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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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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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Aircraft Gauges X 3

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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)

AMF Army Driving Licence - Kenneth Edward Forster

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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.

Ammunition Belt

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Ammunition rounds

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Five metal clips each containing five metal rounds

Historical information

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

Anzac Commemorative Medallion and Box

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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"

Army Battle Jacket

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Army Belt

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Long narrow black woven belt with brass fitting at both ends.

Historical information

An example of the standard issue webbing belt used by Australian service personnel.

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

Army Education Journal - SALT

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Army Education Journal - SALT

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Army Education Journal - SALT

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Army Field Ration

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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.

Army Jacket

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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.

Significance

The uniforms of the Australian Army have changed significantly over the past century, although the accoutrements worn over this period have remained relatively similar. The forces of the Australian colonies and the early forces of the Commonwealth post-Federation in 1901 closely followed the uniforms of the British Army. Since then it has continued to be influenced by British but also US styles, as well as including some distinctly Australian designs, reflecting local conditions and trends.

Inscriptions & Markings

Marking inside jacket - VX77837

Army Kit Bag

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Army Mess Dress

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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.

Army Slouch Hat

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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.

Army Teddy Bear

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Army Tie

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Khaki green woven neck tie

Historical information

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

Assorted cards and photographs

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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.

Assorted Papers - Comfort Fund

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Typed and photocopied handwritten notes.

Historical information

Wangaratta Comfort Fund 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.

Australian Defence Force Ration Pack

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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.

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

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Small red book with plastic canvas cover with black writing.

Historical information

Pocket book belonging to G R Sands of Sea:Lake. These books were gifted to servicemen in WW2 by the Australian Comfort Fund

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.

Backpack

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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 used during WW2 at the battle for Tarakan by ROBERT HENRY SLOAN : Service Number - VX94408 : Date of birth - 01 Dec 1925 at WANGARATTA VICTORIA

Badge

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Circular badge with green background and black text and figures. Six soldiers are silhouetted next to a tree. Safety pin clasp on back.

Historical information

Badge commemorating the Sandakan death marches, one of the worst atrocities suffered by Australian troops during WWII.

Significance

Australian prisoners were sent to Sandakan in 1942 to build an airstrip. At first they were treated reasonably well. Gradually, however, rations were reduced and bashings increased. By late 1944, with Allied forces advancing toward Borneo, the Japanese decided to send about 2,000 Australian and British prisoners westward to Ranau, in Borneo’s rugged interior. Weak and sick prisoners staggered for about 260 kilometres along jungle tracks. Many died on the way, their bodies never recovered. Those unable to continue were killed; those too weak to march had been left behind in Sandakan, where all died or were killed. Only six – all Australians – out of about a thousand sent to Ranau survived the war. The Sandakan “death march” remains the greatest single atrocity committed against Australians in war.

Inscriptions & Markings

"LEST WE FORGET" "Sandakan Ranau / Death March"

Badge

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Round bronze and enamel badge badge with blue circular border enclosing a white and red diamond. Crown on top.

Historical information

The Sailors and Soldiers Fathers' Association was established in the First World War and appears to have had branches in most states. The group was active (and often outspoken), involving themselves with hospital visits, repatriation issues, employment of returned servicemen and the establishment of returned servicemen’s rights relating to principles such as pensions and housing. There appears to be a close co-operation between this group and the Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League of Australia in forming a group with strong lobbying abilities. Similarly, they were active in raising funds to build Memorials after the war. The Association remained active after the First World War in pursuing returned soldiers’ rights. They appear under a slightly different name during the Second World War (Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen’s Fathers' Association) but their goals were identical........

Significance

The Sailors and Soldiers Fathers' Association, established during the First World War, was active in fundraising, establishing memorials and advocacy for issues such as the repatriation and employment of returned servicemen. The group worked closely with the Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League of Australia, now known as the RSL.

Inscriptions & Markings

In white border: "Sailors & soldiers Assoc.n of Vict." In red diamond: "Fathers" On back: "167 / Stokes Melb."

Badge

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Historical information

Rectangular purple and white unit colour patch badge

Significance

Unit Colour Patches are a method of identification used by the Australian Army used to indicate which unit a soldier belongs to.

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

Badge

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Gold lapel badge with red white and blue enamel.

Historical information

RSL Lapel Pin V13056 - issued to Dorothy Kiely

Inscriptions & Markings

Returned & Services League Australia rear - V13056

Badge - RSL

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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.

Badge

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Gold coloured metal and blue badge with crown on top

Historical information

Australian Legion of Ex-Servicemen and Women Life Member Badge awarded to Private Mervyn HARRIS. The Australian Legion of Ex-Servicemen and Women is an ex-service association. Formed in December 1944 from a number of existing organisations, membership of the legion is open to all ex-service personnel, including British Commonwealth and Allied personnel, and former members of the peacetime Australian regular and reserve forces. The legion has branches in each state, and sub-branches in major cities and towns, with its national headquarters located in Melbourne, Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Legion of Ex-Service Men and Women Life Member

Badge - 8th Cav Regiment

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Square gold badge with grey enamel in the middle. 8th Light Horse patch colours of yellow and blue, in the centre with gold writing underneath.

Significance

During the inter-war years, the 8th Light Horse was re-raised as a part-time unit based in the Indi region of northern Victoria. It was later converted to a divisional cavalry regiment during the Second World War but was disbanded in 1944 without having been deployed overseas.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front: 8th Cav Regiment, under the 8th Lighthorse colour patch On back: Nichol