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

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Gas Mask

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Canvas bag containing Small Box Respirator consisting of a rubberised fabric face mask, connected by a fabric covered rubber hose to a chemical absorbent canister made of tin plate.

Historical information

The Small Box Respirator was introduced into service with British and Imperial forces on the Western Front in 1916. It was produced following a concerted effort by authorities in the UK to provide its soldiers with an effective gas mask to replace the inefficient helmets

Significance

The Small Box Respirator ('SBR') proved to be the most effective gas mask produced during the First World War, and had a number of advantages over its French and German contemporaries.

Cap -American

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Light brown coloured flat cap with metal badge - shield with red cross in centre and eagle above

Historical information

American "forage" flat cap with American Military Welfare badge

Inscriptions & Markings

Badge - Military Welfare

Framed Badge Collection

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame in the shape of Australia containing a large collection of badges and small photograph

Historical information

Allied military badges collected during the Great War 1914 to 1918 by Private (Shoeing Smith) John BLAIKIE 2341 who was born at Wangaratta. He was a Blacksmith and at the age of 42 enlisted on May 28 1915. He embarked on August 10 1915 and served with the 14th Battalion. He returned to Australia in January 1918 and discharged as medically unfit on April 10 1918. Inset photograph is of John BLAIKIE

Significance

Large collection of allied military badges collected during the campaigns in France, Belgium and Egypt in 1916-17 by John BLAIKIE 2341. A Blacksmith who at the age of 42 years enlisted in the Army and served during the first world war. On his return to Australia he was discharged medically unfit due to rheumatism and senility. He was a stalwart of Wangaratta RSL and his collection was present to the Sub Branch as a souvenir of the first world war.

Inscriptions & Markings

Souvenir of the Worlds Great War 1914 to 1918 Military Badges Collected by J BLAIKIE 14th Batt 4th Div AIF In Belgium France & Egypt 1916-1917

Trench Art - Brass Shell Casing

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Large brass shell casing with decorative engraving.

Historical information

Trench Art is the name given to objects manufactured by both soldiers and civilians from shell casings, bullets, shrapnel and miscellaneous battlefield debris, and is predominantly associated with World War I (1914 – 18). The most common material used for trench art are brass shell casings, which, once decorated, can be utilised as vases. Often items will bear an inscription such as the name of a French village or theatre of war and engraved decoration or embossing.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved - Les Halles D'Ypres 1914-19 with engraving of building possibly town hall or church . Several symbols, numbers and letters imprinted on base of casing.

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Unframed sepia photograph mounted on cardboard of man in soldier's uniform standing next to seated female wearing a hat.

Historical information

Photograph believed to be parents of Private Ernest LUCAS 88379 Middlesex Regiment Discharged on 18/5/1919. Father possibly H LUCAS Middlesex Regiment - refer to 321.9

Inscriptions & Markings

Wilson & Sons Photographers On rear - "Ernies Mother and Father Wedding Photo"

Gas Mask

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cardboard box containing child size rubber and metal gas mask with green canvass bag

Inscriptions & Markings

Model MIA2-1-1

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

Memorial plaque or death penny, medals and photograph of Private Percy Albert TIPPETT 483 who served with the 6th Battalion AIF and was wounded on the 25/4/15 during the initial landing at Gallipoli and died on 28/4/1915.

Significance

Percy, aged 19, was one of the first young men from Wangaratta to enlist in the First AIF, Service No. 483. He was posted to the 6th Infantry Battalion on 19th October 1914 and sailed from Melbourne on HMAT Hororata. On 25th April 1915, Percy was in the initial landings at Gallipoli when he was seriously wounded. He was retrieved and taken to a transport ship for medical attention but unfortunately did not respond to treatment and died from his wounds on 28th April 1915. The Tippet family has a long and direct association with the land where the memory of Percy is commemorated and now known as 'Percy Tippet Reserve`.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Booklet - Coming Back - A Souvenir

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Small booklet with blue printing consisting of seven pages.

Historical information

This booklet contains a collection of stories, anecdotes and jokes told by soldiers returning to Australia from Belgium aboard the Troopship SS Port Napier.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front cover: Coming Back, Incidents etc since leaving Belgium, Nos 19 & 25 Quotas 4th Aust. Division. April - May - June, 1919. A Souvenir. On back cover: Autographs, with lots of handwritten names in purple pencil.

Banner - RAAF

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Small triangular banner with small badge attached Dark blue with coat of arms in gold and lettering in light blue

Inscriptions & Markings

Badge - 22 RSU, RAAF 1943-1945 Banner - RAAF

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with coloured sketch of flag pole with two flags next to thatched hut and ambulance

Historical information

One of several illustrated envelopes, without letter, sketched by soldier/s during the second world war and sent to Mrs McDonald of Wangaratta

Significance

Victoria's 2/24th Infantry Battalion was raised in Wangaratta in July 1940. They were welcomed with open arms by the local community as they rapidly built up their numbers. The people of Wangaratta adopted the Battalion and they became known as "Wangaratta's Own" because of the time the battalion spent in the town during its formative period prior to deployment overseas. Many of the soldiers maintained life long friendships with the people of Wangaratta. Even though the Battation was disbanded in 1946 members and their families return each year, in November, for a commemorative service at the 2/24th Battalion Memorial Wall at the Wangaratta Cemetery.

Inscriptions & Markings

Top left - BY AIR MAIL Top right - postage stamp Left side - AIF Censor stamp Right side - Mrs M McDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia

Framed photograph and objects - Pte Sidney Spencer Plum

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed Collection of personal effects - Private Sidney Spencer Plum, 1st Pioneer Battalion. Includes oval photo of Sidney Plum in the centre surrounded by four post cards, one embroidered post card of a dove with an envelope in it's beak with the Union Jack and French flag, a Greetings From The Front" booklet, "The Armour of Light" bible, "A Form of Prayer for open air services" book, Soldier's Pay Book, a "To my dear Mother" card, a black leather pouch, a risen sun badge, round gold coloured medalion. Frame has a donation plaque.

Historical information

Collection of personal effects that belonged to Private SIdney Spencer Plum, 3431 1st Pioneer Battalion. SIdney was born on 3/1/1894 at Dockers Plains via Wangaratta. He attended both North Wangaratta and Dockers Plains schools. He was a Blacksmith aged 21 years when he enlisted on 12/6/1915 and embarked on 11/10/1915 on board HMAT Nestor. He was wounded three times and was discharged from the AIF on 16/3/1919. Items include oval photo of Sidney Plum in the centre surrounded by four post cards, one embroidered post card of a dove with an envelope in it's beak with the Union Jack and French flag, a Greetings From The Front" booklet, "The Armour of Light" bible, "A Form of Prayer for open air services" book, Soldier's Pay Book, a "To my dear Mother" card, a black leather pouch, a rising sun badge, round gold medallion.

Significance

A framed montage of personal items belonging to Private Sydney Spencer PLUM compiled by his family to honour his memory and service. In addition to general military issue the remaining items were most likely purchased whilst on leave in France and England during the first world war. Postcards particularly embroidered postcards were sent home to loved ones and friends.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: Pte Sidney Spencer Plum, 1st Pioneer Battalion. Donated by Max & Hilary (Plum) Ryan and Sylvia Reed (Plum) of Wangarattaa Back: Wangaratta Picture Framers 9 Oct 2003. Also has messages from front postcards; Dear Mother, Just a few lines to let you know that I am alright hoping that you and all the rest is well too. We have had three fogs over here and it is very cold at night. I was picked in Cairo and they had some Turkey Officers an a German spy in gaol there. I wrote to Aunt Nelline. I got two letters from Alf. Maude Saxby hasnt wrote to me since I was up there on final leave. I get the letters quicker. I got Alf photos all right. I will be having Christmas in London. Well I think this is all this. I remain you son Sid. Tell Alf to send me over the Age so I can see how the war is going. I suppose Dad and the rest is busy harvesting now. Glad to hear that you got the photos all right. I think this is all this time from Sid same address as before. Dear Mother, Just a few lines to let you know that I am keeping well hoping that you and every body is the same. We have some great fogs over here, it rained all one night. We had a very good Christmas we got a billy issued to us and it had every thing in it. The Captain of our company gave me a Christmas pudding. All the same I wished I were back in Australia again. I think this is all this time. Yours truely son Sid, 25/12/15

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Reproduced black and white photograph of seven soldiers of which four are loading a stretcher into rear of vehicle.

