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Decorated envelope sent from HMAS CERBERUS

Date: 1942
Overall: 105 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Envelope
Object No: 00000665

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    Decorated envelope from Stoker R Boland to his mother, sent from the Flinders Naval Depot. Boland has decorated the envelope with a White Ensign and the name of the naval training establishment HMAS CERBERUS. The RAN crown is featured in the bottom left corner of this official piece of RAN stationery.
    Robert Thomas Boland enlisted in the RAN in November 1942 at the age of 18 and remained in naval service until May 1950. At the time of his discharge he was serving aboard HMAS KUTTABUL as a stoker mechanic.
    SignificanceThis decorated envelope is part of the Boland collection which offers a small glimpse into the life of a sailor during his World War II service.
    HistoryHMAS CEREBUS is the Royal Australian Naval training facility located in Victoria. The base was officially opened in 1920 and became known as CEREBUS in April 1921.
    From 1930 - 1958 it was also the base for the Royal Australian Naval College which is now located in Jervis Bay, New South Wales.
    At the beginning of World War II, extra buildings were erected to cope with the huge increase of recruits. There were approximately 400 per month (in addition ti the introduction of the WRANS).
    This letter by Boland would have been written in the first weeks of his enlistment.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Decorated envelope sent from HMAS CERBERUS

    Primary title: RAN envelope, HMAS CERBERUS, addressed to Mrs Boland

    Collection title: Stoker Boland naval collection

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