Alternative Name(s): Leave Pass
Used Melbourne, circa 1940-1945. Found under the floorboards of the Gallery, Great Hall when replaced in 1989.
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.
Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Sep 1991
Place & Date Used
Printed, fron, black inkt: DEFEN(CE) torn / Port Melbourne TP MELBOURNE / SECOND CLASS / Not transferable to Another Person. / PENALTY £20 [see back 5985 Printed, reverse, black ink: DEFENCE LEAVE / Travelling in Uniform Available until day following date of issue. Exception - Return portion of ticket issued on Friday, Saturday or Sunday available until following Monday. Stamped: (smudged ink) IA451 (?)
Type of item
3 cm (Length), 3.3 cm (Height)
Exhibition Collection Management
30 mm (Width), 32 mm (Height)