Patron: Major General K. G. Cooke AO RFD ED
Vice Patron: Brigadier W. J. Hocking RFD ED
President: Lieutenant Colonel Don Blanksby RFD ED
Vice President: Major Bob Prewett RFD
Secretary/Treasurer: Lieutenant Colonel Ev Reynolds RFD ED
Including: 1st Battallion Royal Victorian Regiment
Associate Chaplain: Mr David Hall
Annual Membership Subscription $25 due 1st July each year
Life membership $125
Newsletters posted during the year will keep you informed of important events related to our association and our reserve forces.
Each year members are invited to attend the annual dinner/lunch. (ladies and family members welcome)
Welfare advice available, pensions, illness, bereavement and other entitlements related to your previous service with the armed forces.
The 58th Infantry Battalion, known as the Essendon rifles was formed in 1913, as a citizen’s military force under the command of Harold “Pompey” Elliot.
Antique & Historical Arms Collectors Guild of Victoria Inc. caring for Victoria’s heritage for tomorrow.
Founded in 1963, the Guild is dedicated to the collection, preservation, research and interpretation of antique and historically significant arms, accoutrements and ephemera.
When the Guild was established in 1963 it provided the small group of private collectors in Victoria, indeed Australia at that time, with a means of sharing new finds, researching their collections, and generally enjoying their pursuit. It also offered a political voice to the issue of adequate heritage protection being offered to antique arms, in a decade which saw much of Melbourne’s heritage architecture under threat from destruction.
Today, the essential aims of the Guild remain the same – to provide a network for fellow collectors to share and enjoy their pursuit, and to advocate and lobby for recognition of the important heritage status afforded to the items in private ownership.
The private collector has an important in continuing to preserve our cultural heritage for the benefit of future generations.
Anyone with an interest in heritage arms is welcome to join The Guild, irrespective of whether they intend to collect or not. The Guild’s membership represents the largest single body of knowledge on this subject in Victoria, and its members include both enthusiasts as well as professionals employed within the field of heritage arms and the museum sector.
Where to meet us, and how to join
The Guild holds monthly meetings on the last Monday of the month at Eley Park Community Centre, 87 Eley Road, Blackburn South, Melbourne (Melways ref: 61-H5). We warmly welcome, and encourage, all prospective members to come along to one of these meetings.
If planning to attend, let us known by email beforehand, and we will ensure a member of the Guild committee is on hand to meet you, and answer any queries you might have about the organisation.
The Battle of Crete & Greece Commemorative Council was formed in October 2015 in Melbourne and is an initiative of the indefatigable leadership of the Cretan Community of Victoria.
The Council has been established to ( a ) promote and commemorate the involvement of Anzac Forces in the Greek Campaign and the Battle of Crete in 1941, ( b ) to promote and commemorate the involvement of the Greek Army and Greek civilians in the campaigns that have forever created a bond between Australia and Greece, ( c ) re-enforce the historical connection between Australia and Greece, whether through military operations or migration, ( d ) Encourage pilgrimages and tourism between Australia and Greece to further deepen the appreciation of this connection, to enhance economic development and provision of associated infrastructure including memorials and finally ( e ) to reach out and seek the involvement of our ANZACS descendants and Families including children and grandchildren.
The Council aims to achieve this through engaging with Federal, State and Local Governments, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Ministry for Defence in Greece and Australia, seeking the support of the Allied Consular Offices, the participation of the Australian Unit Associations, Regiments and Battalions, the private sector and communities in Australia, New Zealand and Greece and especially at the local level in Crete, and other significant Anzac sites in Greece.
Its purpose is to commemorate the Anniversary of the Battle of Crete in Australia in such a way that will preserve and promote the shared history and the links of Australia, New Zealand, Britain and Greece, raise awareness of the importance of the Battle of Crete and Greek Campaigns and to remember and honor the fallen and the remaining veterans and in particular to our younger Generations and our Students.
Some of the events the Council has planned, include a photographic Exhibitions, Lectures, Seminars, Forums, Commemorative Services, Wreath Laying Ceremonies, Parades, Movie Nights, Olive Tree Plantations, Community Sporting Events, School Tours, Memorial Tours, Study Guides, Flag Ceremonies, Book Launches, Luncheons, Dinner Dances, Memorial Unveilings on the Australian involvement in 2nd World War and in particular the Battle of Crete.
• On building awareness of the Battle of Crete and Greek Campaign in the build-up, during and post the 75th Anniversary year in 2016
• Maximise mainstream turnout at the Battle of Crete Commemorative events at the Shrine of Remembrance and Australian Hellenic Memorial
• Support the Cretan Community in their Annual Battle of Crete Commemorations and encourage other Greek Community organisations that have a significant ANZAC heritage to commemorate their history.
• Private James Zampelis is the only Hellenic Anzac to die in the Battle of Greece and Crete. Consideration may be given to produce and install a small bronze plaque at the village Mournes where he was killed.
• To approach other community groups to be involved in the Annual Program that have an ANZAC connection.
• To engage political and community pressure to the Australian Government to recognize the Battles of Greece and Crete by awarding a specific Medal.
Facebook : Anzacs in Crete – 1941
Postal : P. O. Box 450 Preston VIC 3072
Interested in Aviation? Want to join an enthusiastic group at Benalla? Try Benalla Aviation Museum come to the airport on Sundays or Wednesday and see what we do.
We are looking for any members of No: 11 Elementary Flying Training School who trained or instructed at R.A.A.F. Benalla – or any W.A.A.F’s or support crew Our Museum is open on Sundays 10 till about 3 and on Wednesday our volunteers attend at the museum for working bees We have a Tiger Moth that we are restoring to display, but we are looking for ex 11 EFTS people to write up a history – Please contact us
The museum is open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 9.00am to 3.00pm. Other inspection times can be arranged for groups by phoning 0429 629 415.
Benalla Aviation Museum Committee
PO Box 633
Benalla, Victoria 3671
President: – Craig Morrison
Vice President: – Mick Carr
Secretary: John Currie
Treasurer: Richard Morton
The HMAS Castlemaine is one of the 60 Australian-built Bathurst class corvettes to serve throughout World War Two and the last such vessel still afloat, having been restored by volunteers over three decades.
HMAS Castlemaine, berthed at Williamstown and open for public inspection allows visitors to explore an original World War 2 warship. She is one of the 60 Australian-built Bathurst class corvettes to serve throughout World War Two and the last such vessel still afloat, having been restored by volunteers over three decades. Castlemaineis open to the public on weekends and public holidays.
The Bathurst class corvettes were designed in Australia, based on the British Bangor class corvette and modified for local conditions. They were built primarily as mine sweepers, also capable of armed escorts, landing and embarking troops and supplies ashore, and, when the scourge of enemy submarines was realised, anti-submarine warfare. To this end, HMAS Castlemaine was an economical ship which could operate in both open and shallow coastal waters and was armed with proven and reliable anti-aircraft guns, depth charge launchers and the QF 4 inch deck gun which fired a range of specialised ammunition. The class was officially designated ‘Australian Mine Sweeper’.
Her small crew, initially of 70 was expanded to nearly 100 owing to the equipment added to the corvettes during the war such as radar and ASDIC, an early form of sonar.
It is fitting that she is berthed in perpetuity at Williamstown, where she was built and subsequently launched on the 7th of August 1941 by Mrs. R. G. Menzies, wife of the then Prime Minister and that her engines were built, in the town for which she is named- Castlemaine, located some 140km north west of Melbourne. Throughout her service career she suffered minor damage to enemy actions, was involved in a collision with a ferry in Manly, Sydney, ran aground near Millingimbi off the coast of Arnhem Land and was involved in the same action in which HMAS Armidale, one of her sister ships was sunk off the coast of Timor.
Today visitors can see how crews lived and worked during the war years, witness the original engines turning over and view a wide range of artefacts documenting Australian maritime history.
HMAS Castlemaine, open from 10AM every weekend, is located on Gem Pier in Williamstown.
Gates close to visitors at 4pm.
Admission Prices – Adults: $6, Children Under 16: $3, Families: $15, children under 4: free
Provides social and welfare activities for members.
Organising Anzac Day and Remembrance Day memorial services by the sub-branch.
Conference/meeting room available for hire.
Open Daily for meals and entertainment.
38 McLachlan St Horsham Victoria, 3402
Or mail to P.O.Box 310 Horsham, Victoria, 3402
03 5382 5912
03 5382 5222
03 5382 4647 FAX
Kokoda Historical provides the trekker with the complete living history experience. We focus not only on the adventure of walking the Kokoda Track, but also on experiencing the history first hand.
MHHV Foundation Member
The adventure of walking the Kokoda Track is guaranteed to be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of your life. Set high amidst the beautiful mountains of the Owen Stanley’s, you will explore one of the last untouched wildernesses left in the world. As the Kokoda Historical group treks through vast rainforest, makes numerous river crossings and battles its way across rugged terrain, we will recall how young, ill-trained and ill-equipped militiamen began the fight to save Australia. What better way of paying homage to the men who fought to save Australia, by learning the history while walking in their footsteps.
Starting off either in the village of Kokoda or Ower’s Corner we will make the 96km journey across the rugged terrain of the Kokoda Track, the highlights being: Kokoda, Isurava, Templeton’s Crossing, Lake Myola and Brigade Hill. Kokoda Historical also offers trips to the Northern Beachheads taking in Popondetta, Gona, Sanananda and Buna.
Our pricing is very competitive and safety is our number one priority. Kokoda Historical combines the knowledge of locals and that of Australian historians. Our emphasis is on small groups and the historical significance of the Kokoda Track and the Kokoda campaign.
Australian Military History Research and Publications
Established in Melbourne in 1991 Mostly Unsung provides a unique research facility into Australian military history from the First Fleet to the present day. Headed by Lieutenant Colonel Neil C Smith, AM, Mostly Unsung specialises in genealogical and service aspects of former Australian and British Defence personnel…
MHHV Foundation Member
With over 24 years Australian Regular Army experience, Neil Smith understands military jargon, abbreviations and the various organisational and recording systems employed by the Army, Navy and Air Force. He has accrued a wide and useful experience in examining publicly available records so as to optimise the value of both personal and service details pertinent to individual and groups of Australian servicemen and women. Neil was nominated for the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance Medal in 2010 and is well known for his pre-recorded ANZAC Day historical pieces and parade commentary in Victoria on ABC TV…
In addition to client initiated research tasks, Mostly Unsung also researches and publishes on a range of Australian and British military history subjects. Examples include regimental histories, tracking unit movements, medal rolls such as those for the Boer War, Crimea, Indian Mutiny, New Zealand Wars, Afghanistan 1878 and many more; Escapees From Singapore in 1942, Prisoners of War, Australians with Irregular units in the Boer War, Australians serving with Allied nations and the North Russian Relief Force, British Commonwealth Occupation Force (Japan) Army nominal roll, World War Two Army and RAAF unit movements, facilities, aliases, municipal honour rolls and unit nominal rolls.
The National Vietnam Veterans Museum (NVVM) is a unique Museum. Originally founded by Vietnam veterans to help and support veterans to cope better with their experiences during the Vietnam War (1962-1975) and after their return to Australia, the NVVM seeks to remember, interpret and understand the experience of the veterans of the Vietnam era and the enduring impact of the war on society.
Now in its 15th year as a military collection and its second year as an independent museum, the NVVM has been accepted into the Museums Accreditation Program (MAP) and is focused on accreditation by the end of 2016 or before.
The NVVM provides a unique and authentic experience for any visitor, young and old, with new galleries and exhibits, along with a huge range of memorabilia and artefacts large and small.
MHHV Foundation Member
The Museum presents the story of Australia’s military involvement at a time of deep division among the Australian population over conscription. The Museum is of great historical and cultural significance for Australians of all ages and also provides a nostalgic meeting place for Veterans and their families.
Located on Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia – a popular tourist location – the Museum was officially opened on the 9th March 2007. From its initial concept – a Land rover and trailer touring Australia – equipment, photos and stories were donated and added to the collection…
It was important in planning that the museum reflects a focus of unity for the Vietnam veteran community. We are delighted that this has been achieved. There are many veterans who have stated, either personally or in covering letters, that they are not affiliated with any club or organization. It is important that the National Vietnam Veterans Museum is accepted as belonging to all Vietnam Veterans; there are no second-class citizens in our community.
It is handy to be able to find literature that expresses the Museum’s purpose accurately. In its Code of Ethics (2004), The International Council of Museums describes a museum as:
“A non-profit making, permanent institution, in the service of society and of its development which is open to the public, acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits, for purposes of study, education and enjoyment, the tangible and intangible evidence of people and their environment.”
This is exactly what the Museum stands for. With veteran and public support, this important National Museum will continue to progressively move forward and we hope, that you as veterans, your families and visiting members of the public, will be proud of it and a part of its future.
Housed at Point Cook (near Melbourne), the birthplace of the Australian Flying Corps and the Royal Australian Air Force, the museum tells one of Australia’s most important aviation stories, that of the second oldest air force in the world.
MHHV Foundation Member
In early 1913, English aviator Lieutenant Henry Petre travelled hundreds of miles by motorcycle to inspect possible sites for a flying school on behalf of the Australian Government. Petre selected Point Cook. This former sheep paddock was purchased from the Chirnside family for ₤6,040 2s 3d and was to become the birthplace of military aviation in Australia.
In 1913 the new Central Flying School received five aircraft from Britain to train pilots for the Australian Flying Corps, and on the morning of 1 March 1914, a Bristol Boxkite aircraft flown by Lieutenant Eric Harrison made the first flight at Point Cook. The first flying training course at Point Cook commenced on 17 August 1914, just two weeks after the start of World War I. Lieutenant Richard Williams was the first of the four officer students to graduate in November 1914. Between 1914 and 1917, eight flying training courses were conducted at the Central Flying School, Point Cook. Hangars and wooden accommodation buildings gradually replaced tents and temporary buildings used by the first small group of instructional staff, students and mechanics.
The RAAF expanded steadily between 1921 and 1939 and Point Cook remained a busy training base for landplanes and seaplanes. A Seaplane Flight was formed at Point Cook to cooperate with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The RAAF provided the RAN with aircraft and crews to undertake reconnaissance, mapping and range-finding for naval gunfire. Two large Southampton flying boats were also used for coastal reconnaissance and parachute training at Point Cook between World War I and II.
Point Cook was the home of military flying training in the RAAF from 1914 to 1992. The Central Flying School, No 1 Service Flying Training School and No 1 Flying Training School (FTS) were the major RAAF training units based at Point Cook in this period. Pilots from the Army, Navy and overseas also received their basic flying instruction at Point Cook. The last flying training course at No 1 FTS graduated in 1992.
More demanding academic and technical training for the RAAF led to the establishment of the RAAF College at Point Cook in 1948. The College combined academic study and flying training and became the RAAF Academy in 1961. Graduates received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Melbourne. In 1986, the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra assumed the role of the RAAF Academy. The RAAF School of Languages moved to Point Cook in 1946. Courses in Japanese, Russian, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Arabic languages were conducted according to requirements. In 1993 the school became the Australian Defence Force School of Languages and is now based at RAAF Base Williams, Laverton.