Made: W.D. & H.O. Wills, circa 1940-1945
Used: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1940-1945
Found under the floor boards of the Gallery Great Hall when replaced in 1989.

Physical Description

White cardboard packet, with dark brown, light brown and gold horizontal panels. Gold, brown and white text. Flip top lid. Two separate compartments inside, each lined with gold foil. Obverse, top, gold embossed shield and crest.


Reason for Acquisition: From 1940 to 1945 the Exhibition Building was occupied by the Royal Australian Air Force as a training school. About 500 to 700 men lived in the building for varying periods of time. When the floorboards on the balcony level of the Great Hall were replaced as part of the restoration program in 1989, many items dating back to the 1940s were found. These provide an insight into the lifestyle and interests of RAAF personnel stationed in the building.

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