Alternative Name(s): Leave Pass

Used Melbourne, circa 1940-1945. Found under the floorboards of the Gallery, Great Hall when replaced in 1989.

Physical Description

Green, red and black Defence Leave ticket, second class from Port Melbourne to Melbourne. Ticket number 5985. Penalty details. Reverse, conditions for use. Number 8IA451. Only half the ticket remains.


Reason for Acquisition: Transfer from the Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building
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 for varying periods of time. When the floorboards on the balcony level of the Great Hall were replaced as part of the restoration program, 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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