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

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2-4 Templeton Street Wangaratta Victoria

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Embroidered Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

White rectangular postcard with embroidered yellow, orange, red, white rising sun badge, green banner and english maritime flags.

Historical information

Postcard from WWI soldier William West (1268) of the 29 Infantry Battalion, 5th Pioneers Battalion while posted in France 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: "AUSTRALIAN COMMONWEALTH" "Australian Commonwealth Military Forces" (embroidered) Back: "To Alice best of love from loving husband Will xxxxxxx write soon"

Framed Tribute - Rats of Tobruk

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black timber frame containing white paper with black type.

Historical information

Short overview on the Rats of Tobruk and members of the 9th Division known as the Glorious Ninth who served during the siege of Tobruk during WW2

Inscriptions & Markings

Rats of Tobruk Lest We Forget

Framed Certificate of Authenticity

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black metal frame containing image of Victoria Cross Medal with two columns of names either side.

Significance

The Victoria Cross (VC) is a military decoration awarded for valour "in the presence of the enemy" to members of the Australia Armed Forces. It may be awarded to a person of any rank in any service, and to civilians under military command. Being the highest award in the Australian Honours Order of Wearing, the Victoria Cross takes precedence over all other postnominals and Australian orders and decorations.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Victoria Cross Recipients Certificate of Authenticity

Silk Handkerchief

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Three machine embroided silk handkerchiefs - purple, light pink and bright pink in colour

Historical information

During WW1 many soldiers purchased silk handkerchief souvenirs to send home to loved ones.

Inscriptions & Markings

Motif and inscription in corner of each item.

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a colour design including two sailors holding flags, an outline of Australia with two magpies within, a ship at sea and two hands clasping.

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 "hands across the sea"

Leather Leggings

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Dark brown leather curved to leg shape, with leather straps and buckles.

Historical information

Leggings were known to be worn by the Australian Light Horse and other units such as Artillery

Inscriptions & Markings

Pitt 1940

Framed Photograph and Medals - Private Percy Albert TIPPETT 483

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber frame with photograph of solider, four medals with ribbons and death penny

Historical information

Memorial plaque or death penny, medals and photograph of Private Percy Albert TIPPETT 483 who served with the 6th Battalion AIF and was wounded on the 25/4/15 during the initial landing at Gallipoli and died on 28/4/1915.

Significance

Percy, aged 19, was one of the first young men from Wangaratta to enlist in the First AIF, Service No. 483. He was posted to the 6th Infantry Battalion on 19th October 1914 and sailed from Melbourne on HMAT Hororata. On 25th April 1915, Percy was in the initial landings at Gallipoli when he was seriously wounded. He was retrieved and taken to a transport ship for medical attention but unfortunately did not respond to treatment and died from his wounds on 28th April 1915. The Tippet family has a long and direct association with the land where the memory of Percy is commemorated and now known as 'Percy Tippet Reserve`.

Inscriptions & Markings

Medals include: The Victory Medal, The British War Medal, The Memorial Plaque and the 1914/15 Star

Framed Photograph - CAMS Cause

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame and dark green mount containing photograph of soldier alongside poem with image of Victoria Cross medal in background

Historical information

Cameron Stewart Baird, VC, MG was a soldier in the Australian Army who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia, the highest award in the Australian honours system. Cameron enlisted on 4/1/2000 and was posted to the 4th Battalion (Commando) RAR now known as the 2nd Commando Regiment. He was deployed on 7 operations including Operation TANAGER - Timor Leste in 2001 Operation BASTILLE and FALCONER - Iraq in 2003. Cameron resigned from the ADF in 2004 re enlisting in 2006 and again posted to 2nd Commando Regiment. In 2007 he was promoted to Lance Corporal and deployed on Operation SLIPPER - Afghanistan. He was awarded the Medal for Gallantry. In 2008 he was promoted to Corporal and deployed again on Operation SLIPPER in 2009 2011 and 2013. He was killed in action on 22 June 2013 and was posthumously awarded the VC for his actions in the Khod Valley Uruzgan province Afghanistan

Significance

Corporal Baird is the 100th Australian to receive a VC since the award was first created by Queen Victoria in 1856.

Inscriptions & Markings

CAMS Cause - Commando for Life

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Colour postcard with drawing of the Great Britain, Russian, Belgian and French flags - the flags of the allies. Handwritten message on back.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: "Australia for / ever" (handwritten) "The flags that fight in freedom's cause" (printed)

Framed Photograph - L.Cpl. Harold Prest M.M.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame containing photograph of male in civilian attire wearing World War 1 RAS Badge and Military Medal.

Historical information

L.Cpl. Harold Pearson PREST 1334 served with the 37th Infantry Battalion in World War 1 and was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry action on October 4th 1917 at Ypres. He enlisted at Wangaratta and records indicate he resided at that time in Roy Street Wangaratta. Harold returned to Australia on 20/12/1917.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Book - AIF 24th Australian Infantry Battalion - Pictorial Battle History

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Beige cardboard dust cover with title in grey and red writing and red and white diamond with grey surround lower left corner. Inside cover contains two maps which have three photocopies

Historical information

This pictorial battle history book contains two maps, sketches of characters "Bluey and Curley" and Nominal Roll of personnel who served overseas with the 24th Battalion in New Guinea and Bougainville during WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nelson Dinning - handwritten top right corner of cover Inside Dedication - This book is dedicated to our fallen comrades Lest we forget Inside Foreword by Lieutenant General S G Saviage, CB, CBE, DSO, MC.ED

Dinner Program - RSSILA Wangaratta Sub Branch Centenary Dinner

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream parchment card with embossed border

Historical information

RSSILA Wangaratta Sub Branch Dinner held to celebrate the Centenary of Wangaratta in 1938. Dinner guests included the Chief Commissioner of Police and Mr Holland, State President. Other Centenary events included the unveilling of the King George V Memorial Gardens which were opened by Mr McEwan Minister of the Interior, representing the Prime Minister. John McEwen was born on 29 March 1900 at Chiltern in Victoria, to pharmacist David McEwen and Amy (Porter) McEwen. His mother died after the birth of their second child in 1901, and his father died in 1907. McEwen and his younger sister were raised by their grandmother, Ellen Porter, who ran a boarding house. They lived first at Wangaratta and then moved to Dandenong in 1912. In June and July 1965 he was acting Prime Minister.

Significance

Dinner held by Wangaratta Sub Branch to celebrate the Centenary of Wangaratta in 1938.

Inscriptions & Markings

R.S.S.I.L.A. Wangaratta Sub Branch Centenary Dinner St Patrick's Hall Wednesday 19th October 1938 8pm Three Shillings RSVP Wed., 12th October F.H. McDonagh President. G. Balcke, Secretary.

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

Guinea Gold Volume 3 No 305 Wednesday September 19 1945

Collection of Buttons, Badges and Patches

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Mounted on white cardboard 7 badges - three rising sun badges, two Australia badges, a crown above wings, star with the number 2 in the centre, two patches - red/black and red/brown - two gold coloured different sized buttons - large button with crown and anchor and small button crown and wings.

Historical information

Collection of Australian Military Forces badges, buttons and patches.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australia Commonwealth Military Forces

Newspaper - Guinea Gold

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Two page cream coloured newspaper with black print.

Historical information

Two page newspaper containing news from home.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Edition Guinea Gold Volume 3 No 215 Friday June 22 1945

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Colour postcard, blue / green colour scheme. Map of Australia in central frame surrounded by native Australian animals in a bush setting: kangaroo, emu, currawong / magpie, kookaburra. Above them is a rising sun. The central frame is actually a flap but whatever it may have concealed beneath is now lost. 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.

Oral history interview - Lt/Gen Ash Power (Rtd)

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

This digital oral history interview was conducted at Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch on March 21, 2018 as part of the Veterans Heritage Project.

Historical information

Ash Power is a retired senior officer of the Australian Army and a veteran of Iraq, Afghanistan, East Timor and Bougainville. Between 2011 and 2014, Power notably served as Chief of Joint Operations. In this oral history extract, Power reflects on what the RSL means to him and the resounding collective mission of ex-service organisations.

Embroidered Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

White rectangular postcard with embroidered foliate and flowers, laurel wreath beneath oval union jack and crown. Handwritten message on back.

Historical information

Postcard from WWI soldier William West (1268) of the 29 Infantry Battalion, 5th Pioneers Battalion while posted in France 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

Back: "To Enid From Dad / With best love / from France xxxxxxx"

Doily

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Off white square doily with side on image of soldier holding rifle in the centre.

Historical information

This hand crafted doily, created during war time, features a side on image of a soldier handing a rifle with butt at his feet. In Victorian times, idle hands were frowned upon so women knitted and crocheted. In addition to their decorative function doilies have the practical role of protecting fine-wood furniture from the scratches caused by crockery or decorative objects, or from spilled tea when used on tea trays or with cups and saucers.

Inscriptions & Markings

Crotched - "Our Hero Were proud of him" "ANZAC 1915"

Embroidered Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

White rectangular postcard with embroidered sailing boast with flying french flag and union jack. Also pink, blue flowers and green foliate decoration on front. Handwritten message on the back.

Historical information

Postcard from WWI soldier William West (1268) of the 29 Infantry Battalion, 5th Pioneers Battalion while posted in France 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: "To my dear Wife" (embroidered) Back: "My dear Alice / France / Just a PC to let you know I'm well and hope you are all the same I have not see Joe yet over here but I believe he is alright so far well there not much news to tell you get more news over there than we do. I hope Jack and Father are working. I wrote to Jack he aut to have my letters by now well this all the news ???? as long as you know I'm well ?????? bye best love Will xxxxxx"

Badge

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Sterilising Outfit

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Small black tin with white writing.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sterilizing outfit for use with water bottles (keep dry)

Honour Board - Peechelba School 1939-1945.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Wooden board with fourth columns of names of those who served. Has a "Memoriam" list in centre of board with five names, one of which has been scratched out "Taylor. W".

Historical information

The name of W. Taylor in the "Memoriam" has been scratched out. After the war had ended W. Taylor was not demobolised back to Australia with his platoon, he was missing in action and later believed to be deceased. At a platoon reunion some years later, W. Taylor attended and informed the platoon that after the war he had lived in Scotland for a year before returning to Australia. His name was scratched out of the Memoriam list at the reunion. W. Taylor was not charged with AWOL as everyone was happy to see him alive and let bygones be bygones.

Inscriptions & Markings

Peechelba School Roll of Honour 1939-1945.

Photograph - Ret. Soldiers Ball Wangaratta 9.8.37

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and white unframed photograph of large group of men and women in front of stage with flags in background

Historical information

Returned Soldier's Ball held in Wangaratta on 9th August 1937 Captain Mulder and Jim Boyd were floor stewards. A special set of four couples in full regimental dress danced the Quadrilles and other set dances.

Significance

First Military Ball held in Wangaratta and due to its success it was decided to make it an annual event.

Inscriptions & Markings

A momento of the Ret. Soldiers Ball Wangaratta 9.8.37

Framed buttons and badges

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

carved gold coloured metal frame with green mount containing 3 silver and 2 green badges 8 large and 7 small gold coloured buttons on tartan cloth background.

Historical information

After the First World War the defence of the Australian mainland lay with the part-time soldiers of the Citizens Military Force (CMF), also known as the Militia. The Militia was organized to maintain the structure of the First AIF and kept the same numerical designations. The Militia units were distributed in the same areas the original AIF units were raised. Consequently, Militia units were also known by the name of their shire. Thus, the Victorian 37th Infantry Battalion was the "Hunt Regiment", while the 52nd Infantry Battalion was the "Gippsland Regiment". Both were raised in 1921 and linked in 1930, forming the 37th/52nd Infantry Battalion. In 1937 the battalion was separated but merged again in August 1942, after Japan's entry into the Second World War and the subsequent reorganisation of the Australian Army.

Inscriptions & Markings

37th-52rd Australian Infantry Battalion Affilitated with The Queens "Own" Cameron Highlanders

Honour Board - South Wangaratta School and District

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber Honour Board containing 48 names within two side columns

Historical information

The original South Wangaratta Primary School served the district for over 110 years and closed in December 1985 before moving to new premises. When the school closed in 1989 and with the demise of the South Wangaratta Hall due to flooding in the 1990's the Honour Board was wrapped in a blanket and stored in a shed for the best part of 10 years before being donated to the Wangaratta RSL for safekeeping and permanent display These listed men were either born, worked or enlisted at Wangaratta prior to serving their country in the First World War. 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 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 honour board was made by John Wilson LAW and presented to the South Wangaratta School and District to honour the men who served in the First World War. John Wilson LAW was the father of two those who served.

Inscriptions & Markings

Top "School & District/Roll of Honour/South Wangaratta/For King & Country" Bottom 'The Great War/Presented by JW LAW. ESQ./1914 to 1919"

Framed Medals - Private Roy SANDOW MM

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown wooden frame containing round metal disc and four metal medals with ribbons mounted on red velvet.

Historical information

5th Battalion + Original MM Private Roy Llewellyn Sandow enlisted on the 19th September 1914 and posted to the 5th Battalion AIF. He was awarded the Military Medal for Bravery at Polygon Wood, Belgium on 20th September 1917 and died of his wounds on 22nd September 1917 Private Sandow's family received of a memorial plaque which is inscribed - He Died for Freedom and Honour.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bronze Plaque Service Number 1120 Pte. Roy L. Sandow MM 5th Battalion AIF Enlisted 19th September 19th September 1914 Awarded Military Medal 20.9.1917 Polygon Wood Belguim Died of Wounds 22.9.1917

Book - Cartoon - World at War

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Book without cover containing 60 plus cream coloured pages of cartoons

Historical information

A history of sixty cartoons with text by David LOW a New Zealander of Scottish-Irish parentage. In 1919 he started work in London. His cartoons on world affairs had a wide reputation in Europe before the war were banned in Germany in 1936.

Inscriptions & Markings

World at War A history in Sixty Cartoons with a narrative text by LOW

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a sepia coloured drawing of a banner and ornate cornucopian bouquet of flowers and grains. Handwritten message on back.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

"Greetings from Creswick"

Ammunition rounds

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Historical information

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