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1 Victoria Parade Wangaratta Victoria 3677 (map)
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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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Tribute - Capt. Kenneth Mortimer

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Grey plastic folder with clear front cover over image of young male.

Historical information

A tribute to Captain Kenneth Malcolm Mortimer by his nephew Dr Owen Campbell Mortimer. Kenneth was born on the 9th October 1895 at Leneva near Wodonga and went to Agricultural High School in Wangaratta in 1912 before entering the Royal Military College Duntroon in 1913. He was killed in action on 20th July 1916, three months before his 21st birthday, at the Battle of Fleurbaix, Fromelles in France. His remains were unknown for 102 years when DNA testing confirmed the identity of nine Australian soldiers found buried in a mass grave near Pheasant Wood. The graves of these nine soldiers will be rededicated on July 19 2018.

Significance

Mortimer entered the Royal Military College, Duntroon on 10 March 1913 and was graduated early, along with the rest of his class, on 28 June 1915. Mortimer had been a member of the college's photography club and took numerous pictures of his fellow cadets. He was appointed as a Lieutenant with the 29th Battalion on 1 July 1915 and embarked with his unit for Egypt in November 1915. He was promoted to Captain in February 1916 and arrived in France four months later. Died (killed in action) on 20 July 1916 near Fromelles, France aged 20 years

Inscriptions & Markings

KENNETH

Framed print - HMAS Sydney

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber frame with mount containing print of ship at sea and soldiers in a barge in foreground.

Historical information

Depicting the boarding of Australian Troops from Vung Tau, Vietnam for return to Australia following active service in Vietnam. HMAS Sydney was a Majestic-class light aircraft carrier operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). She was built for the Royal Navy and launched as HMS Terrible (93) in 1944, but was not completed before the end of World War II. The carrier was sold to Australia in 1947, completed, and commissioned into the RAN as Sydney in 1948. Sydney was the first of three conventional aircraft carriers to serve in the RAN, and operated as the navy's flagship during the early part of her career. From late 1951 to early 1952, she operated off the coast of Korea during the Korean War, making her the first carrier owned by a Commonwealth Dominion, and the only carrier in the RAN, to see wartime service. Retasked as a training vessel following the 1955 arrival of her modernised sister ship, HMAS Melbourne, Sydney remained in service until 1958, when she was placed in reserve as surplus to requirements. The need for a sealift capability saw the ship modified for service as a fast troop transport, and recommissioned in 1962. Sydney was initially used for training and a single supply run in support of Malaysia's defence policy against Indonesia, but in 1965, she sailed on the first voyage to Vũng Tàu, transporting soldiers and equipment to serve in the Vietnam War. 25 voyages to Vietnam were made between 1965 and 1972, earning the ship the nickname "Vung Tau Ferry". Sydney was decommissioned in 1973, and was not replaced. Despite several plans to preserve all or part of the ship as a maritime museum, tourist attraction, or car park, the carrier was sold to a South Korean steel mill for scrapping in 1975

Significance

A pictorial image of troops returning to Australia from Vietnam.

Inscriptions & Markings

Homeward Bound

Framed photograph - Colonel H J SHANNON

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Gold coloured metal frame containing sepia photograph of Army Officer with moustache

Historical information

Lt Colonel Herbert James SHANNON DSO,VD - Commanding Officer of the 8th Light Horse AIF. Returned to Australia 3/7/1919 and died 27/12/1960. Colonel Shannon became the 1st President of the Wangaratta RSL when it was organised under Anzac House and the present constitution. He was born at Bowman's Forest in 1874 and died in Wangaratta in 1960. He served in the Victorian Mounted Rifles at the turn of the century, rose to the rank of Captain and commanded the Wangaratta Detachment and Company - this later became the 8th Light Horse Regiment. In 1915 he embarked as Major in the 8th Light Horse and served in Gallipoli, Sinai, Palestine and Syria whee he commanded the 8th Squadron. Later he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and commanded the Regiment. During the Amman raids, he won the D.S.O at El Salt. This award was presented to him by the Duke of Clarence. In post war period he commanded the 8th Australian Light Horse and later as Colonel of the 3rd Cavalry Brigade During the second world war Colonel Shannon came from retirement to organise the V.D.C in North East Victoria.

