War museum expands it’s collection

THE Bendigo District RSLSoldiers War Memorial Museumis steadily growing its collection.
Nanjing Night Net

Daggers, bayonets and swords are among some of the newest pieces of memorabilia to make their way to the Pall Mall museum.

Museum curator Peter Ball said the items were donated by the 8/7 Royal Victorian Regiment and dated back to the first World War.

“It’s really exciting,” he said.

“(The new memorabilia) really adds to our collection and gives it a a bit of range.

“They are items we don’t have so it really adds to the array of memorabilia.”

Mr Ball said the pieces would be properly checked and their history recorded before being put on public display.

“The pieces are about learning about military history and our part is mostly telling the personal stories from all sorts of people,” he said.

“Hopefully we will have them on display soon so people can come and have a look.”

Mr Ball said the museum was open from 10am to 4pm on weekdays and occasionally on Sundays.

The collection covers the Army, Navy, Air Force, Prisonersof War and Women’s Services from before the Boer War to Afghanistan.

It is located at 37-39 Pall Mall in Bendigo.

HAND OVER: 8th/7th Royal Victorian Regiment members Geordie Wiseman, Raymond Tuk, Tegan Bobb, Dale Hannaford, Bradley Tyrell and Peter Macumber hand over the memrobillia to museum curator Peter Ball. Photo: BRENDAN McCARTHY

MEMROBILLIA: Museum Curator Peter Ball receives the artefacts from Paul Neunhoffer and John Blanchard of 8th/7th Royal Victorian Regiment. Photo: BRENDAN McCARTHY

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