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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

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Location

2-4 Templeton Street Wangaratta Victoria

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Canister

Round brass canister with separate lid embossed with elephants with monkey engraved on base Inside blue stamp Christmas 1968

Historical information

Monkey on base of tin

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Newspaper Cuttings

Key words

album
photo album
newspaper clippings
postcard
wwi

Newspaper cuttings.

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

1."Diggers at ANZAC house reunion" 2. "Song of the Wattle Bloom" 3. "Soldier's diary / The touch of a vanished hand" 4. "A parody on 'Blighty'"

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Photograph

Key words

ww2
japanese surrender
borneo
hmas burdekin

Black and white photograph of japanese officers standing on deck of ship at sea

Historical information

OFF SAMARINDA, BORNEO. 1945-09-08. FILMED AND WATCHED BY MEMBERS OF THE SHIP'S COMPANY, AUSTRALIAN AND JAPANESE OFFICERS SIGNING OF THE SURRENDER OF THE JAPANESE FORCES IN DUTCH BORNEO ON THE QUARTERDECK OF THE FRIGATE HMAS BURDEKIN

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Letter

Key words

pilot
kia
killed in action
dfc
distinguished flying cross
wwii
world war two
air force

Photocopy of a handwritten letter. Single page.

Historical information

Letter dated 16/5/1945 from Pilot Neville Sparks to Mrs Wilkinson informing her of the possible death of her son when his plane was shot down. 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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rear - Mr Neville Sparks (John's pilot when they were shot down) wrote this beautiful letter to John and Hud's parents.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Mounting Board

Key words

life buoy

Long narrow timber board mounted with timber crest consisting of crown and red anchor on white background within gold coloured circled rope.

Historical information

On 19 November 1941, HMAS Sydney was involved in a mutually destructive engagement with the German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran, and was lost with all hands (645) aboard.

Significance

This object was handmade to house a Life Buoy from HMAS Sydney II which was lost at sea with all hands on board in 1941. The Life Buoy made from kapok ceased to be used by the RAN in the early 1950's. It was found in poor condition discarded in a bin at Spectacle Island in Sydney and later restored.

Inscriptions & Markings

SYDNEY Gold coloured plaque - Donated by Peter L CARDWELL Ex HMAS SYDNEY (3) 2002

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Photograph

Key words

anzac day
wangaratta

Large black and white photograph of large number of men in suits marching in formation along main street.

Historical information

Anzac Day Parade in Wangaratta possibly early 1950's.

Significance

Anzac Day Parade in Wangaratta

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed Cert of Authenticity for VC awards

Key words

howse
bisdee
wylly
bell
rogers
keysor
maygar
jacka
symons
burton
shout
dunstan
hamilton
tubb
throssell
jackson
dartnell
leak
blackburn
cooke
castleton
o'meara
murray
mcnamara
cherry
jensen
newland
kenny
whittle
pope
howell
moon
greive
carroll
inwood
birks
dwyer
bugden
mcgee
peeler
jeffries
mcdougall
storkey
sadlier
ruthven
davey
axford
dalziel
brown
borella
gaby
beatham
statton
joynt
mccarthy
gordon
cartwright
currey
lowerson
mactier
towner
buckley
woods
wark
ryan
maxwell
ingram
sullivan
pearse
edmondson
cutler
edwards
anderson
kingsbury
french
gurney
kibby
gratwick
middleton
newton
kelliher
derrick
rattey
chowne
mackey
kenna
simpson
starcevich
partridge
wheatley
badcoe
payne

Black metal frame listing all Victoria Cross Recipients from 1900-1973. Limited Edition

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Victoria Cross Recipients

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brass Cigarette Lighter

Key words

cigarette lighter

Brass Cigarette Lighter

Historical information

Brass cigarette lighter - early issue

Inscriptions & Markings

PJK inscription on top

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Minature Model Aircraft

Key words

model airplanes

Aeronica C3. Khaki bi-wing plane with yellow wings & tail. Red nose & wheels. Has red, white & blue stars on top wing.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

U.S. Army underneath bottom wing.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Button

Key words

australian military forces
button

Small gold coloured Australian Military Forces button.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front: Map of Australia with a crown on top. On back: Stokes Melb

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Photographs

Key words

j b murray vx142238

Four small black and white unframed photographs 1. Male standing with white towel around waist in front of row of tents 2. Group of soldiers with hill in background 3&4 Identical photographs - three white grave crosses with soldiers behind. Grave sites of T. Hope M. Fisher and T.M.Brown

Historical information

Photographs located in personal items belonging to John Brian MURRAY VX142238

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Embroidered Postcard

Key words

wwi
postcard
embroidered postcard
carte postale

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"

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

Framed photograph and Medals - L/Cpl. Neville G Rose

Key words

neville g rose
korea
2/5th battalion 2nd a.i.f.
3rd rar
killed in action

Timber frame with maroon felt mount containing photograph of soldier, eight medals with attached ribbons two metal badges and plaque.

