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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 [email protected]

Entry Fee

Free entry.

Location

Cnr Merri & Liebig Streets Warrnambool Victoria

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307 items

307 items

Mortar Site

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

The Mortar site assembly has a number of moving parts which all help with the firing of a Mortar.

Inscriptions & Markings

On a small brass plate the numbers are Part No MAA3612 Reg B8926. Other markings are Sight 3 in &SB 4.2 In Mortar MK 1 (Aust) DDC2124-2 No 1210

EGYPT PICTURE POSTCARDS, 56 images.

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

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

Book. Korea. - WITH THE AUSTRALIANS IN KOREA

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Hard Cover. Dark Blue Plain Front, Title/Editor on Spine Damaged Dust Cover inside front Cover (see Media DSCF6192.JPG)

Inscriptions & Markings

Editor Norman Bartlett Publisher Australian War Memorial Canberra ACT

Book - THE NAZI CONNECTION The Adventures of a Master Spy inside Hitler’s Germany

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Hard Cover with dust cover Harper & Row Publishers: 1978

Inscriptions & Markings

Author: F.W. Winterbottom, CBE

Book - AN AIRMAN FARAWAY The Story of an Australian Dam Buster

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Hardback with dust cover

Inscriptions & Markings

Author Eric Fry Publisher Kangaroo Press NSW: 1993 ISBN 0-86417 501 9 Dewey No. 940.54491

Light Bomb

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Light Weight bomb is made from 3 parts. The cylinder head section made of light steel screws onto the main body which is Aluminium and has a cylinder shape and screwed to the body section is a tin fin section

Historical information

Unknown

Inscriptions & Markings

Some what appears to be Japaness writing on the heads section

Tie; Army Nurse's Uniform

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

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"

BOB & HAROLD: ATTESTATION PAPERS

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

9 SNAPE FAMILY PHOTOS: The parents - John T. Snape and Rosina (née Cook) married Christmas Day 1890; the children- Bob (born 1892), Harold (born 1893) and Frank (born 1895); and Margaret ('Madge',née McLaughlin), Bob's wife (secretly married before Bob's embarkation); Cook family (maternal side) portrait; 'Belmiers', the family home in Barkly Street, Essendon, circa WW1 (then and now); Isobel Miers, the Snapes' favourite young cousin after whom the house was named. Uncle Robert Snape, coal-mining engineer, Wales.

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Sun Glasses

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

These Sun glasses have a greenish tint in the glass sections. The frame is silver and the arms that go to and around your ears flexible for comfort

Historical information

Used by pilots to help reduce sun glare

Book - ALL OUR YESTERDAYS How the newsreels saw them from Munich to the Berlin Airlift

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Hardback with dust cover

Inscriptions & Markings

From the famous Granada TV Series By Brian Inglis & Bill Grundy Orbis Publishing Ltd. London: 1964 ISBN 0 85613 1784

IRREGULAR DIARY NOTES, Date unknown.

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Fiction Novel - THE CRUISER

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Hard Cover with damaged Dust Cover

Historical information

Story of a Cruiser in WW2

Inscriptions & Markings

Author Warren Tute Publisher Cassell and Co Ltd London. No date.

Jumper

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Navy blue ribbed knitted jumper with stitched navy cotton elbow patches, rectangular in shape. Similar rectangular shaped patches on the left and right shoulder, bearing two epaulettes, stiched at one end and fastened with velcro and the other. The left shoulder carries an Airforce embroidered patch at the top of the arm. Arm cuffs have external seam for approximately 100 mm from the end, indicating that the jumper may have been worn with cuffs folded over. Synthetic strip of black fabric on the interior collar behind a cream coloured label.

Historical information

This jumper 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. This woolen jumper was presumably a winter addition to the GPU.

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

Label on interior of collar reads: “CALCOUP KNITWEAR/291083/ 06/01 / 8405/661468799 / SIZE: 115cm-125cm/SERVICE No........./ NAME........../MACHINE WASHABLE GENTLE CYCLE/Fasten shoulder straps before/washing. Warm machine wash,/inside out on medium cycle./Do not bleach./Warm rinse. Normal spin./Doi not tumble dry./Dry in shade. Warm iron./ Dry Cleanable A/80% Wool 20% Nylon”

AUSSIE: a 1920 A.W.M reprint of all the numbers of the Diggers' own paper of the battlefield. Wholly written, illustrtated and printed in the field by members of the A.I.F.

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Map - NEW BRITAIN CAMPAIGN. October 1944-July 1945.

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Paper. Basic colours

Inscriptions & Markings

Legend shows troop movements during the Campaign

Book. WW2. Personal Stories - ROUGH INFANTRY Tales of World War II

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Hardback with dust cover.

Inscriptions & Markings

Warrnambool Institute Press ISBN: 0 949759 05 8

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."

Book - THE WORLD AT WAR. In Association with Thames Television

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Hard Cover with Dust cover

Inscriptions & Markings

Author: Mark Arnold-Forster William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd St James’s Place London: 1973

TRENCH MAP, 1:20,000 FRANCE. Sheet 36 NW. Edition 6 B. GSGS 2742. Ordnance Survey 1916. Trenches corrected to 5/5/1916.

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Home coming badge - Thomas Adams Collection

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Small badge no bigger than a twenty cent piece with a soldier standing in the middle holding a rifle

WW2. Australian Army - AUSTRALIA AT ARMS

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Hard Cover

Inscriptions & Markings

Edited By Norman Bartlett Published By Australian War Memorial Canberra

WW1 ID Tags - Thomas Adams Collection

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

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

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) 1A Service Dress Uniform - 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: unknown

FIVE 5 PHOTOS: BOB & HAROLD at the various stages of their War service: Bob as Stretcher Bearer with the 6th Field Ambulance and later as Confidential Clerk to General Sir John Monash, GOC Australian Corps; Harold as A/B Driver, R.A.NB.T. serving at Gallipoli and, later, as 2nd Lieutenant, 47th Battery, 12th Brigade, Australian Field Artillery. The image of Mother (Rosina Snape) and her two soldier boys was prominently displayed at home, on the mantle-piece.

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

PICTURE POSTCARDS, FRANCE, WW1 (280 approx)

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Book - CHURCHILL. A Biography

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Hardback with dust cover

Inscriptions & Markings

Author Martin Gilbert Publisher Chancellor Press London: 1983 ISBN: 0 907486 27 4

CERTIFICATE of DISCHARGE

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool