Museum Open Day – WW1 Centenary Event – 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba

“THE CHARGE” © 2006 Ron Marshall – www.lighthorseart.com.au

Honouring all light horse regiments

On the 31st of October, 1917, the Battle of Beersheba was fought in Ottoman Syria, resulting in the successful capture of the town of Beersheba by the British Empire from the troops of the Ottoman and German Empires. This battle included the infamous and successful charge of the 4th and 12th ANZAC Light Horse Regiments, armed only with hand-held bayonets and supported by British artillery, against Ottoman trenches.

Free parking available
Food and drinks available

Activities include:

  • Antique weapons and uniform displays
  • Military vehicle manoeuvres
  • 25 pounder field gun firing
  • The Barossa Light Horse Historic Association
  • Display of a Krupp gun (captured by the light horse)
  • Army Cadet display
  • ADF & static military vehicle displays
  • Artillery tractor displays
  • Barry Spicer military artwork display sales and signing
  • Re-Enact SA INC.
  • Military vehicle rides
  • Vietnam veteran (Cavalryman) Jeffrey Tun Tin book release – Luck’s a Fortune (sales and signing)
  • 2018 Fighter Femmes Museum Calendar launch

We will be fundraising for the museum and Hearts 4 Heroes.

Holden Wartime Production – Not Just Cars

From the Boer War to WWI, Holden and Frost of Adelaide, South Australia produced ammunition bandoliers, bayonet holsters, saddlebags and other leather products. However, by WWII the dynamics of the company had changed dramatically into motor vehicle assembly. During that period, they oversaw 700 Manufacturing and Engineering companies. Their WWII War effort was truly staggering. At the beginning of the war, 750 employees had enlisted in the armed forces.

Overview list of the type of manufacturing products:-

  1. Truck assembling and manufacturing in hundreds of configurations
  2. Artillery
    1. 2-Pdr Anti-Tank Gun
    2. 6 Pdr Anti-Tank Gun
    3. 20mm Polsten Anti-Aircraft Gun
    4. 25-pdr Field Gun was a gun/howitzer, also artillery gun limbers
  3. Caravan and trailers, included Jeep trailers
  4. Aircraft parts and components, included aero engines
  5. Bridging pontoons and boats, tents haversacks
  6. Munitions, ammo boxes, magazines and bombs
  7. Late war 250 Holden Jeep Ambulances

Post WWII Holden products for the Defence Force

  1. Station wagons, sedan staff cars and Utes supplies to the Defence Force
  2. 2. Holden supported the CMF Army Reserve, Army Cadets and Civil Defence Teams by allowing many of their employees to service in the above organisations

Notes taken by WAR PRODUCTION by GENERAL MOTORS-HOLDEN’S LTD.

This page is dedicated to the Holden employees who made the supreme sacrifice in WWI and WWII.

LEST WE FORGET

Story & Photos by Jeff Pinney and Maggie Bogar

Jeff Pinney (36 years employment with Holden, 17 years serving in 3/9 South Australian Mounted Rifles, on retirement from Holden is now Public Relations Officer at the National Military Vehicle Museum overviewing Holden WWI and WWII History).

Keysight Technologies at the Museum Site

Article by Tony Bell

No doubt some members have seen the unusual looking shipping container with Keysight Calibration Laboratory written on the side. The container has been in the south-east corner of the Museum precinct, next to the toilet block.

First of all, what is a calibration laboratory/facility/centre? I can recall many years ago when buying petrol, a person at a nearby petrol bowser carefully filling a strange looking conical container with a spout and handle to a prescribed level. He was from ‘weights and measures’ and checking the accuracy of the bowser. Similarly I can recall a person weighing some blocks of steel at a supermarket. The blocks of steel kept in a felt lined wooden box were obviously very accurate weights and he was checking the accuracy of the supermarket scales. With electronic test equipment, it may also be necessary for it to be calibrated, particularly if the test equipment is being used to test or calibrate critical equipment. Electronic test and measuring equipment is generally calibrated annually.

When I retired 9 years ago, most of the larger organisations using electronic test equipment, such as the R.A.A.F. and BAe Systems, had closed their internal calibration centres and outsourced the calibration. The Army actually had a calibration facility built in to a standard equipment shelter mounted on a F1 Mk 5 truck. This truck moved from base to base, calibrating equipment. When I retired, the R.A.A.F. facility at Edinburgh had closed and my wide range of test equipment was either out-sourced by the unit or I outsourced the more specialised equipment to the original equipment manufacturer (o.e.m.) or the Australian agent.

So who are Keysight Technologies? In 1938 two friends, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard formed a company, Hewlett Packard (the order determined by the toss of a coin), which soon gained a reputation of producing high performance test and measuring equipment. In the 1960s, HP, as the company became known as, began to divest its interests, particularly in to the digital world, producing some of the earliest small computers and scientific calculators. I can recall buying a HP 35, the world’s first scientific calculator, in about 1973 for about $270, its price had just fallen from about $470 on the release of the HP 45 at the latter release price. The rapidly growing computer industry was run side by side with the electronic test and measurement division. In 1999 HP “spins off” Agilent Technologies, consisting of HP’s former test and measurement and medical divisions. In 2013 Agilent Technologies “spins off” Keysight Technologies consisting of Agilent’s former test and measurement business.

What is the container? Agilent, as a major supplier of test and measurement equipment had a responsibility to provide a prompt calibration service in Australia for its customers due to the risk of maintaining calibration of test equipment when transporting the equipment over long distances. In Australia, Agilent developed a portable laboratory in a rather cleverly modified shipping container and visiting all of the mainland capital cities annually. The container is moved by one of the larger transport companies. Two crews operate the facility, alternating at roughly monthly intervals. The sign writing was changed to Keysight after 2013.

So what has this to do with the M.V.P.S. or Museum? When Agilent/Keysight has come to Adelaide they have found that the site that they used in the previous year has become unavailable for one reason or another. Phu, my technical officer in the R.A.A.F., knowing of my association with the N.M.V.M. suggested to my successor, Paul, that the Museum would be an ideal site, particularly considering that the R.A.A.F. and BAe Systems are two of Keysight’s larger customers, Paul contacted me with Peter, the Keysight facility manager’s , contact details. I presented the idea to both Peter and the Committee, and the rest is history. Due to severe damage to the facility in Perth, this year’s schedule is somewhat unusual in that the Laboratory will be here for two separate periods, 13th to the 23rd of June and the 31st of July to 11th of August. The facility is required in Melbourne in July. Next year Peter anticipates that the Laboratory will be in Adelaide continuously for some 5 weeks in the June to August time frame.

What is the benefit to the Society and Museum? Keysight offered a rent rate that the Society could not, and did not have any reason to refuse. It certainly helps with the mortgage. The benefit to Keysight is that they do not have to seek out a new site with suitable facilities every year and their customers will soon get to know where the site is, if they do not already know. So it is a case of both parties winning. An extra lock will be placed on the gate for their and their customers’ access. Peter intends keeping the gate locked when there are no M.V.P.S. personnel present.

What about the future? Peter can envisage still being at the N.M.V. M. in 20 years.

And the fringe benefit? Peter is an ex-R.A.E.M.E. calibration technician and commented on social media to former colleagues about the signals collection. We are likely to get some 50 more visitors through the door.

Edinburgh Auto Expo

The Edinburgh Auto Expo will be hosted by the museum and is a car show and fundraiser for Kidney, Transplant & Diabetes Research Australia (KTDRA).

All Makes and Models are welcome including bikes. Come and support a great cause.

Entry to vehicles on display is only a gold coin donation by all motor vehicles and bikes that are supporting on the day. Part proceeds of visitor entries will also go towards the fundraiser. As always, kids under 16 are free.

For more information about KTDRA visit their site.

This is a family fun day show ‘n’ shine car event, with static display only for entrants.

While we haven’t finalised details of the day yet, activities for entrants include:

  • Military vehicle rides
  • Military vehicle displays
  • Food and drinks available
  • Entry to the museum included in the entry

 
Click here for the PDF flyer.

Newspot Motors 75th Anniversary Jeep Promo

On Saturday Jeff Pinney and a team of Jeep owners that are members of the Museum attended a promo at Newspot Motors on Main North Road along with their vehicles that were on display. The reason for the visit was to help the car yard advertise and to also promote our 75th Jeep Anniversary Family Fun Day that will be open to the general public on Sunday the 9th of October. There will be plenty of activities to see and do on the day.

To make the visit a little more interesting we will have a number of vehicle rides from Terry’s 1953 Avis Saracen Mk 5 APC, Weapons Display, 25 Pounder Field Gun Firing, Vehicle Manoeuvres, Weapons Simulation, Music and much more. There will also be food and drinks available, with free parking on the day.

Editorial by Maggie Bogar and Photos provided by Snapit.First Photography

Wheels and Tracks – Motorfest 2016

As part of Motorfest, Monday the 26th of September 2016, the Military Museum was open to the general public to attend a guided tour of our facility and also partake in a BBQ lunch and then followed by vehicle rides by the adventurous that took the opportunity to ride in “Miss Stuart” with an occasional gun firing, as well as Alvis Saracen Mk 5 vehicle rides.

We had visitors from the Federation Historic Motoring Clubs of South Australia:

Peter from the Cadillac La-Salle Car Club of S.A. John (volunteer) from Brighton with his Land Rover. Visitors from Port Lincoln, Victoria, Dance group Holden Club, The Early Ford V-8 Club of America (Regional group 94). Anne Ford and her husband from the Morris Register (Original Cars) Car Club, Holden Club and a gentleman by the name of Martin Jansen who was enthusiastic enough to travel 5000 km’s from Queensland over a 5 week period in his Buick from the (Buick Car Club), to participate and be a part of the various events held during the two week period.

Anne Ford and her husband from the Morris Register (Original Cars) Car Club

Martin Jansen, from Queensland (Buick Car Club)

The Early Ford V-8  Club of America

There was also a good selection of vehicles from individual car owners put on display for all the visitors and general public to view.

We would like to thank everyone that attended, also a big thank you to the volunteers for all the help on the day. A thank you to Michelle for taking care of the certificates and memorabilia that was handed out on the day. An Air Force silk WW2 handkerchief and three 1944 vehicle log books were donated by some of the visitors that attended on the day.

Editorial Article by Maggie Bogar and photos provided by Snapit.First Photography

Ridgehaven Retirement Village Visit

Today the museum had a visit from the Ridgehaven Retirement Village, which was organized by Des Page. The tour was a great success and enjoyed by all members that attended. To conclude the week of organized tours was a visit from the Northern Careers Network on the 8th of September. We would like to thank everyone for taking the time to come and enjoy a little about what our historical museum has to offer.

Editorial By Maggie Bogar and Photo by Snapit.First Photography

Air Force Cadets Military History Tour

This is a guest post by Paul A Rosenzweig, Pilot Officer (AAFC) Australian Air Force Cadets, Public Affairs & Communication Officer

On 18 September, Air Force Cadets from a variety of squadrons of 6 Wing (South Australia) conducted the third phase of a Military History Weekend Tour, organised and conducted by 608 (‘Town of Gawler’) Squadron.

In addition to the educational aspects of the tour, appropriate to their rank and level of experience cadets were given the opportunity to develop their personal skills in leadership, self-reliance, confidence, teamwork and communication.

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While the cadets learnt about Australia’s military history on this tour, it’s exciting to think that many of them might actually be serving in uniform for the Centenary of the Royal Australian Air Force in 2021

President’s Report 2015/2016

This time last year the Society was waiting on a response to our offer to purchase the museum site. Just before Christmas the response came in the form of a contract for the sale of the property and then the work began to deal with the legal issues and find funding before a settlement date at the end of April. Fundraising by members including a Bunning’s sausage sizzle raised a considerable amount as did tax deductable donations from members.

However as the settlement date came closer we realised we would not make it in time so we asked for the settlement date to be extended to the end of May which was granted. Those 4 weeks proved to be crucial as we were able to finalise a loan, we received significant donations from the Federation of Historic Car Clubs and numerous car clubs across the state, the SA Government granted an exemption from Stamp Duty on the purchase and we were granted a donation from the Salisbury Council to cover the shortfall just days before the deadline. The purchase of the site is now complete but we cannot be complacent as there is still a lot of work to be done over the next 12 months to keep the museum going not to mention a loan to be serviced so donations are still needed.

In a very good example of good fortune but bad timing was the surprise advice early in 2016 that not only had our tender submitted the year before to Defence for a M113 APC been successful but we had also secured the 2 other variants as well. Although thought to be at least a year away we learnt payment was required within 3 weeks with delivery to take place before the end of February. Committee realised that this was a one off opportunity that had to be taken advantage of and with the support of members funding was found and the vehicles are now on display. As it has been confirmed all the remaining vehicles were destroyed by Defence I believe we made the right decision.

Members Trevor Brown and Pat Brown were well deserved recipients of Australia Day Medallions for their longstanding to the Museum and the Community. The medallions were presented at our January meeting which happened to be on Australia Day by Councillor Graham Reynolds.

On a sad note Pat passed away in May this year and Gary Ford who many would have seen in the workshop passed in June after a short illness. We will miss two of our most valued members.

A number of successful events were held this year at the Museum the most notable being a Motorfest event in association with the Bay to Birdwood Run Classic, our Christmas party, the Show and Shine in conjunction with the Modified Ford Club and the Year of the Jeep Day in April. The last was exceptionally successful with more than $7000 raised for our Society property fund.

A number of outside displays were also attended by members and their vehicles such as Clipsal and Australia Day Parades. Of course we supported the veterans by supplying transport at the Anzac Day March and other RSL events. A day trip to Greenock Museum was well supported and proved to be very interesting. Committee is hopeful of organising more of these trips for members over the next 12 months. A number of members and vehicles attended Corowa in March including many who attended last year for the first time and returned this year.

In the Workshop thanks to efforts of members and volunteers considerable progress has been made on restoration of the WW1 FWD which we hope to have on the road for its 100 years next year, the Chev Gun Tractor and the Bedford Ute project for the Salisbury Council.

The Work for Dole programme has been very successful with numerous tasks being completed. Although now scaled down it will continue to be of benefit to us by greatly improving the appearance of the museum site and assisting the dedicated group of members and volunteers who tackle the ongoing task of maintaining the grounds every week.

I wish to convey my thanks to the committee and subcommittee who this year in particular has put in many hours of work and to all members who have contributed with their time or donations during the last 12 months. This really has been a year that has changed our Society for the better and now that the uncertainty with the property is over we will be able to meet a different set of challenges in the coming year.

Dave Carmen
President MVPSSA

Army Cadet Weekend at the Museum

The museum had a highly successful visit from the Army Cadets from Keswick a couple of weeks ago. Everyone had a good time and learned plenty. We look forward to working with the Cadets again in the future.

A synopsis of the visit is below:

On the weekend of the 24th to 26th of June cadets from 413 Pipes & Drums and 47 ACU Keswick held a training weekend at the NMVM. The point of this weekend was to introduce the Cadets to the NMVM. Some of the things that occurred were lectures on the history of hand grenades, submachine guns, the 25 pounder, and an educational quiz on the museum. The cadets were also introduced to various vehicles in the museum’s collection.

This was a great experience that was enjoyed thoroughly by all involved be they cadets, staff and also the various members of the NMVM whom were in attendance over the weekend.

On behalf of the Cadets and Staff we would like to express our most grateful appreciation to Mr Pinney and the other members of the NMVM whom were in attendance.

Pvt (AAC) John Flory
OPSO 413 ACU P&D / 47 ACU Keswick.

Museum Property Purchase Update

We would like to announce that settlement on the property at 10 Sturton Road, Edinburgh Parks took place on May 30, 2016 and it is now owned by the Military Vehicle Preservation Society of South Australia. This would not have been possible without the tireless work of our committee and our membership; as well as a number of generous donations from the Salisbury City Council, the South Australian Government, our members, a number of FHMCSA affiliated clubs, local businesses and the general public. The list of donors would be too long to publish, but we assure you that we appreciate all of the assistance that we have received.

In order to reach our settlement, however, we have had to secure a private loan of approximately $200,000. This loan needs to be serviced, on top of which, we have now taken on responsibility for maintaining and preserving the property, most notably to meet the loan conditions, upgrading the fire service and replacing the roof on one of the buildings . While we see the ownership of the property as an exciting opportunity  to preserve the site and provide an educational resource through the museum we are not completely out of the woods yet and any  support from  groups and individuals will be greatly appreciated.

We would like to remind everyone that the end of financial year is nearly upon us, and that as a Deductible Gift Recipient, any donations made to the Society in excess of $2 are tax deductible.

Thank you all for your support, which enables us to continue to serve our community.

We Need You!

As many of you would know by now, we are in the process of purchasing the property that the museum is currently housed on, a group of historically listed WW2 era buildings that served as a TNT plant during the war.

We have reached a point where we have made an offer and a deposit on the property and have secured most of the funding, however, we have a modest shortfall of around $60,000 and with settlement looming towards the end of May, we’re asking for donations to help us keep the museum going.

Unfortunately, despite indications to the contrary, the government (Federal, State and Council), have not yet given us any assistance with the purchase.

We’d like to remind everyone, both individuals and companies, that it’s almost tax time and as a registered not for profit organisation, donations over $2 are tax deductible. While we’d certainly love some bigger donations, every little bit helps, so even if you can only spare $10 or $20, we’d love to hear from you.

Donations can be made via PayPal on our website, via cheque or money order or in person at the museum. Please contact us if you have any queries.

Thanks for your support.

The National Military Vehicle Museum team.

Gawler Show 2015

The Gawler Show is the largest country show in South Australia, and is run the weekend before the start of the Royal Adelaide Show. This year’s show was on the 29th and 30th if August, and the museum attended with 4 vehicles, and the 25 pounder field gun with limber.

Setup started at 0930 on the Friday, leaving the museum with Ray driving the Acco with Limber and 25lb Gun, Mike driving the Koop, Ryan in the Kennys Blitz, Darrly Lavis in the “support vehicle bus” and Russell in his Austin. The group departed in convoy up the Northern Expressway to Gawler. Unfortunately about 5km out from Gawler the Kenny Blitz decided to give up the ghost, with a probable electrical problem. The rest of the group continued on to Gawler with remaining vehicles. and then returned to the museum in the bus to gather towing equipment to recover the Blitz. The Blitz was successfully towed to the Gawler Show with the Acco. Following setup all returned back in the bus to the museum by 1530.

Saturday, day one, 9 am to 6 pm, Terry Kowalik, Don Blackmore, John Fisk, Ryan Vallis and Russell Vine. It was a busy day, with lots of interest and many brochures handed out. It was a great promotion for the museum and also the show and shine on the 20th of September.

Sunday, day two, 9 am to 5 pm, Young Terry (dressed in artillery battle dress – lots of pics taken with him), Bill and Eileen Prior, Ron Day and Russell Vine. Again great day and busy lots of interest and brochures hand out in large numbers. Ray Hall, Mike and Thomas Jebb arrived later in the day to assist with taking the vehicles back to the museum. The first run left at 1700, leaving the Kenny Blitz behind to collect on the second run, Austin car, Koop and Acco / Limber and gun back at museum by a little after 1730. Ray with Mike, Thomas and Russell then went back to Gawler to recover the Kenny Blitz. It was slow drive home back along the expressway, which was now getting dark. Russell followed behind in his Barina applying Hazard lights off and on to let the traffic from behind know we were travelling slow. We arrived safely back at the museum by 1930. Unfortunately the Koop, noticed on return the generator has given up with bearing issues, but it somehow made it back ok.

All in all a successful weekend and fantastic opportunity to advertise the museum, society and the work we do, especially to people and families north of Adelaide.

Thanks to all that attended the two days at the show and also taking the vehicles up on Friday and returning them Sunday afternoon / evening. It was a tiring couple of days, but well worth it.

we will be attending the Royal Adelaide Show for its full 10 day run, however part if the agreement with them is that they will transport all of the vehicles on flat-bed trucks, so at least we won’t have to worry about breakdowns.

 

 

Greenock Aviation Museum Club Run

A trip by a number of members, family and friends to the Greenock Aviation Museum.

It was an early, chilly start, meeting at the museum at 0930 for a 1000 departure. The group left on time, in a convoy, along Main North Road into Gawler. Half of the group took a detour to Richmond Gregory’s home with the others (who didn’t want to tackle Richmond’s driveway) heading to the Lyndoch Bakery for a coffee/cake and sit in front of the fire.

Following us all getting back together at Lyndoch, we hit the road again for the drive through Nuriootpa then onto Greenock. There was a small drama on the way with Russell’s little Austin A30 deciding to lose power and come to a stop and roll into a car parking spot on the main road. A quick look under the bonnet revealed that the distributor cap had unclipped (too many railway lines at speed maybe – but it is British). Once clipped back on, it was all good and he was on his way.

We arrived at the Aviation Museum to be welcomed with our lunch, snags, salad and bread with urn boiling for a nice brew. After lunch an intro talk about the museum, its content and also the owners history of flying and purchasing a wide variety of aircraft and parts following the war and his tales of exchanging parts over the years.

It was very interesting, with a large collection of aviation engines, aircraft and artefacts and also the largest collection of model aircraft in the southern hemisphere. Outside a Canberra Bomber and a replica Mustang ( aircraft 🙂 ). Also a busy workshop full of spares of all sorts including a Rolls Royce Merlin on a stand, however it unable to run for us due to a carby issue. There were other sheds with tractors and farm machinery and a 1927 Whippet sitting on a trailer awaiting “restoration”.

To end the visit had a listen to the start up of a Commer Truck fitted with a TS3 diesel knocker engine, a very unique and awesome sounding engine.

We all departed a little after 2pm.

Those who enjoyed the day, in “historic cars” Geoff Klau and Rod Dent in their Jeeps, Sam and Lorraine Cutajar in the E Type Jag, A few of Sam’s friends in a nice Mustang and an early Falcon, and myself, Tracy, William and Spencer squeezed in my Austin A30. In “moderns” were Dave Carmen and family in the Ford Territory, Bob “Baldy” Cottle and his 3 grandsons in his Falcon wagon, and also meeting us up at the Aviation Museum Darryl and Janice Lavis in their SS Commodore.

It was a great day, and a big thanks to Geoff Klau on making it happen.

President’s Report 2014/2015

Well another year has passed and it is almost time for the AGM.

This time last year the Society was focussed on the future of the museum at its present location after Goodman’s asked us if we would like to purchase the site. After discussions with the members Committee had decided to pursue the opportunity and submitted an offer prior to the June deadline nominated by Goodman. Unfortunately the offer was not accepted and in December another higher offer was submitted. Currently we are still awaiting a response and while this seems to be taking a long time it is felt that this will occur in the new financial year.

In the meantime Committee is pursuing funding through donations and possible sponsorships. I am pleased that through the work of members and donations we have over $24,000 in the property fund. In addition we have pledges from members in excess of $30,000 toward the site purchase.

Increased publicity for the museum through newspaper articles and TV coverage this year has helped to increase visitor numbers and it is becoming more popular with other Clubs and School Groups in particular. Also in demand with groups is the catered BBQ and thanks must go to the regular team who make this possible.

A number of successful events were held this year at the Museum including a Motorfest event in association with the Bay to Birdwood Run, our Christmas party, the Show and Shine in conjunction with the Modified Ford Club and the Year of the General Day. The last two were the largest and most successful with considerable monies raised both for our Society and Charity.

A number of outside displays were also attended by members and their vehicles including Clipsal, the Aviation Museum, Salisbury RSL, Torrens Parade Ground, Salisbury and Port Adelaide Christmas parades and Australia Day parades. The Anzac Day March this year was well supported with more than 30 historic vehicles provided to transport the Veterans. While we are able to assist the Veterans we will continue to provide vehicles into the future.

A number of members and vehicles including some of our newer members attended Corowa in March this year. This is a tremendous event and I would urge all members to speak to those that have experienced it with a view to going next year.

In the Workshop thanks to efforts of the members and volunteers considerable progress has been made on restoration of a number of vehicles including the Desert Chev and the McGrath trailer. The North South Ford and Bedford Aircrew Bus are now completed and on display. Essential and in some cases major maintenance of the Stuart, Bren Gun carrier, Marmon Herrington and the No 8 Gun Tractor this year contributed to a very busy year. Projects for the next year include the WW1 FWD which subject to a Grant application we would like to have mobile for its 100th year in 2017.

The instigating of a WFD programme has been very successful with the Museum building almost fully painted both inside and out and a myriad of other tasks which have greatly improved the appearance of the site. In addition the model display and the WW1 displays have been upgraded. This has been a very successful programme and we have the opportunity to embark on a larger programme for the coming year.

Every week a dedicated group of members and volunteers have continued the ongoing task of maintaining the grounds including endless grass cutting and spraying of weeds.

It is important to reflect that all this essential work mentioned above only gets done because members and volunteers regularly put in the time to make it happen and without it our Museum would not exist.

I wish to convey my thanks to the committee and subcommittee who again have put in many hours of work and to all members who have contributed with their time or donations during the last 12 months.

Finally the year ahead will again present some significant challenges but hopefully the ownership of the Museum site and our future will become clearer so we will be able to improve and grow the Museum.

Dave Carmen
President MVPSSA

ANZAC Day 2015

25 April…..not just any day on the calendar but a day to commemorate the men and women who have served in our defence forces and remember those that have fallen. This ANZAC Day was even more significant as 2015 marked 100 years since the landing at Gallipoli during World War One, where the legacy of the ANZAC was born.

The day started early with many attending dawn services across the state, including a massive crowd at the War Memorial in Adelaide. Once the sun rose, it was soon time to start forming up for the March through the city, beginning on North Terrace and heading down King William Road. Historic military vehicles, Red Cross cars and Defence vehicles arrived early at their appropriate positions. Veterans came from far and wide and when they catch a glimpse of the military vehicles that they remember driving during their service, they were eager to stick around for a conversation and a chance to reminisce. However, what nobody will forget is the sight of a Saracen being driven down North Terrace, weaving in and out of people and vehicles, on its way into Rundle Mall for the ANZAC Day commemorative display.

As the start time drew closer, the drivers and their loading skills helped the ever smiling veterans into the vehicles, making sure that they were comfortable, secure and that their waving hand was working. I was in the Group 5 transport pod, with a couple of very nice looking jeeps, including the ever famous Reggie and a first time driver Liam; and, who you say, were the lucky veterans with us? that would be Doug and Alec, two mates from the 10/48th Battalion.

Being one of the very few women drivers on the day, I received a couple of comments (all in good spirit of course!) as I got into the jeep ready to set off. This included “are you sure that you know how to drive a jeep?” – They were pleasantly surprised when I said I had been driving a jeep for 11 years. The 10/48th Battalion flag bearers, who were going to walk just in front of the transport pod said “promise, you won’t run us over!” – They were still standing at the end of the march, so I guess I achieved my objective there.

With military precision, at 0930, the police horses set off, marking the start of the march and as each group moved off, the transport pods roared into life, joining the convoy down to the Cross of Sacrifice. Now, I knew that 25 April 2015 was going to be big, but it wasn’t until I was driving down the streets that it really sank in. Both North Terrace and King William Road were lined with a sea of people, 6 rows deep, all clapping and cheering for each and every veteran; you would be forgiven for feeling a little emotional and proud of the Australian spirit.

After passing the saluting points, including the Governor, we crossed the bridge over the River Torrens, smiling for the TV camera (of course!) and heading down Sir Edwin Smith Drive for the dismissal/dispersion area. Having returned both Doug and Alec to their families, I received a kiss and a hug from both men as a thank you – it was an absolute pleasure and an honour, they were both so lovely and I hope to see them next year.

Following the march, each driver headed to Bonython Park for a BBQ for a chance to debrief and reflect on the morning that had been – however, looking in the distance, there were dark black clouds heading our way. As suspected just after lunch, the heaven’s opened and we took this as a sign the universe was telling us it was home time – THE MISSION WAS ANZAC DAY 2015 AND THE MISSION WAS A SUCCESS.