Significance

Colonel Shannon became the 1st President of the Wangaratta RSL when it was organised under Anzac House and the present constitution. He was born at Bowman's Forest in 1874 and died in Wangaratta in 1960. He served in the Victorian Mounted Rifles at the turn of the century, rose to the rank of Captain and commanded the Wangaratta Detachment and Company - this later became the 8th Light Horse Regiment. In 1915 he embarked as Major in the 8th Light Horse and served in Gallipoli, Sinai, Palestine and Syria whee he commanded the 8th Squadron. Later he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and commanded the Regiment. During the Amman raids, he won the D.S.O at El Salt. This award was presented to him by the Duke of Clarence. In post war period he commanded the 8th Australian Light Horse and later as Colonel of the 3rd Cavalry Brigade During the second world war Colonel Shannon came from retirement to organise the V.D.C in North East Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Col.H.J.SHANNON.D.S.O.V.D." "FIRST PRSIDENT WANGARATTA PRSIDENT RSL. 1928." Rear of item - "Col.H.J.SHANNON D.S.O.,V.D. Photographed CAIRO 1916

Framed Photograph - HMA Corvette

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame with grey mount containing print of ship at sea

Historical information

Bathurst Class Corvette all of which that were engaged in World War 2 were built in Australia

Significance

Bathurst Class Corvette all of which that were engaged in World War 2 were built in Australia

Inscriptions & Markings

HMA Corvette Presented to Wangaratta RSL by HMAS Mildura Association in Appreciation for honour of leading ANZAC Day March 1999

Framed medals - Private William T. Lawson

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black timber frame with six Medals and ribbons mounted on red felt

Historical information

Service medals and ribbons awarded to William T. LAWSON VX148982 of Woods Point who served with the 14/32 Infantry Battalion.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque - 3401136 / VX148982 William T. Lawson 14/32 Aust. Inft. Battalion

Framed Certificate of Appreciation - W R Smith

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Timber framed certificate of appreciation from the Borough of Wangaratta

Inscriptions & Markings

For King & Empire Borough of Wangaratta The Mayor, Councillors, and Ratepayers of the Borough of Wangaratta Hereby place on record their Thanks and Appreciation for the conduct of W. R Smith who served his King and Country in the Great War, which commenced 4th August, 1914. He Answered His Countrys Call.

Framed copy of photograph and map - Lt. Albert Sargent

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame and green mount containing a copy of photograph of soldier and map showing RIMAU battles and listing RIMAU personnel.

Historical information

Lieutenant Albert Sargent VX15290 was born on the 3rd of November, 1918 at Wangaratta in Victoria. He was a member of Z Special Unit and involved in Operation RIMAU. when he was captured and executed by the Japanese in Malaya on the 7th of July, 1945 during WW2.

Significance

Operation RIMAU - In September, 1944, 23 British and Australian members of Z Special Unit travelled from Australia by submarine to the outskirts of Singapore Harbour then under Japanese occupation. Their mission was to attack and destroy enemy shipping from small submersible boats using magnetic limpet mines. Official Japanese records state that the ten men of the contingent captured were beheaded at Pasir Panjang on 7 July 1945, approximately one month before World War II in the Pacific came to an end.

Inscriptions & Markings

Lt Albert Sargent Operation RIMAU

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Plastic postcard with paper backings

Historical information

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

Framed Badge Collection

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame in the shape of Australia containing a large collection of badges and small photograph

Historical information

Allied military badges collected during the Great War 1914 to 1918 by Private (Shoeing Smith) John BLAIKIE 2341 who was born at Wangaratta. He was a Blacksmith and at the age of 42 enlisted on May 28 1915. He embarked on August 10 1915 and served with the 14th Battalion. He returned to Australia in January 1918 and discharged as medically unfit on April 10 1918. Inset photograph is of John BLAIKIE

Significance

Large collection of allied military badges collected during the campaigns in France, Belgium and Egypt in 1916-17 by John BLAIKIE 2341. A Blacksmith who at the age of 42 years enlisted in the Army and served during the first world war. On his return to Australia he was discharged medically unfit due to rheumatism and senility. He was a stalwart of Wangaratta RSL and his collection was present to the Sub Branch as a souvenir of the first world war.

Inscriptions & Markings

Souvenir of the Worlds Great War 1914 to 1918 Military Badges Collected by J BLAIKIE 14th Batt 4th Div AIF In Belgium France & Egypt 1916-1917

Minature Model Aircraft

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Sopworth Pup. Camouflaged two winged plane with red, white & blue circles on top wing. Has red, white & blue stipes on tail fin.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

1 on top wing & on sides of plane.

Water Bottle

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Felt covered metal water bottle with attached cork stopper and canvas straps.

Historical information

Worn in a specially designed pouch, these water bottles held approximately one litre and had a felt cover for insulation. Fresh water was often scarce and it was rationed according to supply.

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black and white photograph of 7 aboriginal soldiers with rifles on grass ridge.

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 - Posting sentries - Wangaratta end of 1940 - J A Wright 1940 Wang

Plate

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Small rectangular metal plate with enamel coloured flags

Historical information

Plate with series of flags embossed. Flags include parts of Japanese flag, Italian flag, Union Jack, French flag Other flags are unknown

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Badges - Rising Sun

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Nine small & three large Rising Sun badges. Some have pins & attachments & others are missing them.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Commonwealth Military Forces

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a colour illustration of a crowd of soldiers and a lone man with sleeves rolled, apparently bracing himself for a fight. 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: "Now then, you spalpeen, come on!"

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a black and white photograph of Creswick Park Lake

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.

Poster - Join the AIF: This is serious!

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Depicts a man donning a uniform, rifle in one hand, his civilian clothes lie in heap on the ground behind him.

Historical information

Australian Commonwealth Military Forces Second World War recruitment poster. Released in 1941 before Japan had entered the war, at a time when many Australians were reluctant to enlist to fight on the other side of the world. James Northfield (1887 - 1973) was an Australian graphic artist active from the 1910s through to the 1960s .Northfield created a series of patriotic posters during World War II

Inscriptions & Markings

Full text; Join the AIF: This is serious! Enlist Now

Envelope Art

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Cream paper envelope with a circular sketch of an eagle holding shell/bomb

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 - Red Cross Top right - postage stamp Centre - AIF Censor stamp and signature Right side - Mrs M MacDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia Bottom Left - Australian Red Cross Society

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Mini postcard - two separate black and white images both featuring the moon

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

Printed on front " The same old moon" Hand written on rear.. To Enid From Dad I just got a letter from you 22 July Best Love xxx

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

black and white photograph of 9 airmen

Historical information

From collection of photographs and cuttings dedicated to the memory of WILKINSON JOHN HUDSON : Service Number - 400444 : Date of birth - 18 Feb 1914 : Place of birth - RUTHERGLEN VIC : Place of enlistment - MELBOURNE : Next of Kin - WILKINSON HUDSON. Wilkinson was awarded the distinguished flying cross in March 1944 and tragically killed in action over Germany also in 1944. See also 237 and 240.

Photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Reproduced black and white photograph of monument/cenotaph and catafalque party

Historical information

September 30,1945 - The official dedication service and unveiling of the Cenotaph at Tarakan War Cemetery The Battle of Tarakan was the first stage in the Borneo campaign of 1945. It began with an amphibious landing by Australian forces on 1 May, code-named Operation Oboe One. While the battle ended with success for the Allied forces over the Japanese defenders, this victory is generally regarded as having not justified its costs. 225 Australian soldiers of the 26th Brigade, 9th Division, 2nd Australian Imperial Force were once buried here. They were killed in the Battle of Tarakan (1 May - 21 June 1945) or died due to their wounds until 15 August 1945.

Significance

The 2/24th Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army, which served during World War II .A unit of all-volunteers, it was formed in July 1940 from primarily Victorian volunteers and was known as "Wangaratta's Own" because of the time the battalion spent in the town during its formative period prior to deployment overseas. It served in North Africa in 1941–1942 as part of the 26th Brigade, which was assigned to the 7th Division, before being reassigned to the 9th Division. In early 1943, the battalion returned to Australia and later took part in campaigns against the Japanese in New Guinea in 1943–1944 and Borneo in 1945, before being disbanded in 1946. The 2/24th suffered the highest number of casualties of any 2nd AIF infantry battalion. The Unit was granted the Freedom of the City by the Rural City of Wangaratta in 1996 and one of the first, if not the first, to receive this type of honour.

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

2CLVDT

Framed Japanese Flag

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Large black frame with gold inner surround. Charcoal fabric mounting. White part of flag is covered with Japanese writing in black ink around red circle in center.

Significance

Australian servicemen who served in the Second World War often returned home with souvenirs from battle. Whilst the provenance of this particular flag is not documented, it may be a Good Luck Flag or yosegaki hinomaru; a flag signed by family members and given to Japanese servicemen deployed during the Second World War.

Inscriptions & Markings

Japanese writing in black ink on front.

Discharge Certificate - Private Ernest LUCAS 88379 Middlesex Regt.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Off white coloured cardboard document with black and red printing

Historical information

Discharge certificate dated 18.5.1919 belonging to Private Ernest LUCAS 88399 Royal Defence Corps Middlesex Regiment who enlisted in London on 7.6.1907

Inscriptions & Markings

88379 Private Ernest LUCAS Dept Royal Defence Corps - Middlesex Regiment. Enlisted London on 17th of June 1907 and discharged on 18th of May 1919.

Framed document - Japanese Surrender

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Gold coloured metal frame containing document with logo at top and signatures and red stamp below

Historical information

Instrument of Surrender of Japanese Fores under the Command or Control of the Supreme Commander Japanese Expeditionary Forces Southern Regions within the Operational Theatre of the Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia. Signed at Singapore on 12/9/1945 by Louis Mountbatten Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Instrument of Surrender of Japanese Fores under the Command or Control of the Supreme Commander Japanese Expeditionary Forces Southern Regions within the Operational Theatre of the Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia

Carpet Rug

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Teal green, grey and gold carpet with two small flags of Australia and Iraq at top, cross swords above a circle above a kangaroo and a camel. Carpet attached to timber at either end

Historical information

Operation Catalyst 2006 - Iraq

Significance

The decorative elements of this rug symbolise Australia's commitment to Operation Catalyst - a post-invasion operation dedicated to the stabilization, rehabilitation and reconstruction of Iraq

Inscriptions & Markings

Operation Catalyst 2006 IRAQ 2006

Framed photographs - Japanese Surrender - Morotai 9 September 1945

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber frame containing 7 photographs copied on paper

Historical information

The images depict the formal signing of the surrender of the Japanese Forces at Morotai on September 9 1945.

Significance

The surrender of Imperial Japan was announced on August 15 and formally signed on September 2, 1945, bringing the hostilities of World War II to a close. There were a number of surrender ceremonies including Morotai on September 9 1945. Morotai Island, was headquarters of the Australian forces in the Netherlands East Indies and before an assembly of more than l0,000 Australian and allied troops the Commander-in-Chief of the Australian Military Forces (General Sir Thomas Blamey) accepted on the 9 September the formal surrender of all Japanese in the eastern half of the Netherlands East Indies. The instrument of surrender was Japanese signed by Lt-General Teshima, commander of the Japanese Second Army, comprising about 126,000 Japanese.

Leather Belt with Large Buckle

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Dark brown leather belt with large rusted buckle. Belt is made up of three bits of leather, sewn together.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Framed poster

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brown timber and gold painted frame containing poster of badges of rank.

Historical information

Item displays images of Australian Army badges of rank and special qualifications.

Significance

The rank system forms the backbone of the Australian Army’s structure and defines a soldier or officer’s role and degree of responsibility. The ranks are based upon those of the British Army, although there are some differences in the way they are displayed.

Postcard

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard with a colour drawing of a man wearing a brown suit, holding a cane and cigarette. White background. 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: "St Kilda is awfully rippin'. I'm thinking of buying the place. Eh! What?"