Historical information

Service medals issued to VX95196 - 3/400050 Private Neville George ROSE was born 17/5/1926 at Coburg. He served with the 3rd Battalion RAR from 28/9/1950 to 30/10/1950 a total of 33 days when he was killed in action in Korea aged 24 years. Military service records currently closed.

Inscriptions & Markings

VX95196 - 3/400050 L/Cpl. Neville G. Rose 2/5th Battalion 2nd A.I.F 1st New Guinea Inft. BN 3Rd Royal Aust. Regiment Killed in Action Korea 30/10/1950

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Photograph

Key words

2/24th battalion
tarakan
ww2

Reproduced black and white photograph of metal pylon structures with man standing in bombed foreground

Historical information

Prior to the Second World War Tarakan Island was part of the Dutch East Indies and an important oil-producing centre. In early 1942 it was occupied by the Japanese. The primary objective for the Allied attack on Tarakan (code-named "Oboe One") was to secure and develop the island's airstrip so that it could be used to provide air cover for subsequent landings in Brunei, Labuan and Balikpapan. The secondary objective for the operation was to secure Tarakan's oilfields and bring them into operation as a source of oil for the Allied forces. As part of the 26th Brigade the 2/24 Battalion landed at Tarakan on May1 1945. The task of capturing Tarakan's airstrip was assigned to the 2/24th Battalion. The Battalion's initial attack on the airstrip on the night of 2 May was delayed when the Japanese set off large explosive charges, and the airstrip was not secured until 5 May

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on rear - Oil wells on Tarakan

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Gas Mask

Key words

gas mask
ww1

Canvas bag containing Small Box Respirator consisting of a rubberised fabric face mask, connected by a fabric covered rubber hose to a chemical absorbent canister made of tin plate.

Historical information

The Small Box Respirator was introduced into service with British and Imperial forces on the Western Front in 1916. It was produced following a concerted effort by authorities in the UK to provide its soldiers with an effective gas mask to replace the inefficient helmets

Significance

The Small Box Respirator ('SBR') proved to be the most effective gas mask produced during the First World War, and had a number of advantages over its French and German contemporaries.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Dinner Program - RSSILA Wangaratta Sub Branch Centenary Dinner

Key words

rssila wangaratta sub branch
centenary dinner 1938
wangaratta centenary

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.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed photographs and boomerang

Key words

aboriginal
9 platoon
wangaratta
no 9 camp

Large timber frame with orange mount containing boomerang three flags six photographs and narrative plaques

Historical information

Dedication to the Aboriginal soldiers who 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. Aboriginals from Lake Tyers enlisted at Caulfield between June and July 1940. 7 of the 13 who enlisted in June 1940 were discharged as members of the 2/23rd Battalion. 10 were discharged on the 22/3/1941 as Services No Longer Required, 1 discharged in November 1940, 1 in January 1941 and another in April 1941.

Significance

Dedication to Aboriginal soldiers who 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.

Inscriptions & Markings

9 Platoon Wangaratta

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Booklet - Wangaratta Sub Branch - Annual Report and Balance Sheet

Key words

wangaratta sub branch
annual report 1977

Yellow and brown cardboard covered booklet with RSL crest and type.

Historical information

Wangaratta Sub Branch - Annual Report and Balance Sheet For the year ending 31st December 1977

Inscriptions & Markings

Wangaratta Sub Branch - Annual Report and Balance Sheet For the year ending 31st December 1977

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Gold Badge

Key words

australia
wwii
world war 2

Gold badge with crown on top, rising sun in middle, an anchor at the bottom.

Historical information

WW2 War Service Badge issued to former soldiers who had served within the boundaries of Australia and who were, therefore, not eligible for the RAS badge. To be worn on civilian clothing.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front: Service at bottom of crown. Australia is written at bottom, under anchor. On back: 1948, Issued by C'Wealth Govt, Amor Sydney. 49241

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Booklet - Wangaratta Sub Branch - Annual Report and Balance Sheet

Key words

wangaratta sub branch
annual report 1964

Red 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 1964

Inscriptions & Markings

Wangaratta Sub Branch - Annual Report and Balance Sheet For the year ending 31st December 1964

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard

Key words

album
photo album
newspaper clippings
postcard
wwi
creswick
st kilda
st kilda beach
1916

Colour postcard with a photograph of St Kilda beach. 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.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Life Buoy - HMAS Sydney

Key words

hmas sydney
life buoy

Solid white circle surrounded by attached rope

Historical information

Life Buoy from HMAS Sydney II - On 19 November 1941, Sydney was involved in a mutually destructive engagement with the German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran, and was lost with all hands (645 aboard).

