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Wonthaggi RSL Wonthaggi, Victoria

Wonthaggi RSL is a small traditional Sub-Branch, operated by a small dedicated team of veterans and volunteers whose aims are to service the veteran community through operating the Bass Coast Veterans and Dependents Welfare Centre, for Welfare and Pension requirements and also to serve the commemorative needs of the local community.

The Wonthaggi RSL holds a modest collection of memorabilia, photos, documents and books relating to military service, as well as a library of more than 900 reference books covering military history and technology. The building itself has local heritage listing and the sub branch was formed in 1918.

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60 Graham Steet Wonthaggi Victoria (map)
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60 Graham Steet Wonthaggi Victoria

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First Aid Kit

Wonthaggi RSL, Wonthaggi

Parcel that is sandy brown in colour with black lettering

Historical information

Forms part of First Aid equipment as utilised by Australian Forces during WW2.

Significance

Typical basic First Aid equipmenr available to Australian Military Forces durung and after the Second World War

Inscriptions & Markings

First Field Dressing with instructions on use Johnson and Johnson.

Bayonet

Wonthaggi RSL, Wonthaggi

A small bayonet with a scabbard

Historical information

Bayonet for use during the Vietnam War.

Trench shovel

Wonthaggi RSL, Wonthaggi

A portable folding shovel with a rivetted lip attached to a wooden handle. A metal tube is atached to the end of the handle. The metal blade is hinged by rivet to the metal tube on the end of the handle. A circular steel tube is on the metal tube.

Historical information

A trenching tool used in Vietnam war, carried by soldiers with their kit. This tool had multiple uses including digging in-field trenches, disposal of human waste, and an an improptu weapon in hand-to-hand combat.

Significance

This trenching tool is representative of filed kits issued to Australian soldiers in the Vietnam War. Length of handle suggests it was used by Sappers or Artillary.

Framed photograph and medals etc

Wonthaggi RSL, Wonthaggi

Silver frame around photograph including mini medals, dog tag descriptive label and coin.

Historical information

Cpl Ian Marshall served in Vietnam and died later in 1987.

Significance

Memorial for local veteran.

Inscriptions & Markings

[Photograph of] Cpl Ian Calder Marshall, [Army number] 33241 [who served with] First Field Medical and Dental Coy Vietnam. Died Friday November 6th,1987.

Torch

Wonthaggi RSL, Wonthaggi

A metal torch with glass dome at top and brass clip

Historical information

Used in Second World War to alert planes and as a hand torch. This torch was used by a member of an Australian unit.

Significance

It is a representative item of military equipment for service. This item was used by Australians serving overseas during WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

EverReady 1939 64205

Framed medals

Wonthaggi RSL, Wonthaggi

Wooden frame with pink background, black and white photo of a man wearing glasses on either side of photo are two oval shaped flags that the top half navy blue and bottom half faded orange. Below in the centre is an Order Of The Day Certificate and medals on either side of the certificate.

Historical information

Certificate to No 3363. Pte D. Scott 38th Battalion for gallantry in carrying messages under heavy fire near Bray 24th Aug 1918. Awarded Military Medal.

Inscriptions & Markings

Left medal GEORGIVS V BRITT ??N REX ET IND IMP H

Trench Art

Wonthaggi RSL, Wonthaggi

Customised navel shell casing, hung on wooden frame, accompanied by wooden striker.

Historical information

Wooden Art Piece & Artillary Shell - hung by standing frame and an asian designed bridge piece

Significance

Object potentially used in meetings and ceremonies

Inscriptions & Markings

HMAS AUSTRALIA, 1913 - 21 Various - Manufactures Marks