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

737 items with images

close
Show All Items Items with Images (737) Items with Audio (6) Items with Video Items with Documents
View As Grid List

737 items with images

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

Coin

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Round silver coin with bust of woman - ANNA DEI GRATIA - silver chain attached Reverse side - Crowned shields - with arms of England and Scotland impaled at top and bottom, Ireland at left and France at right, forming a cross shape with the badge of the Star of the Garter at the centre; around, MAG BRI FR ET HIB REG 1711, the date being divided by a crown.

Historical information

Circa 1711 Queen Anne silver shilling coin

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"

Letter - William EMERY

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream coloured note paper with Royal Crest and signature

Historical information

King's Condolence Letter sent to family of Flight Officer William EMERY - killed in action in Belgium during WW2

Inscriptions & Markings

Buckingham Place Signed George RI

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

"Good / Luck"

Book - World War 1 Honour Board - Milawa Primary School 737

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

White and red book with blue wording and photograph of school children at a cenotaph

Historical information

In 2005 the children of Grades 4,5 and 6 of Milawa Primary School researched and compiled personal stories, photographs and service records to honour those listed on the Milawa State School WW1 Honour Board. Inside rear cover contains a colour patch index to the following:- Andrew Robert BARRIE 3757/ Ralph Augustus CECIL 1677/ John COLEMAN 4089/ Arthur John Victor CULPH 896/ Edward Heathcote CULPH 2629(1447)/ Henry John CULPH 3108/ Thomas Wilson CULPH 34A/ Edward Frederick DOIG 3991/ Ernest Hugh DOIG 2937/ John Harold FOWLER 4488/ William Joseph FOWLER 3233/ Howard Fraser GRANT 7077/ Joseph Henry HOWELL 7247/ Frederick John HUMPHREY 2472/ Stanley Gordon HUMPHREY 3553/ Roy Curtis KENNEDY 5401/ Charles James KETTLE 29741/ Michael McGRORY 5390/ Ernest Phillip McPHEE 50339/ Stanley Charles McPHEE 3741/ Thomas MURDOCH Lieut/ William Lawrence PURDON 3223/ Ludin James ROBERTSON 980/ William Francis ROBERTSON 981/ Harold Ernest THOMAS 966/ George Ernest Vincent WOODBERRY 2173.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book is dedicated to all the service men and women in the Australian Armed Forces who continually strive to protect the Australian way of life.

Water Bottle

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Felt covered metal water bottle with attached cork stopper and canvas straps.

Historical information

Worn in a specially designed pouch, these water bottles held approximately one litre and had a felt cover for insulation. Fresh water was often scarce and it was rationed according to supply.

Badge - 1914 Imperial Reservists

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Gold badge with crown on top, blue around outside, with Union Jack and Red Ensign in the middle. Has a horse shoe hook on back with a number.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front: 1914 Imperial reservists Assn, Australia. On back: One has 96, the other 69.

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Reproduced black and white photograph of metal pylon structures with man standing in bombed foreground

Historical information

Prior to the Second World War Tarakan Island was part of the Dutch East Indies and an important oil-producing centre. In early 1942 it was occupied by the Japanese. The primary objective for the Allied attack on Tarakan (code-named "Oboe One") was to secure and develop the island's airstrip so that it could be used to provide air cover for subsequent landings in Brunei, Labuan and Balikpapan. The secondary objective for the operation was to secure Tarakan's oilfields and bring them into operation as a source of oil for the Allied forces. As part of the 26th Brigade the 2/24 Battalion landed at Tarakan on May1 1945. The task of capturing Tarakan's airstrip was assigned to the 2/24th Battalion. The Battalion's initial attack on the airstrip on the night of 2 May was delayed when the Japanese set off large explosive charges, and the airstrip was not secured until 5 May

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 - Oil wells on Tarakan

Booklet - Wangaratta Sub Branch - Annual Report and Balance Sheet

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Blue and white cardboard covered booklet with black RSL crest and type.

Historical information

Wangaratta Sub Branch - Annual Report and Balance Sheet For the year ending 31st December 1966

Inscriptions & Markings

Wangaratta Sub Branch - Annual Report and Balance Sheet For the year ending 31st December 1966

Book - Manual of Protection Against Gas and Air Raids

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Red cardboard cover containing three booklets tied together with a black shoelace

Historical information

WW2 Guidelines for the protection against gas in the field, respirators and passive air defence.

Inscriptions & Markings

Manual of Protection Against Gas and Air Raids

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with sketch of man running toward sign

Historical information

One of several illustrated envelopes, without letter, sketched by soldier/s during the second world war and sent to Mrs McDonald 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 Centre - AIF Censor stamp Right side Mrs M McDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia Left side "Beer Issue on at 1900hrs" Bottom "Boy OH Boy I'll be in on that"

Certificate of Appreciation - 2/24 Australian Infantry Battalion Association

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream certificate with black and purple type with two colour symbols above and two signatures below.

Inscriptions & Markings

The 2/24 Australian Infantry Battalion Association (Inc) "Wangaratta's Own" Certificate of Appreciation presented to Wangaratta RSL In recognition of their continued support for 2/24 AIF Battalion Association Wangaratta Reunion 8 November 2013

Unframed Photograph - Italian Prisoner's of War - WWI

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and white photo of Italian prisoners of war.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: 21 Italian prisoners awaiting transport to the internment camp in their own lorries. Publicity section Cairo.

Map - Australian Army Operations 1940-45

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Large cream coloured cardboard folded in three, inside is a coloured map of the middle east 1940-1942, New Guinea Theatre 1942-1944, Pacific Islands 1944-1945 and Malay and Islands 1942-1945. Front cover has Unit patches from top left to bottom right corner , at top right corner is the rising sun badge and bottom left corner 1940-45 Back cover is a listed Chronology.

Historical information

Large fold out map and chronology of Australian Army Operations between 1940-1945 that belonged to Private Joan Spencer VFX12932 (VF507134) born 12/11/1924 at Albury. The family moved to Wangaratta and Joan was educated at Wangaratta High School before joining the Australian Army Medical Women's Service at 115 (Heidelberg) Military Hospital. She served with the 130 Australia General Hospital and was deployed overseas to Japan on 17/6/1947 and returned on 26/1/1949

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written at top - VFX Pte Joan Spencer AAMWS 115 (H) M.H.

Lanyard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Orange and blue handwoven lanyard

Historical information

The wearing of lanyards, of various colours, on the right shoulder, applies to all members of the Australian Army except for Infantry Corps units and ‘A’ Field Battery, Royal Australian Artillery who wear their lanyards on the left shoulder.

Newspaper Cutting - Making it hot for the Japs - and the mosquitoes!

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cut out newspaper article containing two photographs with short story bottom left hand corner.

Historical information

Newspaper article reads - "Flamethrowers have a dual purpose for men of the AIF New Guinea - Above - an infantryman is burning out a Jap bunker during a successful attack on Mt Shiburangu in the Wewak area while At right - Pte T Nicholls of Bairnsdale (Vic) is shown using a flamethrower on mosquito-infested vegetation in the Maprik area. - Australian Official" Private T (Thomas) Nicholls of Bairnsdale - VX 80709 2/6 Aust Infantry Battalion Born 22/3/1923 Died 7/7/1945 buried at Lae Cemetery PNG

Inscriptions & Markings

Making it hot for the Japs - and the mosquitoes!

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

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Colour postcard with drawing of a young male/female couple sitting on a rock next to the water. 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: "Just on the point at St Kilda"

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.

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Colour postcard with a scene of two monkeys, a pig and set of scales. One monkey is wearing a jockey's cap and carrying a saddle and whip. No 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: "Gran'pop weighs in for the derby."

Framed photograph - Colonel H J SHANNON

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Gold coloured metal frame containing sepia photograph of Army Officer with moustache

Historical information

Lt Colonel Herbert James SHANNON DSO,VD - Commanding Officer of the 8th Light Horse AIF. Returned to Australia 3/7/1919 and died 27/12/1960. Colonel Shannon became the 1st President of the Wangaratta RSL when it was organised under Anzac House and the present constitution. He was born at Bowman's Forest in 1874 and died in Wangaratta in 1960. He served in the Victorian Mounted Rifles at the turn of the century, rose to the rank of Captain and commanded the Wangaratta Detachment and Company - this later became the 8th Light Horse Regiment. In 1915 he embarked as Major in the 8th Light Horse and served in Gallipoli, Sinai, Palestine and Syria whee he commanded the 8th Squadron. Later he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and commanded the Regiment. During the Amman raids, he won the D.S.O at El Salt. This award was presented to him by the Duke of Clarence. In post war period he commanded the 8th Australian Light Horse and later as Colonel of the 3rd Cavalry Brigade During the second world war Colonel Shannon came from retirement to organise the V.D.C in North East Victoria.

Significance

Colonel Shannon became the 1st President of the Wangaratta RSL when it was organised under Anzac House and the present constitution. He was born at Bowman's Forest in 1874 and died in Wangaratta in 1960. He served in the Victorian Mounted Rifles at the turn of the century, rose to the rank of Captain and commanded the Wangaratta Detachment and Company - this later became the 8th Light Horse Regiment. In 1915 he embarked as Major in the 8th Light Horse and served in Gallipoli, Sinai, Palestine and Syria whee he commanded the 8th Squadron. Later he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and commanded the Regiment. During the Amman raids, he won the D.S.O at El Salt. This award was presented to him by the Duke of Clarence. In post war period he commanded the 8th Australian Light Horse and later as Colonel of the 3rd Cavalry Brigade During the second world war Colonel Shannon came from retirement to organise the V.D.C in North East Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Col.H.J.SHANNON.D.S.O.V.D." "FIRST PRSIDENT WANGARATTA PRSIDENT RSL. 1928." Rear of item - "Col.H.J.SHANNON D.S.O.,V.D. Photographed CAIRO 1916

Framed photo of John S. (Syd) Marsh

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber framed photo of Sydney MARSH

Historical information

Joined the Army May 1941, with Survey Battery, served with ) & M Batteries R.A.A. at Buna and Finschaven New Guinea. Joined Wangaratta Sub-Branch 1946. Delegate to the 34th Dist. Board and delegate to State Conference on several occasions. Received Life membership in May 1970.

Inscriptions & Markings

JOHN S. (Syd) MARSH

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

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

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 215 Friday June 22 1945

Framed Photo and medal - Leslie V Clark 2829

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black frame with dark green background mounted with circular photograph of a soldier and star shaped medal with red white and blue ribbon

Historical information

World War 1 service of Leslie Victor Clark 2829 awarded the Gallipoli Medal.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque: Service Number - 2829 Full Name - Leslie Victor Clark - 8th Battalion A.I.F "Blood and Bandits" Overseas from 7/7,1915 Returned to Australia 30/6/1916

Newspaper - Daily Telegraph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

The Daily Telegraph Newspaper, "The War Papers, Part 33". Print is black, white & blue.

Inscriptions & Markings

The War Papers, Part 33. London, Monday, Jan 31, 1944

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard

Historical information

From the album of WWI soldier William West (1268) of the 29 Infantry Battalion, 5th Pioneers Battalion. This postcard was written by William West to his wife, Alice. 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.

Significance

Postcards from the First World War often reveal the enduring devotion and passion of troops and their loved ones at home. A collection of his correspondence with home is held by the Wangaratta RSL, offering insight into this family's personal experience of long-term separation.

RAAF Magazine - WINGS

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Grey and white magazine with photograph of WREN on a boat at sea.

Historical information

Official RAAF Magazine issued fortnightly during WW2 between April 1943 to March 1946

Inscriptions & Markings

Vol 4 No 5 Dec. 12, 1944