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Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch Wangaratta, Victoria

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2-4 Templeton Street 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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No entry free.

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2-4 Templeton Street Wangaratta Victoria

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Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with drawing of two soldiers walking side by side

Historical information

One of a series of illustrated envelopes which once contained letters hand drawn by soldier/s during the second world war and sent to Mrs McDonald in 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 Bottom left - "Who pinched Puds bottle?"

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

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with sketch of a soldier in bed and a nurse

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 - "The reason for not writing sooner" Top right - postage stamp Left side - AIF Censor stamp Right side - Mrs M MacDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australi Rear - Red cross

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

Folder - Evan Nolan

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black leather bound folder with gold coloured writing in centre front of border. Folder contains a tribute document and photograph of soldier.

Historical information

Tribute of honor from the Carboor Welcome Home Committee and surrounding district, to Mr and Mrs John Nolan in appreciation of the service rendered to the Empire by their son Pte Evan Nolan who made the supreme sacrifice.- dated 1st February 1921. Service number 3436 Pte Evan Nolan aged 21 years died of wounds on September 20th 1918 in hospital at Rouen France. He served with the 59th Battalion and is buried at St Sever Cemetery in Rouen.

Inscriptions & Markings

To Mr & Mrs John Nolan Carboor 1st February 1921.

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Reproduced sepia photograph of 5 soldiers seated and all wearing slouch hats

Historical information

Image depicts a group of 5 soldiers all believed to be under 16 years who served with the 2nd AIF in the Middle East in 1941. VX56792 George COKER DOB 11/9/1921 - 2/24 Battalion - was wounded in action on 31/10/1942. SLUNINGS not listed as serving with the 2/24 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 1990 and one of the first, if not the first, to receive this type of honour.

Inscriptions & Markings

Attached on rear - 2nd AIF Babes Middle East 1941 - All under 16 years Back Row - Laycock 2/21 / Unknown 2/23 Front Row - Coker 2/24 / Slunings 2/24 / Unknown 2/24

Framed poster

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Decorations and Medals awarded to members of the Australian Armed Forces

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a sepia coloured photograph of St Kilda Esplanade. 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 colour cartoon depicting a uniformed soldier with a pick axe digging a hole. Blue and red line border. Handwritten message on the back.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: "I'm not half picking up since I joined the army!"

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a colour illustration depicting four women in evening wear (each representing the flags of the allies) watching a soldier on a stage. Handwritten message on the back.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: "We all think you're acting fine / Joue bien ton role, Tommy!"

Sketch

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Hand drawn sketch in pencil of grave with cross on cream coloured paper Rear side - black square with three rows of dots coming to a point

Historical information

Hand drawn sketch in pencil of grave site with cross belonging to J.T. TOBIN NX 73062 2/15 Field Regiment WW2 who died from illness on 12/9/1943 in BURMA/MYANMAR

Inscriptions & Markings

NX73062 J.T.TOBIN 12.9.43 Rear side - Tavoy Golden Temple at Night - Korsel

Book - Propeller Log Book

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Grey cardboard book with spine bound in blue fabric

Historical information

Australian Army Cessna used during Vietnam War - Logbook contains service history between 1/5/1978 to 28/1/2011 when propeller was removed from aircraft. Contained inside sleeve attached to inside rear cover is cardboard record detailing service history between 17/7/1967 and 6/8/1974

Inscriptions & Markings

Symbol containing Department of Transport Australia Propeller Log Book Serial No 61209 Log Book No One

Honour Board -Wangaratta and District Victory Roll

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Marble Victory Roll irregular shape, with carved side columns outlined in gold paint surrounded by retangular black painted timber frame. Six columns of names in black.

Historical information

Wangaratta and District Victory Roll - list of names of Nurses and AIF personnel who served during 1914-1918 Refer to item 38.1.

Inscriptions & Markings

Wangaratta and District Victory Roll Nurses Australian Imperial Forces 1914-1918

Currency

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Vietnamese Dong - assorted notes x 7 1 x 100.000: 1 x 50,000: 2 x 10,000: 1 x 200: 2 x 20:

Historical information

170,240 Dong Probably issued and used during the Vietnam War

Inscriptions & Markings

100,000 = LU 05909158: 50,000 = GS 03448999: 10,000 TU 06532302 & AT 06934561: 200 = C2 293550: 20 = B4 693667 & B9 703353. CONG HOA XA HOI CHU NGHIA - VIETNAM NGAN-HANG QUOC-GIA VIET-NAM

The Digger's Book of Humour

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Small book of yellowing pages, with blue coloured lettering and picture of the Australian flag and three men, army, navy and air force. Union Jack in flag is red and whit and has slight red colour in the faces of the men.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front cover: The Digger's Book of Humour 1963. Written in black ink at the top is Kath Gibb In front cover: Complied by A Group of Ex-Servicemen.

Ammunition rounds

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Historical information

5 cartridges each containing 5 Inert 303 rounds - total of 25

Life Buoy - HMAS Sydney

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Solid white circle surrounded by attached rope

Historical information

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

Significance

Three Australian warships have carried the name Sydney. Following the tragic loss of HMAS Sydney II and all 645 crew members in 1941 the Life Buoy was found in poor condition discarded in a bin at Spectacle Island in Sydney and later restored. The Life Buoy made from kapok ceased to be used by the RAN in the early 1950's.

