Museum Christmas Party 2014

The annual Museum Christmas Party took place on Saturday at the museum. With perfect weather, great attendance and enough food to feed an army, a good time was had by all!

There were games, competitions, vehicles rides with Bob in his C15 Blitz and Ray in Terry’s Saracen (as Terry had declared himself the “designated drinker” for the day) and, of course, a visit from Santa. Trevor Santa generously brought gifts for everyone present, including the adults, and it was amazing to see how happy all of the kids were waiting for their name to be called or inspecting their new treasures.

Pat’s indestructible piñata took an absolute beating before giving up its hoard of candy, much to the delight of the children crowding around it.

Thanks to everyone that attended and helped out on the day, and special thanks go to Trevor and Pat, who put in a massive amount of time, money and effort into making the day the success that it is.

RAAF Christmas Treat 2014

The RAAF held their annual Christmas Treat at RAAF Base Edinburgh on Friday the 5th of December and the museum had a small presence onsite, taking the Alvis Saracen Mk 5, The F15A Blitz “Koop” and the Austin staff car for a display.

The display was setup by 09:00 for a 10:00 start and the day wound down by about 14:30. The Saracen turned some heads on arrival at the base, with a RAAF corporal riding up top.

It was a very busy day, with lots of interest in the museum and many brochures handed out. The feedback was very  positive, with many interested in the museum and also possibly attending the next vehicle run day on the 14th of December.

Many thanks to Ray and Russell for organizing the day and special thanks to Ray for being with the vehicles all day as Russell also had to go off and socialise with his family.

Arrival of the M2A2 Howitzer

A pair of Vietnam era M2A2 Howitzers arrived at the museum on Tuesday morning with the Kenworth semi-trailer completing its 750km journey from Puckapunyal at 09:00, giving the driver ample time to up tarp, remove the tie downs and covers for the arrival of the crane at 10:00. Within 30 minutes of the crane’s arrival, both Howitzers were safely unloaded.

The Australian Army has done a fantastic job of decommissioning and preparing them for display, and we will have them both at the museum for a short period until the Salisbury RSL finish preparing their display area and take delivery of their gun.

Big thanks to MHT Services, who through contact with our neighbours Ausco provided the truck crane, Northline for taking care of transport and the museum volunteers for helping with unloading.

We acknowledge that the purchase of the Howitzer would not have been possible without the ANZAC Day Commemoration Fund Grant from the Government of South Australia.

Sporting Car Club Sunday Picnic

As part of their Sunday Picnic event, members of the Sporting Car Club of South Australia visited the museum for a brief tour and morning tea on Sunday, the 30th of November.

They arrived at 10:30 in a nice convoy of classic and modern vehicles. Due to the heat, we opened up the meeting room and turned up the air-conditioning, as the temperature was already in the 30’s.

After their morning tea, they had a very quick tour of the museum and workshop with Dave and Russell, as they were scheduled to depart at 11:45 for their drive through the Barossa for lunch at Seppeltsfield Winery.

All 40 attendees enjoyed the museum and a lucky few got to go for a spin around the ground the Saracen, including a couple who own a 1920’s Alvis and a 1920’s Austin Seven. The gentleman and his wife took a particular interest in a very different “Alvis”. They also missed the group depart through chatting to both Terry about his “Alvis” and with Russell about his “Seven”.

Committee members of the Sporting Car Club were impressed and promised to organise another visit, just to the museum in the new year.