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Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch Warrnambool, Victoria

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1 Artillery Crescent Warrnambool Victoria 3280
phone
+61 03 5562 4634

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Opening Hours

Open daily from 10.00 am to 11.00 pm. To view items that are in storage, arrange an appointment with RSL Secretary, Bernie Farley on secretary@warrnamboolrsl.com

Entry Fee

Free entry.

Location

Cnr Merri & Liebig Streets Warrnambool Victoria

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190 items

190 items

Rations label

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Small, triangular shaped paper item with inscriptions.

Historical information

This item is a rations label which would have been distributed with two 'Dog Biscuits' and a tin of bully beef to a serviceman. These were rations handed out during WWI. The original owner was presumably a serviceman called Jack. He created a souvenir for a loved one using two biscuits, one including an inlaid photograph of himself and the other including an artificial flower decoration.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscriptions on the front read: "Dog Biscuits" / 1914 - 1918 / Rations: / 1 tin bully beef and two dog biscuits

GAZETTE DES ARDENNES, 5 MAY 1918. 4th year, No 621, German newspaper, in French, for the occupied territories, printed in Charleroi, Belgium. (TRANSLATED IN PART by W.Barber)

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Original, single page propaganda broadsheet, collected by Bob Snape, when he was working as Confidential Clerk to General Sir John Monash, with Australia Corps HQ, in Belgium, late 1918. Yellowed with age, but despite some tears along the folds and a hole the size of a 20 cent piece, it is a good legible document with a front-line map

Royal Australian Navy Jacket

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Double-Breasted lined jacket with 'wing' lapels. Left and Right pockets with cover flaps. Colour; Dark Navy. Petty Officer Badge (slightly faded) near shoulder of left sleeve.

Inscriptions & Markings

All Buttons Metal. Buttons Reverse; Stokes and Sons Melb. 6 Buttons on front; 23mm diameter. 2 Buttons on each sleeve cuff; 15mm diameter. All buttons show Crown and Anchor with 'Australia' beneath. Inside; 1 pocket on right side. 2 pockets on left side (i pocket small 'coin' or 'pocket watch' size). Inside neck; original fabric tag covered by 'Band-Aid ' sticker with the words 'G' or 'E' Cole per 13 Heeds'.

Army Uniform, lanyard

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Brown and white candy-striped cord lanyard with two loops knotted at either end; one knot has been looped around the lanyard to form an arm hole. The striped colour signifies membership of the 8th/7th Battalion, Royal Victorian Regiment.

Historical information

Worn as part of a uniform, attached to the right shoulder of a jacket with the loose end in the right breast pocket. This jacket was worn by Bernie Farley, of the 8th/7th Battalion, Royal Victorian Regiment.

Significance

This lanyard has social significance, being owned and worn by Secretary of the Warrnambool RSL, Bernie Farley. The lanyard was donated as part of a uniform set by Bernie Farley after 30 years of service in both the Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force. Though worn in the 1990s, this uniform is in excellent condition as a representative example of an Army uniform of the period.

WW1 ID Tags - Thomas Adams Collection

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Hand Saw

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

A Long flexible hand saw

Historical information

These saws were very portable and were carried in a small leather case with was attached to a belt a soldier would were while in the field it also had to small wooded rolled shaped handles to attach to the saw when in use.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

TROUSERS - RAAF (Blue Grey) Uniform - Military Uniform

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) trousers- Blue Grey. This uniform was in the period 1966 - 2001 as the primary daily uniform in the office environment. Polyester working dress is approved for wear employed in office or business type environments. The trousers have a belted waist and zip front, with two slant side pockets, money fob pocket below the waist on right side and two rear slit pockets. The trouser leg is pleated at the waist belt in the front.

Significance

This item of military uniform was worn by Squadron Leader (SQNLDR) Bernard Farley during his period of Full Time service in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) between 27 January 1976 and 02 March 1997. Bernard joined the RAAF as an Airmen was trained and employed as a Clerk Supply (CLKSPL) between 1996 - 1977. He undertook officer cadet training at the Army Officer Cadet School in 1978 and was commissioned into the Ground Defence Category on the 09 December 1978, where he served for 18 years and rose to the rank of SQNLDR.