Significance

Three Australian warships have carried the name Sydney. Following the tragic loss of HMAS Sydney II and all 645 crew members in 1941 the Life Buoy was found in poor condition discarded in a bin at Spectacle Island in Sydney and later restored. The Life Buoy made from kapok ceased to be used by the RAN in the early 1950's.

Inscriptions & Markings

HMAS SYDNEY

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Shield

Key words

ovens river
sydney hotel wangaratta

Red Gum timber in shape of shield with crest and plaque.

Historical information

Red gum shield was made from a piece of the Ovens River punt which served as a river crossing at the Sydney Hotel two centuries ago and which had lain on the river bed for approximately 100 years. The punt was raised by members of the Royal Australian Engineers whose names, unit and badge apear on the shield in the early 1970s.

Significance

Red gum shield was made from a piece of the Ovens River punt which served as a river crossing at the Sydney Hotel two centuries ago and which had lain on the river bed for approximately 100 years. The punt was raised by members of the Royal Australian Engineers whose names, unit and badge appear on the shield in the early 1970s. In 2019, after nearly 70 years at Balcke House, the Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch will take up new residence at the Sydney Hotel.

Inscriptions & Markings

Crown of Australian Engineers above a list of the soldiers who worked on the project. Attached is a card which states :- This red gum shield was made from a piece of the Ovens River punt which served as a river crossing at the Sydney Hotel two centuries ago and which had lain on the river bed for approximately 100 years. The punt was raised by members of the Royal Australian Engineers whose names, unit and badge appear on the shield in the early 1970s. It was made and presented to the Wangaratta RSL by Jim Sloan of Wangaratta.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Sketch

Key words

j.t. tobin
2/15 field regiment
ww2
burma

Hand drawn sketch in pencil of grave with cross on cream coloured paper Rear side - black square with three rows of dots coming to a point

Historical information

Hand drawn sketch in pencil of grave site with cross belonging to J.T. TOBIN NX 73062 2/15 Field Regiment WW2 who died from illness on 12/9/1943 in BURMA/MYANMAR

Inscriptions & Markings

NX73062 J.T.TOBIN 12.9.43 Rear side - Tavoy Golden Temple at Night - Korsel

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Photograph

Key words

anzac day
wangaratta
1950's

Black and white photograph of men in suits marching in formation along main street. Photograph is sticky taped to brown cardboard

Historical information

Anzac Day Parade in Wangaratta early 1950's

Inscriptions & Markings

Anzac Day Wangaratta Early in the 1950's.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard

Key words

album
photo album
newspaper clippings
postcard
wwi
photograph
ship
boat
hms essex
essex

Postcard with a sepia photograph of a large ship, the HMS Essex. 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

Framed photographs - WWI Honour Roll State School No 1962 (Dockers Plains)

Key words

frasca
francis john vonarx 1981
william thomas byrne 5692
stanley w grossman
alexander mcdonald
richard cummins
sydney plum
leslie richardson
john claude smith
albert perkins
harry perkins
frederick perkins

Timber frame with ornate edging containing 12 oval framed photographs of men in uniform with writing above and below.

Significance

A framed collection of their photographs was donated by Mrs. J.B. Richardson. These were unveiled in a special ceremony at the school on the 17th October 1921. Also in 1921 an Avenue of Honour of gum trees was planted by schoolchildren and residents, along both sides of the Boorahaman road in front of the school. I do not know the exact date most of these trees remain. When the school was closed in 1949, local residents were invited to remove what ever they fancied, so Mr W.B. Richardson chose the two above mentioned items. After the death of both parents - last one in 1977 - Clarice Tobias and her Husband Jim took care of the shield and the photo`s. During 2002 the photo`s were presented to Wangaratta R.S.L. Sub/Branch,

Inscriptions & Markings

At top - State School No 1962 Roll of Honour Below - August 1914 - June 1916 The following soldiers are depicted from top left to right: Pte S Grossman, Pte S Plum, Pte W Byrne, Pte C Smith, Pte B Cummins, Pte H Perkins, Pte F Perkins, Pte A Perkins, Pte A C McDonald, Pte F Vonarx, Pte T Frasca, Pte G Richardson (centre)

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard

Key words

album
photo album
newspaper clippings
postcard
wwi
lovers
embracing
kiss
love

Postcard with a colour portrait of two embraced lovers sitting on a fence. Newspaper cutting adhered to 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

Photograph

Key words

rsl
wangaratta

Black and white unframed photograph of 14 men wearing suits and ties standing under RSL Logo shield.

Historical information

Members of the Wangaratta RSL - D Gray, G Poidenven, A MacFarlane, B Clark, T Anderson, M Burles, W Williams, L Hansen and others

Significance

Established over a century ago, the Wangaratta RSL is one of the oldest and largest sub-branches in Victoria. This photograph shows local veterans in front of the club at a social event during the 1950s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rear - June 23rd 1954

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta