Veterans Heritage Project
 
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 Attitudes towards war and peace have changed over time. These objects are remnants of the social, cultural and political conditions of their time. They provide insight into why war happened, why people participated in the war effort and help us to better understand the conflicting narratives of an era.

 

DANDENONg/cranbourne RSL

AIF FOOTBALL



REGISTRATION No:

0507

DescriPtion:

This ball was possibly made by Corporal C. McMullen during WWI. McMullen made footballs for the AIF, including the original ball for the 1916 Australian Rules exhibition match in London. This object speaks to the early evolution of Australian Rules Football and the importance of sport to the armed forces. 

DATE:

c.1939-45

SIZE:

H17cm x W32cm x D22cm



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ballarat ranger military museum

oral history


 Image showing quote by George Prolongeu. "When we got to Sydney, there were big buses there with plaques on them. AIF men returning home victorious. It's a wonderful experience, really."

Interviewee:

George Prolongeu

Interviewer:

Danny Williams

DESCRIPTION:

In this oral history excerpt, George Prolongeu recalls the moment he learnt of Japan’s surrender, allowing him to return home and bringing an end to six years of conflict and hardship.

Date:

13 Feb 2018

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ringwood RSL

photograph



REGISTRATION No:

00152

DescriPtion:

This photograph shows aircraft nose art on an American bomber in the Pacific Theatre. The commissioning of nose art began as an unofficial practice that was not subject to usual routes of military approval. The depiction of 'pin up' women during the Second World War was as a means of pushing back against the rigidity and constraint of military life.

DATE:

c.1939 - 1945

SIZE:

H11 x W8 cm



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wangaratta RSL

emboidered postcard



REGISTRATION No:

207.8

DescriPtion:

Embroidered silk postcards became a booming industry during the First World War that was largely driven by women. Many French women embroidered strips of silk in their homes before sending them to a factory to be mounted on card by a largely female production line. Designs endorsing patriotism and unity were popular amongst Allied troops.

DATE:

1918

SIZE:

H10 x W13.5 cm



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wangaratta RSL

MAGAZINE



REGISTRATION No:

191.4

TITLE:

The War Papers, Part 50

DescriPtion:

This British publication was a lift-out of the Daily Chronicle and belongs to a 90-part series that chronicled the allies progress in the Second World War, right up until Victory Day in 1946. 

DATE:

8 April 1945

SIZE:

H58 x W42 cm



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DANDENONG/CRANBOURNE RSL

NEWSPAPER



REGISTRATION No:

0505

DescriPtion:

This issue of the Sun News Pictorial was read by Victorians the morning after the unconditional surrender of Germany to the Allies on May 7, 1945, bringing an end to European conflict in the Second World War.

DATE:

May 8, 1945.

SIZE:

H40 x W28 cm



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lara RSL

POW Instructions



REGISTRATION No:

0512

TITLE:

The Responsibilities of a Prisoner of War

DescriPtion:

This small folder was issued to all RAAF personnel during World War II. It contains instructions pertaining to conduct and the protection of service information if taken prisoner by the enemy.

DATE:

1944

SIZE:

H10.8 x W12.6 cm



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wangaratta RSL

Carpet



REGISTRATION No:

48

DescriPtion:

The decorative elements of this rug symbolise Australia's commitment to Operation Catalyst - a post-invasion operation dedicated to the stabilization, rehabilitation and reconstruction of Iraq.

DATE:

2006

SIZE:

H86 x W48 cm



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combined tramways/east melbourne rsl

oral history


 Image showing quote by Tim Woods. "Most people didn't make the distinction. We didn't volunteer to go to Vietnam."

Interviewee:

Tim Woods

Interviewer:

Ella de Rooij

DESCRIPTION:

Tim Woods is a Vietnam veteran. In this excerpt he recalls the anti-war sentiment and hostile public reception of troupes in the early 1970s despite Australia’s conscription policy – the National Service Scheme – which was eventually abolished in December 1972.

Date:

20 Sep 2017

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ringwood RSL

pamphlet



REGISTRATION No:

00148

TITLE:

Souvenir of the German Navy's Surrender

DescriPtion:

While Armistice Day commemorates the end of the First World War on November 11 1918, the German Navy did not deliver their fleet for a further 10 days. The surrender, also known as Operation ZZ, was the largest gathering of warships in one place in naval history.

DATE:

1918

SIZE:

H28 x W21 cm



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DANDENONG/CRANBOURNE RSL

collection tin



REGISTRATION No:

0024

DescriPtion:

Following World War II, various ex-service organisations, patriotic leagues and benevolent societies in Australia instigated fundraising activities to benefit returned prisoners of war. The Red Cross were particularly active in organising Street Day Appeals, where tins like this were used to collect funds.

DATE:

November, 1945

SIZE:

H11 x D13 cm



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lara RSL

NEWsletter



REGISTRATION No:

0665

TITLE:

The Voice of the Battalion

DescriPtion:

The 23rd Battalion was raised in Victoria in 1915. This issue of their publication was published in Ypres, France, four days after armistice was declared.

DATE:

15 November, 1918

SIZE:

H20.5 x W16.5 cm



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melbourne legacy

book



REGISTRATION No:

00063

title:

Digger Songs

DescriPtion:

Songs and music of war carry powerful messages and can help to create meaningful, often patriotic connections between soldiers and those at home. This songbook was not published until 1922, several years after the First World War concluded but would have most likely been used by Legatees during comradeship activities

DATE:

1922

SIZE:

H303 x W234 mm



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wangaratta rsl

oral history


 Image showing quote by Joyce Barry. "Everyone was very, very loyal."

Interviewee:

Joyce Barry

Interviewer:

Michelle Dawson

DESCRIPTION:

Joyce Barry served in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force during the Second World War. In her interview, Joyce shares what inspired her to join the services and what training was like for a young woman living in Victoria.

Date:

21 Mar 2018.

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DANDENONG/CRANBOURNE RSL

TRANSISTOR Radio



REGISTRATION No:

0549

DescriPtion:

Many servicemen carried transistor radios during the Vietnam War in order to access news and music. The music of the era became the unofficial soundtrack of the Vietnam War in popular culture. For the first time, soldiers in the field could have an immediate connection to news from home in real time.

DATE:

Unknown

SIZE:

H296 x W257 x D95 cm



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melbourne legacy

Programme



REGISTRATION No:

00156

DescriPtion:

Theatre programme for This Will Be The Place, performed during a Melbourne Legacy Display at the Garrick Theatre in 1934. Proceeds for the event contributed to Legacy's activities supporting the families of deceased veterans.

DATE:

1934

SIZE:

H225 x W150 mm



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