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.
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
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.
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!
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:
Be sure and check out the review of our museum on the Weekend Notes website at http://www.weekendnotes.com/national-military-vehicle-museum/ written by Dave Walsh.
Dave is a prolific reviewer and, at the time of writing, has contributed over 450 reviews, mostly relating to South Australian attractions. You can see his Weekend Notes profile here.
We have disabled our image gallery plugin due to the fact that it is not rendering thumbnails correctly and has therefore been using way too much bandwidth. You may have noticed the site going down a few times over the last few months due to this. Once we work out how to resolve this issue, we will put it back on.
The Bunyip Press have published an article about the museum attempting to secure the site. The full article can be read here:
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.
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