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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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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]

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Free entry.

Location

Cnr Merri & Liebig Streets Warrnambool Victoria

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190 items

190 items

THE ILLUSTRATED WAR NEWS, 26 May 1915 - THE ILLUSTRATED WAR NEWS

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Army Uniform, lanyard

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Red cord lanyard with two loops knotted at either end; one knot has been looped around the lanyard to form an arm hole. The red colour signifies membership of the Australian Army.

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 Infantry uniform of the period.

Ornamental biscuit

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Dry biscuit with artificial flower decoration. The flowers are of light green and cream coloured fabric, wire and are attached in the top right hand corner of the biscuit. There are fabric strips attached to the back and tied with cotton string through holes in the lower right corner.

Historical information

This biscuit is called a 'Dog Biscuit' and was produced during WWI. It was part of a rashion kit to accompany another biscuit and a tin of Bully beef. The original owner was presumably a serviceman called Jack was and he created a souvenir for a loved one using this biscuit, accompanied by another biscuit with an inlaid photograph of himself.

Significance

This object is a rare and precious piece. It is rare for items composed of edible goods to remain almost perfectly intact after a century after creation. The use of the biscuit as a souvenir, with the addition of a artificial flowers, is presumably unique and imparts great social significance to the item.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscriptions on the front read: "Phoenix Co. Melbourne"

Bomb Shrapnel

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Small but heavy piece of bomb fragment with jagged edges

Significance

This piece of Bomb fragment was found in the bed of G Philpott after an Air raid on the gun sites at Port Moresby on the 12/13th of April 1942

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

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

THE COOK FAMILY: BOB & HAROLD'S MATERNAL RELATIVES AND THEIR HISTORY as told by cousins, Jeff Miers and Marion ('Bab') Hulme and Bob Snape himself.

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Historical information

The Cook family was vitally important to the Snape boys who seem to have enjoyed a specially close relationship with Grandfather, 'Charlie Cook the Carpenter' and this largely female branch of the family many of whom lived nearby in Moonee Ponds when the boys were young. Charlie Cook was born at Blackheath in England. He voyaged to the USA to seek his fortune on the Californian goldfields. Hence, he was known as a 'Forty-niner". From California, he sailed to Australia, fetching up in Hobart in 185........... where he met and married Eliza Gardiner...............

Army Uniform trousers - Polyester Trousers

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Polyester trousers with two side pockets, one back pocket, money pocket with belt loops and brass ceremonial belt keepers

Significance

This item of uniform was own, worn and donated by Major (Retd) Bernard Farley during service in the Army Reserve Infantry at 8/7 Royal Victoria Regiment (RVR) Ballarat VIC

Inscriptions & Markings

Tag - A.D.I. P/L VIC 1989 ARROW indicating Govt. NSN 8405-66-0185-5522 MACQUARIE 89, Batch C Size. 80RF W.90 L.77 NAME. SERVICE NO. DRY CLEAN ONLY(A) Press on original creases. Use damp cloth. Medium to hot steam iron

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

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

WW1 ID Tags - Thomas Adams Collection

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Bob Snape's HAND-DRAWN MAP of ERQUINGHAM-SUR -LYS, FRANCE, centring on 6th Field Ambulance base.

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

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

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Skirt; Army Nurses Uniform

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Grey A line skirt, bak fastening. Five press stud fasteners and two hook and eye fasteners. One fabric hook on each side for hanging.

Historical information

This Skirt 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.

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

SOUVENIRED GERMAN EPAULETTES with the regiment numbers 59, 84, 137 and 202 in red.

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Historical information

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

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

c.1924. A self-guided battlefields tour retracing his brothers' footsteps? Young brother, FRANK SNAPE dressed up in Army uniform, for the photo opportunity, just for fun. "You didn't think I could grow one like this, did you?" is written on the back of the photograph, posted home to Bob. (As a small child, whilst playing with the fire in his family sitting-room, Frank accidentally burnt his hand badly on the fire-grate. Unable to properly open and close his hand, Frank would later have proven to be medically unfit for military service.)

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Trousers

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Dark navy blue dress trousers with cream coloured lining on waistband and pockets; dark synthetic material rectangles are sewn on interior of pants hem on pressed edge. Seven buttons, coloured black, are present on the interior of the waistband and were likely used as attachments for suspenders; reverse of pants rise into two points either side of the spine. Pants are fastened with a black plastic zip and a hook and eye at the top of the fly. Two pockets are present on both left and right hips and one small pocket on the front right hand side near the pelvic bone. Fabric is pleated twice on the front and has two darts on the reverse.

Historical information

These trousers are part of a winter mess dress uniform belonging to Bernard Farley during service with the Australian Airforce. Worn in 1978, this trouser 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 on interior collar reads “A.G.C.F./VIC. 1978/(arrow symbol)/NO./NAME” Inscription on interior left hand pocket lining reads “992”

Web Gaiters (pair) - Military Uniform

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Webbing khaki Gaiters, with two brass square bucklet and web strap fastners

Historical information

Worn by Army soldiers as part of field and dress uniform during WW2

Significance

Donated by Ruby Annett from the Caramut RSL. Probably at the time of wind up of the Caramut RSL Sub Branch.

Inscriptions & Markings

A.N.H & Co 3 or A.H.H. & Co 1941 1941

Army Uniform, shirt

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Long sleeve Khaki shirt, two long sleeve button down breast pockets, six button fasteners

Historical information

This uniform was worn by Bernie Farley, present secretary of Warrnambool RSL (2019). The uniform was made by Fletcher Jones & Staff, Warrnambool in 1998.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on collar "SIZE 40 84" Printed on tag"A.G.C.F. VIC 1983 [ARROW MOTIF] 8405.66.088.7064 Size 40/84 SERVICE NO. NAME. DO BOIL OR WRING, MACHINE WASHABLE, DRIP DRY, IRON LIGHTLY WITH WARM IRON Patch on Left shoulder with rising sun, crown and cross. THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY.

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.

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

IRREGULAR DIARY NOTES on a scrap of foolscap paper re FROMELLES

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

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"

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

Captured German Postcard illustrating FRICOURT CHATEAU, in ruins. Bob and Harold worked together in 2nd DIV HQ, in the château's basement for several months, late 1916. Then, on a warm night in August 1918, Harold was mortally wounded (gassed) near here, in Fricourt Woods. The photo of German troops at Fricourt Château was apparently discovered in the château after it was retaken and occupied by the Australian 2nd Division. The German photo of troops armed with their stick grenades was possibly also collected by Bob at Fricourt Château.

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Historical information

From 30 Sep and 27 Nov 1916, Bob and Harold Snape worked together in 2nd Division HQ, in the basement of Fricourt Château,

Uniform - Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Naval Ratings Collar

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Cream cotton twill with navy blue trim around neck and over shoulders and narrow tie fastener.

Historical information

The Royal Australian Navy Uniforms are based on the uniform of the Royal Navy. They reflect traditions that can be traced back to the Royal Navy (England) and demonstrate the relationship between the two. This bib is one of four parts to a Naval Ratings Uniform which was presumably owned by J.M. Parsons.

Significance

This bib is one part of a naval ratings uniform which consists of four parts. The uniform is representative of the Royal Australian Navy uniform and can be traced to the Royal Navy (England). The complete uniform shows the connection between Australia and England since European settlement.

Inscriptions & Markings

label of maker "Made in Australia Berlei Berlie Ltd Size 1"

MONASH to GOV'R GENERAL (LETTER TRANSCRIBED).

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Web Belt - Military Uniform

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool

Webbing BELT, with brass ends that fold inwards to clip to the inside of the belt. The fastening is a brass hook fastening and there are two brass keepers that are positioned on the belt just inside the buckle and have both the inner and outer folds that pass through the keepers.

Historical information

Worn by Army soldiers as part of field and dress uniform during WW2

Significance

Donated by Ruby Annett from the Caramut RSL. Probably at the time of wind up of the Caramut RSL Sub Branch.

'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

King George V arrives at Bertangles Château for the investiture of General Monash.

Warrnambool RSL Sub Branch, Warrnambool