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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

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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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Plaqque H.M.A.S. Adelaide

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden plaque with insignia of H.M.A.S. Adelaide

Historical information

HMAS Adelaide (1918) was a Town-class light cruiser commissioned in 1922 and decommissioned in 1946 HMAS Adelaide (FFG 01) was an Adelaide class frigate commissioned in 1980 and decommissioned in 2008 HMAS Adelaide (LHD 01) is a Canberra class landing helicopter dock ship due to enter service in 2015

Inscriptions & Markings

H.M.A.S. Adelaide

Badge (lapel) ANZAC 25bn

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Enamel on brass badge top half of diamond is dark blue and the lower half light blue with a yellow enamel "A" superimposed. Rear has a stamped makers mark

Historical information

Presented to the members of 25Bn. AIF who served at Gallipoli

Significance

Presented to Sig. Henry Claude Roussac 1737

Inscriptions & Markings

A

Folding knife

Waverley RSL 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

Shell Case Artillery

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Brass shell artillery case 3inch fired with identification markings on base

Historical information

Artillery Shell case WWII

Inscriptions & Markings

+18 PR II Lot 128 F J ltd. (defense dept arrow)250 /18 (fuse) R A No.1

Scroll History of the Warramunga - History of the Warramunga

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Scroll detailing the service of H.M.A.S. Warramunga from Commissioning November 1942 until it was de-commissioned December 1959

Letters from Italian POW

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

3 letter cards from Italian POW Luio Zentere

Historical information

3 letters from Luio Zenere to his father Attillo Zenere after his capture by partisans, handed to American forces and subesquently to British and his incarceration in a P.O.W. camp in Naples 16/3/1944

Significance

One letter in english partially readable 2 in Italian faded and difficult to read but letter in English gives insight into the life of one P.O.W.

Inscriptions & Markings

Prisoner of War Post Service des prisoners de Guerre Kriegsfrngennenpost

Poster Regimental Insignia - Regimental Insignia

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Framed Poster of Australian Regimental Insignia

Plaque H.M.A.S Warramunga - H.M.A.S Warramunga

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm with insignia of H.M.A.S Warramunga

Historical information

HMAS Warramunga (I44), a Tribal class destroyer commissioned in 1942. The ship fought during the latter half of World War II, and in the Korean War. She was decommissioned in 1959, and sold for scrap. HMAS Warramunga (FFH 152), an Anzac class frigate commissioned in 2001 and in active service as of 2012

Inscriptions & Markings

H.M.A.S Warramunga

News Paper - The Sun News Pictorial

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Reprint of the front page of the Melbourne "Sun Pictorial'" Headline news Pearl Harbour Dec. 8 1941

Historical information

Reprint of the front page of the Melbourne "Sun Pictorial'" Headline news Pearl Harbour Attacked

Inscriptions & Markings

Reprint of the front page of the Melbourne "Sun Pictorial'" Headline news Pearl Harbour Dec. 8 1941

Souvenir Mugs

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

White tankards with a gold band around the top and bottom. Sepia colour prints around circumference,depicting various aspects of war.

Inscriptions & Markings

RSL badge printed on base WWI,WWII,Korea

Plaque !st Australian Field Hospital - !st Australian Field Hospital

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm

Inscriptions & Markings

!st Australian Field Hospital

Army Motor Cycle Lisence

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Paper lisence in plastic mount

Historical information

issued to A Beale a dispatch rider during WWII

Inscriptions & Markings

A.Beale

Letter card

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Letter card postmarked AIRFIELD 17 13 th Dec. 1944 with words "On active service" across top. Letter from Pte. J.H. Power. VX 41660 2/29 Btn. A Company A.I.F.

Historical information

POWER JOHN HENRY : Service Number - VX41660 : Date of birth - 30 Jun 1902 : Place of birth - BALLARAT VIC : Place of enlistment - CAULFIELD VIC : Next of Kin - POWER MABEL

Inscriptions & Markings

Adressed to Mr.Ian Clark see Image d/00100a and d/0100b

Next of Kin Memorial Plaque Dead Mans Penny - Commonly known as Dead Man's Penny

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Round Bronze Medallion/Plaque

Historical information

“Pennies” were awarded to the Next of Kin of soldiers who died in or as a result of the “Great War” and approximately 1.5million were issued up until the 1930’s they were accompanied by a scroll (letter) from King George with the message “‘I join with my grateful people in sending you this memorial of a brave life given for others in the Great War”. The Name of the serviceman, which appears on the medallion' is always shown without rank. This is to show that the sacrifice of all men is of equal value.

Significance

Stanley Alan Morey was born in Dulwich, London, England from whence he came to Austalia and lived with his parents and elder sister in Brighton Victoria He became a fitter and turner. He enlisted in the A.I.F on the 21th April 1917 Service number 3444 and was assigned to the 59th Battalion and embarked from Sydney on the HMAT “Port Melbourne” on the 16th July 1917 He went to France from England on the 9th January 1918 and joined his unit 18th January 1918 at Le Havre Less than 3 months later he was Killed in Action. He has no known grave but is remembered by a Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, France

Inscriptions & Markings

Depicts British rule of the sea (Britannia with two Dolphins), and a lion representing the British Empire. The lion stands on an eagle which represents the defeated Germany. A small insert has the Soldiers name embossed within a rectangular border. Around the rim of the plaque appear the words "He died for freedom and honour"

Collage Weary Dunlop - Funeral of Weary Dunlop

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

9 mounted photos of Weary Dunlop and his funeral

Inscriptions & Markings

Funeral of Edward "Weary" Dunlop

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

Campaign Medals 39-45 with Africa Star

Waverley RSL 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

Slouch Hat

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Felt slouch hat with Rising Sun bagde and drill band with no unit patch

Historical information

This hat was worn by Muarice C. W. Bowden 1st. Australiaqn Flying Sqn. Middle East 1916 accompanied by Photo d/0240

Medal Nato Korea

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Ctrcular wlth a iiiseO rim and another rim 1mm inside the first containing 60, equidistant raised dots. The bottom half of the medal contains two crossed rifle bullets 18mm long above which is a 15mm diameter polar projection map with Korea, encircled by two olive branches. itlain except for the inscription in 3mm Korean characters ' ' (Korea) around the lower: half of the medal and ' ' (War Service Medal) from top centre to bottom.Nato Korea Bronze Medal with blue white red and yellow ribbon

Historical information

Re-issue of Medal c1999

Inscriptions & Markings

Nato symbol with crossed bullets reverse inscribed in Korean

Trenching Tool (head)

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Steel trenching tool head with shovel enf and pick end Oval hole for fitting handle

Historical information

The intrenching tool of the Australian soldier was a British design. It is carried in an Australian leather infantry equipment blade carrier, commonly known as P15 equipment The Australian version was made of two pieces, riveted together with three rivets. The depth of the handle (helve) collar is considerably thicker than the accepted British pattern of the same time. http://www.grantsmilitaria.com/

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped AUSTRALIA

Badge - For Duty Done

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Sterling Silver (marked) oval badge with blue enameled oval surrounding stylized letters AIF sumounted by a crown

Historical information

Female Relatives Badges were issued to the wife and/or mother (or nearest female relative) of those on active service overseas during the First World War

Significance

Probably issued to the Mother of Henry Claude Roussac

Inscriptions & Markings

AIF ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE TO WOMEN OF AUSTRALIA FOR DUTY DONE 28735 STG SIL Nm McLEAN

Photographs - Fredrick Charles Dix

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

3 Black and white photographs from WWI

Historical information

Fredrick Charles Dix enlisted 8th July 1915 at Castlemaine (at the time he was living with his Mother and stepfather in Fryers Town) after serving in the Senior Cadets. He was taken on by the 9th Light horse and sent to Egypt for further training. Unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 11 January 1916.He served in France and was wounded by shrapnel in the eye socket but eventually returned to active duty on the front.He returned to Australia 6 September 1919

Significance

Sgt. F. C. Dix 1790 9th light horse 13th reinforcement 13 Field Artillery Brigade where he (several times) attained the rank of Sergeant. He also served during WWII at Nowra as a driver. Photos of Fred. were taken after enlistment, and the photo of ? 13 F.A.B. is thought to have been taken in Egypt 1916

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on reverse of the image of the soldiers in front of tent "Fred's Mates"

News Paper - Sun News Pictorial

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Front and rear pages of the Sun News Pictorial Tuesday 8th May 1945 (Laminated)

Historical information

News of end of War in Europe

Inscriptions & Markings

Unconditional surrender by Germans to all allies. War Ends in Europe

Plaque Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery 2/3 Anti Tank Regiment

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden Plaque 15cm x 13cm with insignia of Plaque Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery 2/3 Anti Tank Regiment

Historical information

This regiment 2/3 Anti-tank later was known as the 2/3 Tank Attack Regiment. The colors are sometimes shown as the reverse of the above.http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/records/awmohww2/army/vol1/awmohww2-army-vol1-app4.pdf The "T" shape of the colour patch denotes the Regiment served at Tobruk

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery 2/3 Anti Tank Regiment

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

Silver Tankard Navy

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Pewter drinking cup with ornate handle, Navy Badge with Queens Crown. Glass bottom. Tapered sides.

Historical information

commerative Mug 1986

Inscriptions & Markings

Australia 75th Anniversary 1911-1986

Badge Board

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Badge board displaying DFC 39-45 Star France Star and Service medals, Photo Box for DFC and "D Day" commorative medal

Historical information

Awarded to Bob Stuart (Ft. Lt.) who flew 37 missions for 466 Heavy Bomber Squadron over Europe

medallion 60th Anniversary of WWII

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Round gold coloured medallion in black cardboard case with certificate of authenticity

Wooden Propeller

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

Wooden propeller for Tiger Moth Aircraft with brass bound leading edges

Historical information

De Havilland made DH 5220 original fitment. The de Havilland DH 82 Tiger Moth is a 1930s biplane designed by Geoffrey de Havilland and was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and others as a primary trainer. The Tiger Moth remained in service with the RAF until replaced by the de Havilland Chipmunk in 1952 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland_Tiger_Moth

Inscriptions & Markings

Tiger Moth No.43

Identification Tags (Dog Tags)

Waverley RSL Sub Branch , Glen Waverley

2 tID tags for Henry Claude Roussac 1737 Signaller 25 Bn Ist AIF one is round made of brownish fibre board and the other is oval made of aluminium

Historical information

Tags were used to identify wounded or deceased soldiers. All soldiers were issued two tags: one to stay with the body and the other to go to the person in charge of the burial for record-keeping purposes

Significance

Rossac Henry Claude 1737 25 Btn....Left Aus 20 08 15 Born India Patna 14 7 1892 Enlisted Queensland Sent to Alexandria Landed Gallipoli 12 10 1915 France Marseille 19 3 16 wia 9 10 17 (France) returned to Aus for discharge (medical) 21 04 18 Awards1914-15 star British War MedalVictory Medal WWII V18817 Enlisted Royal Park served 1939-45 His daughter Mena Roussac also enlisted

Inscriptions & Markings

Fibre tag Roussac H C 1737 25 BN AI Bapt The other aluminium Sig. Roussac1737 25 Batt A.I.F.