Inscriptions & Markings

Maker: Australian Government Clothing Factory

Ligny Thilloy, Thilloy, Bapaume, Bancourt. 22.N.1559, 16 Oct 1916.

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

PHONE COMMUNICATIONS, SITUATION REPORT re: TRENCH WARFARE from MAJOR GENERAL ROSENTHAL, 2nd Division, 7.15 P.M., 14TH JULY, 1918, re trench fighting near Villers Bretonneux.

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Pewter Tankard (One of Pair)

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Pewter tankard (one of two) height 13mm circumference 3mm, ornate broken C handle height 9 mm, inscription on front, hall mark on base, mild tarnish,

Historical information

The pewter tankard is part of a set of two that were presented to Lt. Col. L.G. Stevens of the 4th Light-horse Regiment. The Regiment was part of the Australian Military force in the First World War (WW1). At the end of WW1 the regiment was disbanded and it was re-raised in the 1920's as a part-time unit in the Shire of Corangamite, South Western Victoria. In World War 2 the 4th Light-horse Regiment was mechanised and became the 4th Motor Regiment. Lt.Col. Stevens served in both wars and was discharged in July 1942.. The tankards were probably presented to Lt. Col. Stevens at his retirement from the service.

Significance

The set of two pewter mugs is of historic significance because of its connection to WW2 and the AIF. It indicates the relationship between Officers and Men of the regiment. It is of local significance as Lt. Col. Stevens was born and lived in Warrnambool, South Western Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription on front "PRESENTED TO LIEUT COL L.G. STEVENS ED. By the Officers of the 4th MOTOR REGIMENT 1.5.42 Hallmark on base "Crown & Rose" CAST PEWTER, CREST CROWN & ROSE3 surrounded by FIDE IN LONDON

Boots Army - right boot

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

military boots black leather, front lacing with ten eyelets, mid calf length, rubber sole imprinted with ROSSI and 7/6 Rubber sole ROSSITERLTD FOOTWEAR Made in Australia, Black cotton laces.

Historical information

These boots were used by the military in Australia during period when there were no active conflicts.

Significance

Typical of boots worn by military personnel during the nineteen eighties.

Inscriptions & Markings

label. inside boot top. R251 with vertical arrow below (arrow indicates government ownership). On right 7/6, B69 below. On Rubber Sole, impressed lettering 'Rubber Sole ROSITER LTD FOOTWEAR made in Australia. 7,6 stamped on instep of sole

Under arm patch

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Oval shaped patch formed from four pieces of material (four semicircles), overlocked around the circumference in cream stiching. Patches are cream in colour with brown staining throughout. Patches are cotton on one side and a resistant/treated fabric on the reverse.

Historical information

This patch is one of two patches attached to the interior underarm seams of jacket 0033.1, as a means of reducing staining from sweat of the wearer.

Great Coat

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Long khaki coloured heavy coat. Thick, sharp angled collars. Each collar has a split half way down and a small metallic hoop attached to the lower middle section of the high parts of the collars. Each shoulder has a lapel that is fastened with a plastic button. The coat is double breasted. There are three grey buttons for use on the right and three grey buttons for show on the left. There is also a spare button on the inside left front section near the breast area. There are two pockets on the front that are angled with the highest point near the centre and the lowest point near the hips. There is a small section of spare fabric attached with two small plastic buttons to the inner left of the jacket near the breast. The arms, underarm and upper back section contains an inside khaki coloured lining of thinner, most likely cotton fabric. Attached to this at the base of the neck is a satin or synthetic fabric label with inscriptions in black ink. Above this there is a thin strip of fabric attached at either short end to use for hanging the coat on a hook. At the back of the coat there is a single pleat stretching from the base of the neck to the base of the coat. Approximately half way down the pleat there is a split in the fabric that is fastened with two plastic buttons. At the waist there are two fabric flaps that fasten together at the back with three buttons.

Inscriptions & Markings

The label attached on the inside at the base of the neck reads: “KINDRED MANUFACTURING / PTY LTD. / QLD / 1083” There is then a broad arrow followed by: “B406-66-093-1812 / SIZE 109 / TO FIT CHEST 100cm / NAME.................../ SERVICE No......................”

Great War framed poster

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

A framed poster which has the records of Australian Voluntary effort in the Great War of 1914 to 1919. It comprises photos of the main Generals in charge at the end of the War and the unit colour patches and our casulties

Inscriptions & Markings

Copy Righted J W Sanders ( Late AIF )

King George V knighting Sir John Monash.

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

'THE BREMEN BABBLER' Troopship weekly newspaper pp36 (Bob Snape, the paper's Editor, June to July 1919) courtesy, AWM Canberra. - 'THE BREMEN BABBLER' Troopship weekly newspaper pp36 (Bob Snape, the paper's Editor.)

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

TUNIC - RAAF (Blue Grey) Service Dress Uniform Jacket - Military Uniform

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) 1A Service Dress Uniform 1A - Tunic (Jacket - Blue Grey). This uniform was in the period 1966 - 2001 as the primary uniform. Service Dress is approved for wear as either ceremonial dress or working dress when employed in office or business type environments. The Tunic consists of a jacket has a lapel collar, with two external chest pockets and exposed pocket flaps, two side jacket pockets with external flaps and two internal jacket pockets positioned just below the external chest pockets. There is a crescent shaped cloth badge 'AUSTRALIA' sown at the side/top of each sleeve and Squadron Leader - rank stripes sown around each sleeve on the upper wrist area. The Tunic is closed with four gold buttons down the front. Each button is inserted through a small round hole sewn into the right side of the tunic front and held in place at the rear with a safety pin. There are four corresponding button holes sewn into the left front of the tunic to fasten the jacket in the normal closed position when worn.

Significance

This item of military uniform was worn by Squadron Leader (SQNLDR) Bernard Farley during his period of Full Time service in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) between 27 January 1976 and 02 March 1997. Bernard joined the RAAF as an Airmen was trained and employed as a Clerk Supply (CLKSPL) between 1996 - 1977. He undertook officer cadet training at the Army Officer Cadet School in 1978 and was commissioned into the Ground Defence Category on the 09 December 1978, where he served for 18 years and rose to the rank of SQNLDR.

Inscriptions & Markings

Maker: Australian Government Clothing Factory (A.G.C.F.) - Coburg Victoria The Tunic has two military decorations attached above the exterior left chest pocket. The decoration are: 1. Conspicuous Service Medal - Yellow and Green right sloping diagonal strips 2.. Defence Service Medal (with one clasp) - Blue and Gold upright stripes and round metal clasp positioned centrally. The DSM is awarded for 15 years service and a clasp is awarded for each additional 5 years service.

BOB: Map France 1:100,000 AMIENS - AMIENS

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Topographical map. Full colour

Historical information

Original Item souvenired from possibly Australian Corps HQ, probably between the Armistice, 11 November 1918, and June 1919, when the Staff Sergeant R.O.(Bob) Snape was repatriated.

Significance

The donor, Staff Sergeant R.O. (Bob) Snape, Reg No 8651, enlisted as a Stretcher Bearer in 1915 but, because of his secretarial skills was employed in HQ positions as soon as he arrived in France and as a stenographer who worked as Confidential Clerk to General Sir John Monash from June to December 1918; and subsequently, for General Sir Tread more

Souvenired German Pay-book of CARL BILLERT, MUSKETIER - GOLDBUCH fur den MUSKETIER, CARL J BILLERT.

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Orange cardboard-covered booklet

Historical information

Probably souvenired by Bob Snape from Australia Corps HQ Intelligence archives, after hostilities.

