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

Opening Hours

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

Entry Fee

No entry free.

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

713 items with images

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

713 items with images

Framed photo of Douglas R. Schultz

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber framed photo of Life Member - Douglas SCHULTZ

Historical information

Enlisted with the army in 1943. Served in the Islands with the 52nd Com. Ack Ack Regiment. Discharged in 1946. First joined Rutherglen Sub-Branch in 1946 then transferred to Wangaratta Sub-Branch in 1956. Doug was made Life Member in December 1987

Inscriptions & Markings

DOUGLAS R. SCHULTZ

Mounted Medallion and Medal - SGT M HARRIS V22764

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Round metal medallion mounted on black plastic base and medal attached with string.

Historical information

Borough of Wangaratta Medal presented to Sergeant Mervyn Sylvester Walter HARRIS V22764 of the 6 Aux Horse Transport who enlisted on 25/11/1937 at Wangaratta and was discharged on 1/5/1944.

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented by the Borough of Wangaratta inc 1863 (on the back) In grateful appreciation V22764 Sgt M Harris (on the front) World War 1939-1945

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

Collection of Buttons, Badges and Patches

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Mounted on white cardboard 7 badges - three rising sun badges, two Australia badges, a crown above wings, star with the number 2 in the centre, two patches - red/black and red/brown - two gold coloured different sized buttons - large button with crown and anchor and small button crown and wings.

Historical information

Collection of Australian Military Forces badges, buttons and patches.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australia Commonwealth Military Forces

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

Minature Model Aircraft

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Douglas C47 (DC3) plane. Dark green with large red cross on the top and two smaller ones on the side.

Historical information

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

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with green coloured sketch of soldier holding a rifle behind foliage.

Historical information

One of several illustrated envelopes, without letter, sketched by soldier/s during the second world war and sent to Mrs MacDonald of 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 Bottom centre - "They shall not pass"

Army Education Journal - SALT

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Small grey and red journal with photograph of male soldier wearing turban.

Historical information

Educational Journal published and distributed free fortnightly to Australian and Allied troops during WW2 1941-1946

Inscriptions & Markings

Vol 5 No 6 23 Nov, 1942

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!"

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with coloured sketch of palm tree and mountains.

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

Brass Cigarette Lighter

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brass Cigarette Lighter

Historical information

Brass cigarette lighter - early issue

Inscriptions & Markings

PJK inscription on top

Embroidered Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

White rectangular postcard with embroidered flags. 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: "Victory / and / Liberty" (embroidered) Back: "To Alice from Will / Best love / hope you are all well as it leave me at present / xxxxxx"

Embroidered Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

White rectangular postcard with embroidered foliate and flowers bordering a message. Handwritten message on back.

Historical information

Postcard from WWI soldier William West (1268) of the 29 Infantry Battalion, 5th Pioneers Battalion while posted in Egypt 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: "Remind / France" (embroidered) Back: "1268 2 of 5 Pioneers Battalion" "Egypt / May 28 1916" "My dear Alice just a PC to let you know I'm well and hope you are all the same I got a letter from you yesterday and Enid PC but I have not got the money yet did you ??? if you need not send enny more till I send for it well I have not seen joe since you say you are goin gto town for a trip it will not hurt you i wish I was going to will my eyes are a bit weak yet it is the sand and flys. well this is all at present. Best love to all from your loving husband Will xxxxx"

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

Framed newspaper article

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black plastic frame with black mount with newspaper article depicting mounted soldiers and horse driven cannons.

Historical information

Voluntary Artillery Camp at Broadmeadows from The Argus 5-11-1929

Inscriptions & Markings

The Argus, Tuesday November 5 1920 Voluntary Artillery Camp at Broadmeadows

Buttons - Australian Military Forces

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Five small and three large buttons. Are a brass colour with Australian Military Forces written around the outside, a map of Australia in the middle with a crown on top.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front: Australian Military Forces. Also has the map of Australia with a crown on top, On back: P.J.King Pty Ltd, Melb.

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and white photograph of 7 aboriginal soldiers with rifles on grass ridge.

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 - Posting sentries - Wangaratta end of 1940 - J A Wright 1940 Wang

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

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

Pocket Book - Geo Parker

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Red canvass covered pocket book

Historical information

Pocket Book belonging to George Parker 9 Oak Street Bentleigh

Inscriptions & Markings

The Australian Soldiers Pocket Book Gift from the Australian Comforts Fund 1942

Framed WW2 Silk Scarf - The Selma Times Journal

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame containing red and white silk scarf featuring newspaper headline above picture of a flag and map of Japan

Historical information

A WWII silk newspaper front page from The Selma Times Journal, September 2nd 1945, announcing the unconditional surrender by Japs completed at twenty minute ceremony. Sunday is proclaimed as VJ Day in global broadcast by Truman .... The end of the long road back. The Selma Times-Journal is a six-day-a-week newspaper located in Selma, Alabama. It publishes every day of the week except Monday. It is owned by Tuscaloosa, Alabama-based Boone Newspapers Inc. The paper was founded as the Selma Courier on November 2, 1827, by Thomas Jefferson Frow.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Selma times Journal dated September 2 1945

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"

Minature Model Aircraft

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Mirage. Green & brown fighter plane on a stand.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

A3-100

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

Trench Art - Plane

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Silver/bronze coloured metal model plane P38 made out of 303 shells

Historical information

Trench art acquired during the second world war in New Guinea by Syd Marsh.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Photograph - SS Orduna

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Historical information

On 12 August 1940, SS Orduna sailed from Liverpool with a privately organised party of 16 children from Belmont Preparatory school, Hassocks Sussex to Nassau. It was part of a wider British Government children's evacuation program during World War II, when the prospect of imminent invasion threatened Britain. In 1941 with the need for military transport in the Second World War, she was put into service by the British government as a troopship. Another task during the Second World War was that of an evacuation transport. In 1945 the Orduna brought back Prisoners of War and internees from the Far East. A memorial to the ships involved in the repatriation was unveiled on the Liverpool waterfront on 15 October 2011.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

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.

Canister

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Round brass canister with separate lid embossed with elephants with monkey engraved on base Inside blue stamp Christmas 1968

Historical information

Monkey on base of tin

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Colour postcard (portrait orientation) with image of a young girl reading a book beneath a round window adorned by pink roses and above a birthday greeting. 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 caricature - Nancy Wake

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame containing caricature of female in uniform wearing a beret

Historical information

War hero and Australia's most decorated woman Nancy Wake

Significance

Australian born Nancy Wake AC, GM, was the most decorated servicewoman of the Second World War. She was nicknamed the 'White Mouse' for her ability to consistently evade and outmanoeuvre the Gestapo as a secret agent for British forces.

Inscriptions & Markings

Medals and Decorations: France: U.S.A War Hero - Australia's most decorated woman Great Britain - George Medal/1939-45 Star Legion de Honneur Freedom Medal France & Germany Star Croix de Guerre Defence Medal/Victory Medal Medal de Resistance

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

Guinea Gold Volume 3 No 303 Monday September 17 1945

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

Framed print

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame with white mount containing photograph of fighter plane in sky.

Historical information

243 Squadron Royal Air Force Spitfire

Inscriptions & Markings

Spitfire by Barrie Clark Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Mk VB of 243 Squadron Royal Air Force

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

Brassard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Army camouflage brassard with Australian flag patch.

Historical information

Camouflaged brassard issued to service personnel prior to leaving Australian shores on deployments. A brassard is an armband or piece of cloth or other material worn around the upper arm; the term typically refers to an item of uniform worn as part of military uniform or by police or other uniformed persons. Unit, role or rank badges or other insignia are carried on it instead of being stitched into the actual clothing.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australia

Unframed Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and white photograph of eight soldiers mounted on horseback

Historical information

Photograph of soldiers wearing slouch hat and holding rifles mounted on horseback - most likely Victorian Mounted Rifle contingent.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten top left corner "Contingent"

Medal in white box - Corporal Percy Kiely

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

T shape medal in silver metal with cream coloured ribbon with red and light blue strip

Historical information

The Tobruk Siege Medal known as the "T" medal was issued to Australian, British, Indian, New Zealand & Polish troops who were in action during the Siege of Tobruk between April & December 1941. The Tobruk Siege Medal is an unofficial award issued by the "Rats of Tobruk" Association in 1977. It is to be worn on the right breast, and not mounted with official or state / federal awards. Medal awarded to Corporal Percy Angus KIELY VX48300 of Upper Edi DOB 30/1/1906 DOD 25/4/44 Buried Albury - Enlisted Wangaratta and served with 2/23 Battalion.

Significance

limited edition unofficial service medal

Inscriptions & Markings

Tobruk Seige 1941

Brooch

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Silver coloured metal brooch of an soaring eagle with pin at back

Historical information

Air Force brooch

Inscriptions & Markings

On rear of tail stamped STG SIL - sterling silver

Leather Pouch - Wallet

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown leather pouch/wallet. Has tan interior with pen in writing inside. Has large silver metal catch on front.

Historical information

Item possibly belonged to Stanley Crimor WRAITH Born 2/6/1893 at Harrietville who joined the RAN on 4/6/1918 as a wireless operator.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved into the leather on the inside flap is "H.C. Wraith Serviceton Bike 616020". Written in pen ink on opposite flap is "Rutherglen 1904, Harrietville 1905, Benalla 1906, Wangaratta 1907, Serviceton 1907, Sale 1911, Melton 1915"

Pay Book - RAAF - James Desmond Murray 142205

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Blue covered booklet with black print

Historical information

RAAF Member's Pay Book No 126576 issued to James Desmond MURRAY 142205 born Moyhu Victoria

Inscriptions & Markings

STAFF written in white top right hand corner and stamped CANCELLED. 142205 MURRAY, James Desmond

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

Badge - RSL

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Gold badge with crown on top, blue circle in the middle with image in gold centre, red banner at bottom surrounded in white enamel. Coat lapel pin attached.

Historical information

The shield design is symbolic of the protection provided to those who wear it. Within the badge, red represents the blood ties of war that exist between comrades; white stands for the purity of the motives in joining the league – to render service without personal gain or ambition; and blue indicates a willingness to serve a comrade anywhere under the blue sky. The wattle represents Australia, with the leek, the rose, the thistle and the shamrock standing for Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland respectively. Badge issued to 3978 Private Wilfred FITTON born in Lancashire England, enlisted in the AIF in Melbourne on 28/7/1915. Served with the 5th Battalion 12/5 Rein.Embarked 23/11/1915 and was discharged on 6/7/1920. Post war worked for the Victorian Railways and lived at Tarrawingee.

Significance

The League’s badge represents a readiness at all times to render service to Queen and country and to former comrades. It can’t be purchased and may only be worn by those who have served their country.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front: Returned Sailors, Soldiers & Airmen Imperial League Australia On back: 48257 V Property of League. Swann & Hudson Vic.

Embroidered Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

White rectangular postcard with embroidered butterfly representing the flags and colours of different countries.

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: "FROM YOUR SOLDIER BOY" (embroidered)

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

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.

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Reproduced black and white photograph of a monument/cenotaph and lawn grave sites with white crosses.

Historical information

The Battle of Tarakan was the first stage in the Borneo campaign of 1945. It began with an amphibious landing by Australian forces on 1 May, code-named Operation Oboe One. While the battle ended with success for the Allied forces over the Japanese defenders, this victory is generally regarded as having not justified its costs. 225 Australian soldiers of the 26th Brigade, 9th Division, 2nd Australian Imperial Force were once buried here. They were killed in the Battle of Tarakan (1 May - 21 June 1945) or died due to their wounds until 15 August 1945.

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 - Tarakan Cemetery

Shield - Women's Auxiliary

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Red timber shield mounted on brown laminated base of particle board in a larger shield shape with metal emblem.

Historical information

Women’s Auxiliaries were formed by mothers, wives, widows, sisters, daughters and aunts of men who served in the First World War. In May1918 a small band of women from the "Friendly Union" organised themselves,under the leadership of Mrs F C Purbrick, into a Women's Auxiliary of the Wangaratta Returned Soldiers Association (RSA). Their first task was to furnish club rooms for the RSA and this was achieved by seeking donations and raising money by selling jams, jellies and posies of violets by selected girls wearing special badges in the street. Over the years funds have been raised through raffles, competitions, street stalls and catering at numerous events to assist the aims of the Returned Services League. In 2018 the Wangaratta RSL Women's Auxiliary celebrated its centenary.

Significance

Women have played a central role in sustaining the activities of ex-service organisations. Women's auxiliaries are dedicated to fundraising, supporting the activities of their local RSL, and caring for veterans in their wider community. Today, there are more than 1200 auxiliary members in Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

Women's Auxillary RSL on metal logo with Crown and Australian Flag mounted on red shield

Mounting Board

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Long narrow timber board mounted with timber crest consisting of crown and red anchor on white background within gold coloured circled rope.

Historical information

On 19 November 1941, HMAS Sydney was involved in a mutually destructive engagement with the German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran, and was lost with all hands (645) aboard.

Significance

This object was handmade to house a Life Buoy from HMAS Sydney II which was lost at sea with all hands on board in 1941. The Life Buoy made from kapok ceased to be used by the RAN in the early 1950's. It was found in poor condition discarded in a bin at Spectacle Island in Sydney and later restored.

Inscriptions & Markings

SYDNEY Gold coloured plaque - Donated by Peter L CARDWELL Ex HMAS SYDNEY (3) 2002

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with coloured sketch of palm tree and mountains and cloudy sky.

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 - AIR MAIL Top right - postage stamp Left side - AIF Censor stamp Right side Mrs M MacDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia Centre - Stamped "Missent to Barnawartha"

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