Inscriptions & Markings

HMAS SYDNEY

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

Personal papers - Lieut. A.J Cruise MBE

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Four large parchment documents Two Australian Military Forces certificates and one form Five original letters One copy of letter written in French Seven copies of typed letters AIF Military Pass

Historical information

Personal documents and letters belonging to Lieutenant Albert John CRUISE born 13/4/1883 at Nathalia in Victoria. Educated at Geelong College. Enlisted in NSW on 29/8/1914 as Private No 86 1st Battalion. Promoted to L/cpl on 25/7/1915 then Lieutenant on 9/11/1915. He was nominated and appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire - Military Division for conspicuous services rendered as follows:- 'During the period 16-19 September to 11th November 1918 this officer has shown conspicuous devotion to duty and great gallantry in the performance of that duty. He has organised salvage parties and was instrumental during the advance in September in making German Dumps of HE material available for use in forward positions thus saving time and transport. His work throughout has been characterised by marked individuality and courage in the forward area and has been productive of far reaching results. He served at Gallipoli and the Western Front. Due to pneumonia and enteric he returned to Australia in early 1916 to recuperate and married before returning in August 1916. In September 1919 he returned to Australia on board HMAT Takadaussie (refer item 363) and discharged on 7/11/1919. He later served full time with the CMF from 15/5/1940 - 17/10/1943. He died in 1952

Significance

Parchment of Appointed to rank 2nd Lieutenant on 9/11/1915 by King George V - Document dated 26/6/1917 Parchment of Appointment as a Member of the Military Division of the Order of the British Empire by King George V dated 3/6/1919

Inscriptions & Markings

Cream Parchment with embossed seal, italic script and stamped George R I dated 26/6/1917 and 3/6/1919 Cream Parchment with embossed seal, italic script issued by the Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of the Commonwealth of Australia dated 17/3/1924 and 21/4/1941 AMF Recommendation for Promotion V 84119 Lieut Cruise - form incomplete AMF Certificate of Release from War Service No 11943 - V84199 Lieut Cruise AMF Certificate of Service of an Officer No 33461 -V84119 Lieut Cruise Typed letter dated 13/10/1919 from Commonwealth of Australia Dept of Defence to Lieut Cruise referring to London Gazette extract - Member of the British Empire - Military Division Typed letter embossed with seal dated 9/6/1919 signed W Birdwood Handwritten in blue ink with "Denman Chambers" imprint top right corner letter of reference signed B V Stacy formerly Lieut. Col., Commanding 1st Bn AIF Typed letter with AIF letterhead dated 1/6/1927 Typed letter with The Gallipoli Legion of Anzacs letterhead dated 24/1/1950 Typed copy of letter of gratitude in French dated 18/6/1918 from Military Attache General Pierre de Laguiche - stamped with Statue of Liberty AIF Military Pass dated 25/6/1919 issued to Lieut Cruise

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with coloured sketch of a soldier pointing to a mosquito

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 and signature Right side - Mrs M MacDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia Bottom - "Hey who let this thing in?"

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Reproduced black and white photograph of tent structures with supplies and vehicles in foreground.

Historical information

View of HQ Australian Army Services Corps Issuing Depot on Tarakan Island.

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

Framed poster - Tobruk

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Historical information

Item donated by Eric Hamilton VX42389 who served with the 2/32nd Australian Infantry Battalion in the Middle East and at the battle of Tobruk which lasted 241 days in 1941.

Inscriptions & Markings

Siege of Tobruk April- Dec 1941

Minature Model Aircraft

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Sopworth Pup. Camouflaged two winged plane with red, white & blue circles on top wing. Has red, white & blue stipes on tail fin.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

1 on top wing & on sides of plane.

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

Framed photograph - Life Member Gordon Barnard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber framed photo of Life Member - Gordon BARNARD

Historical information

Joined R.A.A.F. 1943. Served in Australia and S.W.P.A with the 8th Airfield Construction Unit. Joined Wangaratta Sub-Branch in 1947. Served as RSL State Councillor, Past President of 34th Dist. Board and member of Legacy for ten years. Made life member in 1987

Inscriptions & Markings

GORDON BARNARD Joined R.A.A.F in 1943. Joined Wangaratta Sub-Branch in 1947. Served on the committee for many years and was made a Life Member in 1987

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: "Just a line"

Newspaper - Guinea Gold

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Two page cream coloured newspaper with black print and photograph.

Historical information

Two page newspaper containing news from home published in the field

Inscriptions & Markings

Guinea Gold Northern Edition (Australian) Volume 2 No 28 In the Field Thursday December 16 1943

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"

Honour Board - Wangaratta Sub Branch -Treasurers

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

timber style laminate five sided Honour Board with RSL crest

Historical information

List of Wangaratta Sub Branch Treasurers 1928 - present

Inscriptions & Markings

"Wangaratta Sub Branch - Treasurers" List of names and terms in gold coloured paint

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 is an unofficial award issued by the "Rats of Tobruk" Association in 1977 to troops who were in action during the Siege of Tobruk between April and December 1941. Medal issued posthumously to Corporal Percy Angus KIELY VX48300 Born 30/1/1906 at Wangaratta who served with 2/23 Battalion in the MIddle East and New Guinea. Percy died on 25/4/44 from a fractured skull and brain haemorrhage when struck by a falling limb of a tree on 21/4/44 at Whitfield.

Significance

The Tobruk Siege Medal is an unofficial award issued by the "Rats of Tobruk" Association in 1977. The Tobruk Siege medal known as the T medal was issued to Australian, British, Indian, New Zealand and Polish troops who were in action during the Siege of Tobruk between April and December 1941.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tobruk Seige 1941