Scuttling of the destroyer HMS Louis which had stranded off Suvla Bay on 31 October 1915. - The scuttling of the destroyer HMS Louis.

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Photograph measures 4.5 x 6.5 cms

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand-printed annotation on reverse side reads: "A party of sailors from the Cruiser Canopus broke the Dest. Louis in halves with a charge of gun cotton. The after part sank and the for'ard portion (see here) was towed into deep water and sunk also."

Great Coat

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Long khaki coloured heavy coat. Thick, sharp angled collars. Right collar has a hook and eye attached in the lapel split. Collar has zig zag stitching and two plastic buttons on each the left and right sides. Each shoulder has a lapel that is fastened with a plastic button. The coat is double breasted. Three buttons on the right side, held in place by metal loops on the interior rather than stiches; mirrored on the left side. Left interior has oval shaped fabric buttoned to the interior with two brown (possibly bakelite) buttons. A larger brown button sits atop the smaller as a means of closing the jacket from the inside. There are two pockets on the front that are angled with the highest point near the centre and the lowest point near the hips. The arms, underarm and upper back section contains an inside khaki coloured lining of thinner, most likely cotton fabric. Above this there is a thin strip of fabric attached at either short end to use for hanging the coat on a hook. At the back of the coat there is a single pleat stretching from the base of the neck to the base of the coat. Approximately half way down the pleat there is a split in the fabric that is fastened with two plastic buttons. At the waist there are two fabric flaps that fasten together at the back with three buttons, also held in place with metal loops on the reverse.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on interior back lining reads "REGIMENTAL No./NAME" Label on interior of the right "GREATCOATS. G.S. 1946 Patt/SIZE 1/HEIGHT 5'3"/CHEST 34"-36"/BRADLEY'S INDUSTRIES N.S.W./1951" Handwritten on label, "M J Davis"

AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH, (Oblique shot of battle field, with shelled/bombed out vilage) 30/9/1916 - 3.C.1151, N.26. 6d. 25d

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Historical information

Original Item recovered from possibly Australian Corps HQ, probably between the Armistice, 11 November 1918, and June 1919, when the Staff Sergeant R.O.(Bob) Snape was repatriated.

Army Slouch Hat - Hat Khaki, fur Felt

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Army Slouch Hat with, puggaree, unit badge of 7/8RVR (located on front of Puggaree), Unit colour patch (white over red) located on the pugarree right side, the rising sun badge is located on turned up (left under side) of the brim. The hat is complete with a chin strap

Historical information

Worn by Major Bernard Farley whilst serving at at 8/7 RVR as A company Commander, Support Company Commander 1997-1999, posted to CATDC Capability Development unit at Puckapunyal VIC in 2000 - 2001

Significance

Personal uniform item worn by the donator

Inscriptions & Markings

Hat Badge - Unit ensigns of 8/7RVR Batallion headquartered in Ballarat VIC The Unit Colour patch is white over red and signifies the blood and bandages that was born on the WWI French battlefield that form part of the units history. Rising Sun Badge - The ensigns of the Australian Army

MUSIC, Bob's passion. He always carried his favourite music scores in his kit, including some hard cover grand operas. On leave, he saw as many operas as he could, taking the score along to each performance, keeping one eye on the show and the other on the music. On 29 November, 1916, while stationed at Vignacourt, Bob was given permission to play the church pipe organ for an hour or so (3 recent photos, courtesy Isabelle Godard, see attached). One day in September 1917, somewhere in Flanders, whilst visiting 2nd Division HQ, Bob had a chance meeting with the decorated infantry officer, Captain Rupert 'Sos' Wertheim (whose interrogation of German POWs crucially affected the Allies preparation for the Battle of Menin Road). He was the son of the German Jewish emigré who set up the famous Richmond-based Wertheim piano-factory in the early 1900s. Captain Wertheim asked Bob to play all the operatic pieces he could remember. (A few days later, a stray German shell hit the 2nd Div. HQ killing a number of officers).

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Artefact - Trench Art- Model Bi-plane WW1

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

This model is constructed of metal and wood. It has a propeller mount on either side of the cockpit with propellers front and back. It has two German crosses on the back and one on either wing.The body of the plane rests on four wheels which sit under the wings with two smaller wheels at the front.There is a gold coloured plaque mounted at the front. It stands on a modern wooden mount,

Historical information

Trench art was typically made by soldiers from pieces of shell and shrapnel, which would have been collected and refashioned into many different objects ,some being of a functional type such as containers and holders while others such as this are more decorative. The maker of this art piece was Stanley Morgan 6383 who was born at Mepunga which is East of Warrnambool.

Significance

This item has significance being a typical example of trench art which has survived over 100 years. Being linked to one of the largest conflicts in which Australia has engaged it has strong historical significance.

Inscriptions & Markings

On small plaque at front of mount,”Crafted by Trumpeter Stan Morgan France WW1. On the base of the mount on a small sticker,”Mr Lloyd Morgan 19 Mountfield Ave Malvern East Vic 3145

Army Uniform trousers

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Khaki trousers with two side pockets and one back pocket.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tag - FLETCHER JONES VICTORIA 1998 ARROW indicating Govt. NSN 8405-66-139-0872 NAME. SERVICE NO. 70% Wool 30% Polyester 30% DRY CLEAN ONLY(A) Press on original creases. Use damp cloth. Warm iron

JACKET - WORKING DRESS - RAAF (Blue Grey) Uniform Jacket - Military Uniform

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Working Dress (Jacket - Blue Grey). This uniform was in the period 1966 - 2001 as the primary daily uniform in the office environment. Polyester working dress is approved for wear employed in office or business type environments. The short waist length jacket consists of a jacket has a lapel collar and zip front, with two external chest pockets and exposed pocket flaps, There are portlets on each shoulder that are fastened with a black plastic button. This button has a crown over eagle in flight on the front. Rank slides are slid onto these portlets and this jacket has Squadron Leader rank slides on the portlets. is closed with four gold buttons down the front. Each button is inserted through a small round hole sewn into the right side of the tunic front and held in place at the rear with a safety pin. There are four corresponding button holes sewn into the left front of the tunic to fasten the jacket in the normal closed position when worn. The waist belt is part knitted on the sides and cloth on the front and rear. There is also one interior pocket on the right side below the exterior breast pocket.

Significance

This item of military uniform was worn by Squadron Leader (SQNLDR) Bernard Farley during his period of Full Time service in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) between 27 January 1976 and 02 March 1997. Bernard joined the RAAF as an Airmen was trained and employed as a Clerk Supply (CLKSPL) between 1996 - 1977. He undertook officer cadet training at the Army Officer Cadet School in 1978 and was commissioned into the Ground Defence Category on the 09 December 1978, where he served for 18 years and rose to the rank of SQNLDR.

Inscriptions & Markings

Maker: Australian Defence Industries The Tunic has two military decorations attached above the exterior left chest pocket. The decoration are: 1. Conspicuous Service Medal - Yellow and Green right sloping diagonal strips 2.. Defence Service Medal (with one clasp) - Blue and Gold upright stripes and round metal clasp positioned centrally. The DSM is awarded for 15 years service and a clasp is awarded for each additional 5 years service.

1:250,000 COMPOSITE WALL-MAP NORTHWEST EUROPE. Ordnance Survey Office, Southampton, 1914.

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Cloth-backed paper. 6 map sheets glued together to form one large wall map of NW Europe, covering from Normandy beaches to Cologne and Paris to Strasbourg.

Historical information

Original Item recovered from possibly Australian Corps HQ, probably between the Armistice, 11 November 1918, and June 1919, when the Staff Sergeant R.O.(Bob) Snape was repatriated.

Radio

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

A RETROSPECTIVE ON THE SOLDIERING LIFE OF HAROLD (undated and unfinished, but probably September 1918). HAROLD'S COMMISSION as 2nd LIEUTENANT.

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool