings

F324093 WO2 C A Frawley OP Belisi II 27 May 1999 - 8 0ct 1999

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a black and white photograph of Creswick Park Lake

Historical information

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

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Colour postcard with a photograph of the St Kilda Baths. 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.

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a illustration of two pink and purple flowers, gold text and white background.

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

"Good / Luck"

Leather Pouch - For Belt

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown leather pouch with two belt keepers on the back. Has large yellowing stitching.

Historical information

Leather pouch for inclusion on belt issued to soldiers

Inscriptions & Markings

On back has C.H.F. ^ engraved into the leather

Photograph - R.J.C. Moore

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Copy of black and white portrait of three uniformed men two standing and one seated in front.

Historical information

Copy of Studio portrait of 6852 Private Rupert James Cavanagh Moore, 22nd Battalion, of Wangaratta, Vic., (seated), and two other unidentified soldiers of 22nd Battalion. Pte Moore, a printer prior to enlisting on 6 February 1917, embarked from Melbourne on HMAT Ascanius on 11 May 1917 with the 19th Reinforcements. He was killed in action in France on 13 July 1918, at the age of 25.

Inscriptions & Markings

Attached to photograph - Private Rupert James Cavanagh Moore (seated) Enlisted in Wangaratta 6/2/1917 Killed in action in France 13/7/1918

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 26 Thursday December 14 1944

Framed Photograph - L.Cpl. Harold Prest M.M.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame containing photograph of male in civilian attire wearing World War 1 RAS Badge and Military Medal.

Historical information

L.Cpl. Harold Pearson PREST 1334 served with the 37th Infantry Battalion in World War 1 and was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry action on October 4th 1917 at Ypres. He enlisted at Wangaratta and records indicate he resided at that time in Roy Street Wangaratta. Harold returned to Australia on 20/12/1917.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

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

Leather Leggings

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Pair of black leather leggings. Have metal slot clip at ankle and a leather and metal buckle at the top of calf. The metal slide is missing on one legging.

Historical information

Leggings were known to be worn by the Australian Light Horse and other units such as Artillery however this pair may possibly be police not armyissue.

Inscriptions & Markings

One has Piece 17 1/2

Cap

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Khaki cloth Flat Cap with two buttons

Historical information

Australian WW2 Khaki flat "forage" cap

Significance

Members of the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) wore forage caps (side caps) on the ground and soft leather flying helmets in the air.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Military Forces 1940

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Reproduced black and white photograph of unknown soldiers sitting on the ground in bush land.

Historical information

In July 1940, the 2/24th Battalion was formed in Wangaratta. On the 27th September, after weeks of hard training the Battalion marched out to Bonegilla to continue training prior to overseas deployment to the Middle East in November, 1940. This image depicts soldiers resting during the 60 mile march.

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

Night bivouac enroute to Bonegilla

Framed Flag

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Historical information

Turkish Flag