Machette and scabbard : Captain A W White, Australian Army

Place Asia: Vietnam
Accession Number REL35358
Collection type Technology
Object type Edged weapon or club
Physical description Aluminium, Brass, Cotton webbing, Nylon webbing, Steel, Wood
Maker Diamond
Place made China
Date made c 1965
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

Machete with rivetted laminated wood handle and 37.5 cm steel blade. Supplied with stitched and rivetted canvas sheath edged with cotton webbing. The scabbard also has a brass throat reinforcement. On the reverse of the scabbard is stitched a cotton webbing belt loop. The keeper, which is cotton webbing has a snap fastener and is attached to the belt loop. Stamped on the inside of the belt loop is the maker's details 'RMB LTD 1944'.

History / Summary

Anthony Walter White was born 16 April 1938 in Randwick NSW. He enlisted in the Army in 1961, with the service number 214183 and was sent to Officer Cadet School (OCS) Portsea where he graduated with the rank of lieutenant. His first tour in Vietnam began on 11 November 1965 with 1 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR). During this time he served in 1 RAR's extensive operations in the Ho Bo Woods area. He transferred to Headquarters, 1 Australian Task Force on 5 June 1966 when 1 RAR rotated home to Australia. White went on to complete his tour with Headquarters, Australian Force Vietnam (Army Component) from 2 August until 16 November 1966. He served a second tour in Vietnam as a captain with 1 Civil Affairs Unit from 18 March 1970 until 28 October 1971.