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Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch Warrnambool, Victoria

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1 Artillery Crescent Warrnambool Victoria 3280
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+61 03 5562 4634

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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 [email protected]

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Free entry.

Location

Cnr Merri & Liebig Streets Warrnambool Victoria

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198 items

198 items

Book WW2 Army (2 Copies) - Soldiering On. The Australian Army at Home and Overseas

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Hard Cover, Red with Gold Lettering

Historical information

1copy in better condition donated by Don McLeod of Lyndoch 18th February 1981

Inscriptions & Markings

Prepared by Some of the Boys Published by AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL A.C.T. 1942

Framed Photo of 18th Bn 7th Reinforcments WW1

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Mounted in a decretive wooden frame with a glass front . The photo has the faces and names to all the members of the 7th Reinforcements for the 18th Bn who served during WW1

Inscriptions & Markings

The Crown Studios Sydney

MAP TO ACCOMPANY HEAVY ARTILLERY SCHEME FOR MOBILE WARFARE".....marked with 'Lanes' and Corps/Division Boundaries. - Ordnance Survey, 1:40,000, France. Sheet 62c, Dec 1917. (centring on Peronne and Mont St Quentin).

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

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

Historical information

Shows detail of Artillery Planning in the area of Peronne & Mont St Quentin. Inscribed "Map to accompany H.A. Scheme for Mobile Warfare". Marked with 'Lanes' and Corps/Division Boundaries.

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 Talbot Hobbs until June 1919. The map was very likely directly used in the planning of the 1918 battles such as Mont St Quentin.

Inscriptions & Markings

Shows detail of Artillery Planning in the area of Peronne & Mont St Quentin. Inscribed "Map to accompany H.A. Scheme for Mobile Warfare". Marked with 'Lanes' and Corps/Division Boundaries.

CORRESPONDENCE: (Postcard January 1916 H in camp in Ismailia, Egypt.) Letters: 16 February 1916, 7 June 1916, 1 July 1918, 12 August 1918. Postcards: Elysée Restaurant, North British Railway Hotel, La Bohème.

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Glove; Army Nurses Uniform

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Brown leather and suede glove. One of a pair, leather palm with suede top.

Historical information

This glove is one of a pair and is part of the uniform worn by Sister Winifred Ride during World War 2. Nurses played a key role in the conflict through their care and compassion to the servicemen who were wounded and sick.

Significance

The nurses uniform is symbolic of the sacrifice and service of the many women who served their country in WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

inside mark "Size 7"

TIMELINE, WW1, BOB & HAROLD

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

CERTIFICATE of DISCHARGE

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Ground sheet

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Large square sheet constructed of biege/brown coloured water resistant material. 67mm hem folded over and sewn along all edges with brown stitching. Metal buttons are spaced at 200mm intervals along parallel edges, next to a button hole which can be used to attach to another ground sheet. Four corners bear a large round eyelet in silver-coloured metal in between three smaller eyelets; two of four corners have short lengths of brown cord attached to these eyelets. One corner has only two smaller eyelets surrounding the larger.

Historical information

Ground sheets such as this were typically used as rain protection by German troops. Two or more zeltbahn (ground sheets) could be attached together via the button holes to form a tent for two or more people. Some models of ground sheets, particularly those which are triangular in shape, could also be fashioned into personal raincoats worn by soldiers. Grounds sheets have also been known to have been used to wrap deceased bodies in prioir to burial.

Significance

This groundsheet, despite a lack of clear provenance, is a representative example of the types of ground sheets used by the German forces during wartime. The zeltbahn (ground sheet) also has social significance in that they were known to have been used to wrap deceased bodies in prior to burial.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed in black ink in the centre of the sheet is the incriptions "OVS 1298."

PROPOSED ITINERARY FOR VISIT OF THE PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA, ON TUESDAY, 2ND JULY, 1918. (as scribed by Bob Snape).

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH, (Oblique shot of battlefield from Butte de Warlencourt, wrecked tank featured) 16/10/1916

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

'A Little Parable'. A humourous piece written in the 1950s, about Bob's friend (and Madge's younger sister Betty's husband) LES ROSS, Reg. No. 2475, a veteran of the 5th Machine Gun Company, 18th Battalion, in the Middle East and on the Western Front and later, a fighter pilot with the Australian Flying Corps. He re-enlisted in WW2 and served in the RAAF, in northern Australia, in air traffic control. (Photos of Les courtesy of Les and Betty's son, Robert Hamilton Ross).

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Trousers

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Disruptive Pattern trousers in five colours of green and brown. Long pants with elasticised drawstring fastener at ankle and velcro adjustment fasteners at the waist. Pants take a straight leg style and bears several pockets: two thigh level pockets with zippered horizontal opening, two open hip pockets on the front, one open pocket on the reverse right hand side with blue plastic button fastener. Five large belt loops encircle the waist and there is a zippered fly, secured at the top with a blue plastic button.

Historical information

These trousers are part of a Disruptive Pattern Combat Uniform issued by the Australian Airforce to Bernard Farley during service. This uniform type was used in base and field activities and was replaced in 2014 by the General Purpose Uniform as the uniform worn during general base duties and in non-warlike environments.

Significance

This item has social significance, as an item of uniform worn by Warrnambool RSL community member and Secretary (2019), Bernard Farley during service with the Australian Airforce. The item is a representative example of previously standard issue Airforce uniform and is in excellent condition. As a set, the uniform has aesthetic significance in it’s design, incorporating the Disruptive Pattern style of camouflage which has its roots in the 1980s and continues to be adapted into uniform design by the Defence Force.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label on interior front right of trousers reads: “A13/ADA/VICTORIA 2008/(broad arrow)/SPECIFICATION ARMY (AUST)6542/NSN: 8415 66 152 1059/SIZE: 95 S/NAME/SERVICE NO/75% COTTON 25% POLYESTER/WARM MACHINE WASH 40*C/RINSE WELL, WARM IRON/DO NOT IRON OVER HOOK AND PILE/DO NOT BLEACH/DO NOT STARCH/MAY BE TUMBLE DRY 40*C/MADE IN AUSTRALIA” The name “FARLEY” is also handwritten on the back interior waist band of the trousers.

Dress Trousers Army Reserve

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Long black trousers with a single red stripe running down either side from the top of the waistband to the base of the legs. There are two pockets just eunderneath the waistband on either side of the trousers. The fabric frms two stiff peaks at the centre of the back of the waistband. The trousers have a black zip with a metallic clip just above and six black plastic buttons along the interior of the waistband. There is one white square label with inscriptions attached to the back/left of the interior section of the waistband. Directly underneath this is another rectangular white label of the same length however much shorter. This also has inscriptions.

Historical information

This jacket is part of the dress uniform of a Major in the Army Reserve. Major Bernard Farley who owned this jacket wore it to official functions in the Mess dining room. He served in this capacity from 1998-2001. Bernard also served in the RAAF for a number of years.

Significance

These trousers are part of the dress uniform of a Major in the Army Reserve. Major Bernard Farley, who owned the uniform, wore it to official functions in the Mess dining room. He served in this capacity from 1998-2001. Bernard also served in the RAAF for a number of years.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscriptions on the larger square label: Fletcher Jones / Victoria / 1998 / NSN: 8405-66-095-9737 / NAME........... / SERVICE NO............ / 70% Wool / 30% Polyester / DRY CLEAN ONLY (A) / Press on original creases. Use damp cloth. Medium to hot iron / ZT782 AR0009 Inscriptions on the smaller rectangular label: 425267283.ZT782G / 94-92-76 / 347 044 07063222 / CLOTH / AR0009 / . . 5 . D40. 5 / J10066. . W *

5th and 6th Batts crossing Suez Canal on the NBT pontoon bridge at Serapeum.

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Inscriptions & Markings

Harold's hand-printed annotation on reverse side of photo."5th and 6th Batts crossing the Suez Canal on the NBT pontoon bridge at Serapeum"

Radio

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

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 )

Cut Throat or Straight Razor

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Curved Acrylic (probably) or tortortoise shell handled cutthroat/straight razor with steel blade. Two handle pieces known as 'scales'. Blade hinged through handle with rivet at one end. Thumb notch as part of blade continues past hinge. Two more rivets attach two pieces of handle together; 1st rivet with spacer 4cm from hinge rivet, 2nd rivet at opposite end to hinge.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handle:Gold decorative writing-Flic R with 'REGD' enclosed below on one side approx 9 cm from hinge. 2nd side no inscriptions. Blade: Side 1- FLIC enclosed in rectangular parrallelagram next to hinge. Etched 'gold' decoration and inscription along back edge. Inscription reads 'FLIC GOLD'. Blade: Side 2- Near Hinge- MADE IN GERMANY FROM BEST FLIC SILVER STEEL. Blade: Back edge- Serrations for 5cm from hinge.

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

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Tie; Army Nurse's Uniform

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Letters (x 2) dated 20 April 1919, from J Talbot Hobbs, Lieut.General, Commanding Australian Corps, re Bob's wish for demobilisation.

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Hat

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

General Purpose Uniform (GPU) hat in Airforce colours of blue and grey in camouflage pattern. Broad brim hat with black plastic cord end fastener on a blue cotton cord. Plastic tag on interior of hat lining with printed inscriptions.

Historical information

This hat is part of a General Purpose Uniform issued by the Australian Airforce to Bernard Farley during service. This uniform type was developed in 2014 and replaced camouflage as the uniform worn during general base duties and in non-warlike environments. Although a camouflage pattern, this design is not intended for use as camouflage.

Significance

This item has social significance, as an item of uniform worn by Warrnambool RSL community member and Secretary (2019), Bernard Farley during service with the Australian Airforce. The item is a representative example of current Airforce General Purpose Uniform and is in excellent condition. As a set, the uniform has aesthetic significance in it’s design, incorporating GPU uniform design from the Army alongside the colours and motifs of the Australian Airforce.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription on tag: “Hard Yakka/AUSTRALIA/AUGUST 2015/PO No: CC2XZ8/LAY No: 10609/SQNCOR FARLEY/(broad arrow)/[Mobile Phone Number]/NSN: 8415-66-161-4051/SIZE: M 56cm/NAME:” Inscription on reverse of tag: “PM KEYS No:/75% COTTON/25% POLYESTER/CARE INSTRUCTIONS/HAND WASH IN COLD/WATER WITH MILD/DETERGENT RISE/WELL DO NOT WRING/TUMBLE DRY OR/DRYCLEAN (X)/DRIP DRY IN SHADE”

Shirt

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Field shirt in disruptive pattern colours of green, khaki and browns. Long sleeve with 6 buttons up the front, two chest pockets with zippered verticle openings along the button seam; two button down pockets on both the left and right shoulder with velcro patches sewn to outside flap for attachment of patches. Above the chest pockets are two patches with embroidered inscriptions in black thread on disruptive pattern backing. Shirt cuffs have adjustable velcro fasteners.

Historical information

This shirt is part of a Disruptive Pattern Combat Uniform issued by the Australian Airforce to Bernard Farley during service. This uniform type was used in base and field activities and was replaced in 2014 by the General Purpose Uniform as the uniform worn during general base duties and in non-warlike environments.

Significance

This item has social significance, as an item of uniform worn by Warrnambool RSL community member and Secretary (2019), Bernard Farley during service with the Australian Airforce. The item is a representative example of previously standard issue Airforce uniform and is in excellent condition. As a set, the uniform has aesthetic significance in it’s design, incorporating the Disruptive Pattern style of camouflage which has its roots in the 1980s and continues to be adapted into uniform design by the Defence Force.

Inscriptions & Markings

Interior label has been removed. Two embroidered patches above the chest pockets read “AIR FORCE” (left of wearer) and “FARLEY” (right of wearer). Oval patch on left shoulder shows a kangaroo silhouette encircled by a black embroidered circle.

Hat; Army Nurses Uniform

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Grey felt hat with 60mm brim. Brown hat band 30mm wide with narrow stripes top and bottom. Narrow stripes red and grey at top of band, grey and red at bottom of band.

Historical information

This hat is part of the uniform worn by Sister Winifred Ride during World War 2. Nurses played a key role in the conflict through their care and compassion to the servicemen who were wounded and sick.

Significance

The nurses uniform is symbolic of the sacrifice and service of the many women who served their country in WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inner hat band marked with "N231, 6 7/8, 1942"

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

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

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) 1A Service Dress Uniform 1A - Tie (Blue blue). This uniform tie was worn in the period 1966 - 2001 as the primary uniform. Service Dress was approved for wear as either ceremonial dress or working dress when employed in office or business type environments. The tie was dark blue of medium width and has a tetron lining inside the wide end and no lining at the narrow end.

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: Austal

3 inch Mortar Tail Fin

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Made of steel it has a cone shape were is screws onto the bomb and cylinder section which has 6 fins attached

Historical information

Unknown

Inscriptions & Markings

On one of the fins there appears No 9 MA 54

Untitled

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Books of the Royal Australian Navy WW2 - HMAS Mk II

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Also HMAS Mk III (1944) and HMAS Mk IV (1945) Hard Cover

Inscriptions & Markings

WRITTEN AND PREPARED BY SERVICE PERSONNEL OF THE R.A.N. Published for THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY by AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL CANBERRA A.C.T. 1943 (and 1944 and 1945)

WW1 ID Tags - Thomas Adams Collection

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Cummerbund

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Dark navy blue broad waist sash which forms part of a dress uniform. Elasticised woven fabric in a rectangular shape fastened with two strips of velcro. A label is attached to the interior along the seam attaching the velcro.

Historical information

This cummerbund is part of a winter mess dress uniform belonging to Bernard Farley during service with the Australian Airforce. Worn in 1978, this cummerbund style was first developed in the 1950s and continues to be worn as mess uniform in the present day.

Significance

This item has aesthetic significance and is a representative example of uniform design from the 1950s to present day. This item has clear provenance, having been donated by RSL member and Secretary (2019), Bernard Farley after its use during Bernard’s service in the Airforce. As a former member of the Australian Airforce and member of the Warrnambool ex-service community, Bernard’s uniform has great social significance, telling a broader story of life after service.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label reads: “A.G.C.F../VIC. 1983/(broad arrow)/SIZE. 34/8440.S6.035.3816/NO./NAME”