World War Conflicts Cabinet

Our District at War

A poignant reminder of sacrifices made. This collection is from the Boer War 1899 -1902 and World War One 1914-1918.

For Australia, the First World War remains the costliest conflict in terms of deaths and casualties. From a population of fewer than five million, 416,809 men enlisted, of whom more than 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner.

No.ItemDescriptionVic Collections
1South African Smoking Pipe
c. 1900
Souvenir from the Boer War (1899-1902) bought back by Private Daff.more information
2Mourning EnvelopeThe notification of the death of Soldier Eric Smith was delivered to his loved ones in the envelope.
3Box of MatchesSold to raise funds for the British War Relief Society
4Embroidered Silk Cloth
c. 1914-1918
Souvenir from Egypt, bought back by WWI soldier.more information
5Rising Sun Hat Badge WWILight Horse Rising Sun hat badgemore information
6Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery CorpsCap Badge of the Royal Regiment of Artillery.
759 Badge WWI59th Battalion was raised in Egypt on 21 February 1916 as part of the expansion of the AIF.
8Gold MedalPresented to Alonzo Sheldrake Box on his return from WWI by the citizens of Oakleigh.more information
9Kooyong Military Hospital Carnival
c. 1916
The button was produced and sold to raise funds for the Kooyong Military Hospital during WWI
10Photo AlbumPhotos of soldiers, from Bentleigh, serving in Egypt. The album belonged to Clarence Burgess, a resident of Bentleigh, who served in WWI.more information