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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

Entry Fee

No entry free.

Location

2-4 Templeton Street Wangaratta Victoria

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Framed print - The Great Grey Raider

Key words

sturmfels
kanimbla
great grey raider
weissenfels
marienfels
chahbaaz
carboto
wildenfels
karkas
hohenfels
barbara
dah, pu
v. mayakovsky
hafthor
store nordiske
talisman
sygna
sheng wha
wilford
tonjer
corona
gabon
bronte
agnes

Brown timber frame housing white mount and dark blue print with grey ship in the centre above list of names below and top right and left corners.

Historical information

The Great Grey Raider captured 22 ships

Inscriptions & Markings

THE GREAT GREY RAIDER Captured 22 Ships, / Floating Dock, / 1Train Ships captured: Weissenfels, Wildenfels, V. Mayakovsky, Sheng Wha, Marienfels, Karakoram, Hathor, Winford, Sturmfels, Hohenfels, Store Nordiske, Tonjer, Chahbaaz, Barbara, Talisman, Corona, Carboto, Dah Pu, Sygna, Gabon, Bronte, Agnes Pre War: M.V. Kanimbla, McIlrath McEachern Line, 12000 Tons War: Commissioned as H.M.S. & Later H.M.A.S as armed Merchant Cruiser

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed Roll of Honour - St. Hilda's Church, Everton

Key words

everton
1914-1918
roll of honour

Carved timber frame and mounting with 16 names in gold coloured paint listed in two columns.

Historical information

St Hilda's Church Everton, WW1 Roll of Honour - contains 16 names of members of the Everton Community in Victoria who served during the First World War including Nursing Sister Alma Louisa BENNETT (1890-1922) who trained at Melbourne General Hospital. She moved to Western Australia and continued nursing until the advent of World War 1. She immediately sought to enlist but was not granted her request until 1916 and was eventually sent for nursing duties in India. Her arrival coincided with the first convey of wounded after the fall of Kut in Mesopotamia. She was immediately given charge of a ward at Victoria Hospital. The following year she was appointed Matron of the hospital ship "Herefordshire" which transported sick and wounded soldiers from the mouth of the Tigris River to Bombay. Her next appointment was to the 34th Welsh Hospital at Deolali 150 miles from Bombay. The hospital was huge and she took charge as Matron. After 17 months at Deolali BENNETT was awarded the Royal Red Cross Medal First Class one of the highest distinctions in the British Nursing Service. When peace was declared she travelled to England where she continued to nurse in an Army Hospital. During her stay she was invited to Buckingham Palace where she was presented with Red Cross Medal by King George V. BENNETT returned to Victoria and was invited to join the nursing staff at Melbourne's Epworth Hospital with prospects of becoming Matron. Ill health intervened and she died in September 1922.

Significance

St Hilda's Church Everton Honour Roll contains 16 names of members including Nurse BENNETT, from the Everton Community in Victoria who served in WW1

Inscriptions & Markings

"St Hilda's Church Everton' "Roll of Honour" "The Great War 1914 to 1918" Sister Bennett/Heywood G/Heywood R/Levett W/Lowry F/Mason T.A/Mason E.H/Mason H.G/MacKay M/Morrison J/Morrison W/Norman W/Rickards R/Steens C.T/Ward C/Welch J.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard

Key words

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

Colour postcard with drawing of a young male/female couple sitting on a rock next to the water. 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: "Just on the point at St Kilda"

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Army Slouch Hat

Key words

army
slouch hat

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.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard

Key words

album
photo album
newspaper clippings
postcard
wwi
street
people
shop

Postcard with a black and white photograph of a busy street scene

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 "wentworth street / petticoat lane"

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard

Key words

album
photo album
newspaper clippings
postcard
wwi
flower
gold
remembrance

Postcard with gold font and foliate border, bouquet of blue flowers and white background

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

ww2
japanese surrender
borneo
hmas burdekin

Black and white photograph of officers and seamen 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

Postcard

Key words

album
photo album
newspaper clippings
postcard
wwi
tommy
evening wear
flags of the allies
flags

Postcard with a colour illustration depicting four women in evening wear (each representing the flags of the allies) watching a soldier on a stage. 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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: "We all think you're acting fine / Joue bien ton role, Tommy!"

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

Photograph

Key words

cenotaph
wangaratta
war memorial
boer war
ww1
ww2
vietnam war

Unframed sepia photograph of two tall monuments in garden setting.

Historical information

Image depicts two basalt war memorials located in the Memorial Gardens next to the Holy Trinity Cathedral The first commemorating the four local soldiers killed in the Boer War and a declaration of peace at Pretoria. It was unveiled in 1903 by Colonel John Hoad. (Later Sir John Hoad) a one time Wangaratta resident who became chief of the Australian General Staff. The second memorial bears the names of residents who were killed in the two World Wars as well as the Vietnam War. It was unveiled in 1923 by Colonel Scott, a former borough engineer.

Significance

Each year an ANZAC service is held in the gardens to remember those that served our country during times of war.

Inscriptions & Markings

Memorial Gardens, Wangaratta Valentine Series No 1028

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Embroidered Postcard

Key words

wwi
postcard
embroidered postcard

White rectangular postcard with embroidered pink, purple flowers green foliate decoration on front. Handwritten message on the back.

Historical information

Postcard from WWI soldier William West (1268) of the 29 Infantry Battalion, 5th Pioneers Battalion while posted in France to his family at home.

Significance

Embroidered silk postcards were first made in 1900 for the Paris Exposition. The popularity of silk postcards peaked during the First World War 1914 - 1918.They were mostly embroidered by French women in their homes and then sent to the factories for cutting and mounting on cards. Many of the cards were illustrated with patriotic symbols, flags, slogans, or sentimental texts. During the First World War, many Allied officers and soldiers based in France sent silk embroidered postcards to their loved ones back home

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: "To my dear Daughter" (embroidered) Back: "France / 23/1/1916 / To Dear Little Enid / From Daddy Dear / Best Love / xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx"

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 183 Sunday May 20 1945

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

Photograph

Key words

2/24th battalion
wangaratta
palestine
1941
7th division band contest

Reproduced black and white photograph of band of soldiers with musical instruments

Historical information

Image depicts soldiers of the 2/24 Battalion Band - Winners of the 7th Division Band Contest in Palestine February 1941

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 1990 and one of the first, if not the first, to receive this type of honour.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on rear - 2/24 Bn Band Winners of 7 Div Band Contest Palestine 1941

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Unframed Photograph - Cyril Buckler

Key words

wangaratta
kia 7/8/1916
cyril buckler 5347

Unframed black and white photograph mounted on light brown cardboard of soldier holding whip.

Historical information

Studio portrait of 5347 Private Cyril Buckler, 14th Battalion. A postman from Wangaratta, Victoria, prior to enlistment on 16 February 1916 he embarked from Melbourne aboard HMAT Euripides on 4 April 1916 for Egypt. His unit relocated to the Western Front, France, in June 1916. Pte Buckler was killed in action near Pozieres, France, on 7 August 1916. He has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial. This photograph of Cyril Buckler in the rank of Sergeant was probably taken while he was serving in the Senior Cadets or the Citizen Forces prior to enlistment in the AIF.

Significance

Cyril Buckler was a postman in Wangaratta prior to enlisting in the AIF on February 16 1916 at the age of 19 years 11 months. He was killed in action on August 7th 1916 near Pozieres in France aged 20 years. He has no known grave. His military service record revealed his parents named their property "Pozieres" after his death.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sgt Cyril Buckler Killed in Action in France August 7th 1916

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

Framed print - ANZACS at War

Key words

anzac
wwi
world war 1
cheops
pyramid
soldiers

Burgundy frame, black mounting, gold writing with a photo of 11th Battalion standing and sitting on the Cheops pyramid in Egypt. There are seven rising suns underneath the photo.

Historical information

The 11th Australian Infantry Battalion AIF was was among the first infantry units raised for the AIF during the First World War It was first raised at Black Boy Hill Camp in Western Australia on 17 August 1914 and recruited from the militia units. The picture of the 11th Battalion at the Cheops pyramid in Egypt in 1915 was taken just before the landing at Anzac Cove. Not many of the soldiers in this picture survived the 8 month campaign. After the Campaign on the Gallipoli Peninsula, the 11th Battalion went on to serve with distinction in France and Belgium from 1916-18. They returned to Australia at the end of the war and disbanded on the 5 February 1919. The Battalion was awarded a Kings Colour for it’s service during the war which was held in the of custody the Militia 2/11th Battalion.

Significance

This picture was taken just before the landing at Anzac Cove during the First World War. Not many of the soldiers in this picture survived the 8 month campaign. This now famous picture of the 11th Battalion AIF at the Cheops pyramid in Egypt in 1915 is shown throughout military history displays and books the world over.

Inscriptions & Markings

ANZACS at War. Fall an ANZAC Rise a legend. The 11th Battalion at the Cheops pyramid in Egypt. We will remember - Lest we forget. Limited edition 4438 of 5000.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard

Key words

album
photo album
newspaper clippings
postcard
wwi
boat
happy new year

Colour postcard with a drawing of a boat with two masts, next to a beach at low tide. 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: "A bright new year"

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Brassard

Key words

brassard
arm band

Green army armband/brassard with white writing in a white round circle.

Historical information

Worn by all Army personnel and civilian employees whilst deployed on research trips prior to camouflage uniforms.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Army, Engineering Development Establisment.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Photograph - F J Vonarx

Key words

fj vonarx
ww1
23rd battalion
wangaratta

Unframed sepia photograph of male in full army uniform with rifle at shoulder standing outside tent.

Historical information

Photograph of Francis John VONARX 1918 - enlisted at Wangaratta on 15/6/1915 aged 33 years and embarked on 26/8/1915. Served with the 23rd Infantry Battalion and 2nd Machine Gun Battalion. Returned to Australia on 8/4/1919

Significance

Refer to item 30 - Docker Plains State School Roll of Honour.

Inscriptions & Markings

F Vonarx 1918 - on white paper taped to photograph

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Minature Model Aircraft

Key words

model airplanes
mosquito.

Small silver plane with propellers at front and black & white circles on wings & sides.

Historical information

Mosquito. One of a collection of 25 model aircraft made by Brian Anthony DOWD

Significance

The de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito is a British twin-engined, shoulder-winged multirole combat aircraft, introduced during the Second World War. Unusual in that its frame was constructed mostly of wood, it was nicknamed the "Wooden Wonder"or "Mossie".

Inscriptions & Markings

BONA on sides

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Honour Board - Wangaratta Sub Branch -Treasurers

Key words

wangaratta rsl
treasurers

timber style laminate five sided Honour Board with RSL crest

Historical information

List of Wangaratta Sub Branch Treasurers 1928 - present

Inscriptions & Markings

"Wangaratta Sub Branch - Treasurers" List of names and terms in gold coloured paint

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed Document - Catalina Flying Boat

Key words

catalina flying boat
flight lieutenant owen mortimer
flight sergeant air gunner reginald mortimer
ww2
raaf

Black frame with gold painted inner edge containing cream coloured paper with black text.

Historical information

Framed document "panel" relates to item 199 - Watercolour painting of a Catalina Flying Boat by an unknown artist -tells the history of the Catalina Flying Boat as well as the service histories of Flight Lieutenant Owen Mortimer and his younger brother Flight Sergeant Air Gunner Reginald Roy Mortimer from West Wyalong, New South Wales who served from 1941 to 1945 - relatives of the Donor Dr Owen Campbell Mortimer. Flight Lieutenant Owen Mortimer completed 85 missions in the wartime South West Pacific area. Reginald Mortimer served as a Transport Driver with the Australian Army later remustering to the RAAF to train and qualify as Flight Sergeant Air Gunner.

Inscriptions & Markings

Catalina Flying Boat Royal Australian Air Force

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Postcard

Key words

album
photo album
newspaper clippings
postcard
wwi
wattle flower
wattle
australia
flowers
merry xmas
christmas

Postcard with a vase of wattle flowers in the centre

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

"Merry Xmas"

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Citation

Key words

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

Paper photocopy of a typed document

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.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Minature Model Aircraft

Key words

model airplanes
berliner joyce oj2.

Minature model plane with khaki body, yellow wings, cream tail & fin. Red, white & blue stars on wings.

Historical information

Berliner Joyce OJ2. One of a collection of 25 model aircraft made by Brian Anthony DOWD

Significance

The Berliner-Joyce OJ was an American biplane observation floatplane developed by the Berliner-Joyce Aircraft for the United States Navy during the early 1930s.

Inscriptions & Markings

U.S Army 34

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Photograph

Key words

2/24th battalion
wangaratta

Reproduced black and white photograph of unknown soldiers bathing and sitting on a river bank in bush land.

Historical information

In July 1940, the 2/24th Battalion was formed in Wangaratta. On the 27th September, after weeks of hard training the Battalion marched out to Bonegilla to continue training prior to overseas deployment to the Middle East in November, 1940. This image depicts soldiers bathing and washing during the 60 mile march.

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 1990 and one of the first, if not the first, to receive this type of honour.

Inscriptions & Markings

Washing enroute to Bonegilla

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Framed Poster - Siege of Tobruk

Key words

tobruk
1941

Black plastic frame containing photocopy of Map in centre with circles in each corner with images of soldiers and a symbol in lower right corner.

Historical information

Siege of Tobruk 1941 Limited Edition Poster No. 0768 produced for the World Reunion of the Rats of Tobruk Association 1980

Significance

Commemorates the Battle of Tobruk

Inscriptions & Markings

Biographies of: Major General Leslie J Morshead - Tobruk Fortress Commander and Lieut General Erwin Rommel - Commander, German Afrika Korps. Map of Battle Zone. Lithographic of Corporal J.H.Edmonson VC - 2/17 Battalion.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Slouch Hat

Key words

slouch hat
australian army
puggaree
rising sun badge
headgear

Slouch Hat - this broad brim hat is made of fur felt with an 8 fold hat band (puggaree) around the outside of the crown and attached to the inside of the crown is a brown leather chin strap. The left side of brim is held up by a gold colour metal rising sun badge.

Historical information

On 22 December 1890, the military commanders of the then separate Australian Colonies prior to the Federation of Australia met to discuss the introduction of the khaki uniform throughout Australia. They agreed that all Australian Forces with the exception of the Artillery would wear the slouch hat. It was to be looped up on one side—Victoria and Tasmania on the right and the other colonies (later states) on the left. This was done so that rifles could be held at the slope without damaging the brim. After Federation, the slouch hat became standard Australian Army headgear in 1903

Significance

Today it is worn by military personnel from a number of countries, although it is primarily associated with Australia, where it is considered to be a national symbol.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Hand Grenade

Key words

hand grenade
vietnam war
australian army
australian hand grenade
m26 grenade

Oval shaped green metal object with lever on top with ring pin attached.

Historical information

Inert Australian made Hand Grenade used in the Vietnam War

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta