Warwick-based Second World War veterans Edgar McCulloch (air force), Cliff Pacey (Army) and Phil Agnew (air force) inspect new the militaria on show at the VASA centre.
Warwick-based Second World War veterans Edgar McCulloch (air force), Cliff Pacey (Army) and Phil Agnew (air force) inspect new the militaria on show at the VASA centre. Erin Smith

Military display to open soon

FROM the army to the navy and the air force the Warwick Veterans Support and Advocacy Service's (VASA) revamped military museum has it covered.

VASA community liaison officer Barry Kelly said a lot of work had gone into the centre, on the corner of Tooth and Wood Sts.

"The aim is to have it open by May 31," he said.

"There is still heaps to go up on the walls.

"The place was gutted and the new walls have been painted."

On show for all to see are memorabilia from all three wings of the military.

Showcased are uniforms, hats, badges, medals, trench art, guns and even telegrams soldiers sent home while serving overseas.

Mr Kelly said they were still waiting on more display cabinets to arrive in which to assemble the last bits and pieces.

"Most of the memorabilia was given to us as gifts, or donated by the VASA members," he said. "Some of it has been loaned to us."

In a back room is a large collection of photo frames containing newspaper clippings, letters and even photos of Warwick soldiers.

Mr Kelly said it was going to take some time to sort through everything.

He said the plan was to open it up like a museum for the public, especially school groups and scouts to see.

"We could even change the displays a couple of times a year," he said.

Anyone interested in visiting the museum or wishing to donate items should call Barry Kelly on 0417 740 282.



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