POST Armistice Day Vehicle Run Day

On the 15th November 2020, at the National Military Vehicle Museum, there will be a special treat for the visiting public. We’ll be open as per a normal Sunday but we will be bringing out a considerable number of our running vehicles to show them on our safe driving demonstration area.

There will be military cars, trucks and armoured vehicles moving around the Safe Area for the public to view.

The cost of entry will be the same as for any Sunday opening ($10 for adults, $8 concession and children under 15 are free, to a maximum of 3 children per paying adult).

We will be offering vehicle rides to the public and there will also be a sausage sizzle on the day.

Edinburgh Truck Show

The National Military Vehicle Museum Presents:

Edinburgh Truck Show

Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Cost: Adults $15.00 each
Children under 15 free
10 Sturton road
Edinburgh parks SA 5111
Ph: 8285 3011
Free parking available
Food and drinks available

• Antique weapons and uniform displays
• 25 pounder field gun firing
• ADF and static military vehicle displays
• Army surplus sales
• Barry Spicer military artwork—display, sales and signing
• Army Cadet display
• Military vehicle rides
• Restored Tracked Load Carrier

To get a reminder for this event closer to the date, select ‘Interested’ or ‘Going’ on our Facebook Page event post.

70th Anniversary of the Land Rover Open Day

The Land Rover has been an important part of the Australian military vehicle fleet for 70 years, with the first vehicles delivery to the Army in 1948, and the Perentie still in service today, although it is in the process of being withdrawn and replaced with the Mercedes G-Wagen under Project Land 121.

The Land Rover was designed to only be in production for two or three years to gain some cash flow and export orders for the Rover Company so it could restart up-market car production after WW2. Once car production restarted, however, it was greatly outsold by the off-road Land Rover, which developed into its own brand that remains successful today. Many of the defining and successful features of the Land Rover design were in fact the result of Rover’s drive to simplify the tooling required for the vehicle and to use the minimum amount of rationed materials. The bodywork was handmade out of an aluminium/magnesium alloy called Birmabright, to save on steel, which was closely rationed. The choice of colour was dictated by military surplus supplies of aircraft cockpit paint, so early vehicles only came in various shades of light green.

Come and help us celebrate 70 years of Land Rover, at an open day at the museum.

Food and drink will be available, as will free parking. We will also be using this event to launch our 2019 calendar.

Activities Include:

  • A large number of military and civilian Land Rovers on display
  • Weapons display
  • Military vehicle rides
  • Antique weapons and uniform display
  • Military vehicle manoeuvres
  • 25 Pounder field gun firing
  • Army Cadet display
  • ADF & static military vehicle display
  • Barry Spicer military artwork display, sales and signing
  • Re-Enact SA Inc. displays

This event will be fundraising to aid in the restoration and maintenance of the Museum’s heritage listed buildings.

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Presidents Report 2017/2018

Another 12 months has passed and the AGM is this month. In May we passed the 2 year anniversary of purchasing the property and have we been busy. As mentioned in last year’s report we had 2 major projects which were on the top of the priority list, the installation of a Fire Service and the replacement of the roof on the meeting room. I am pleased to report that the roof replacement is completed after a successful grant application and the Fire Service is close to completion funded by the Society and supported by a number of members over numerous working bees both during the week and on weekends for the last 6 months.

As a bonus we were able to incorporate other improvements into the latter project which maximised the use of the trenches such as the replacement of the aging domestic water pipes, wiring for a future public address system, underground power to the white ant building and to the front gate as well as for future street lighting. By fortunate coincidence the Salisbury Council provided the recycled water connection at the same time so we have also laid the recycled water pipes. This has set us up well for the future with the only down side being that the Society bank balance has taken a big hit which will have to be addressed. Still we have been here before and we have always come out ahead.

The other major project has been the upgrade of our eating area through the Work for dole programme. The old sails have been replaced by a steel pergola and the paving replaced and extended. We still have to do some final work ourselves due mainly to an increase in area for the BBQ and servery but this should be completed soon. It will be a great asset for Group visits and other events.

Visits to the museum have been steady; however group visits were down over recent months largely due to the onsite works but have improved over the last few weeks. This is something we will need to work on over the coming year particularly promoting the availability of the new facilities. The Beersheba event in October was a huge success both from a public attendance and financial point of view, raising in the vicinity of $7000.

In the workshop the restoration of the Bedford Utility for the Salisbury Council was completed in time for the Christmas Pageant in November. Earlier this year the Studebaker 6×6 was completed and is now on display. The FWD restoration has continued and is now being accelerated after a recent Grant being provided under the Centenary of the Armistice. Our goal is to have it ready for the Armistice commemorations on Remembrance Day this year. The M548 is now also in the workshop undergoing restoration and is progressing well and the Landrover Project in conjunction with the Bowden Brompton Community School is also moving forward. We are lucky to have such a group of dedicated and talented volunteers.

For Society members a number of outside events were attended this year including the Playford Christmas Pageant, Salisbury Christmas Pageant, Port Adelaide Christmas Pageant, and of course we continued to provide vehicle support for the Anzac Day March. Further afield members attended and enjoyed the Landrover 70 anniversary Birthday bash event at Melrose over Easter and the Annual Corowa Swim-in during March was well attended as usual. An overnight run to Swan Reach a few weeks ago was attended by some members who enjoyed a cruise on Sam’s ex RAN Torpedo Recovery Boat, many campfire stories and good wine. An increase in runs for members like this should be on our agenda so if anyone has some ideas feel free to start organising. As it is every year the Annual Christmas Show in December was enjoyed by all who attended on a day of perfect weather.

On a sadder note last month we lost Kevin McQuillan who had been a past member and a longstanding member of the Nine Mile Snipers.

Finally I wish to convey my thanks to the committee and subcommittee who again this year have put in many hours of work and to all members who have contributed with their time or donations during the last 12 months. It has been another good year and although we have some challenges ahead we can look forward to more progress in the coming year.

Dave Carmen

President, MVPSSA

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

“THE CHARGE” © 2006 Ron Marshall –

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


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


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.



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.