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RSL Waverley 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.

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

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Closed for renovation

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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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Folding knife

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Folding metal knife with 3 blades and a copper loop for attachment to a lanyard Blade 1 is an edged blade cor cutting Blade 2 is a "can opener" Blade 3 is a "Marlin spike"

Historical information

Carried by C. Felstead during WWI Thought to be British Army Issue

Inscriptions & Markings

(defense dept arrow) WE

Plaque Vietnam Vererans Parade Sydney 1987 - Vietnam Vererans Parade Sydney 1987

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm

Historical information

Anecdotal evidence holds that most men returned from Vietnam in the dead of night, hidden from the public. In fact, large numbers actually returned on HMAS Sydney, to a welcome by dignitaries and a parade. The manner of their homecoming affected the way in which veterans recovered from the war, those who did arrive late at night to no fanfare and the seeming indifference of the military had more trouble adjusting to life at home than did those whose return was more public and who had had the benefit of a couple of weeks unwinding on board Sydney before reaching Australia. But the return home was only the beginning of a long period of readjustment. For a long time after the war large numbers of Vietnam veterans felt that many in Australia blamed them, rather than politicians, for the war and the way it had been conducted. Images of the war, many still familiar, of children burned by napalm, of the dead of My Lai, of a South Vietnamese general summarily executing a member of the Viet Cong in the streets of Saigon, had an effect on public opinion and public understanding. The fact that these images related more to the American/Vietnamese experience in Vietnam was less remarked upon. People associated the role of Australians in the war with that of the Americans in a way that failed to recognise the two countries’ different approaches to fighting in Vietnam. see https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&ved=0CDwQtwIwAg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DYL06ddRmiJE&ei=O9OJUYnxC5GaiQeey4HQCA&usg=AFQjCNEjq876qAoYu0WnWslDSNRUJlmuBw&bvm=bv.46226182,d.aGc

Inscriptions & Markings

Vietnam Vererans Parade Sydney 1987

RSL Photo Album - RSL Photo Album Section 3

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Photo Album 360 Pocket "Photo Safe" divided for cataloguing purposes into 4 sections. Section 1 Recent Colour Photos of RSL and commemoration services Section 2 Black and white photos of earlier commemoration services, Section 3 WWII photos mainly of New Britain 1945, Section 4 Early photos of Memorabilia display.

Historical information

During World War II the Japanese attacked New Britain soon after the outbreak of hostilities in the Pacific Ocean. During January 1942, Japanese heavily bombed Rabaul. On 23 January, Japanese marines landed by the thousands, starting the Battle of Rabaul. The Japanese used Rabaul as a heavy base until 1944; it served as the key point for the failed invasion of Port Moresby (May to November, 1942) Note: these photos are incorrectly labelled as Nth. Britain Photograph of "OIRE LUNG " airfield is in fact "WUNUNG, JACQUINOT BAY, NEW BRITAIN, 1945-08-28. A FULL PARADE OF 37/52 INFANTRY BATTALION AND 29/46 INFANTRY BATTALION, BOTH OF 4 BRIGADE, WAS HELD ON WUNUNG AIRSTRIP. THIS PARADE WAS TO PREPARE TROOPS FOR A PARADE TO BE HELD ON 1945-09-03. SHOWN, 37/52 INFANTRY BATTALION PRESENTING ARMS." Airstrip was maintained by 1 ACS

Pennant HMAS Sydney

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Cloth Pennant

Inscriptions & Markings

HMAS Sydney 805 Squadron Sea Fury 816 Squadron Fire Fly I take but I surrender

Booklet - Regimental History 4/19 L. H.

