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Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch Wangaratta, Victoria

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1 Victoria Parade 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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1 Victoria Parade Wangaratta Victoria

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Framed Photo and Medals - Private J L Parker

Key words

private john leonoard parker
2/23rd battalion
ww2

Brown timber frame with dark blue background containing photograph of soldier, three round and three star shaped medals and document with coloured crest.

Historical information

Photograph of and medals belonging to Private John Leonard PARKER VX56265 2/23 Battalion AIF Killed in Action on 24/11/1943 in New Guinea during WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

"This scroll commemortes Private J. L Parker Australian Military Forces held in honour as one who served King and Country in the world war of 1939-1945 and gave his life to save mankind from tryanny. May his sacrifice help to bring the peace and freedom for which he died."

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Beret - 2/6th Australian Regiment 1941

Key words

wwii beret
wwii
world war 2
beret
2nd 6th australian armoured regiment
military patch

Black woollen beret with leather edging, string drawstring and rising sun badge. Also has 2/6 Aust Armoured Reg 1941 patch of green top, red bottom and white tank in the middle with white edging.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside: M.T.X. Size 6 3/4

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Embroidered Postcard

Key words

wwi
postcard
embroidered postcard
paris depose
fabrication francaise

White rectangular postcard with embroidered pink flower 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 was sent to his wife at home, 1917.

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: "From your husband" (embroidered) Back: "Write soon / Best Love / to West / do not forget to / send that / France / Jan 23/1/1917 / My Dear Alice / Just a P.C. to let you know I'm still well and hope you are all the same Best love / to all from Will xxxxxxxxxxxxx"

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Photograph

Key words

ww2
japanese surrender
borneo
hmas burdekin

Black and white photograph of uniformed men around table on board ship at sea

Historical information

OFF SAMARINDA, BORNEO. 1945-09-08. AUSTRALIAN AND JAPANESE OFFICERS DISCUSS THE SURRENDER OF THE JAPANESE FORCES IN DUTCH BORNEO ON THE QUARTERDECK OF THE FRIGATE HMAS BURDEKIN.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Minature Model Aircraft

Key words

model airplanes

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.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Newspaper - Guinea Gold

Key words

guinea gold
ww2

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 222 Friday June 29 1945

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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

Key words

soldiers' pocket book
wwii
g. r. sands

Small red book with plastic canvas cover with black writing.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Pilot Balloon Slide Rule

Key words

pilot balloon slide rule

The case is fabric covered wood with felt fabric lining containing a long black laminate ruler with numerous white markings and numbers. Top of the ruler is in three sections with the centre section movable by small gold metal knobs at either end.

Historical information

The Mark II Pilot Balloon Slide Rule was made of wood laminated with heavy white plastic with a length of 24.5-in. and width of 2.5 inches. Mark II rules were manufactured in Australia by W & G (Melbourne). The W & G rule differs only slightly from the English A. G. Thornton LTD rule. The W & G rule uses serif fonts and has some fiducial marks that the English rule lacks. Exact dates of production are not known but the MK II is known to have started production by 1927. The printed scales are engraved in the plastic faces. The slide rule has 4 captive cursors (glass windows and brass guides) that ride in slots on the top and bottom edges. Each can be moved independently of one another. The cursors are missing from this item. Brass knobs at both ends of the slide facilitate its movement. The case is fabric covered wood with felt lining. The Pilot Balloon slide rule is used to convert the observed azimuth and elevation readings into wind velocity and direction records. No known history as the item was found in house after purchase.

Inscriptions & Markings

This slide rule contains a engraved notation on the rear face "IMPORTANT. NORMALLY NUMBER OF GRATICULE SCALE DIVISIONS PER RADIAN (K) X LENGTH OF TAIL IN FEET (I) = 12X 105. IN OTHER CASES MULTIPLY GRATICULE READINGS BY 1.2/KI BEFORE CALCULATION ON RULE" Top of Slide Rule - RAAF Ident No G268/480 Serial WG/22

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Badge

Key words

pow
world war two
death march
sandakan death marches
borneo

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"

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Photograph

Key words

ww2
japanese surrender
borneo
hmas burdekin

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

Historical information

JAPANESE VICE-ADMIRAL MITCHISHI KAMADA ABOARD USN PTB377 COMING ALONGSIDE FRIGATE HMAS BURDEKIN ON 8 SEPTEMBER 1945 TO SURRENDER THE JAPANESE FORCES IN DUTCH BORNEO. THE SURRENDER WAS ACCEPTED BY MAJOR-GENERAL E.J. MILFORD, GOC 7TH DIVISION, AIF AT A POSITION SOME 50 MILES NORTH EAST OF BALIKPAPAN.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Minature Model Aircraft

Key words

model airplanes

Douglas C47 (DC3) plane. Dark green with large red cross on the top and two smaller ones on the side.

Historical information

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

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Badge

Key words

adf
badge

Two brass coloured metal "Australia" badges - one with rear clips attached

Historical information

General issue to Australian Defence Force personnel.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Newspaper - Daily Mail

Key words

wwii
world war 2
the daily telegraph
1945

The Daily Telegraph Newspaper, "The War Papers, Part 48". Print is black and white.

Inscriptions & Markings

The War Papers, Part 48. Friday, January 19, 1945. 1945 The year of war and peace.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Booklet

Key words

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

Bi fold booklet with blue ribbon binding

Historical information

No 1 Wireless Air Gunners School RAAF Ballarat Christmas Card 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.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Newspaper - Guinea Gold

Key words

guinea gold
ww2

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 276 Tuesday August 21 1945

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard

Key words

album
photo album
newspaper clippings
postcard
wwi
1917
the flags of the allies
belgium
russia
great britain
france
flag

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)

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Quilt

Key words

quilt
vietnam

Handmade quilt with hand stitched map of Australia, a cross with metal Vietnam badge and a slouch hat on white cloth boarded by camouflage and green material.

Historical information

Hand made quilt commemorating the Vietnam War

Inscriptions & Markings

In hand stitch - Lest We Forget

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard

Key words

album
photo album
newspaper clippings
postcard
wwi
st kilda
man in suit

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?"

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Honour Board - South Wangaratta School and District

Key words

south wangaratta
honour board
ww1

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"

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Letter

Key words

gunner barry seymour

Cream coloured paper letter with black type below letterhead.

Historical information

Letter from Art Training Institute dated 14/11/1928 addressed to Barry SEYMOUR commenting on his drawings.

Inscriptions & Markings

Art Training Institute dated 14th Nov.1928 addressed to Mr Barry Seymour 470 William Street, W Melbourne

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

Two-up Game

Key words

two up

Green cardboard package containing two coins and three timber paddles.

Historical information

Two up is a traditional Australian gambling fame involving a designated "spinner" throwing two coins or pennies into the air. Players bet on whether the coins will fall with both heads up both tails up or with one coin head and one a tail. It is traditionally played on Anzac day in pubs and clubs throughout Australia in part to mark a shared experience with diggers through the ages.

Inscriptions & Markings

1955 and 1984 pennies in a wooden board made in the Perth Mint Logo of Perth Mint embossed on board. Perth Mint EST 1899 together with Bird

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Booklet - Coming Back - A Souvenir

Key words

wwi
coming back - a souvenir
4th australian division
1919

Small booklet with blue printing consisting of seven pages.

Historical information

This booklet contains a collection of stories, anecdotes and jokes told by soldiers returning to Australia from Belgium aboard the Troopship SS Port Napier.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front cover: Coming Back, Incidents etc since leaving Belgium, Nos 19 & 25 Quotas 4th Aust. Division. April - May - June, 1919. A Souvenir. On back cover: Autographs, with lots of handwritten names in purple pencil.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed Photograph - 2/24 Australian Infantry Battalion A Company

Key words

ww2
2/24 battalion a coy

Black and gold plastic frame housing enlarged copy of black and white photograph of soldiers in four rows each numbered with list of names below.

Historical information

Photograph of the 2/24th Battalion A Company featuring 24 soldiers numbered and most identified by name.

Inscriptions & Markings

At top handwritten - A Coy 2/24 Batt

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Small binoculars and case

Khaki coloured canvass case with carry strap containing metal Binoculars

Historical information

Binoculars used in the field

Inscriptions & Markings

Serial number 150918 Binoculars prism No 2 Mk 2, magnification x6. O.S, 108 M.A.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Discharge Certificate - Private Ernest LUCAS 88379 Middlesex Regt.

Key words

ernest lucas

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Discharge Certificate in name of Private Ernest LUCAS 88379 Royal Defence Corps - Middlesex Regiment. Discharged on 18th of May 1919.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Embroidered Postcard

Key words

wwi
postcard
embroidered postcard
carte postale

White rectangular postcard with embroidered butterfly representing the flags and colours of different countries.

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: "FROM YOUR SOLDIER BOY" (embroidered)

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed Tribute - Gull Force

Key words

gull force
2/21 battalion
ambon
ww2

Brown timber frame with gold coloured inner edge containing badge and tribute on grey background

Historical information

On the night of 30-31 January 1942 this small force of 1131 Australian soldiers were stationed at Ambon, an island which formed part of the Netherland East Indies (now Indonesia). An invasion of approximately 20,000 Japanese overwhelmed Gull Force and the majority of the Australian soldiers were taken prisoner. The execution of 229 at Laha, starvation, over work, disease and the absence of medical supplies led to horrific loss. At the cessation of hostilities only 352 of the original 1131 had made it back to Australia. 779 members of Gull Force made the supreme sacrifice and now lie in foreign fields.

Significance

The Battle of Ambon (30 January – 3 February 1942) occurred on the island of Ambon in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), during World War II. Japan invaded and conquered the island in a few days, facing Dutch, American and Australian forces. The chaotic and sometimes bloody fighting was followed by a series of major Japanese war crimes. Allied casualties in the battle were relatively light. However, at intervals for a fortnight after the surrender, Japanese personnel chose more than 300 Australian and Dutch prisoners of war at random and summarily executed them, at or near Laha airfield. In part, this was revenge for the sinking of the Japanese minesweeper, as some surviving crew of the minesweeper took part.. Three-quarters of the Australians captured on Ambon died before the war's end. Of the 582 who remained on Ambon, 405 died. They died of overwork, malnutrition, disease and one of the most brutal regimes among camps in which bashings were routine. Blood Oath, a 1990 Australian feature film is based on the real-life trial of Japanese soldiers for war crimes committed against Allied prisoners of war on the island of Ambon, in the Netherlands East Indies (Indonesia), such as the Laha massacre of 1942.

Inscriptions & Markings

Gull Force 2/21 Battalion Ambon Laha In memory of and tribute to the Officers and Men of "Gull Force" comprising of 2/21 Battalion and attached Units.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed Photograph - Col. H J SHANNON D.S.O.,V.D.

Key words

wangaratta rsl

Brown timber frame containing sepia photograph of Army Officer

Historical information

First President Wangaratta RSL 1928 Colonel H J Shannon D.S.O., V.D.

Inscriptions & Markings

Col. J. J. Shannon D.S.O., V.D. - First President Wangaratta RSL. 1928 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.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Badge - 8th Cav Regiment

Key words

australia
wwi
world war 1
light horse
8th regiment light horse

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta