Uralla Military Museum
The Uralla Military Museum off of the New England Highway, NSW, Australia, was quite a surprise while we were on our Captain Thunderbolt trail. We stopped at the servo for brekkie and decided to check it out.
It is owned and operated by Darcy Hassett. He is the nicest bloke that will sit and chew the wind with you a bit if offered.
Outside is a large statue of a soldier in full gear and a military airplane. Inside there is memorabilia stuffed all over the place. It is a bit dirty from some birds that got in and I don’t think Darcy dusts much. But the history and things he has gathered, been donated or leant for display is priceless.
The items shown are from the conflicts of WWI to Vietnam and cover all service arms.
Some of the displays: WWI Maxim machine gun, WWII Link Trainer, WWII search light and artillery piece, Ferret Scout Car, 40mm Bofors, Wiles Cooking trailer, Military police motorcycle, pictures of diggers, metals, letters, news articles, nazi flag, Aussie flag from one of the ships in WWII, and so much more.
We ended up spending two hours in there looking through the items. The first thing that struck me was the hundreds of digger photos lining the wall in the front room. My father being a veteran of Vietnam and Dessert Storm and my husband’s father a veteran of Korea, we were caught up in looking at items of personal nature. These of the men who went and some of their thoughts and prayers gave a more pause and pride in our fathers.
We stood there talking to Darcy for awhile about diggers and yank military. I’ll never forget that visit and hope to take my father there when he comes over to Australia for a visit. I’ll won’t get out of there until dark, but the wonder in his eyes will be worth every minute.
It isn’t much to get in, I think $4 a piece and worth every penny. I hope it helps him to keep going in his efforts to educate others and preserve military items.
Darcy also has some items for sell in a display case at the door. So any military collectors out there for nazi gear (that was what mostly was there) he is the man to see.
The eyes and faces of the men in those pictures will be in my heart forever. For what they endured, did for the country and sacrifices so that this generation can have what they have. [more]
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