Historical information

image of soldiers wearing shorts loading stretcher into rear of vehicle most likely taken during the middle east campaign in 1941 one of whom is possibly Francis Williams VX 34295 of the 2/24th Battalion.

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 - Tobruk 1941 Left Francis William ? ???

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and white photograph of men in three rows some in uniform others in white tops in front of large tent.

Historical information

Photograph of D Coy Team - most likely football match played on 7.12.1940 against C Coy - refer to item 338.5

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on back - D Coy Team BR Sgt Symington Wilson Lord Foley Lt Laing Morcom Butters Scott Ridge CSM Seymour CRJohnstone Mtthews G Wills Adams Quinlivian W Spalding Quinlivian H Robertson FR Young Pasties Candy Mounsey Cambrey Parlon Lovell Matthew D Rowley Lt.

Framed Map - Kokoda Trail

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black frame containing map of terrain in black on white paper

Historical information

Map of the Kokoda Trail terrain to scale with approximate travel times depending on fitness and conditions.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Kokoda Trail

Newspaper Article - Honoring the Memories

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Newspaper article with picture of a Distinguished Flying Cross medal

Historical information

Article relates to several items in the Wangaratta RSL collection including the DFC medal awarded to John Hudson WILKINSON. 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 : Place of enlistment - MELBOURNE : Next of Kin - WILKINSON HUDSON. Wilkinson was awarded the distinguished flying cross in March 1944 and tragically killed in action over Germany also in 1944. See also 237 and 240.

Framed Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Dark timber framed containing photograph of Life Member - Frank RAMAGE

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Embroidered Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

White rectangular postcard with embroidered scene depicting two brown sail boats and vase of pink flowers. 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: "To my Wife" (embroidered) Back: "My dear Alice just a PC to let you know I'm still well I heard Joe is in Hospital with a sore throught I have not heard from you latly this is all at present all well and hope you are all the same / best love Will xxxxx"

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with coloured sketch of palm tree and flag pole with red cross flag next to thatched hut

Historical information

One of several illustrated envelopes, without letter, sketched by soldier/s during the second world war and sent to Mrs McDonald of Wangaratta

Significance

Victoria's 2/24th Infantry Battalion was raised in Wangaratta in July 1940. They were welcomed with open arms by the local community as they rapidly built up their numbers. The people of Wangaratta adopted the Battalion and they became known as "Wangaratta's Own" because of the time the battalion spent in the town during its formative period prior to deployment overseas. Many of the soldiers maintained life long friendships with the people of Wangaratta. Even though the Battation was disbanded in 1946 members and their families return each year, in November, for a commemorative service at the 2/24th Battalion Memorial Wall at the Wangaratta Cemetery.

Inscriptions & Markings

Top left - BY AIR MAIL Top right - postage stamp Centre - AIF Censor stamp Right side - Mrs M McDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia crossed out - 5 ? Street Glen Iris Melbourne. Bottom - "Dressing station" Bottom left - Bill 1943

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and white photograph of six soldiers sitting at table outside cafe

Historical information

Photograph of group of soldiers (2/5 Aust Inf Bn) on leave at unknown location

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten in green on rear "boys were on three day tour at the time" Joe Foley "Bull" Allen, Hugh....Snowy Clark, Geo.Finch and Alf Hugh sends them with his kindest regards

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 221 Thursday June 28 1945

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a black and white photograph of a cottage in a garden setting

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 "the Queen's cottage, Kew"

Minature Model Aircraft

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Lockheed Lightning P38. Silver medium model with red, blue & white stars on it's wings. Red & white stipes on tail.

Historical information

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

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and white photograph of all aboriginal platoon on parade in two row formation during Officer's inspection.

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 - Inspection Abo Platoon by Colonel Rogers Wangaratta Dec1940 - J A Wright 1940

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

Honour Board - Women's Auxiliary - Treasurers

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber look laminate five sided with RSL Women's Auxiliary crest with one column of names in gold coloured paint

Historical information

Wangaratta RSL Sub branch Women's Auxiliary Honour Board of Treasurers from 1955 to present day

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 Women's Auxiliary Treasurers

Flag

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Large red rectangle flag with large central white circle containing silver image of a horse

Historical information

Flag of the Force Logistic Support Group (FLSG) - This flag was flown at the Headquarters of FLSG and 145 Signal Squadron until all Units returned to Australia in June 2000

Significance

The International Force East Timor (INTERFET) was a multinational non-United Nations peacemaking taskforce, organised and led by Australia in accordance with United Nations resolutions to address the humanitarian and security crisis that took place in East Timor from 1999–2000 until the arrival of UN peacekeepers.

Framed photograph - Aircrew Training

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black frame with gold insert and cream mounting containing black and white photo of several planes in the background and numerous aircrew members in the foreground.

Historical information

DH Tiger Moth Aircraft were used by the RAAF as elementary trainers in the empire air training scheme of 1940-44 during which time Australia trained 27,387 aircrew members. Although primarily employed as trainers, a few Tiger Moths were camouflaged and used operationally with army co-operation units in New Guinea. The Tiger Moth remained in RAAF service for almost 17 years, and several Tiger Moths were also transferred to the RAN after World War II. Eventually, on 9 January 1957, the last 10 RAAF Tiger Moths were flown from Point Cook to Tocumwal for disposal.

Significance

The de Havilland Tiger Moth aircraft is a 1930's biplane which was a primary trainer aircraft used to train over 27,000 aircrew in Australia during the Second World War.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: Aircrew Training. DH Tiger Moth Aircraft were used by the RAAF as elementary trainers in the empire air training scheme of 1940-44 during which time Australia trained 27,387 aircrew members. Royal Australian Air Force No.11 in a series of 25.

Framed Roll of Honour - Wangaratta District

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame containing document listing four columns of names within two pillars and scrolled heading

Historical information

Roll of Honour for Wangaratta District containing the names of approximately 530 men and 4 nurses who enlisted and served during the First World War.

Significance

The Roll of Honour commemorates the memory of over 530 men and women from the Wangaratta District who enlisted voluntarily to serve their King and Country during the First World War and signifies the many who lost their lives.

Inscriptions & Markings

WW1 Honour Roll - Wangaratta District

Badge - Large Gold "L"

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Large gold coloured metal badge, possibly for a hat or to attach a sash. Has an "L" in the centre and leaves on the bottom. The "L" is removable.

Inscriptions & Markings

A large "L" which is removable in the centre.

Framed Tribute - Gull Force

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame with gold coloured inner edge containing badge and tribute on grey background

Historical information

On the night of 30-31 January 1942 this small force of 1131 Australian soldiers were stationed at Ambon, an island which formed part of the Netherland East Indies (now Indonesia). An invasion of approximately 20,000 Japanese overwhelmed Gull Force and the majority of the Australian soldiers were taken prisoner. The execution of 229 at Laha, starvation, over work, disease and the absence of medical supplies led to horrific loss. At the cessation of hostilities only 352 of the original 1131 had made it back to Australia. 779 members of Gull Force made the supreme sacrifice and now lie in foreign fields.

Significance

The Battle of Ambon (30 January – 3 February 1942) occurred on the island of Ambon in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), during World War II. Japan invaded and conquered the island in a few days, facing Dutch, American and Australian forces. The chaotic and sometimes bloody fighting was followed by a series of major Japanese war crimes. Allied casualties in the battle were relatively light. However, at intervals for a fortnight after the surrender, Japanese personnel chose more than 300 Australian and Dutch prisoners of war at random and summarily executed them, at or near Laha airfield. In part, this was revenge for the sinking of the Japanese minesweeper, as some surviving crew of the minesweeper took part.. Three-quarters of the Australians captured on Ambon died before the war's end. Of the 582 who remained on Ambon, 405 died. They died of overwork, malnutrition, disease and one of the most brutal regimes among camps in which bashings were routine. Blood Oath, a 1990 Australian feature film is based on the real-life trial of Japanese soldiers for war crimes committed against Allied prisoners of war on the island of Ambon, in the Netherlands East Indies (Indonesia), such as the Laha massacre of 1942.

Inscriptions & Markings

Gull Force 2/21 Battalion Ambon Laha In memory of and tribute to the Officers and Men of "Gull Force" comprising of 2/21 Battalion and attached Units.