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    Monday and Tuesday, bar only open from 3pm 6.30 pm (no dinner service)

    Open - Wednesday to Sunday for dinner, 6 pm to late.

    Open for lunch & dinner see Poppies Bistro




    Name: Upwey-Belgrave RSL

    Address: 1 Mast Gully Rd
    Upwey Victoria 3158

    Postal Address: PO Box 1106

    Upwey Victoria 3158

    Telephone: 03 9754 3665
    Facsimile: 03 9754 3447

    Melways: 75 A8 

    Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    The Sub-Branch welcomes visitors and new members.

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Running Rabbits Military Museum



Foyer Display with emphasis on Remembrance Day Poppy Appeal


I was honoured to be able to plan and gather together this display for Remembrance Day.

As a researcher and historian of 58 years, I am passionate about the legacy we enjoy today because of the sacrifice of all who served in every theatre of war.

I wanted the collection to reflect Navy, Army and Airforce and the men and women who served - the proud Light Horseman and the framed medals from WW1; the Captain's uniform and the poignant statue of a soldier carrying his injured mate in New Guinea for WW2; the picture of the nurses; the ship and the plane.

But overall, I wanted the main feature to be the poppies - those beautiful and heart wrenching flowers of the battlefields that have come to signify the blood which was spilled, not only in WW1 and 2, but in each and every conflict since those times.

Whenever we see a poppy or a piece of rosemary, we should pause and turn our thoughts not only to those who never came home, but also to the many who returned bearing visible and invisible scars for the rest of their lives. They all deserve our remembrance, our thanks and our deep gratitude for giving their all, so that we may live in peace.

On November 11th, we will remember them...........Lest We Forget.



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The Sunbeam S7



A new piece of history is on display at the Upwey RSL, a mist green Sunbeam S7 motorbike kindly loaned to the
Running Rabbits Military Museum for display by Garry O' Connor.
The Sunbeam S7, which was manufactured from 1946 and completed in 1956, was purchased brand new by German immigrant George Kunick
just after World War 1.
The motorbike was used to deliver mail to the Australian Army bases.
Kunick used the bike every single day until several weeks before his death in 1984, aged 82 years.
The Sunbeam S series, 1946 to 1956 was based on the BMW R 75 motorbike which was captured in WW2.
British designers felt they couldn't copy the enemy machine,  it was decided that some changes would be made when building the Sunbeam S7.
An inline 500 CC twin cylinder engine replaced the BMW horizontal opposed motor and a worm drive on the rear wheel replaced the BMW crown wheel and pinion.
The result? High wear of drive components and extremely poor reliability.
The unusual engine layout was certainly the S7's most notable feature, resulting in extremely poor sales and mechanically unsound.
The inline engine made this technologically feasible (flat-twin "boxer" engines on BMW motorcycles had already used shaft drives.)
Before long, the Sunbeam S7 was improved and sold as the "S7 Deluxe." The new model was not only available in black,
but also in the "mist green" shown on the motorbike in the Upwey/Belgrave RSL's foyer.
The simple answer was to detune the motor and call in a gentleman's router.
This created a bike that was extremely under powered, however its balloon tyres, oil dampened front forks,
sprung heel rear suspension and rubber motor was comfortable, quiet and could be ridden at long distances, cruising up to 80mpH.
The Sunbeam S7 will be on display in the main foyer of the RSL over the next few months,
which is sure to excite many bike lovers out there!



Why are we called the Running Rabbits Military Museum 

Recently, the HMAS Cerberus Museum donated a very valuable photograph of the HMAS Australia to the Upwey RSL. Click to view


Last Thursday the 6th of August, The Running Rabbits Military Museum were presented a beautiful, hand painted mural in  memory of the ANZAC soldiers.

For the last month and a half, class 11B at Mountain District Learning Centre have been working on an ANZAC mural with materials that have been generously donated to the creative students. Click to view the mural.



Tour of the Museum via video - Look Here


The Running Rabbits Military Museum is located at the Upwey-Belgrave RSL and has been named in recognition of Kokoda Campaign.


The Museum displays weaponry, documents and equipment from the Boer War through WWI and WWII to the current day. There are over 2,500 items of memorabilia, photographs and artifacts on display and a library of books and magazines available. There are some major items on display in and outside the Museum.


The Museum will educate and entertain all ages and take them on an emotional journey through time.


Location: 1 Mast Gully Road UPWEY,
Off Burwood Highway Melways Map 75 A8


Open: Thursdays 10:00am to 12:00pm
Sundays 10:00am to 2:00pm - View our brochure


Other Times – by appointment only contact RSL Admin or Memorabilia Officer


Entry: Gold Coin Donation


Light Refreshments are available from the RSL Bistro/Bar


The Museum has a school program in place for all levels. Computer access is available for individual and general research. Volunteer guides are available for groups by arrangement.


Look here to visit the Victorian Collections

Museum Photo Gallery


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