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Museum plan to take off

 29-Jan-12

  

 

(Glen Roberts 28-Sep-11)

 
       

PLANS are well advanced for a major new military museum at Caboolture to preserve the heritage of Australia's armed forces.

A group has been meeting for well over a year to make the idea for the Australian Aviation Defence and Heritage Museum (AADHM) a reality.

Group publicity officer Kay Cohen said it wanted to incorporate items of some of the country's small museums, including the Caboolture Warplane Museum, into one collection to display and preserve them.

This would include items linked to the army and navy, as well as the air force.

Planes already secured include a CAC Winjeel, an ex-Royal Flying Doctor Service de Havilland Drover and a Stinson L-5.

``Apart from being a great tourist attraction for Caboolture, the AADHM would provide much-needed employment opportunities and a window of opportunity for students and others to come face-to-face with our wartime history and appreciate the sacrifice that saved our country from enemy occupation at that time,'' Ms Cohen said.

It hopes to secure an unused portion of the Caboolture airfield near the Bruce Highway for the museum.

Mrs Cohen said it would be an ideal location because it would be visible to traffic heading to the Sunshine Coast.

An ex-Ansett hangar, large enough to house 10-12 aircraft, has already been purchased.

The AADHM committee includes members of the Caboolture Aero Club, the Beaufort Restoration Group's Ralph Cusack and is chaired by ex-Civil Aviation Authority official Buck Brooksbank.

To become involved, or if you have items of interest, phone Ms Cohen on 5495 4951 or (ah) 54295 093.

   

SUPPORT: Buck Brooksbank, Kat Cohen, John Dawson, Ron Lee and Dave Walsh. Picture: Chris Higgins Source: Quest Newspapers