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.

Museum Article on news.com.au – Salisbury Council rejects NMVM’s plea to buy

As reported on news.com.au, the Salisbury Council has decided not to assist us in purchasing the museum property and we now need to urgently find alternate means of funding if we are to remain where we are.

If anyone is able to offer any assistance, now is the time to let us know; remember, donations over $2 are tax deductible and being so close to end of financial year, you can claim it back straight away.

The article can be read in full at the following link:

Our Time TV – Interview with Trevor Brown

Here is a bit of a blast from the past, an interview filmed with our Public Relations Officer, Trevor Brown. This was originally uploaded to YouTube on November 26, 2011, and while many things have changed at the museum, Trev is still our Public Relations Officer!

Sadly, it looks like Our Time TV is now defunct, as their URL goes to a domain squatter’s site and they have not published any new videos to YouTube in almost a year, but you can see the rest of their uploads here.



Stolen Motorcycle

John Belfield’s 1989 Harley Davidson MT 350 has been stolen and he offering a generous reward of $2000 for information leading to its recovery.

It is a distinctive ex-MOD (British Army) trail bike, fitted with a gun case and panniers and was stolen from the museum building at 456 Belgrave Hallam Road, Narre Warren North, VIC 3804 between the 3rd and 4th of May, 2014.

These are exceptionally rare in Australia, so if you see one for sale, please check its numbers against the ones provided here:

Registration Number: 6918H

VIN Number: 1HD6RLT10TY000036

If you have any information, you can either contact us; or call John directly on (03) 9796 8216 or 0400 900 193

Angel Flight Open Day – June 2014

This post has been updated on 18/06/2014
Thanks to everyone that came out and supported our Angel Flight open day and to all of the volunteers that made the day a success. After expenses have been tallied, we raised $1130 for Angel Flight.

The number of attendees at today’s event were down on what we would have hoped for, and it appears that the weather report was to blame for that, despite the fact that there were only a few light showers and for the most part, it was a lovely day.

Members of the public went for rides in the Universal (Bren) Carrier, 15 CWT CMP (Blitz) truck and the ever popular Alvis Saracen armoured personnel carrier; were entertained by live music, driving displays from “Miss Stuart”, our M3 Stuart tank and the M16 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage (based on the M3 Half track), static displays from the Barossa Light Horse and Draught Horse association; food and drink, and of course, our museum!

We will be posting more photos and videos as we gather and upload them, but if you have any particularly good ones, please feel free to send them to us.


Traffic Mayhem in a Saracen

We caused some mild mayhem today by taking Terry’s Saracen Mk 5 from Colonel Light Gardens to the museum, in preparation for tomorrow’s Angel Flight Open Day. This was the first longer distance drive of the Saracen in the 9 months or so that he has owned it (~40 km) and, for the most part, it behaved very well.

Putting petrol in it was a little painful as the fuel tank is very large and the Rolls Royce B80 Mk 6A engine is quite a thirsty beast.

Come by tomorrow and see the Saracen at the museum for the open day. You can have a ride in it, if you like!



Museum Article on Adelaidenow Website

As reported by the Advertiser, we are currently trying to find funding to purchase the property on which the museum resides. It should be pointed out, however, that the article sensationalizes the situation a little and we certainly won’t be closing at the end of the month, no matter how things end up going.

It should also be pointed out that Goodman Property have been very fair and reasonable in their dealings with us and we have enjoyed a very good working relationship with them over the years.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the museum to go towards the property purchase, please let us know

The article can be read in full at the following link:


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Anzac Day 2014

This year the transport for the March consisted of 26 historic vehicles, the Army provided 5 vehicles, the Red Cross had 4 cars and. 90 passengers were carried which was slightly less than last year.

This year there was one breakdown near the end of the march, in front of the Saluting Dais unfortunately. However it was cleared very quickly by numerous spectators who suddenly appeared and pushed the vehicle to a round of applause from the crowd into War Memorial Drive without any detrimental effect on the flow of the march. As a result it was the only time that we have actually got a picture in the Advertiser. It was good to see the support that was received from the crowd.

The after March debrief and BBQ was again at Bonython Park this year to feed the very hungry drivers after an early start and to make it easier for those taking vehicles on to the Football match at Adelaide Oval.

Our Patron and Chairman of the Anzac Day March Committee, Bill Denny has also expressed his appreciation of our contribution to another successful March.

Next year we may be called upon to provide even more vehicles than we have in the past. I would encourage you all to push ahead with your restorations or if you are contemplating another purchase why not consider a vehicle that would be suitable to transport veterans in the march.


2013 Salisbury Christmas Pageant

Saturday 16 Nov 13, Salisbury held its annual Christmas Pageant through the Parabanks precinct.  The Museum supplied a number of vehicles to transport members of the Salisbury RSL in the Parade.  A great day, temp in the mid 20’s in beaming sunshine.  Spectators were in the thousands lining both sides of the street.

Here are a few photos of the participating vehicles before the Pageant started.  Looking forward to next year!


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2013 Swap Meet / Show and Shine

Held on Sunday 22 September at out Museum in conjunction with the Modified Ford Club of SA.  Great day with plenty of cars and utes on show.  Also stall sellers with a variety of both car Swap Meet items as well as general trash and treasure.  The museum was open to enjoy as well.

Events and entertainment throughout the day to keep you entertained, with a Driving Skills Course,  25lb Gun firings by the National Serviceman’s Historical Society and driving demonstrations by our WW2 Stuart Light Tank ( Miss Stuart ) and also our WW2 Bren Gun Carrier.  Also live entertainment with a band and also our popular singer Lynne.

Keep your calender free for the same time next year, date to be confirmed.  More cars and stall sellers welcome.


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