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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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Badge

Key words

australian air league
badge

Round blue badge with white writing above and below picture of wings. Pin attached to back.

Historical information

The badge was produce to raise funds for the Australian Air League (AAL) which was founded in 1934 and its objective is to encourage the spirit of aviation and air-mindedness in the youth of Australia.

Significance

The Australian Air League (AAL) is a not-for-profit, civilian operated aviation youth organisation in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Air League To Defend To Develop

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

Key words

australian legion of ex-servicemen and women
private mervyn harris
life membership badge

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

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Badge - RSL

Key words

australia
rsl
private wilfred fitton
5th battalion
ww1

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.

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
badge

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.

Historical information

Detachable badge that could be worn on uniform or cap.

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

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.

Significance

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

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
ww1

Metal tipped long narrow brown leather sheath with belt webbing

Historical information

Bayonet scabbard possibly from WW1

Significance

A scabbard is a sheath for holding a sword, knife, or other large blade.

Inscriptions & Markings

"M A "- stamped on metal tip

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Beer Cans - Australian Vietnam Forces

Key words

beer can
vietnam war
welcome home parade
souvenir

Two sealed cans with ring top pulls - one white in colour with glass of beer and Australian Flag and one red in colour with soldier and kangaroo

Historical information

AUSTRALIAN VIETNAM FORCES Welcome Home Parade Sydney October 3rd 1987

Significance

Vietnam War welcome home parade commemorative souvenirs.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tooheys Draught AUSTRALIAN VIETNAM FORCES Welcome Home Parade Sydney October 3rd 1987 Power's Bitter Ale Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial Canberra 1992

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Bell

Key words

large shell casing
bell

Brass Bell made from artillery shell casing

Historical information

Large brass shell casing converted into a bell by addition of ringer.

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

Significance

The British and Foreign Bible Society, often known in England and Wales as simply the Bible Society, is a non-denominational Christian Bible society with charity status whose purpose is to make the Bible available throughout the world

Inscriptions & Markings

New Testament

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Bicycle

Key words

dispatch riders bicycle
ww1
australian cycling corps

Green coloured bicycle complete with mud guards over front and rear wheels with carrier attached.

Historical information

The Australian Cycling Corps was formed in Egypt in 1916 as part of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF), and fought on the Western Front in France and Belgium during World War I. They were used mainly as despatch riders, while also conducting reconnaissance and patrolling. It was disbanded in 1919.

Significance

When the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) was reorganised and expanded in Egypt in 1916 following its evacuation from Gallipoli, each of its five infantry divisions was allocated a company of cyclists

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Bicycle Repair Kit

Key words

ww1
bicycle repair kit

Small metal box with two wire clips. Remnants of yellow paint on lid

Historical information

Object said to be a bicycle repair kit used in WW1

Significance

The AIF cycling units have often been forgotten in military history but the humble bicycle played a very important role in the logistics of warfare. The simplicity of the bike made transportation quick and reliable.

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 contains a collection of magazines Volumes 1 - 13

Historical information

This 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 and are a collection of stories, poems and Aussie humour.

Significance

The magazines are the originals that were printed at the time 1918-1919 and they have been bound into a collection

Inscriptions & Markings

Aussie

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Book - Ceremonial (1958)

Key words

ceremonial
amf
1958

Light Brown paper book with black writing with Australia crest.

Historical information

Restricted Australian Ceremonial Instructions (1958)

Inscriptions & Markings

Restricted Australian Military Forces Ceremonial (1958) S/C Bateman handwritten top right hand corner

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

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 - 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 - Manual of Protection Against Gas and Air Raids

Key words

protection against gas and air raids
ww2

Red cardboard cover containing three booklets tied together with a black shoelace

Historical information

WW2 Guidelines for the protection against gas in the field, respirators and passive air defence.

Inscriptions & Markings

Manual of Protection Against Gas and Air Raids

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Book - AIF 24th Australian Infantry Battalion - Pictorial Battle History

Key words

24th battalion
ww2
new guinea
bougainville

Beige cardboard dust cover with title in grey and red writing and red and white diamond with grey surround lower left corner. Inside cover contains two maps which have three photocopies

Historical information

This pictorial battle history book contains two maps, sketches of characters "Bluey and Curley" and Nominal Roll of personnel who served overseas with the 24th Battalion in New Guinea and Bougainville during WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nelson Dinning - handwritten top right corner of cover Inside Dedication - This book is dedicated to our fallen comrades Lest we forget Inside Foreword by Lieutenant General S G Saviage, CB, CBE, DSO, MC.ED

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta