Resthaven Memories at Work Visit

As part of Resthaven’s Memories at Work project, the museum was visited by a member of the Community Respite Services and a previous Air Force driver, in order to take some photographs for the project.

Resthaven is an Aged Care Provider and the Community Respite Services team supports the older person and their carer, to ensure the person is able to stay at home, safe and well, for as long as possible. The team spends time with the older person, while the carer has a short break from their role.

The Resthaven Community Respite Services team has entered a photographic exhibition in the SALA (South Australian Living Artists) Festival. It is titled Memories at Work, and features photographs of older people sharing their unique career stories. The photographs highlight the diversity, resilience and wisdom of their generation, and illustrate how those older members of our community have laid solid foundations for future generations.

“We had a great time wandering around the Museum yesterday, taking snaps of our client. She lives at home on her own with family support and respite – which is where we enter the picture. The Museum Volunteers were very helpful and, thanks to them, we had a lot of fun.”

The Memories at Work exhibition will be open to the public from 5th to the 24th August, at Cafe Finniss, 28 Finniss St., Marion, during normal cafe business hours.

TV Spot with Channel 9 News

This morning the museum was visited by Rob Kelvin from the Channel 9 news team, who interviewed our secretary, Russell, about the current situation at the museum and our struggle to raise funding to purchase the property.

Rob and his team took a keen interest in our plight and spent about 90 minutes at the museum, looking over the collection, talking to us about our history, direction and challenges and went for a ride in the Saracen APC.

At this stage, we don’t know when the interview will be airing, but it will form part of the 6 PM news service at some stage this week, probably tonight or tomorrow. We will update the post when we know more. We have been told that the segment will air tonight during the 6 o’clock news, so please tune in to Channel 9 and keep an eye out.

Raising Funds for the Museum Property Purchase

You may have seen some articles in the newspapers over recent weeks which require clarification.

The Military Vehicle Preservation Society of South Australia Inc. is a not for profit organisation that operates the National Military Vehicle Museum for public education of Military history.

The Society presently leases the heritage listed ex DSTO buildings at Sturton Rd Edinburgh Parks to house the Museum collection.

The original 5 year lease has come to an end and the owner, Goodman, has offered it for purchase by the Society at a very reasonable price. However should the Society not take up the offer the lease will continue but the property will be put on the market. If the property is then sold, the Society would be left without premises for the Museum. However, we see this as an opportunity and are determined to ensure the museum continues.

The National Military Vehicle Museum is one of the larger military museums in Australia specialising in the technology of military equipment, with emphasis on military vehicles. Besides showing the development of military vehicles over the last century, the Museum also displays a wide range of militaria, with the signals (communications) display, covering over a century of technical development, one of the most comprehensive in the country.

The value of the Museum to the community may perhaps be best portrayed by the words of the Society’s patron, Col. Bill Denny AM BM.

“The Museum is well organized, well led, well managed and very highly regarded within the ex-service community. Some of the vehicles and exhibits are unique and it plays a pivotal role in ensuring that our nation’s military heritage is not lost.
The Museum provides an invaluable community service including providing all of the military transport for the annual ANZAC Day March in Adelaide, which makes the South Australian commemoration march unique.
The Museum also has a significant educative role within the community, teaching young people about our military heritage using vehicles with which children are invariably more interested.”

The Society has over recent months been lobbying the Salisbury Council, State and Federal Governments to find a way to purchase the site but to date we have been unsuccessful in finding funds for the purchase.

The Society is a charitable entity and registered with the ATO as a Deductable Gift Recipient and we are now hoping to save the Museum through Tax Deductable donations from the Society members and the public as well as possible sponsorships.

If you would like to become a corporate sponsor or make a donation, please contact the Society. We would be pleased to speak with you further.

New Addition – 1942 “Script” GPW Jeep

One of our members has recently acquired another Jeep to add to his collection.

The Ford script Jeep is GPW 41689 with a build date of 7/42 and is restored to running condition. It just needs a little bit of finishing off to get it ready for registration.

In the meantime a bit of road testing inside the Museum grounds should iron out any bugs and hopefully it can be ready for the Bay to Birdwood in September.