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

A4 Booklet Yellow coloured paper cover with P.W.L.H emblem on cover

Inscriptions & Markings

Regimental History

Campaign Medals 39-45 with Africa Star

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Campaign Medals Awarded to J. C. Richardson VX5633 39-45 Star Africa Star, 39-45 War Medal Australian Defence Medal

Inscriptions & Markings

J. C. Richardson VX5633

Plaque New Zealand WRAC - New Zealand WRAC

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm

Inscriptions & Markings

New Zealand WRAC

Cloth R.A.F insignia on board

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

8 Cloth uniform R.A.F badges on board

Plaque Officer Cadet Training Unit

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm

Inscriptions & Markings

Officer Cadet Training Unit

Prayer Book - Book

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Miniture 9cm x 5cm red soft cover booklet

Print Kapyong - Kapyong

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Print of painting of action in Kapyong Korea in wooden frame under glass

Historical information

On 23 April, the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3 RAR), under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Bruce Ferguson, and the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, occupied prominent hills on either side of the seven-kilometre-wide valley, where a small tributary joined the Kapyong River. Also forward were headquarters units, tanks and artillery. The 1st Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, were to the rear. Early in the evening, retreating South Koreans streamed past the Commonwealth position, with Chinese forces closely intermingled. Soon afterwards a platoon of American tanks supporting 3 RAR was overrun. The Kapyong valley was too large an area to defend with the forces available, and the brigade was spread very thinly. Throughout the night the Chinese repeatedly pressed the Australian positions, attacking in waves over their own dead and wounded. At dawn, A Company, under the command of Major Bernard "Ben" O'Dowd, found that the Chinese had infiltrated its position, but a counter-attack was able to eject them. Meanwhile B Company, which had spent the night on a hill near the riiver, discovered Chinese occupying some old bunkers on a small knoll. Hand-to-hand fighting ensued with grenades and bayonets. C Company, under the command of Captain Reg Saunders, was in position to reinforce both A and B Companies. "Major O'Dowd then directed the radio operator to contact anyone. The American 1st Marine Division answered but their operator refused to believe who our operator was speaking for. Major O'Dowd took the phone and demanded to speak to the commanding officer. The general in charge of the [Marine] division came on the phone and told O'Dowd we didn't exist as we had been wiped out the night before. Major O'Dowd said, 'I've got news for you, we are still here and we are staying here.'" Private Patrick Knowles, 3 RAR, on the morning of 24 April 1951 Fighting continued throughout the day with the Australians holding their positions, and the Chinese also engaging D Company. But late on 24 April, with their position now untenable, the Australians were forced into a fighting withdrawal down a ridge to the valley, where they rejoined the brigade. Their withdrawal was supported by New Zealand artillery from the 16th Field Regiment. Having found the Canadian position unassailable, the Chinese made no further attacks. By the afternoon of 25 April the road through to the Canadians had been cleared of Chinese and 2 PPCLI was relieved by US Army units. On Anzac Day 1951, the Australians rested after a long fight. Thirty-two Australians were killed and 53 were wounded for their part in stalling the Chinese advance and preventing Seoul from falling into enemy hands. Lieutenant Colonel Bruce Ferguson was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his skilful leadership, and the Australian and Canadian battalions both received United States Presidential Distinguished Unit Citations for their part in the battle. http://www.awm.gov.au/exhibitions/korea/operations/kapyong/

Inscriptions & Markings

Donated by Frank Arnold on behalf of Korean Veterans Association of Australia inc.

R.S.L. Badge

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Enameled Brass badge

Historical information

issued to Henry Claude Roussac 1737 a Gallipoli Veteran 25 Bn

Inscriptions & Markings

(Obverse) Returned Soldiers and Sailors Imperial league (Reverse) COPYRIGHT 22124 STOKES & SONS MELBOURNE

Belt webbing

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Khaki webbing army infantry belt with brass clip buckle and brassretainers, also has rear brass buckles for attatchment of webbing straps for "basic pouches"

Historical information

The 1937 pattern equipment (also known as '37 webbing') was an item of military load-carrying equipment. Pattern 37 replaced the 1908 Pattern and 1925 Pattern—on which it was based—and was standard issue for British and Commonwealth troops from its introduction in 1937, throughout World War II, and in the post-war period until it was superseded by 58 pattern webbing

Badge Board

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Felt backed badge board showing service medals, R.S.L. badges and Mothers badges band corps and others

Historical information

Badges from WWI and early RSL badges also WWI Mothers badges with 1 star (1 son enlisted) and 2 stars (2 sons enlisted) and WWI and WWII medals

Tie Pin Catalina

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Bronze tie pin / lapel badge depicting a Catalina Aircraft airbourne surrounded by the (Legacy) laurel wreath

Historical information

The Catalina Club "The enclosed item of military memorabillia is presented to the Waverley Sub-branch of the returned services league by W.F. Lewton, President of the Metropolitan Division of the Piscatorial Council, in appreciation of the services by the sub-branch's anging section. The Lapel badge / tie pin is unique in as much as it depicts the only ex-services organisation granted the privilege of incorporating the Legacy Laural Wreath in it's design. This privilege was granted to our association in recognition of the establishment of an educational trust fund devised and funded by our members in order to educate to tertiary standards the children of personnel who lost their lives in the extreme sacrifice. When the functions of administring the program became too onerous for our members, then, and only then, Legacy undertook to carry the program through to its conclusion. May this Pin find a place of honour in your excellent display of military memorabillia (Accompanying letter when donated)

Significance

The Lapel badge / tie pin is unique in as much as it depicts the only ex-services organisation granted the privilege of incorporating the Legacy Laural Wreath in it's design. This privilege was granted to our association in recognition of the establishment of an educational trust fund devised and funded by our members in order to educate to tertiary standards the children of personnel who lost their lives in the extreme sacrifice.

Badge RAS

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Bronze circular badge with crown on apex and Rising Sun emblem in centre

Historical information

Issued to all service men who saw active service WWI issued to o Henry Claude Roussac 1737 a Gallipoli Veteran 25 Bn

Inscriptions & Markings

(Top) Crown (Outer ring) Issued by Department of Defence Returned From Active Service (centre) Rising Sun emblem and A.I.F. Reverse 60161

Two up pennies & kip

RSL Waverley 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.

Vesta box

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Black, Bakelite,silver indented plate on two sides. Removable top and cross hatched sides for striking

Inscriptions & Markings

Japanese printing on both faces

Photograph - L.A.C. Leonard John Hudson 156990 7ACS R.A.A.F.

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Hand coloured photograph of L. J. Hudson in RAAF tropical uniform 1944 Copies of the "Spruiker" Magazine illustrations from August 1945 published at Milne Bay by 7ACS (7th Airfield Construction Squadron) Photograph of 25lb. Field Gun at Thompsons Foundry Pages from Photo Album showing L. J. Hudson in uniform at Castlemaine (one with his wife R. J. Hudson ) and at Milne Bay

Historical information

Leonard John Hudson was born in Prahran and moved to Castlemaine in his early years At the beginning of the war was refused entry to the services due to his "reserved occupation" as a motor mechanic working on farm machinery At night he worked as a machinist for Thompson's Foundry machining breech blocks for 25 pound field guns. (image) Eventually he was granted enlistment into the R.A.A.F. into 7 Airfield Construction Squadron as a Leading Aircraftsman 156990 and was sent to Milne Bay with the unit to build the air strip.As one of few diesel mechanics he was often required to assist the US troops with their maintenance problems at various sites in or near New Guinea.

Significance

Rare surviving images of 7 ACS newsletter

hat Slouch

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Brown felt "slouch" hat with cloth hat band and leather head band. Rising Sun bronze badge affixed Colour patch of the 26th Infantry Batallion

Historical information

Worn by Lt. Austin Feore

Korean War Medal

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Gold coloured medal with red insert yellow green white blue and red ribbon

Historical information

Presented to all Korean Veterans. Not pproved to be worn by Australian Troops

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented by Singman Rhee (Korean Characters

Australian Soldiers Record of Service Book

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Cardboard covered booklet

Inscriptions & Markings

Beutler J L #61137

Plaque MZ Commando Unit (Services Reconnaissance Department Z Force) - MZ Commando Unit (Services Reconnaissance Department Z Force)

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm

Inscriptions & Markings

MZ Commando Unit (Services Reconnaissance Department Z Force)

Prismatic Compass

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Prismatic Compass Brass case with floating face

Inscriptions & Markings

MK IX No.6442 Made in Australia 1941

Razor

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Rolls razor in a plush lined leather covered metal case containing Razor, leather strop with automated blade sharpening mechanism and a changeable carbide plate fitter inside a silver inner case

Historical information

Used by J McRorie during WWII Assumed to be a "Going away gift"

Significance

The factory address was 255 Cricklewood Broadway, London, N.W. 2, with showrooms located at 197a, Regent St., London, W.1. A U.S. importer was Lee & Schiffer, East 44th St., New York City. By 1937 the U.S. distributor was Rolls Razor, Inc., 305 East 45th St., New York. The eponymous product was a sophisticated safety-razor which promoted with the slogan "The razor that is stropped and honed in its case" the claimed first use was 1922. The U.S. patent for the method of attaching the blade to the handle was filed in 1925 and issued in 1930. The name "Rolls Razor (1927) Ltd." was used in advertising. The razor was still manufactured and sold until 1958 when the company was purchased by entrepreneur/corporate raider John Bloom who decided to focus on washing machines rather than the razor. Rolls Razor open case. The blade handle on the left is attached to the honing mechanism lever via a spring-loaded bearing. The nickel plated blade on the right side is attached to the honing bar that slides on the red leather strop. The grey honing stone is part of the closing lid. The leather strop and the hone lids are not interchangeable as the blade needs to push against the hone but pull against the strop. The blade has a safety guard with pivot action that allows it to vary the shaving angle while providing safe operation. The head of the blade handle locks perpendicular to the blade using a slide type of action with the spring-loaded bearing providing additional stability

Inscriptions & Markings

Rolls Razor

Japanese Occupation Money

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

5 Japanese occupation notes of various denominations

Historical information

Used by Japanese forces in the Pacific theater during WWII

Photograph Keith Williams

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Black and white photograph of Keith Williams sitting and another (unknown) in wooden frame under glass

Sailors cap & collar

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

White cap with black band,printed "Warramunga" Black headband on inner. Collar,Navy blue with 3 white bands around it. Width 30cm,Length 62cm. Lower made into 3 strips Length 44cm. Width 10cm. Issued to B. Curwen

Historical information

Cap worn by Bob Curwen on the H.M.A.S. Warramunga Circa 1945

Photo Album - Charles Harold Dix 119700 RAAF Photos of the War Years

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Photo Album of mainly black and white photos from WWII Darwin Morotai Island and Balikpapan

Historical information

Photos taken by Charles Dix 119700 RAAF 2 SQN. at Darwin Adelaide River Morotai and Balikpapan during WWII and 2 photos of later date

Significance

Charles Dix 119700 RAAF 2 Sqn. was a member of RSL Waverley Sub Branch for many years. He Joined the RAAF on 8th October 1942 and was discharged from the 83rd. Operational base unit on 30th. January 1946. During WWII and served at Darwin, Adelaide River Morotai Island and made a "beach Landing" under fire at Balikpapan to set up RAAF signals station at the newly captured airstrip Vic Morgan is thought to be MORGAN, Victor Allen - (Leading Aircraftman); Service Number - 88726; File type - Casualty - Repatriation; Aircraft - Mitchell A47-37; Place - Arafura Sea; Date - 14 August 1945

Bible,Hat R.A.A.F badge and playing cards and a set of 3 leather pouches

RSL Waverley Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Mounted on green cloth covered board. Bible,Hat badge and playing cards and a set of 3 leather pouches