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Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch Wangaratta, Victoria

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1 Victoria Parade 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

1 Victoria Parade Wangaratta Victoria

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Badge - RSL

Key words

australia
rsl

Gold badge with white on outside, crown on top, blue circle in the middle with gold in centre, Has red banner at bottom.

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.

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: 97 in crown. Returned Services League. Australia. On back: Badge remains property of League. Brim Melb. Vic. 18915

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Badge

Key words

rsl
lapel pin

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

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

Badge

Key words

badge
sailors and soldiers association of victoria
sailors and soldiers fathers' association

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."

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Badge - Army

Key words

australian army
australia military badges

Small gold badge with blue enamel with Army written in gold at top & a scotch thistle in the middle.

Inscriptions & Markings

Army on front. Millers Sydney on back.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Badge - 1914 Imperial Reservists

Key words

wwi
world war 1
imperial reservists
australia

Gold badge with crown on top, blue around outside, with Union Jack and Red Ensign in the middle. Has a horse shoe hook on back with a number.

Significance

British Imperial Reservists (IRs) who were living in Australia were recalled to the British Expeditionary Forces in World War One (WWI). Reservists sailed from Melbourne, Victoria on the HMAT Miltiades as part of the first convoy (Convoy 1) of troops leaving Australia in October 1914.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front: 1914 Imperial reservists Assn, Australia. On back: One has 96, the other 69.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Badge - 2/7 Inf Bn

Key words

australia
wwii
world war 2
2/7 infantry

Round gold badge with red crown at top, grey around outside, white in the middle with gold writing. Has infantry colour patch of brown and red at the bottom.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front: 2/7 Aust. Inf. Bn. Assoc. On back: 164. Stokes Melb

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Badge - Large Gold "L"

Key words

australian military forces
button

Large gold coloured metal badge, possibly for a hat or to attach a sash. Has an "L" in the centre and leaves on the bottom. The "L" is removable.

Inscriptions & Markings

A large "L" which is removable in the centre.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Badge - Returned Service

Key words

australian army
australia military badges
returned service badges

Dark brown metal badge with boomerang at bottom, anchor above, rising sun in middle and crown at the top.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: Returned from active service Back: 22770. G & E Rodd 1940. Issued by the C'Wealth Govt.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Badges and Buttons

Key words

military badges and buttons
ww2

9 x Round brass buttons embossed with crown above map of Australia 2 x Brass arc shaped badges in the word Australia 1 x Brass half semi shaped badge of the rising sun

Historical information

Badges and buttons from army jacket belonging William Keith GRAY VX77837 who was born on 17/10/1915 at Warragul in Victoria.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Badges - Australia x 5

Key words

badge
australian army
australia military badges
australian shoulder badges

Three metal "Australia" badges with metal pins at side.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australia

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Badges RAASC x 3

Key words

australian buttons
australian army
australia military badges
buttons
army corps
royal army corps
australian royal army corps

Large plastic silver button. Plastic silver seven point star shaped badge with crown on top. Plastic silver RAASC badge.

Inscriptions & Markings

Button has RAASC, ER on front. Stokes Melb on back Star has Royal Australian Army Services Corps, ER, Honu Soit Qui Mal Y Pense on front. S. Wann & Hudson on back. RAASC has nil.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Badges - Rising Sun

Key words

rising sun
badge
australian army
australia military badges

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Commonwealth Military Forces

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

Banner - Rats of Tobruk

Key words

rats of tobruk
ww2

Large blue cloth banner housed between two timber poles. In the centre of the banner there is a crown above a grey,black and yellow T shape overlaid by a crest with a kangaroo in a yellow circle

Historical information

During World War 2, more than 14,000 Australians fought at Tobruk (Libya), during the historic 242 day siege. These men became famously known as the Rats of Tobruk. After returning to Australia, the Tobruk siege servicemen looking for comradeship, established the Rats of Tobruk Association. Around 1944, active branches and sub-branches were started in every state. In more recent times, these branches and subbranches have been wound up owing to the declining numbers of surviving veteran members. The only exception has been the Victorian Branch, which has now operated for over 70 years.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rats of Tobruk Assoc GV & NE Sub Branch

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Banner - RAAF

Small triangular banner with small badge attached Dark blue with coat of arms in gold and lettering in light blue

Inscriptions & Markings

Badge - 22 RSU, RAAF 1943-1945 Banner - RAAF

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Bayonet Holder/Frog

Key words

frog
bayonet holder
scabbard holder

Pale khaki canvas type material bayonet holder, also known as a Frog. Has a large darker khaki loop at the top and two smaller canvas loops at the bottom.

Inscriptions & Markings

There is writing on the back that is faded and cannot be read.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Bayonet Scabbard

Key words

bayonet scabbard

Metal tipped long narrow brown leather sheath with woven cloth belt loop attachment.

Historical information

Australian bayonet scabbard

Inscriptions & Markings

"M A "- stamped on metal tip

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Bell

Brass Bell made from artillery shell casing

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

Bible - Owen RASMUSSEN

Key words

owen rasmussen
ww1
60 battalion

Small light brown coloured bound book

Historical information

Presented by the British and Foreign Bible Society Victoria to the members of the Victorian Contingent of the Australian Imperial Force volunteering for service in the Defence of the British Empire. Presented to Owen Rasmussen of Castlemaine dated 30/5/1916 - Owen RASMUSSEN MM 6069 60 Battalion AIF

Inscriptions & Markings

New Testament

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Bicycle

Green coloured bicycle with kit

Historical information

Dispatch riders bicycle

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Bicycle Repair Kit

Key words

ww1 bicycle repair kit

Small metal tin with two wire clips

Historical information

WW1 Bicycle repair kit

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black Gaiters - Pair

Key words

gaiters
military
leggings

Pair of black gaiters, canvas with leather straps and metal buckles, leather tubing at one end.

Inscriptions & Markings

On inside of right leg: ^ FP SA 1968 SIZE 8 R On inside of left leg: ^FP SA 1968 SIZE 8 L

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black Light Horse Leggings

Key words

light horse
light horse leggings
wwii
wwi
world war 2
world war 1

Pair black leather Light Horse leggings. Has long leather strap that winds around leg from calf to ankle. Has another strap at top of calf. Both leather straps have buckles.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Black Light Horse Leggings - Pair

Key words

light horse
light horse leggings
wwii
wwi
world war 2
world war 1

Pair of black leather Light Horse leggings. Have metal slot clip at ankle and a leather and metal buckle at the top of calf. The metal slide is missing on one legging.

Inscriptions & Markings

One has Piece 17 1/2

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Book - Propeller Log Book

Key words

logbook
australian army cessna
vietnam war

Grey cardboard book with spine bound in blue fabric

Historical information

Australian Army Cessna used during Vietnam War - Logbook contains service history between 1/5/1978 to 28/1/2011 when propeller was removed from aircraft. Contained inside sleeve attached to inside rear cover is cardboard record detailing service history between 17/7/1967 and 6/8/1974

Inscriptions & Markings

Symbol containing Department of Transport Australia Propeller Log Book Serial No 61209 Log Book No One

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Book - Aussie - The Australian Soldier's Magazine

Key words

aussie - the australian soldiers magazine
1918
ww1

Book of cream coloured pages with two columns of writing with pictures. Book is a collection of magazines Volumes 1 - 13

Historical information

Book is a collection of magazines entitled Aussie - The Australian Soldier's Magazine Volumes 1 - 13 Dated January 1918 to April, 1919 Price 10 centimes Printed in the field by the AIF Printing Section during WW1

Inscriptions & Markings

Aussie

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Book - 1939-1945 The War Dead of the British Commonwealth and Empire

Key words

ww2
register of deaths

Grey coloured paper book with black type on cover.

Historical information

Book is a register of the names of those who fell in the 1939-1945 War and are buried in cemeteries in Belgium.

Inscriptions & Markings

1939-1945 The War Dead of the British Commonwealth and Empire Heverlee War Cemetery Heverlee Churchyard Top right hand corner handwritten Mavis E Emery 1958

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Book - Manual of Map Reading Photo Reading and Field Sketching

Key words

manual of map reading photo reading and field sketching.
war office

Red bound book with black writing and British crest.

Historical information

Official copy of War Office Manual of Map Reading Photo Reading and Field Sketching.

Inscriptions & Markings

Manual of Map Reading Photo Reading and Field Sketching 1929 The War Office

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta