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Waverley RSL Sub Branch Glen Waverley, Victoria

The Glen Waverley Sub-Branch of the Returned Servicemen’s League, Victoria was formed on the 9th September 1950, when 25 Returned Servicemen met at the Mechanic’s Institute Hall (The Waverley Hall) Springvale Road, Black Flat.
In 1960, our name was changed from Glen Waverley Sub-Branch to the Waverley Sub-Branch, at the time the City of Waverley was created from the Shire of Mulgrave.
In 1963, an adjoining block of land was acquired and the first major expansion of our club rooms took place.
In 1968, Membership by this time, had increased to over 200 ordinary members.Membership now exceeds 4000.
Our collection of memorabilla items include Medals, Military Artifacts, Trench Art, Photographs,Commemorative items and Badges. For further information on any of our item- Click on the email enquiry link on this page.

Contact Information

location
161 Coleman Parade. Glen Waverley 3150 (map)
phone
+61 03 9803 2872

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Opening Hours

Closed for renovation

Entry Fee

Visitors - By appointment only during renovation

Location

161 Coleman Parade Glen Waverley Victoria

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Medals, Military Artifacts, Trench Art, Photographs,Commemorative items and Badges.

Significance

Our aim is to preserve the heritage of the Men and Women who have served their Country both in peace time and in times of conflict.

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Pack Gas Mask

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Webbing pack for side or neck mount usually used to carry gas mask

Historical information

Used by AIF WWI and WWII

Menu Farewell dinner at the Hotel Lotte in honour of Korean Veterans

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Paper Menu with gold braid tie and tassel for Farewell dinner at the Hotel Lotte in honour of Korean Veterans

Plaque Naval Millitary Club - Naval Millitary Club

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm

Inscriptions & Markings

Naval Millitary Club

Webbing Field Pack

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Webbing Feild pack 1908 pattern with brass buckles and webbing straps part of "pack and basic pouches

Historical information

Used as field equipment AIF WWI WWII

Flanders Poppy

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Pressed Flanders Poppy mounted on cardboard and plastic coated

Forrage Cap

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

khaki cloth british pattern forage cap with 2 Australian buttons on front

Historical information

Worn during WWII

Photograph of G Beaton

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Black and white Photograph of Gerry. Beaton 2/5 Batallionin wooden frame under glass

Inscriptions & Markings

Gerry Beaton

Cigatettes tin

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Round tin of Murrays cigarette Tobacco issued to troops during WWII Yellow paper label with red with red print

Historical information

Issued during WWII

Inscriptions & Markings

MURRAY ERINMORE CIGATETTETOBACCO Rear Murray Sons and co Belfast Ireland Est. 1810

Foot Powder Tins

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Brass coloured metal container with silver lid Lid has oval shaped indentation

Inscriptions & Markings

Foot Powder D^D Manufactured by the J.R. Watkins co. Melbourne

Painting Warramunga Tribal Elder

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Painting on section of tree trunk / branch showing a Warramunga Tribal Elder

Cigatette Case

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Silver plated brass cigarette case with a hinged lid and a hinged clasp. Inside are two cotton strings to hold cigarettes in place. On the obverse is a brass crest of ARMENTIERES Reverse has a scratched inscription reading H Roussac 25th A.I.F.

Historical information

Bought by Sig. Henry Roussac in France during WWI

Inscriptions & Markings

On the obverse is a brass crest of ARMENTIERES Reverse has a scratched inscription reading H Roussac 25th A.I.F.

Tin of 50 "Player" cigarettes

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

A rectangular tin with a printed image on lid,of a lifeboy with Players Navy Cut in red print and an image of a sailor in the centre. Right side top corner is marked Gold Leaf. Background is a blue/green colour

Historical information

Player cigarettes were extremely popular amongst the British troops

Pull through

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Metal bead pull through with wire attachment hook for use with d/0015b, d/0015c and d/0015g

Christmas Card / Menu - Christmas Greetings

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Christmas card / Menu for the H.M.A.S. Commonwealth 1951 at Kure Japan. Map shows Japan and Korea where shore base was in service until 1956

Historical information

Card was hand drawn to celebrate Christmas 1951 at H.M.A.S. Commonwealth .HMAS Commonwealth was a former Royal Australian Navy administered shore base located in Kure, Japan. The base was previously run by the British as HMS Commonwealth, the base was renamed HMAS Commonwealth on 1 October 1948 until it ceased operation , at which time the base was transferred to Japanese control HMAS Commonwealth(Establishment) was then transferred from 28 Apr 1952 19 Apr 1956 to Korea

Inscriptions & Markings

Xmas Greetings H.M.A.S. Commonwealth

Bronze Bust Roy Longmore

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Bronze bust of Roy Longmore With photo of Roy in uniform and a photo of the presentation ceromony showing Mal Carson Sub-branch president Roy Longmore's son Eric and the sculptor Cameron McFarlane

Historical information

see item d/0202

Cribbage Board

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Trench Art cribbage board made from a drilled brass plate mounted to a polished wooden base with 4 brass wood screws.

Historical information

Trench art WWI

News Paper - The Navy Times

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Copy of "The Navy Times" Oct. 31 1980. "25 Years Service of H.M.A.S. Melbourne. Souvenir Edition

Historical information

Comerates the commissioning of the H.M.A.S. Melbourne

Booklet

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Commissioning booklet for H.M.A.S. Arunta 1998 with Letter to Barry McKillop thanking him for the donation of The Ships Bell of the Original Arunta signed by G J Yorke Commanding Officer

Historical information

Issued at launch of the new ship H.M.A.S Arunta

Inscriptions & Markings

The Navy Times

Print H.M.A.S. Quickmatch

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Print of Photograph of H.M.A.S. Quickmatch

Historical information

HMAS Quickmatch (G92/D21/D292/F04), named for the quick-match, a fast burning match used for lighting cannon, was a Q class destroyer operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Although commissioned into the RAN in 1942, the ship was initially the property of the Royal Navy. Quickmatch served with both the British Eastern Fleet and British Pacific Fleet during World War II. In the 1950s, the destroyer was converted into an anti-submarine frigate. In 1957, Quickmatch operated in support of Malaya during the Malayan Emergency. The ship remained in service until 1963, and after use as an accommodation ship, was sold for scrap in 1972. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMAS_Quickmatch_(G92)

New Testament in hand made webbing case - The New Testament of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ together with the Book of Psalms

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Black leather bound bible with the first page removed by a clean cut. The bible the name of Signaller H. C. Roussac. 25th Battalion A.I.F. and the date Sept 11th 1917. There is a further inscription "Carried through Action "Battle of Ypres" Sept 20th 26th Oct 4th, 9th and 12th consecutively- Wounded Oct. 12th 17- signed H. C. Roussac. There is also what may be an autograph Pt. ? Frogg Masfr??? The bible also contained a lithograph, probably cut from a paper of Chaplain-Captain F. H. King in Egypt The book is contained in a hand stitched khaki webbing case secured by a metal ?uniform button

Historical information

This book was carried in France and possibly Gallipoli by Sig. H. C. Roussac and the insert "d/0291" was of a Chaplain who obviously had a profound affect on the owner

Significance

Demonstrates the religious convictions of some soldiers in WWI

Inscriptions & Markings

Signaller H. C. Roussac. 25th Battalion A.I.F. and the date Sept 11th 1917. There is a further inscription "Carried through Action "Battle of Ypres" Sept 20th 26th Oct 4th, 9th and 12th consecutively- Wounded Oct. 12th 17- signed H. C. Roussac. There is also what may be an autograph Pt. ? Frogg Masfr???

Plaque 4th Battalion Manchester Regiment - 4th Battalion Manchester Regiment

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden plaque 15cm x 13cm

Inscriptions & Markings

4th Battalion Manchester Regiment

Dispatch Riders Gauntlets and Goggles

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Set of Amy issue Dispatch Riders Gauntlets and Goggles

Historical information

Used by Dispatch rider I Beale vx 5078 in ? Crete Egypt and New Guinea

Two up pennies & kip

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

A formed piece of light timber with inserts for 2 pennies

Historical information

Two up has been played by Australians since 1850's. It was popular during WWI, during which time the soldiers referred to the game as SWY (which came from the German Zwei which is the word for two.) It's popularity continued through WWII and the BCOF constantly ran "SWY" schools. The game is now only legal to be played on Anzac day in Victoria, but in other states also on remembrance day. Pennies must be from before 1938 as "Kangaroo" pennies are not acceptable.

Semi Automatic Morse Key

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Morse key mounted on metal block with 4 electrical terminals / adjusters

Historical information

This Morse key (known as a BUG was used from 1944 until April 1946 by R.A.A.F Cpl. William Robert Moffatt 147459 Wireless telegraphist. Used at 55 OBU Birdum and Gorrie Wireless telegraphy stations, and sent over 1.5 million weather forecast groups in 15 months. Then used at 57 OBU Alice Springs Airport until April 1946

Significance

"I bought thie unit in Melbourne in 1944 while training at Point Cook RAAF Signal school as a wireless telegraphist. With my posting to 55OBU (operational base unit) at Birdum and Gorric Wireless telegraphy Stations broadcasting weather forecasts in morse code for the south west Pacific area, it was used continually, sending over a million and a half weather forecast groups over 15 months. It ended it's career with Aeradio service at Alice Springs airport, (57 QBU), when I was discharged in April 1946." William Robert Moffatt (ex RAAF 147459, Corporal, Wireless Telegraphist.

Inscriptions & Markings

The SUPER AUTO No.4634 Manufactured by Leo G Cohen Melbourne

Plaque Tasmanian Police Pipe Band - Tasmanian Police Pipe Band

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm

Historical information

he Band was raised in 1969 and wears the Fletcher of Dunans tartan in honour of the Police Commissioner at that time, Mr Phil Fletcher. It celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009 with a Grand Gaelic Ball attended by more than 300 people. Membership of the Band is voluntary and currently includes three serving police officers (including Drum Major Constable Dean Walker) and one Special Constable. The majority of the membership is drawn from the community and includes teachers, students, corporate executives and retired members of the community. http://www.police.tas.gov.au/useful-links/tasmania-police-pipe-band/

Inscriptions & Markings

Tasmanian Police Pipe Band

Tail fin candlestick

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Alloy metal tail fin from a 3 inch motar

Historical information

Exploded mortar tail fin used as a candle stick during Korean war

Plaque Special Air Services Australia - Special Air Services Australia

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm with insignia of Special Air Services Australia

Inscriptions & Markings

Special Air Services Australia

id tag Stalag V!!a and 2 postcards

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

metal ID tag from Stalag VIIa with No. 92457 and 2 postcards from Cpl A. P. Leach to his Father R. W. Leach

Historical information

Cpl A. P. Leach captured by Germans and sent to Stalag VII/A where he spent his 19th Birthday celebrated by a cake with "REAL FRUIT" from a food parcel.

Inscriptions & Markings

STALAG VII/A Nr. 92457

Pocket Watch

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Chrome Pocket Tramway Watch with white enamel face and gold hands

Historical information

Used by Pte. Albert Beale Beale who was a dispatch rider in Crete Egypt and New Guinea

Inscriptions & Markings

I. Beale vx 5078

Field Dressing - First Field Dressing

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Canvas pouch containing 2 field dressings

Historical information

Dressing carried by all service personnel for use if wounded