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Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch Wangaratta, Victoria

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

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Monday - Thursday: 10.00 - 22.00 Friday - Saturday: 10.00 - 00.00 Sunday: 10.30 - 22.00

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1 Victoria Parade Wangaratta Victoria

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Framed print

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame with cream mount containing print of two planes flying over land

Historical information

During World War II, the RAAF established twelve Elementary Flying Training Schools (EFTS) to meet the rapid demand for pilots in an expanding Air Force.

Significance

Due to a shortage of pilots, observers, wireless operators and gunners, the Dominions of the Commonwealth agreed to establish a co-ordinate scheme to train 28,000 air crew each year to help England fight the war in Europe. It was known as the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS). The Dominions would supply the trained aircrew and the mother country would provide the aircraft.

Inscriptions & Markings

A17-468 cavorts over a RAAF EFTS airfield during World War Two

Medals - WW1 - Private Ernest LUCAS

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Three original WW1 medals with ribbons attached to white cardboard - round silver coloured metal medal with grey black white and orange striped ribbon - round gold coloured metal medal with purple blue green yellow and orange striped ribbon and bronze coloured star shaped metal medal with blue white and red striped ribbon

Historical information

Three WW1 medals including 1914 Star awarded to Private Ernest LUCAS Royal Defence Corps who was first assigned to the Middlesex Regiment. LUCAS was discharged on 18/5/1919 having served 11 years and 305 days.

Inscriptions & Markings

PTE E LUCAS- Middlesex Regt.

Black Gaiters - Pair

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Pair of black gaiters, canvas with leather straps and metal buckles, leather tubing at one end.

Inscriptions & Markings

On inside of right leg: ^ FP SA 1968 SIZE 8 R On inside of left leg: ^FP SA 1968 SIZE 8 L

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

Framed Certificate of Appreciation - W R Smith

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber framed certificate of appreciation from the Borough of Wangaratta

Inscriptions & Markings

For King & Empire Borough of Wangaratta The Mayor, Councillors, and Ratepayers of the Borough of Wangaratta Hereby place on record their Thanks and Appreciation for the conduct of W. R Smith who served his King and Country in the Great War, which commenced 4th August, 1914. He Answered His Countrys Call.

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with hand drawing of palm tree and thatched hut with stick figure in centre.

Historical information

Sent to Mrs McDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta from a soldier during second world war

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

Black Light Horse Leggings

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Pair black leather Light Horse leggings. Has long leather strap that winds around leg from calf to ankle. Has another strap at top of calf. Both leather straps have buckles.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with sketch of full moon over water and palm trees - to the left of this outline in blue of map of Australia with red shield in centre

Historical information

One of several illustrated envelopes, without letter, sketched by soldier/s during 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 - AIR MAIL above The Salvation Army Red Shield War Services Top right - postage stamp Left side - AIF Censor stamp Bottom left - " A Merry Christmas to you all" Right side Mrs M McDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with brown coloured sketch of palm tree with stick figure at base. Signature left of sketch

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 - AIR MAIL Top right - postage stamp Centre- AIF Censor stamp Right side Mrs M McDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia Signature left side of sketch

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

black and white photograph of seven airmen under plane

Historical information

Photograph of seven airmen under a Lancaster plane. 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.

Scroll

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Yellow paper document with printed type and coat of arms

Historical information

Scroll commemorates Flight Lieutenant J H Wilkinson DFC RAAF who served King and Country in the world war of 1939-1945 and gave his life to save mankind from tyranny. May his sacrifice help to bring the peace and freedom for which he died. 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 Certificate - B Murray

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown laminate frame containing certificate bordered by Australian State crests with photograph of King George two flags and crown at top and red seal below.

Historical information

Certificate of Appreciation from the Shire of Oxley to B Murray who served during WW2 - Dated 11/12/1945 John Brian Murray was born on 27/10/1942 at Moyhu. He enlisted in the Army on 30/6/1943. Private VX142238

Inscriptions & Markings

The Call to Arms B Murray

Framed Graphite Print

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed print drawn in graphite depicting three Guided Missile Destroyers at sea

Historical information

To commemorating 40 years since The Dawn Of a New Era for the Royal Australian Navy - 1965-2005 - A limited release of a graphite print of Guided Missile Destroyers HMA Ships PERTH (38), HOBART (39) and BRISBANE (41) served the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) from 1965 and 2001.These ships were the first for the RAN to have been designed for the 'Missile Era' and were also the first to be not of a British design instead they were purchased from the United States of America. All 3 served with distinction on the 'Gun Line' during the Vietnam War and the BRISBANE also saw operations of the First Gulf War.

Inscriptions & Markings

RAN - Commemorating 40 years since The Dawn Of a New Era for the Royal Australian Navy - 1965-2005 Limited Edition 3/50

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a drawing of a bulldog with a small sausage dog in its mouth. 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: "Got him!"

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.

Framed poster

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame with gold painted inner edge containing a poster headed with two springs of wattle either side of three flags above four rows of medals and ribbons on a white background edged with photograph negatives of soldiers and wartime.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Service Medals Centre of bottom edge - Christie's Pty Ltd Registered Design Number 1/2500

Field Sketch - Camp Kilo 89 Area

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Detailed sketch to scale on cream coloured paper

Historical information

Hand sketch of 'Kilo 89' Camp in Palestine located in collection of assorted Army issued books and personal papers belonging to Private Alfred William VONARX VX29295 who was born 5/7/1901 at Docker Plains near Wangaratta. He enlisted on the 4/7/1940 at Seymour and served with the 2/7th Battalion in the Middle East during WW2. ske Written on back of sketch is - Pte B G HOY - Brian Goodwin HOY VX44031 born 20/4/1915 at Alphington.

Significance

Detailed field sketch to scale of Camp Kilo 89 Area, Gaza Ridge in Palestine

Inscriptions & Markings

Camp Kilo 89 Area - Field Sketch Handwritten on rear - Pte B G HOY

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

Photograph - C Coy No 4

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and white photograph mounted on khaki colored cardboard depicting four rows of soldiers standing and sitting

Inscriptions & Markings

C Coy No 4

Framed photograph - Paul Kirby

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber framed photograph of male in suit.

Historical information

Paul joined the R.S.L in 1948 and received his 50 year Service Award in 1998. Paul joined the British Army in Melbourne in 1944 and was posted to the Black Watch Regt. He served in the UK until 1946. He was commissioned into the Duke of Wellingtons Regt and served in Palestine with the 1st British Infantry Division until 1948. Paul was discharge at Royal Park in Melbourne in 1948. He was awarded Life Membership in 2001.

Inscriptions & Markings

PAUL KIRBY1991-2000

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with coloured sketch of officer at desk with a soldier either side

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 - BY AIR MAIL Top right - postage stamp Left side - AIF Censor stamp Right side - Mrs M MacDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia crossed out - 5 ? Street Glen Iris Melbourne. Bottom - "Sarg, Doc Well what's wrong with this fellow?Just another tropo case, reading the papers about leave"

Newspaper - Guinea Gold

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Two page cream coloured newspaper with black print.

Historical information

Two page newspaper containing news from home.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Edition Guinea Gold Volume 3 No 276 Tuesday August 21 1945

Butter knife

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Stainless steel blade with 303 used bullet as handle

Historical information

Butter knife which was most likely crafted by a Sailor who served on board HMAS Uralba during the Second World War. HMAS Uralba was an auxiliary minefield tender and armament stores carrier operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) during World War II. She was launched in 1942 by Ernest Wright, Tuncurry, New South Wales as Uralba for the North Coast Steam Navigation Company. Requisitioned by the RAN while under construction on 13 July 1942 and commissioned on 22 November 1942. After being returned to her owners and being sold and used for a number of purposes she was sunk on 4 November 1971 to create an artificial reef off Carrum Creek, in Port Phillip Bay.

Inscriptions & Markings

HMAS Uralba inscribed on blade

Letter - RS&SILA

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream coloured paper letter with black type below letterhead and crest.

Historical information

Letter of sympathy to Mrs Seymour on the passing of her husband Gunner Barry SEYMOUR 19825

Inscriptions & Markings

The Returned Sailors and Soldiers' Imperial League of Australia dated 26/2/1941 and signed by State President G.W. Holland addressed to Mrs R. H. Seymour 29 Barnett Street, Kensington.

Framed print - HMAS Melbourne

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Moulded patterned black plastic frame and mount containing black and white print of hand drawn ship at sea

Historical information

HMAS Melbourne never fired a shot in anger during her career, having only peripheral, non-combat roles in relation to the Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation and the Vietnam War. She was, however, involved in two major collisions with allied vessels; though Melbourne was found not to be the primary cause of either incident. The first occurred on the evening of 10 February 1964, in which Melbourne rammed and sank the RAN destroyer HMAS Voyager when the latter altered course across her bow. Eighty-two of Voyager's personnel were killed, and two Royal Commissions were held to investigate the incident. The second collision occurred in the early morning of 3 June 1969, when Melbourne also rammed the United States Navy (USN) destroyer USS Frank E. Evans in similar circumstances. Seventy-four American personnel died, and a joint USN–RAN Board of Inquiry was held. These incidents, along with several minor collisions, shipboard accidents, and aircraft losses, led to the reputation that Melbourne was jinxed.

Significance

HMAS Melbourne was a Majestic-class light aircraft carrier of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Operating from 1955 until 1982, she was the third and final conventional aircraft carrier to serve in the RAN. Melbourne was the only Commonwealth naval vessel to sink two friendly warships in peacetime collisions

Inscriptions & Markings

The Majestic Melbourne Dedicated to those who served

Commemorative Beer Cans

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Two sealed cans with ring top pulls - one white in colour with glass of beer and Australian Fla and one red in colour with soldier and kangaroo

Historical information

AUSTRALIAN VIETNAM FORCES Welcome Home Parade Sydney October 3rd 1987

Inscriptions & Markings

Tooheys Draught Power's Bitter Ale AUSTRALIAN VIETNAM FORCES Welcome Home Parade Sydney October 3rd 1987 Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial Canberra 1992

WWII Helmet

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Khaki in colour, dark brown leather plastic coated canvas inserts, the chin strap is missing.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil.

Personal items

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Dog Tags X 4 Wrist Tag x1 Pte W. WEST 1268 AIF

Historical information

5th Pioneer Battalion. Five WWI dog tags, one brass, one homemade silver metal, one silver metal and two brown leather. These items are related to a photo album which was owned by W. West, reference number 208.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brass wrist tag: W. West 1268 5th Pioneers Batt. A.I.F. Homemade silver metal wrist tag: W. West 5th Poineer BTN AIF Silver metal tag: Front; Next of Kin Mrs A.M West VIC Nt Creswick Aust. Back; 1268 W. West D 29 AI CE Brown leather tag: West. W 1268 5 PNRS AIF CE Brown leather tag on neck string: West. W 1268 5 PNRS AIF CE

Newspaper - Table Tops

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Four page cream coloured newspaper with rising sun badge top left corner of heading

Historical information

Table Tops was a free daily newspaper produced for Australian Army personnel, published in the Atherton Tableland Training Area in Queensland, Australia, with regional editions produced abroad for serving personnel. Table Tops was produced by the staff of the AIF News, who were part of the First Australian Army Printing and Press Unit.The newspaper was produced seven days a week: weekday and Saturday editions were four pages long while Sunday editions were eight pages. The pages were demy quarto size. Occasional special editions were produced in addition to the daily editions. It contained news on the progress of the war, as well as home news such as current events in Australia and sport results.

Inscriptions & Markings

Table Tops - Free to the Troops No 92 Issued Daily by the Australian Military Forces Sun., 22 Aug.,1943

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with drawing of war scene - cannon in front of hut and palm trees, ambulance in centre and bomb exploding below aircraft in sky.

Historical information

One of a series of illustrated envelopes which once contained letters drawn by a soldier/s and sent to Mrs MacDonald of 32 Grey Street 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 - AIR MAIL Top right - postage stamp Left side - AIF Censor stamp Right side Mrs M MacDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia