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Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch Wangaratta, Victoria

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1 Victoria Parade 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

1 Victoria Parade Wangaratta Victoria

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Aircraft Gauges X 3

Key words

navigation
raaf
computer
horizon indicator

Air speed indicator Sperry Gyro Horizon indicator RAAF Computer Navigational system MK. III. D. WWII (Metal box with flap top cover, Serial No WG 2833)

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

AMF Army Driving Licence - Kenneth Edward Forster

Key words

world war 2
world war 2 drivers licence
australian military drivers licence
kenneth edward forster

Brown canvas booklet that is folded into three. Licence gives details of Army number, name, rank and type of vehicle that is able to be driven. Licence has been issued to Kenneth Edward Forster, VX149163. Licence has been cancelled in red ink.

Historical information

Driver/Provate Kenneth Edward Forster VX 149163 was born at Benalla and enlisted at Wangaratta. He served with the 148 General Transport Coy during WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

No: 287674. Army No: VX149163, Name Kenneth Edward Forster. Vehicle type: cars & vans & lorries, semi-trailers.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Ammunition Belt

Key words

ammuniton belt
cartridge belt
leather
metal

Brown leather ammunition belt with large metal buckle. Belt consists of 6 compartments. Four compartments have pockets for 10 cartridges, one compartment has pocket for 6 cartridges and one compartment has room for 4 cartridges.

Historical information

Belt worn for carriage of ammunition.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Ammunition rounds

Key words

303 drill rounds

Historical information

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

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Anzac Commemorative Medallion and Box

Key words

anzac
medallion
commemorative medallion
bronze
eldorado
24th battalion
wangaratta
gallipoli
ww1

Bronze commemorative medallion depicting Simpson and his donkey on the front and Australia, New Zealand and the southern cross on the back.Medallion is set inside a plastic hinged lid box with a deep purple velvet lining. Original white cardboard box with two sections. Top section has brown paper label with handwritten address and white/blue stamp on outside. The medallion is cast in bronze and is approximately 75 millimetres high and 50 millimetres wide. The obverse of the medallion depicts Simpson and his donkey carrying a wounded soldier to safety. It is bordered on the lower half by a laurel wreath above the word ANZAC. The reverse shows a map in relief of Australia and New Zealand superimposed by the Southern Cross. The lower half is bordered by New Zealand fern leaves. The name and initials of the recipient is engraved on the reverse. The medallion is issued in a presentation box.

Historical information

Anzac commemorative medallion issued to the next of kin of Private Thomas Emanuel Rollings - 1983 - 24th Battalion, Wangaratta. See also 213. The Anzac Commemorative Medallion was instituted 1967. It was awarded to surviving members of the Australian forces who served on the Gallipoli Peninsula, or in direct support of the operations from close off shore, at any time during the period from the first Anzac Day in April 1915 to the date of final evacuation in January 1916.

Inscriptions & Markings

Medallion - Front: "1915" "ANZAC" Back: "T. E. ROLLINGS" hand engraving Cardboard box - Top section: "St Kilda Rail., S.2 / Victoria / No. 8248"printed "Mrs A E Rollings / Eldorado / Victoria" handwritten "If not claimed in seven days return to :- Central Army Records Office, Albert Park Barracks, Melb"

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Army Battle Jacket

Key words

raeme

Short jacket with shoulder epaulets made from khaki material with blue lanyard

Historical information

Item belonged to Lieutenant Leonard V. GREAVES 310387. Blue lanyard and shoulder patches indicate GREAVES served with the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME)

Significance

The Royal Corps of Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME) is a corps of the Australian Army that has responsibility for the maintenance and recovery of all Army electrical and mechanical equipment. RAEME has members from both the Australian Regular Army and the Army Reserve. Prior to being given the title of 'Royal', the Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (AEME) were raised on 1 December 1942. Some 64 years later, on 1 December 2006, the last independent RAEME Workshop was disbanded. RAEME soldiers continue in their role to provide support through attachment to other units in Tech Support Troops, Sections or Platoons.

Inscriptions & Markings

Shoulder patch - Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Army Belt

Key words

belt
brass

Black Webbing Belt with brass fitting

Significance

The ceremonial belt is worn by Warrant Officer Class Two (WO2) rank and below with ceremonial orders of dress and is black with brass keepers, which are to be highly polished.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

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

Army Education Journal - SALT

Key words

salt
army journal
ww2

Small red and purple journal with sketch of a soldier and sailor on front cover.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Vol 6 No 13 30 Aug, 1943

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Army Education Journal - SALT

Key words

salt
army journal
ww2

Small red and blue journal with sketch of a soldier in a slouch hat holding two fingers up.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Vol 7 No 2 27 Sept, 1943 Special Second Birthday Issue

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Army Field Ration

Key words

ration
container
food
ring pull
emergency

AMF Emergency Ration Pack Container

Historical information

A field ration, combat ration or ration pack is a canned or pre-packaged meal, easily prepared and eaten, transported by military troops on the battlefield. They are distinguished from regular military rations by virtue of being designed for minimal preparation in the field, using canned, pre-cooked or freeze-dried foods, powdered beverage mixes and concentrated food bars, as well as for long shelf life.

Significance

Most armies in the world today now field some form of pre-packaged combat ration, suitably tailored to meet national or ethnic tastes.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front: To open pull ring this way. Retain portion for handling contents when cooked. Gadden container On back: AMF Emergency Ration. To be consumed only when no other rations of any kind are procurable. Consumption of this ration must be reported at first opportunity. Instructions for use are printed under cover of container and also on paper slip within can. Gadden container.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Army Jacket

Key words

army jacket
william gray
ww2

Khaki woollen jacket with shoulder epaulettes and four pockets with brass buttons attached. Purple square with white border patches attached to top of both sleeves. Two striped ribbons attached above left breast pocket.

Historical information

This Army jacket made in 1940 issued to VX77837 - William Keith GRAY Born 17-10-1915 at Warragul in Victoria. He enlisted at Caulfield and served during WW2. Service records currently unavailable.

Inscriptions & Markings

Marking inside jacket - VX77837

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Army Kit Bag

Key words

wwii
kit bag
h.g. jones vx48340

Light khaki canvas kit bag with metal eyelets

Historical information

Army kit bag belonging to Private Henry JONES VX48340 who enlisted at Wangaratta on 25th July 1940 and served with the 2/23rd Battalion 2nd A.I.F. He was twice wounded and after being wounded at Tobruk spent time in hospital in Alexandria. (refer item 69) He was discharged from the army on 26th of September 1945. Keywords

Inscriptions & Markings

H.G. Jones VX48340

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Army Mess Dress

Key words

australian army mess dress
raeme

Two piece dark blue/black material suit consisting of long pants with red stripe and jacket with metal buttons and two badges attached to collar

Historical information

Army mess dress is the formal military evening dress worn by Army officers and senior non-commissioned officers in their respective messes or at other formal occasions. Tailor made item belonging to Lieutenant Leonard V. GREAVES 310387. Badges attached to jacket collar indicate GREAVES served with the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME). This uniform serves as an example of the military dress worn by the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineer during the late sixties.

Significance

The Royal Corps of Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME) is a corps of the Australian Army that has responsibility for the maintenance and recovery of all Army electrical and mechanical equipment. RAEME has members from both the Australian Regular Army and the Army Reserve. Prior to being given the title of 'Royal', the Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (AEME) were raised on 1 December 1942. Some 64 years later, on 1 December 2006, the last independent RAEME Workshop was disbanded. RAEME soldiers continue in their role to provide support through attachment to other units in Tech Support Troops, Sections or Platoons.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Army Slouch Hat

Key words

army
slouch hat

Slouch Hat - made of fur felt with an 8 fold hat band (puggaree) it has the blue/gold unit badge on the band denoting the 8th Light Horse brigade with a leather chin strap. The right hand side is held by a brass rising sun badge.

Historical information

History has it that the origins of the Slouch Hat began with the Victorian Mounted Rifles; a hat of similar design had been worn in South Africa by the Cape Mounted Rifles for many years before 1885. The design of the Victorian Mounted Rifle hat originated from headgear of native police in Burma where Lieutenant-Colonel Tom Price had recognised its value. The Victorian hat was an ordinary bush felt hat turned up on the right side. The intention of turning up the right side of the hat was to ensure it would not be caught during the drill movement of “shoulder arms” from “order arms”.

Significance

The Slouch Hat became standard issue headdress in 1903 and its brim position was mostly standardised. The slouch hat became a famous symbol of the Australian fighting man during World War One and continued to be worn throughout World War Two. Its use since that time has made it a national symbol.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Army Teddy Bear

Key words

teddy bear
wwi
world war 1

Brown teddy bear, wearing WW1 Lance Corporal Army uniform with rising sun badges on collar, slouch hat and 59th Battalion patch on right shoulder.

Historical information

Limited edition teddy bear commemorating soldiers of the Great War.

Significance

Limited edition teddy bear commemorating soldiers of the Great War.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Army Tie

Key words

raeme

Khaki green woven tie

Historical information

Item belonged to Lieutenant Leonard V. GREAVES 310387 who served with the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers 1965-1971.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Assorted cards and photographs

Key words

album
photo album
newspaper clippings
postcard
wwi
christmas wishes
photograph
moustache
sepia
ypres
wattle land
australia
magpie cigarettes

Assorted cards and photographs nested within a larger card. 1. Bi-fold Christmas card with blue flowers and horseshoe 2. Black and white photograph of a man wearing a suit and hat in a green / grey cardboard oval window mount 3. Sepia photograph of a man in a suit in a dark grey oval window mount 4. Small rectangular card with round edges and handwritten message from Mrs William West 5. Plastic and paper card with yellow cover and rose detail, pink ribbon binding 6. Small black and white landscape photograph of Ypres with "magpie cigarette" branding on back 7. Small slip of paper with inscription: "Pohoto" 8. Small rectangular card with white string binding and oval black and white photograph of a horse and carriage and printed detail of a kangaroo and wattle. Inscription reads: "Greeting from Wattle Land"

Historical information

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

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Assorted Papers - Comfort Fund

Typed and photocopied handwritten notes.

Historical information

Wangaratta Comforts Final Meeting Report dated 18th December 1945 and 2 x Lists of Camouflage Nets sent to CWA Headquarters dated 24th and 31st of August 1943 2 x newspaper cuttings 3 page photocopy of handwritten notes dated 13th August 1941 detailing gift of Autoclave (medical apparatus) for use by the AIF presented by the then Mayor of Wangaratta Cr J F Dundas and President of the Wangaratta Branch of RSSILA Mr W Law

Significance

The ACF provided a source of comfort, support and encouragement for the troops abroad and offered a means for women at home to contribute to the war effort and identify with the men in the trenches. The ACF acted as a vital link between home and the battlefields. The Australian Comforts Fund officially closed on the 27th June 1946.

Inscriptions & Markings

Wangaratta Comforts Fund.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Australian Defence Force Ration Pack

Key words

ration pack
australian army ration pack

Australian Defence Force Combat Ration pack for one man. Contains 30 items: tomato soup, processed cheddar cheese, blackberry fruits spread, sweetened condensed milk, cream cracker buscuits, scotch finger biscuits, instant coffee x2, chocolate drinking powder, sugar x8, mixed berry beverage powder, Cottee's cordial powder, tropical fruit grains, salt, pepper, sweet chilli sauce, tabasco sauce, arrowmint chewing gum, tangerine lemon lollies, toothpicks, scourer, napkins, bottle opener.

Historical information

A field ration, combat ration or ration pack is a canned or pre-packaged meal, easily prepared and eaten, transported by military troops on the battlefield. They are distinguished from regular military rations by virtue of being designed for minimal preparation in the field, using canned, pre-cooked or freeze-dried foods, powdered beverage mixes and concentrated food bars, as well as for long shelf life.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Defence Force Combat Ration (One Man) contents list.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Australian's Soldiers' Pocket Book - G.R. Sands

Key words

soldiers' pocket book
wwii
g. r. sands

Small red book with plastic canvas cover with black writing.

Significance

An example of a small pocket book gifted by the Australian Comforts Fund (ACF) to soldiers and other servicemen during WW2. This pocket book has a bright red cover and was given as a morale boosting gift. The book contains details of relevant information considered useful to serving service personnel.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front cover: The Australian Soldiers' Pocket Book. Gift from The Australian Comforts Fund. Inside written in blue ink: G.R. Sands 71023 Sgt. 401 Road Sea Lake Vic. NOK M.O Sands. DOB 2-1-23. Weight 12st 6lb. Height 6ft 4in.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Backpack

Key words

army backpack

Khaki canvas bag with large pocket and two side pockets - backpack on a metal triangular frame with three leather straps

Historical information

Khaki Army Backpack - which belonged to deceased RSL member Robert SLOAN.

Significance

Robert's Son Glen believes that they were used by his father during the assault and battle of Tarakan.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Badge

Brass coloured oval shape badge of crown encircled by laurel leaves

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

Badge

Round blue badge with white writing above and below picture of wings. Pin attached to back.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Air League To Defend To Develop

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Badge

Key words

propeller badge
trench art

Two brass coloured metal badges in shape of a propeller - one badge slightly larger appears handmade (trench art) from silver metal. and has rear clips attached.

Historical information

WW2 propeller badges - larger of the two badges has appearance of trench art; the other manufactured

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Badge

Key words

australian legion of ex-servicemen and women

Gold coloured metal and blue badge with crown on top

Historical information

Australian Legion of Ex-Servicemen and Women Life Member Badge

Inscriptions & Markings

Life Member Badge Australian Legion of Ex-Service Men and Women

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Badge

Rectangular shaped metal badge with white glazed enamel border containing purple centre

Historical information

Unit colour patch badge

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

Badge - RSL

Key words

australia
rsl

Gold badge with crown on top, blue circle in the middle with image in gold centre, red banner at bottom surrounded in white enamel. Coat lapel pin attached.

Historical information

The shield design is symbolic of the protection provided to those who wear it. Within the badge, red represents the blood ties of war that exist between comrades; white stands for the purity of the motives in joining the league – to render service without personal gain or ambition; and blue indicates a willingness to serve a comrade anywhere under the blue sky. The wattle represents Australia, with the leek, the rose, the thistle and the shamrock standing for Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland respectively. Badge issued to 3978 Private Wilfred FITTON born in Lancashire England, enlisted in the AIF in Melbourne on 28/7/1915. Served with the 5th Battalion 12/5 Rein.Embarked 23/11/1915 and was discharged on 6/7/1920. Post war worked for the Victorian Railways and lived at Tarrawingee.

Significance

The League’s badge represents a readiness at all times to render service to Queen and country and to former comrades. It can’t be purchased and may only be worn by those who have served their country.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front: Returned Sailors, Soldiers & Airmen Imperial League Australia On back: 48257 V Property of League. Swann & Hudson Vic.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta