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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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Opening Hours

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

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No entry free.

Location

2-4 Templeton Street Wangaratta Victoria

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Rifle Launch Grenade

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Metal Rifle Launch Grenade

Historical information

Two rod type rifle grenades bought back from WWI by Sgt Major Albert James. Originally designed to be jammed into enemy tank tracks.

Significance

The rod-type rifle grenade is a standard hand grenade with a metallic rod attached to the base. They were developed prior to World War One.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hope /18 (written on the side of one)

Leather Holster

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown leather revolver holster with metal loop on the back, metal hook & button

Historical information

Webley Mark VI issue revolver holster made from brown cow hide. The holster is has double cotton stitching and features a leather belt loop, brass hanger and a brass notch riveted to the flap to secure the leather locking belt.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Framed photograph and Medals - L/Cpl. Neville G Rose

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber frame with maroon felt mount containing photograph of soldier, eight medals with attached ribbons two metal badges and plaque.

Historical information

Service medals issued to VX95196 - 3/400050 Private Neville George ROSE was born 17/5/1926 at Coburg. He served with the 3rd Battalion RAR from 28/9/1950 to 30/10/1950 a total of 33 days when he was killed in action in Korea aged 24 years. Military service records currently closed.

Inscriptions & Markings

VX95196 - 3/400050 L/Cpl. Neville G. Rose 2/5th Battalion 2nd A.I.F 1st New Guinea Inft. BN 3Rd Royal Aust. Regiment Killed in Action Korea 30/10/1950

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and white unframed photograph of unknown male dressed in Australian Army uniform with ribbon bar above left top pocket

Historical information

Unknown male soldier

Ex-Serviceman's Annual Book of Humour

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Small book of yellowing pages, with marron coloured lettering and picture of the Australian flag and three men, army, navy and air force. Book is titled Ex-Serviceman's Annual.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front cover: No other Book of Humour can Beat this Unique Collection! In front cover: Complied by P. Walsh, 1st A.I.F and A. Williams, Returned Sailor

Framed Print

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame with light brown mount containing print depicting soldiers landing on shore from ships at sea.

Historical information

Landing of ANZAC's at Gallipoli April 25 1915

Inscriptions & Markings

The landing of the New Zealand and Australian Expeditionary Forces,Gallipoli,April 25,1915

Framed photograph - Augustus Victor BALCKE

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber framed photograph of male in suit.

Historical information

Augustus (Gus) Victor Balcke (serial no. 3130) was one of the 1st men to enlist in the 1st AIF. He served in France with the 5th Battalion and was wounded at Pozieres. Gus Balcke was Secretary of the Wangaratta Sub Branch from 1934-1945 and again in 1955 and was President in 1946 and 1947. He was Secretary of the 34th District Board a position he held for over 30 years. He was the Sub Branch's chief welfare officer and did outstanding work for many years. Awarded Life membership in 1943.

Significance

Gus Balcke was Secretary of the Wangaratta Sub Branch from 1934-1945 and again in 1955 and was President in 1946 and 1947. He was Secretary of the 34th District Board a position he held for over 30 years. He was the Sub Branch's chief welfare officer and did outstanding work for many years. Awarded Life membership in 1943. Following more than 30 years of meetings held in Council Chambers, Hotels, rear of a grocery store and even outdoors, the Wangaratta RSL purchased in 1951 a 12 room old mansion in Victoria Parade. It was named BALCKE HOUSE and officially opened on 19 July 1952.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Late AUGUSTUS VICTOR BALCKE (GUS) aged 75 yrs. (Life Member of the R.S.L.)

Hat - J H WILKINSON DFC

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

RAAF Officers Hat (peaked cap) Dark blue. Wings, fern leaf and crown on front Narrow belt above peak

Historical information

Worn by Pilot Officer John H Wilkinson, 400444, in the RAAF during WW2 Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross in March 1944 Killed in action over Germany 30th August 1944

Inscriptions & Markings

JH Wilkinson

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.

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a colour cartoon of a man smoking a pipe looking at a bottle of XXX Ale. 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: "you made me love you - and i didn't want to do it!"

Framed Print - SS SUEVIC

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber framed print of a ship at sea. The grey mount has signatures in white paint across the top and sides.

Historical information

In 1901 after completing her maiden voyage to Australia "Suevic" was used to transport Australian troops to and from the Boer War in South Africa. SUEVIC was requisitioned by the British Government during World War I but maintained its commercial route and was used for bringing provisions and troops from Australia to Europe.

Significance

SS SUEVIC 1901-1942 White Star Line. SUEVIC and her sister ship RUNIC served as troopships transporting service personnel for duty overseas during WW1

Inscriptions & Markings

SS SUVIC Commander Edwin English

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 222 Friday June 29 1945

Unframed Photograph - Light Horse

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and white unframed photograph of Light Horse Troop soldiers taken at side of a grandstand.

Historical information

Light Horse soldiers probably 8th Brigade taken in front of grandstand at Wangaratta ? showgrounds

Inscriptions & Markings

"Light Horse" handwritten

Print

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

oval shaped copy of black and white photograph of a Lancaster plane above scroll containing names of servicemen.

Historical information

During World War II, the city of Modane in the southeast region of France was bombed on 13 or 17 September 1943 by Allied aircraft. The objective of the bombing was the station, an important centre of transit between France and Italy. The bombing caused 60 victims and 100 houses were destroyed. A second bombing took place on the night of 10–11 November 1943. Crew of "M" for Mother, a Lancaster aircraft belonging to No. 467 Squadron RAAF in Bomber Command.included: - 417035 Flight Sergeant (Flt Sgt, later Flying Officer [FO]) John Warrington Scott of Ballarat, Victoria; 413558 Flt Sgt (later FO) George Edward Erickson of Sydney, NSW; 412890 Flt Sgt (later Flight Lieutenant [Flt Lt]) Albert Reginald Thomas Boys of Sydney, NSW; 414407 Flt Sgt (later Flt Lt) Bertram Raymond Jones of Wyandra, Queensland; 400444 Flt Sgt (later Flt Lt) John Hudson Wilkinson, (later Distinguished Flying Cross) of Rutherglen, Victoria (lost on operations over Europe on 30 August 1944); Sgt E L Tull, RAF. 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 Wilkinson was awarded the distinguished flying cross in March 1944.

Significance

The significance of this item records the names of the Lancaster aircraft flight crew which took part in the second allied bombing of Modane a small city in the south eastern region of France which was an important centre of transit between France and Italy during the second world war. The bombing took place on the 10-11 November 1943 killing five civilians.

Inscriptions & Markings

Modane 10/11.11.1943 Signatures of Sergeant Holt, Sergeant Tull and Flight Sergeant Boys

Bicycle Repair Kit

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Small metal box with two wire clips. Remnants of yellow paint on lid

Historical information

Object said to be a bicycle repair kit used in WW1

Significance

The AIF cycling units have often been forgotten in military history but the humble bicycle played a very important role in the logistics of warfare. The simplicity of the bike made transportation quick and reliable.

Book - Ceremonial (1958)

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Light Brown paper book with black writing with Australia crest.

Historical information

Restricted Australian Ceremonial Instructions (1958)

Inscriptions & Markings

Restricted Australian Military Forces Ceremonial (1958) S/C Bateman handwritten top right hand corner

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Reproduced black and white photograph of armed soldier on patrol in jungle terrain

Historical information

SATTELBERG AREA, NEW GUINEA. 1943-11-15. A PATROL OF THE 2/24TH. AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION LEAVING THE BATTALION LINES. SHOWN ARE: VX14320. PRIVATE A. W. M. CORCORAN. (1) VX75910 PRIVATE N. W. JONES. (2) VX33860 LIEUTENANT J. H. CAPLE. (3) VX75647 PRIVATE P. L. MATHIESON. (4) VX31579 CORPORAL R. W. WEBB. (5) VX75207 PRIVATE D. N. MUIR. (6) NX73554 PRIVATE H. T. ROCHE. (7) VX76785 PRIVATE R. W. RICE. (8)

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

Framed photocopy of photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream brown and gold coloured frame containing a photocopy image of plane with two planes in background flying over land.

Historical information

Kitty Hawk plane

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Plastic postcard with paper backings

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.

Memorial

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Round metal plaque and letter with red crest mounted on rectangular timber board.

Historical information

Memorial plaque and Letter of condolence from Buckingham Palace signed by King George V sent to the family George William PAGE - born 20/5/1900. He served with the RAN aboard HMAS Tingira a training ship for boys during the First World War. He died by accidental drowning in Sydney on 16/3/1919. Service No 6790

Significance

George William PAGE served with the RAN aboard HMAS Tingira a training ship for boys during the First World War. On 16/3/1919 he died by accidental drowning. In 1911 Sobraon was purchased by the Commonwealth Government for £15,000 and fitted out as a boy’s training ship at Mort’s Dock Balmain. The name chosen for her was an aboriginal word meaning ‘open sea’ and she was commissioned into the RAN as HMAS Tingira on 25 April 1912. On 1 June 1912 the first batch of 37 boys recruited from New South Wales joined Tingira. Drafts from other states quickly followed, completing the first intake of 100. Entry was limited to boys between the ages of 14½ and 16 years who were bound to serve for seven years following their 18th birthday.

Inscriptions & Markings

"HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR" GEORGE WILLIAM PAGE

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

Framed Print - HMAS Sydney

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black plastic frame with moulded pattern with grey mount containing photograph of ship and Sydney Harbour Bridge

Historical information

HMAS Sydney built by Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend on Tyne, United Kingdom Launched 22 September 1934 Engaged and sunk Bartolmeo Colleom 19 July 1940. On 19 November 1941 South West of Carnarvon Western Australia she was lost at sea with all hands after engaging the German raider Kormoran.

Significance

On 19 November 1941, HMAS Sydney, a light cruiser of the Royal Australian Navy with an impressive record of war service, was lost following a battle with the German raider HSK Kormoran in the Indian Ocean off the Western Australian coast. The loss of the Sydney with its full war complement of 645 remains Australia’s worst naval disaster. The Kormoran was also sunk, but 317 of its crew of 397 were rescued. The fate of the Sydney remains one of Australia’s greatest wartime mysteries; even the location of the wrecks was not established until 2008.

Inscriptions & Markings

Banner - HMAS Sydney HMAS Sydney built by Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend on Tyne, United Kingdom Launched 22 September 1934 Engaged and sunk Bartolmeo Colleom 19 July 1940 Lost at sea with all hands 19 November 1941 South West of Carnarvon Western Australia after engaging the German raider Kormoran.

Gold Badge

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Round Gold coloured medallion attached to rectangular bar

Historical information

Gift from the Government to the children of Victoria on the occasion of the 1954 Royal Visit This medal was issued for schools to commemorate the visit of the Queen visited to Victoria from 24 February to 9 March 1954. The first reigning monarch to tour Australia, she arrived in Sydney with her husband the Duke of Edinburgh on 3 February 1954 and departed the country from Fremantle on 1 April.

Significance

In 1954 Queen Elizabeth II became the first reigning monarch to tour Australia. She arrived in Sydney with her husband the Duke of Edinburgh on 3 February 1954 and departed the country from Fremantle on 1 April. The visit was tremendously popular. The Queen was the first royal to tour Australia in twenty years. She graciously endured a grueling schedule visiting approximately 70 country towns, all capital cities except Darwin.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bar - Presented to the Children by the Government of Victoria Medallion - ER Royal Visit 1954 Victoria

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.

Historical information

Certificate of Appreciation presented at the annual reunion on 8 November 2013 to Wangaratta RSL in recognition of their continued support for 2/24 AIF Battalion Association.

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

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 183 Sunday May 20 1945

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Reproduced black and white photograph of large group of soldiers having a meal. Soldiers are seated in the foreground and five standing behind. Nearly all have shirts removed.

Historical information

SATTELBERG AREA, NEW GUINEA. 1943-11-15. TROOPS OF THE 2/24TH. AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION EATING MEAL DURING A LULL IN THE BATTLE FOR SATTELBERG. THEY ARE: NX10044 ACTING SERGEANT Stewart COLDHAM. (1) VX68432 PRIVATE Harold ANQUETAL. (2) VX80603 PRIVATE Thomas. F. BRYCE. (3) VX41167 PRIVATE Samuel T. SHERLOCK. (4) VX28432 LANCE CORPORAL Kenneth G. NORRIS. (5) ACTING CORPORAL Ralph F. KENYON. (6) VX43055 SIGNALMAN Ernest W. HORNER. (7) NX33751 PRIVATE Arol. J. PEIRCY. (8) VX71588 SIGNALMAN Francis. J. KELLY. (9) VX26381 PRIVATE John BUNNETT. NX86910 SIGNALMAN Ronald E. AMERY. QX13958 SERGEANT James S. GREGORY. SX30255 PRIVATE Cyril MARSHALL VX29721 SIGNALMAN Martin W. REIDY.

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

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"

Framed Sketch

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Silver plate frame with black mount containing Returned Services League crest above sketch of soldier holding automatic rifle

Historical information

Limited edition plaque containing artwork by Dick Evans to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Returned Services League of Australia created exclusively for members of the RSL and their next of kin.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Returned Services League of Australia 1916-1986"

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Reproduced black and white photograph of unknown soldiers seated in four rows.

Historical information

Image depicts soldiers of the 2/24 Battalion Carrier Platoon after the battle of El Alamein in 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 1990 and one of the first, if not the first, to receive this type of honour.

Pilot Balloon Slide Rule

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

The case is fabric covered wood with felt fabric lining containing a long black laminate ruler with numerous white markings and numbers. Top of the ruler is in three sections with the centre section movable by small gold metal knobs at either end.

Historical information

The Mark II Pilot Balloon Slide Rule was made of wood laminated with heavy white plastic with a length of 24.5-in. and width of 2.5 inches. Mark II rules were manufactured in Australia by W & G (Melbourne). The W & G rule differs only slightly from the English A. G. Thornton LTD rule. The W & G rule uses serif fonts and has some fiducial marks that the English rule lacks. Exact dates of production are not known but the MK II is known to have started production by 1927. The printed scales are engraved in the plastic faces. The slide rule has 4 captive cursors (glass windows and brass guides) that ride in slots on the top and bottom edges. Each can be moved independently of one another. The cursors are missing from this item. Brass knobs at both ends of the slide facilitate its movement. The case is fabric covered wood with felt lining. No known history for this item as located in house after purchase.

Significance

The Pilot Balloon slide rule is used to convert the observed azimuth and elevation readings into wind velocity and direction records.

Inscriptions & Markings

This slide rule contains a engraved notation on the rear face "IMPORTANT. NORMALLY NUMBER OF GRATICULE SCALE DIVISIONS PER RADIAN (K) X LENGTH OF TAIL IN FEET (I) = 12X 105. IN OTHER CASES MULTIPLY GRATICULE READINGS BY 1.2/KI BEFORE CALCULATION ON RULE" Top of Slide Rule - RAAF Ident No G268/480 Serial WG/22