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

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

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1 Victoria Parade Wangaratta Victoria

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Framed Photographs

Key words

law
mccormick
foster
hughes
o'callaghan
davison
hunter

Brown timber frame and mount containing eight photographs of soldiers.

Historical information

These men were either born, worked or enlisted at Wangaratta prior to serving their country in the First World War. There names also appear on the South Wangaratta School and District Honour Board (27) Private William John LAW 1221 - 19 years - Born Murchison in Victoria. Occupation Carpenter Next of Kin - Father John Wilson LAW of Wangaratta Joined 2-3-1916 Enlisted at Wangaratta Unit 37th Battalion. Embarked Melbourne 3-6-1916 HMAT Persic A34 Discharged 21-9-1919. Private Joseph Henry LAW 986 - 21 years Born Euroa in Victoria Occupation Labourer Next of Kin - Mother Mrs Robert (Esther) LAW of Yatte Yattah - 18 NSW Joined 29-3-1915 Enlisted at Wangaratta Unit 24th Battalion. Embarked Melbourne 10-5-1915 HMAT Euripidies A14 Killed in Action 29-7-1916 France. Private Norman William FOSTER 7785 -18 1/2 years - Born Wangaratta in Victoria Occupation Labourer Next of Kin - Sister Mrs William (Florence) McLean of Wangaratta Joined 15-7-1915 Enlisted at Melbourne Unit 54th Battalion Killed in Action 1-9-1918 France Private James Archibald McCORMICK 3195 - 19 years Born Wangaratta Occupation Engineer Next of Kin Father Samuel McCormick Enlisted Melbourne 27-7-1915 Embarked 26/11/1915 Unit 24th Battalion Killed in Action 5-8-1916 France Private Roland Caractacus HUGHES 3134(3131) - 20 years 5 months Born Wangaratta Occupation Blacksmith Next of Kin Father Roland W Hughes Joined 21-10-1915 Enlisted at Seymour 7th REIN 24th Battalion Embarked 26-11-1915 Wounded - GSW Leg and thigh RTA Discharged 11-10-1917 Private James Kelly O'CALLAGHAN 1250 - 22 years Born Mansfield Occupation Labourer Next of Kin Father John O'Callaghan Swanpool via Benalla Joined 6-3-1916 Enlisted at Wangaratta 37th/59th Battalions Embarked 3-6-1916 Wounded GSW Face and arm. RTA 30-1-1918 Discharged 2-7-1918 Private Samuel William DAVISON 6793 - 22 years 5 months Born Benalla Occupation Baker - Employer A Watson of Wangaratta Next of Kin Mother Mrs Ellen Tutty of South Wangaratta Enlisted Melbourne 3-1-1917 21/24th Battalions Embarked 11-5-1917 Wounded 9-8-1918 GSW Arm RTA 16-4-1920 (with wife) Discharged 26-7-1920 Private William Leslie HUNTER (Depot) 18 years 2 months Born Yan Yean Occupation Farmer/Labourer Next of Kin Father William James Hunter of Wangaratta Joined 18-2-1916 Enlisted Wangaratta 3-4-1916 Discharged at Seymour on 26-5-1916 Medically Unfit due to Diabetes

Significance

The school was completed in May 1875 and commenced operating as South Wangaratta State School No 1580, on the 15th June 1875 with 47 children in attendance. By the end of that year the number had grown to 72. The pupil recorded as number 98, in the school register of 1876, was Stephen Hart from the Three Mile Creek. He first attended the school at the age of 17 years and within two years he was a member of the infamous Kelly Gang. During World War I, 22 former pupils volunteered for active service and four gave their lives.

Inscriptions & Markings

Photos of the following Soldiers: Pte J H Law, Pte J McCormick, Pte N Foster, Pte R Hughes, Pte W J Law, Pte J O'Callaghan, Pte S Davison, Pte W Hunter

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Photograph

Key words

gracie fields

Reproduced black and white photograph of female wearing army jacket with soldiers kneeling and standing in background.

Historical information

Dame Gracie Fields, DBE (born Grace Stansfield; 9 January 1898 – 27 September 1979) was an English actress, singer and comedienne and star of both cinema and music hall. When World War II was declared and whilst recovering from surgery she threw herself into her work and signed up for the Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA). Fields travelled to France to entertain the troops in the midst of air-raids, performing on the backs of open lorries and in war-torn areas. She performed many times for Allied troops, travelling as far as New Guinea, where she received an enthusiastic response from Australian personnel. In late 1945 she toured the South Pacific Islands. In 1979, seven months before her death, she was invested a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the entertainment industry.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on rear - Gracie Fields in Pacific

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Photograph

Key words

2/24th battalion
tobruk
ww2
middle east

Reproduced black and white photograph of seven soldiers of which four are loading a stretcher into rear of vehicle.

Historical information

image of soldiers wearing shorts loading stretcher into rear of vehicle most likely taken during the middle east campaign in 1941 one of whom is possibly Francis Williams VX 34295 of the 2/24th 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 1996 and one of the first, if not the first, to receive this type of honour.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on rear - Tobruk 1941 Left Francis William ? ???

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Unframed Photograph - John "Jack" AMBROSE MM

Key words

john ambrose
5th battalion ww1
carboor

Unframed timber mounted photograph of unknown WW1 Soldier - now identified to be John AMBROSE MM 1132 of Carboor

Historical information

Unknown WW1 soldier ................. 22/11/2018 ..........concealed by mount handwritten below photograph "Jack Ambrose married a girl Chick"..... identified as Ethel Maud CHICK Soldier identified as John AMBROSE MM 1132 Labourer of Carboor who served on the western front in France during the First World War. Joined 19/2/1916 aged 23 years and 4 months Next of Kin - Edward Henry PAYNE (Cousin) of Carboor Born and enlisted at Wangaratta Embarked on 3/6/1916 on HMAT Persic Unit 5/37Battalions. Wounded on 3 occasions. RTA 27/7/1919 Jack and Edward both cousins to Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop

Significance

By identifying this originally unknown soldier to be John "Jack" AMBROSE has revealed links to the children of Edward Samuel PAYNE and his wife Catherine Marie nee WALPOLE. Jack's mother Ida Elizabeth AMBROSE nee PAYNE is the elder sister of Alice Emily Maud DUNLOP nee PAYNE mother of Sir Ernest Edward "Weary" DUNLOP and twin Lily May and Violet Minnie PAYNE who both served as Nurses during the First World War along with youngest brother Alfred Ernest PAYNE 1256. The latter three together with Jack AMBROSE are listed on the Wangaratta and District Victory Roll. Colonel Sir Ernest Edward "Weary" Dunlop, AC, CMG, OBE (12 July 1907 – 2 July 1993) was an Australian surgeon who was renowned for his leadership while being held prisoner by the Japanese during World War

Inscriptions & Markings

Below photograph handwritten "Jack Ambrose married a girl Chick" Rear Miss S Wright ???? Hill Carboor East via Wangaratta

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed Graphite Print

Key words

ran
hmas perth, hobart and brisbane
guided missile destroyers

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

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Minature Model Aircraft

Key words

model airplanes

Gruman Hellcat (Wildcat). Small khaki plane with white spots on top and white band around middle, white cross on back fin.

Historical information

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

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Honour Board -Wangaratta and District Victory Roll

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

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

R.A.A.F. Fitters Manual II.E

Key words

raaf
manual
wwii
world war 2

RAAF Fitters Manual II.E belonging to L.A.C G. Bulluss. Book has black binding with black cord to bind it. Cover is a dirty cream colour with black writing. On front cover in two drawings in ink.

Historical information

Item issued to 20164 Granville Inverell Hamilton BULLUSS Born 12/11/1909 in Hamilton NSW . He enlisted at Tamworth into the RAAF. Service records not available to the public.

Inscriptions & Markings

R.A.A.F. 3613 Fitters II.E Flight Mechanics, Course Notes, Engineering School. Issue 3 - 1941. This book is R.A.A.F Property and is NOT TO BE REPRODUCED without authority. Inside cover written in ink is numerous names and addresses. On the front cover is a drawing of clouds and rain and the RAAF crest. Inside on various pages is some sketches in pencil, quite a few of people in profile.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Badge

Key words

adf
badge

Two brass coloured metal "Australia" badges - one with rear clips attached

Historical information

General issue to Australian Defence Force personnel.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Embroidered Postcard

Key words

wwi
postcard
embroidered postcard
carte postale

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"

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Mounted Medallion and Medal - SGT M HARRIS V22764

Key words

sgt m harris
v22764
6 aux horse transport

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

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed POW Postcards - Private S Chandler

Key words

pow
world war 2
burma
wahgunyah victoria
prisoner of war
stanley pascoe chandler

Timber frame containing six POW postcards mounted on cardboard. Postcards printed by Imperial Japanese Army for POW's to send to families, describing their health and living conditions.

Historical information

Six POW postcards sent by Private Stanley Pascoe CHANDLER VX57554 to his mother Christina Chandler in Wahgunyah Victoria. Chandler was born in Wahgunyah and enlisted on the 11/6/1941 at Royal Park in Victoria. Chandler served with the 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion and was reported missing in Java in April 1942 during WW2. He was discharged on the 15/1/1946 The post cards were printed by the Imperial Japanese Army for POW's to send home that describes the good climate, food, medicine and clothes. They also allow room for a brief message. Chandler wrote that he was interred with his friend Frank Allen, received 10 cents per day and has not had any illness.

Significance

POWs were supposed to be able to communicate with their family at home through the International Red Cross under certain conditions. For example, they were limited to 100 letters. However, in reality it was impossible for them to communicate with family more than once or twice during the duration of imprisonment, and there were camps where the POWs were not allowed to communicate with the world outside the camp at all. The average number of cards which the Japanese allowed to be sent out was from four to five for the whole period of captivity, and only some of these reached their destinations.

Inscriptions & Markings

Postcards have messages home, "Dear Mother, prisoner of war, unwounded and well. Hope all well at home. Love and kisses Stan".

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed Print - HMAS Sydney

Key words

hmas sydney
ww2

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.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Photograph

Key words

wangaratta
c company
joseph cowham 360
nelson hardy 363
john crocker 346
charles powley 347
john powley 348
hororata
gallipoli
edward fahey 364
thomas peter williams 404
william baker 290
joseph nathaniel o'brien 376
john william o'brien 365
ww1
7th battalion

Sepia photograph of 11 men six standing and five kneeling dressed in military uniform wearing forage cap with row of pine trees in background. Photograph is mounted on brown cardboard with handwriting across top border.

Historical information

Photograph taken of soldiers in 1914 - names hand written in ink and possibly as follows:- J Powly, Col Serg Baker? Corp Naldress?, Private Couham?, C Powly, L Williams N Hardy J Crocker, E Lahy?, J?? K Jarrot? Following ascertained by research:- All were appointed to the 7th Battalion C Company with Baker appointed as Colour Sergeant. All enlisted on the 17th of August, 1914 at Wangaratta unless stated otherwise. Colour Sergeant William Baker 290 - Prior to enlistment at Essendon was serving with the 58th Battalion. He embarked Australia on the 21/10/14. Brothers Charles POWLEY 347 and John Hall POWLEY 348 from Boweya - Embarked 19/10/14 on HMAT Hororata. Charles aged 21 years KIA 25/4/15 at Gallipoli and John returned to Australia on 31/10/15. Charles attended Wangaratta High School. John Crocker 346 was born at Clunes and enlisted at Broadmeadows. He was 36 years old, a butcher by trade and served with the 2nd Scottish Horse in the Boer War. His mother was listed as next of kin residing in Bracknell Tasmania He was wounded at Gallipoli and discharged on 19/1/1917 Nelson Albert Hardy 363 Born in England and a butcher by trade .KIA 23/8/1915 at Gallipoli aged 22 Edward Fahey 364 Ovens Street Wangaratta, Aged 29 years and a Painter by trade. He returned to Australia in December 1915 and appointed a Recruiting Sergeant. He resigned from this position on 8/5/1916, went AWOL and on 21/7/1920 discharged due to desertion. Joseph Cowham 360 enlisted at Broadmeadows on 19/8/1914. Thomas Peter Williams 404 - Aged 24 and a Blacksmith. He was received a gunshot wound to the wrist on 26/5/1915 and returned to Australia. and either Joseph Nathaniel O'Brien 376 or John William O'Brien 365 both of Rowan Street Wangaratta

Inscriptions & Markings

Rear - Wangaratta Boys C Company 7th Battalion October 11th 1914 From Private John Crocker 346 Front - Top row - list of names handwritten in ink Bottom row - list of names handwritten in ink

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard

Key words

album
photo album
newspaper clippings
postcard
wwi
creswick
st kilda beach
rose stereographic

Postcard with a sepia coloured photograph of a St Kilda beach scene. 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.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Envelope Art

Key words

ww2
envelope art

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?"

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Envelope Art

Key words

ww2
envelope art

Cream paper envelope with drawing of side profile of male wearing hat.

Historical information

One of series of 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 right - postage stamp Left side - AIF Censor stamp Centre - Mrs M MacDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia Bottom left - "Who is this?" Rear - Red Cross

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Newspaper - Guinea Gold

Key words

guinea gold
ww2

Four page cream paper with black print and photograph Centre page contains "Ginger Meggs" comic strip in colour.

Historical information

Published for the Australian troops with news from home.

Inscriptions & Markings

Guinea Gold Northern Edition (Australian) Vol.2 No 3 in the field, Sunday November 21, 1943

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Mortar Sight

Key words

mortar sight

Large green coloured metal case with canvas carry strap containing 3 INCH Mortar Sight MK2

Inscriptions & Markings

Outside: Case No 2 MK 2 C.M. 1019. A. Distinctive Products Pty Ltd When replacing sight in case SET Sight Lensatic to Horizontal & Zero, Dial Plate to Zero, Drum to Max. Range INSIDE: Contents of case Sight 3" Mortar Mk. 2 or Sight S.B 4.2 Mortar MK. 3 and Screwdriver No 7 Director Mk 2/L. (W/O cord, disc or eye) Thimbles, Luminous, Mk. 1. X 3 Bubble, spirit, cased, no.10 MK.1

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Book - Demobilization - Private J. B Murray

Key words

private john brian murray vx142238

Brown cardboard covered book with black print

Historical information

Demobilization Procedure Book issued to Private John Brian MURRAY VX142238 of Moyhu Victoria

Inscriptions & Markings

No 145950 VX 142238 Pte MURRAY John Brian - Moyhu Victoria

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard

Key words

album
photo album
newspaper clippings
postcard
wwi
assouan
hotel

Postcard

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.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Leather Belt with Clip Clasp

Key words

leather
metal
belt

Brown leather belt with brass clip clasp and brass adjustments, brown stitching that has faded.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Mortar Shell

Japanese Jungle Motar Shell

Historical information

Japanese Jungle mortar shell

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed Flag

Key words

turkish

Black timber frame containing red cloth with white star and crescent.

Historical information

Turkish Flag

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed Roll of Honour - St. Hilda's Church, Everton

Key words

everton
1914-1918
roll of honour

Carved timber frame and mounting with 16 names in gold coloured paint listed in two columns.

Historical information

St Hilda's Church Everton, WW1 Roll of Honour - contains 16 names of members of the Everton Community in Victoria who served during the First World War including Nursing Sister Alma Louisa BENNETT (1890-1922) who trained at Melbourne General Hospital. She moved to Western Australia and continued nursing until the advent of World War 1. She immediately sought to enlist but was not granted her request until 1916 and was eventually sent for nursing duties in India. Her arrival coincided with the first convey of wounded after the fall of Kut in Mesopotamia. She was immediately given charge of a ward at Victoria Hospital. The following year she was appointed Matron of the hospital ship "Herefordshire" which transported sick and wounded soldiers from the mouth of the Tigris River to Bombay. Her next appointment was to the 34th Welsh Hospital at Deolali 150 miles from Bombay. The hospital was huge and she took charge as Matron. After 17 months at Deolali BENNETT was awarded the Royal Red Cross Medal First Class one of the highest distinctions in the British Nursing Service. When peace was declared she travelled to England where she continued to nurse in an Army Hospital. During her stay she was invited to Buckingham Palace where she was presented with Red Cross Medal by King George V. BENNETT returned to Victoria and was invited to join the nursing staff at Melbourne's Epworth Hospital with prospects of becoming Matron. Ill health intervened and she died in September 1922.

Significance

St Hilda's Church Everton Honour Roll contains 16 names of members including Nurse BENNETT, from the Everton Community in Victoria who served in WW1

Inscriptions & Markings

"St Hilda's Church Everton' "Roll of Honour" "The Great War 1914 to 1918" Sister Bennett/Heywood G/Heywood R/Levett W/Lowry F/Mason T.A/Mason E.H/Mason H.G/MacKay M/Morrison J/Morrison W/Norman W/Rickards R/Steens C.T/Ward C/Welch J.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Canvass belt and holster

Key words

revolver holster

Khaki canvass belt with metal buckle and revolver holster

Historical information

Army canvass belt with revolver holster

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Badge - 1914 Imperial Reservists

Key words

wwi
world war 1
imperial reservists
australia

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.

Significance

British Imperial Reservists (IRs) who were living in Australia were recalled to the British Expeditionary Forces in World War One (WWI). Reservists sailed from Melbourne, Victoria on the HMAT Miltiades as part of the first convoy (Convoy 1) of troops leaving Australia in October 1914.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Newspaper - Guinea Gold

Key words

guinea gold
ww2

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 272 Friday August 171945

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Envelope Art

Key words

ww2
envelope art

Cream paper envelope with sketch of two 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 - ACF in red star Top right - postage stamp Centre - AIF Censor stamp and signature Right side - Mrs M McDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia Bottom left - "They shall not pass"

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed Medals - Lt Allan R Stewart

Key words

allan robert stewart

Two metal medals mounted on a framed backing board

Historical information

Two service medals awarded to Lt Allan Robert Stewart VX114312 of 124 Aust. Special Hospital Unit. He was born on 29/5/1906 at Hamilton and enlisted at Ballarat. Military service records not available/examined.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque: VX 114312 Lt Allan R Stewart 124 Aust. Special Hospital Enlisted 23rd October 1942 Discharged 15th May 1946

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta