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Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch Wangaratta, Victoria

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2-4 Templeton Street Wangaratta Victoria 3677 (map)
phone
+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

Entry Fee

No entry free.

Location

2-4 Templeton Street Wangaratta Victoria

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Booklet - Wangaratta Sub Branch - Annual Report and Balance Sheet

Key words

wangaratta sub branch
annual report 1966

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

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed embroidered cloth

Key words

1941
ww2
embroidered souvenir
egypt

Black and gold timber frame containing rectangular black cloth edged in light blue fringe. Machine embroidered on the cloth is image of rising sun badge with a camel and pyramids either side.

Historical information

These types of souvenirs were very popular with Australian troops; they were easy to send home and were colourful. The vendors would have a number of designs for sale already machine embroidered, from which the soldier could select and then personalise with a date or message.

Inscriptions & Markings

Souvenir of Egypt 1941 Australian Commonwealth Military Forces

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

Framed photograph

Key words

59th militia
ww1
ww2
1939

Brown timber frame containing cream coloured mount and photograph of large group of soldiers and bandsmen

Historical information

The 59th Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army. Initially raised for service during World War I, the battalion fought on the Western Front in France and Belgium between 1916 and 1918, before being disbanded in 1919. In 1921, it was re-raised as a part-time unit of the Militia in Victoria. They remained in existence until 1942 when, due to a manpower shortage in the Australian economy, the decision was made to amalgamate the battalion with the 58th Battalion to form the 58th/59th Battalion. Together they remained linked throughout World War II, serving in New Guinea and Bougainville in 1943–1945. In 1952, the 59th Battalion was re-raised and subsequently was absorbed into the Royal Victoria Regiment in 1960.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque -59th Militia Circa 1939

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

WWI Binoculars

Key words

carl zeiss jena
binoculars
german
world war 1
captain g. hurry

Small black binoculars - made of metal with black hard rubber over the top, metal eye protectors and leather strap.

Historical information

Binoculars from Col. John Stanley CMG to Capt. G. Hurry 38th Battalion A.I.F 1916 Lieut/Col Geoffry HURRY was a Solicitor in Kyneton before enlisting on 4/5/1916. He was awarded a DSO

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved on left front; Carl Zeiss Jena D.R.P Engraved on right front: Feldstecher Vengr x 6 Engraved on left back: From Col. John Stanley QMG to Capt. G. Hurry 38Bn A.I.F 1916 Engraved on right back: Bombay

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed photo of John S. (Syd) Marsh

Key words

john s. (syd) marsh
new guinea
wangaratta rsl
ww2
australian army

Timber framed photograph of Sydney MARSH

Historical information

MARSH VX132480 was born on 8/1/1915 at Bendigo and joined the Army May 1941, served with Survey Battery Unit 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

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard

Key words

album
photo album
newspaper clippings
postcard
wwi
car
photograph

Postcard with a sepia photograph of three men in a car. 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.

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 103 Thursday March 1 1945

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Leather Pouch - Small

Key words

leather pouch
pouch
leather

Small brown leather pouch with string attached at one side.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cutlery Set

Key words

cutlery set
leonard greaves

Silver metal Spoon Knife and Fork set held together by attached metal clip

Historical information

General Defence item issued to Leonard Vorwerg Greaves - NS 3/772038 3103871 4/19 Prince of Wales Light Horse 6th Co., RASSC

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand engraved on knife - "GREAVES"

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed Print

Key words

57/60 battalion
bouganville

Timber frame surrounding green and brown print of four soldiers in a village.

Historical information

57/60 Battalion in action in Bougainville

Inscriptions & Markings

57/60 BTN in Action at Bougainville Loaned by 57/60 Btn Assoc. Donated by Roy Tobias M.M. 1999

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Certificate of Identification - Barry Seymour

Key words

barry seymour
aif
certificate of identification
ww1

Light blue paper document with black writing

Historical information

AIF Certificate of Identification No 5901 belonging to Gunner Barry SEYMOUR 19825 Awarded MM in 1918 Enlisted 7/12/1915 - Enlistment terminated 8/9/1919

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Imperial Force No 5901 Certificate of Identification - Gunner Barry Seymour 8th F.A.B. 3rd Div.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed newspaper articles photos and flags

Key words

sunda strait
hmas perth

Framed cuttings of newspaper articles,13 photographs and 7 flags

Historical information

The Battle of Sunda Strait was a naval battle which occurred during World War II in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java, and Sumatra. On the night of 28 February – 1 March 1942, the Australian light cruiser HMAS Perth and the American heavy cruiser USS Houston faced a major Imperial Japanese Navy task force. After a fierce battle of several hours duration, both Allied ships were sunk.

Significance

The sinking of HMAS Perth at the Battle of Sunda Strait 28 February -1 March 1942 cost 357 Australian lives. A further 324 crewmen fell into enemy hands. Two and a half years of brutal captivity claimed the lives of 106 of these men - 53 on the Thai Burma Railway alone.

Inscriptions & Markings

As Portrayed to the Australian Public 1942-1945 BATTLE OF JAVA SEA & SUNDA STRAIT 27 FEB - 1 MAR 1942 The first and only battle fought by a combined American Australian British and Dutch Naval Force against the Japanese

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Stable Belt - RAR

Key words

rar
stable belt
royal australian regiment

Red and dark green striped woven belt with gold coloured buckle with crest

Historical information

This stable belt is in the battalion colours of The Royal Australian Regiment. A stable belt is a striped colored belt worn at times by the armed forces of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth countries. The stripes identify and vary by regiment and corps.The term "stable belt" originates from when UK cavalrymen would place the surcingle around the waist when cleaning the stables and tending to their horses

Significance

The Australian Army adopted the stable belt in the late 1970s. They were removed from service in 1995 but were reintroduced in 2017.

Inscriptions & Markings

Buckle - The Royal Australian Regiment

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Buttons - Australian Military Forces

Key words

australian army
australia military badges
buttons
australian buttons
australian military forces buttons

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

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Army Education Journal - SALT

Key words

salt
army journal
ww2

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

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Vol 5 No 6 23 Nov, 1942

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Book - Record of Service - Private J. B. Murray

Key words

private john brian murray vx 142238
record of service
ww2

Brown cardboard covered booklet with Australian Coat of Arms and black print.

Historical information

AMF Record of Service book issued to Private John Brian MURRAY VX142238 born Moyhu Victoria

Significance

Item issued to Private John Brian MURRAY detailing his record of service.

Inscriptions & Markings

VX 142238 Pte MURRAY J.B. Record of Service book

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard

Key words

album
photo album
newspaper clippings
postcard
wwi
cliff
sea
ocean
sailor
cigar
pipe
cartoon

Postcard with a colour cartoon of two men standing on the side of cliff next to the ocean. One man is dressed in a sailors uniform. The other is wearing a suit and smoking a cigar. 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: "Don't folks often fall over the cliffs and get lost." / "No, we allers finds em at the bottom!"

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed Photograph - 2/24 Battalion

Key words

2/24 battalion
frank saville vx 34912
pow
ww2

Black plastic frame with green mount housing original black and white photograph of soldiers in four rows.

Historical information

Original black and white photograph of 2/24 Infantry Battalion which includes image of Frank Percival SAVILLE VX34912 Born 4/4/1919 Enlisted 27/6/1940 and served with the 2/24th Battalion. He was a POW interned in Italy and Germany camps between 1941-45 during WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque -Presented by H A Saville on behalf of his brother Frank P Saville VX34912 2/24 Battalion

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Display Box - The Australian Army

Key words

rising sun
badge
australian army
anzac

Timber look laminate box with gold colour metal "rising sun" badge on front. The box opens out flat and contains seven metal " rising sun " badges mounted on black felt on the right side. The left side below an image of the rising sun contains a written history of all seven badges from 1902 to the present.

Historical information

Proudly worn by soldiers of the 1st and 2nd Australian Imperial Force in both World Wars, the 'Rising Sun' badge has become an integral part of the digger tradition. The distinctive shape of the badge, worn on the upturned side of a slouch hat, is commonly identified with the spirit of Anzac. There are seven patterns of the Rising Sun. The Rising Sun has evolved over time and today Australian Army soldiers wear the seventh pattern Rising Sun.

Significance

The Rising Sun badge, also known as the General Service Badge or the Australian Army Badge, is the official insignia of the Australian Army and is mostly worn on the brim of a slouch hat or, less frequently, on the front of a peaked cap for Army personnel filling certain ceremonial appointments.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Australian Army

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed photograph - Jack Fogarty

Key words

jack fogarty
life member wangaratta rsl

Timber framed photograph of male in suit.

Historical information

Jack Fogarty was made a Life Member of the R.S.L in 1957. He joined the league in 1920 and was one of the original members when the Wangaratta Sub-Branch affiliated with Anzac House in 1929. He was elected to the committee in 1940, was Senior Vice Present in 1949 and President in 1957-8. Jack was also the Foundation President of the R.S.L. Club. He was chairman of the 34th District Board in 1956-57 and was a delegate for many years.

Inscriptions & Markings

JACK FOGARTY

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed embroidered cloth

Key words

palestine
1941
souvenir
embroidered cloth

Brown timber frame containing dark green square silk cloth edged with gold fringe, embroidered with two flap poles either side of rising sun crest/badge above two red hearts

Historical information

These types of souvenirs were very popular with Australian troops; they were easy to send home and were colourful. The vendors would have a number of designs for sale already machine embroidered, from which the soldier could select and then personalise with a date or message.

Inscriptions & Markings

Souvenir Of Palestine 1941 Australia Commonwealth Military Forces

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Honour Board - Wangaratta and District Victory Roll

Key words

ww1
wangaratta and district
nurses
victory roll

Two large Italian marble tablets inscribed with gold emblems and black lettering list the names of nurses and servicemen of Wangaratta and district who served in World War One.

Historical information

Wangaratta and District Victory Roll - lists 528 names of Nurses and AIF personnel who served during 1914-1918

Significance

Thousands of honour boards were made to commemorate soldiers who served in the First World War. The number of honour boards crafted reflects the immense loss felt in communities and families and the importance for them of remembering those who served and died. This is the Wangaratta and District Victory Roll, including the names of nurses and AIF personnel from the region.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Coat of Arms - Ottoman Empire

Key words

ottoman empire
tughra

The emblem features an ornate cartouche ensigned by a Tughra. The cartouche is surrounded by various elements of the state including two flags, the red flag of the Ottoman dynasty with a star and crescent and the green flag of the Islamic caliph, largely obscured by a cornucopia. Behind the flags are a number of spears and other weapons. Hanging beneath the lower flourish are the medals of five of the Ottoman decorations.

Historical information

Every sultan of the Ottoman Empire had his own monogram, called the tughra, which served as a royal symbol. A coat of arms in the European heraldic sense was created in the late 19th century. Hampton Court requested from the Ottoman Empire the coat of arms to be included in their collection. As the coat of arms had not been previously used in the Ottoman Empire, it was designed after this request, and the final design was adopted by Sultan Abdul Hamid II on 17 April 1882.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed photograph of two soldiers

Key words

ww1
north wangaratta

Timber frame containing image of two soldiers within a map of Australia below a crown in top centre position with Union Jack and Red Ensign flags in the background. Back has been re-mounted with chipboard. Has wire hangings on the back.

Historical information

Many soldiers going off to the war had a photograph taken of themselves in uniform, often a studio portrait taken by a professional; many also carried a photograph of a loved one with them. But most people were still rather formal and camera-conscious, and smiling for the camera was not usual. It is believed Private C SMITH is one of the soldiers featured in this photograph. Private John Claude SMITH 2020 was born 2/8/1893 at Wangaratta He was employed by the Railways and trained in Liverpool, NSW. He enlisted on 8/2/1915 and embarked on 9/8/1915 from Sydney on the "Runic". He served with the 18th battalion on the western front and was discharged on 27/5/1919.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Photograph

Key words

no 9 camp wangaratta
ww2
aboriginal soldiers
1940

Black and white photograph of all aboriginal unit on parade

Historical information

Aboriginal soldiers formed a special all volunteer platoon at No 9 Camp Wangaratta in Victoria from late 1940 until February 1941. No 9 Camp was set up at the Wangaratta Showgrounds to allow the formation of the 2/24th Australian Infantry Battalion prior to leaving for Egypt. Major Joseph Albert Wright a WW1 Light Horse veteran was in charge of this platoon the only Aboriginal squad in the Australian Military Forces at that time. The soldiers from Lake Tyers enlisted at Caulfield between June and July 1940 include Harold Cornelius HAYES VX 48217 DOB 2/4/1916 Enlisted 25/7/40 Discharged 22/3/1941 Edward FOSTER VX48218 DOB 25/5/1921 Enlisted 25/7/1940 Discharged 22/3/1941 Noel Ernest HOOD VX48194 DOB 3/1/1919 Enlisted 25/7/1940 Discharged 22/3/1941 Edward Leslie MULLETT VX48199 DOB 30/6/1910 Enlisted 25/7/1940 Discharged 22/3/1941

Significance

Image relates to a "special platoon" based at No 9 Camp Wangaratta as being the Australian Army's first all Aboriginal Unit formed in 1940. The soldiers were all volunteers mainly from Lake Tyers in Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

Attached to rear - Changing of the Guard at Wangaratta end of 1940 - J A Wright 1940

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Badge

Key words

active service
badge
aif

Gold coloured metal badge round in shape with rising sun in centre and crown on top

Historical information

Dept of Defence badge issued to service personnel on return from active service.

Inscriptions & Markings

Issued by Dept of Defence Returned from Active Service C11796 - stamped on rear

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Medal - Philippine Liberation

Key words

philippine liberation medal
ww2
robert hutchieson

Gold with white enamel irregular shaped medal attached to orange ribbon with central thin blue and white stripe.

Historical information

The Philippine Liberation Medal is intended to recognize military service during the last eleven months of World War II when the military of Japan was driven from the Philippines before their surrender in September 1945. Robert Hamilton Hutchieson PM 4802 served on HMAS Westralia as a landing craft coxswain in the Southwest Pacific Campaign 1942 to 1945. The Australian Army played virtually no part in the Philippines. However, units from the Royal Australian Air Force and the Royal Australian Navy, were involved.The ships that delivered American troops included three Australian landing ships, HMA Ships Kanimbla, Manoora and Westralia.

Significance

In 1995, fifty years after the liberation of the Philippines from Japanese occupation, the Republic of the Philippines announced the awarding of a Philippines Liberation Medal to Allied veterans who served in the country or its territorial waters during 1944-45. More than 3000 Australians have received this medal

Inscriptions & Markings

Liberty (front) For The Liberation of The Philippines (back)

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Embroidered Card

Key words

wwi
postcard
embroidered postcard

White rectangular bi-fold card with window mounted embroidery of the colours and flags of different countries in the shape of 1918. Inside is glossy paper with decorative flowers and printed and handwritten messages. Bound with yellow ribbon.

Historical information

Embroidered post card made in France which reads to... W West from Worthy.

Significance

Embroidered silk postcards became a booming industry during the First World War that was largely driven by women. Many French women embroidered strips of silk in their homes before sending them to a factory to be mounted on card by a largely female production line. Designs endorsing patriotism and unity were popular amongst Allied troops.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: "1918 / souvenir from France" (embroidered) "Merry Christmas" (printed)

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed Medals - H R HORNE

Key words

herbert roger horne
ww2

Timber frame with three metal medals and ribbons on red velvet background.

Historical information

Three service medals with ribbons belonging to Herbert Roger HORNE VX42461 who was born at Traralgon on 8/10/1908. He enlisted at Caulfield on 8/7/1940 and served with the 2/11 Field Regiment in the Middle East during the second world war. He was discharged on 28/9/1944 and later died on 12/9/1961.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Donated by the family of H R HORNE'

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta