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The Air Force Museum of New Zealand in Christchurch holds the national collection of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. The Museum’s role is to preserve and present the history of New Zealand’s military aviation through its collection. The collection is very diverse and includes objects covering the early days of New Zealand military aviation both prior to World War I and during this major conflict, the interwar years which saw the formation of the RNZAF in 1937, New Zealanders who fought in the RAF and in other Allied air forces during World War II, the RNZAF’s campaign in the Pacific, and the post-war period to the present day. The collection also includes objects from former enemy forces. The collection is owned by the RNZAF Museum Trust Board.
Flying American WWII Aircraft and memorabilia from WWII. Aircraft on site: North American SNJ 5 (T6 Texan)(Operational), Beech C45, Piper Cub L4.
Visit a mini airforce base of World War II all the staff are in uniform to encourage young people to become interested and join the club. Step back in time with rides along the airstrip in the Tiger Moth. Also displayed are three other aircraft; a helicopter, a 1943 ex-army personnel carrier, a 1938 'Morris' gun puller (under restoration), as well as ex-airforce wartime memorabilia including more than 60 hats/caps, hundreds of books, photographs and uniforms. Aviation research is carried out on request.
Torpedo Bay - Te Kainga O Te Waka Taonga O Te Taua Moana, Torpedo Bay - The home of the canoe of treasures of the Sea Warriors, is the new Navy Museum. The new Devonport site sits on the South West of North Head and is right beside the water. Torpedo Bay is of exceptional heritage significance having been continuously occupied by New Zealand military forces since 1880. It was a key part of Auckland’s early defence system and is now the most substantial and intact 19th century mining base to survive in New Zealand. The existing heritage buildings on the site have been redeveloped to accommodate the new Museum. Inside completely new permanent exhibitions showcase the story of the Navy’s contribution to the development of New Zealand’s identity through the lens of the Navy’s values - commitment, courage and comradeship.
The Army Museum is a memorial to the men and women of the New Zealand Army who died in the service of this country in war. It aims to demonstrate the part played by the Army in the history and development of New Zealand and its role in shaping our nation and its identity. The Army Museum is reknowned for its realistic life-size dioramas, which bring the history and personal stories of the solidiers to life in a way that people can relate to very easily. The Army Museum also has an extensive research library and archives, Rations Cafe and a gift shop which sells much military memorabilia.
The Garrison is Marlborough's and Canterbury's Home Front and Military Preservation Group. We specialize in the collection, preservation and display of home front and militaria, providing educational living history displays encompasing the following areas: Home Front, Civil Defence, Air Raid Wardens, Other uniformed services from the WWII era, Air Force, Navy, Army, Military Vehicle Collectors, Military Modelers, Merchant Marine, Period Uniforms and clothing, Communications Equipment, Historical Archives Military displays from any era and any other military related interest are always welcome.
Discover how the Royal Army Physical Training Corps has kept the British Army Fighting Fit & Fit to Fight for over 150 years. Formed in 1860 as the Army Gymnastic Staff, the Royal Army Physical Training Corps is responsible for the physical development of the British Army. Its members are all Physical Training Instructors and are attached to every major unit in the British Army. Situated in the grounds of the original Army School of Physical Training, which was built in 1894, the museum tells the story of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps from its inception to present day. Discover how physical training in the British Army has advanced from the first organised lesson to modern concepts of physical training. The museum has a substantial collection of objects such as medals and trophies, uniforms, weapons, paintings, sports and training equipment. Royal Army Physical Training Corps Instructors have represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games since 1908 and played sports at a professional and international standard, including Olympic sprinter Kris Akabusi, Olympic gymnast Nik Stuart and professional football player & manager Matt Busby. Discover their stories and many others in our unique and interactive displays. The museum maintains a large archive and photographic collection, including personal documents and historical papers relating to physical training in the army. The reference library holds material relating to sporting history and development and physical training. If you are researching any aspect of physical training and sport in the army then contact the museum. Personal visits to use the library and archive are welcome but an appointment is necessary.
The RNZAMC Museum was established in 1966 to provide a suitable archival repository to exhibit and record the development of the Medical and the Nursing Services of the Army from the early Colonial times to the present. Particular attention is given to the various campaigns, from the New Zealand Land Wars, the Anglo-African (Boer) War, both World Wars and the subsequent deployments to South East Asia, Korea, Vietnam and UN operations in the Gulf, Bosnia and the Pacific.
The museum conserves and displays objects relating to The Royal Logistic Corps, its Forming Corps and their predecessors. The forming corps were: the Royal Corps of Transport; Royal Army Ordnance Corps; Royal Pioneer Corps; Army Catering Corps and Postal and Courier Service of the Royal Engineers. Our collection includes uniforms, badges, medals, weapons and equipment as well as fine and decorative arts. We have a small collection of vehicles which are kept in an offsite store, the exception being Field Marshal Montgomery’s Rolls Royce which is on display in the museum. When The RLC Museum was opened in 1995, the majority of the collections from the regimental museums of the Royal Corps of Transport and the Royal Army Ordnance Corps Museum were combined. This was joined by a small number of objects from the Royal Pioneer Corps Museum, along with a selection from the Army Catering Corps. The Museums collection is continuously growing as we have continued to collect objects from the Forming Corps as well as the RLC.
At the end of 1969, a group of Christchurch citizens gathered and discussed the idea of forming a Canterbury Rugby Supporters' Club. On 22 July 1970, a meeting was convened to form the CRSC. The aims of the club were to support and foster rugby in Canterbury. The Club flourished and was widely regarded as the best supporters' club in New Zealand, if not the world. By 2006, Lancaster Park was in need of an upgrade, so it was decided to replace grandstands #1, 2 and 3 with a new stand, which became known as the Deans' stand. As a consequence our club had to move from our beloved quarters - the “Tractor Shed” under #2 stand - and by November 2007 all our memorabilia and ephemera had been packed away in the expectation that space would be found for a new club room. Construction had started on a new space when the Christchurch earthquakes of 2010/11 stopped work. Fortunately none of our memorabilia were badly damaged and the collection spent some time stored in a container until it was moved to the Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand in Wigram. This online catalogue is a result of that initiative.
Temora has a rich and noteworthy aviation history. It was home to the No. 10 Elementary Flying Training School (10 EFTS) set up by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in May 1941. No 10 EFTS was the largest and longest lived of the flying schools established under the Empire Air Training Scheme during World War Two (WWII). Throughout WWII more than 10,000 personnel were involved at the school with upwards of 2,400 pilots trained. At its peak the unit contained a total of 97 de Havilland Tiger Moth aircraft. Four satellite airfields were erected in the Temora district to cope with the demand to train RAAF pilots. 10 EFTS ceased operation on 12 March 1946. It was the last WWII flying school to close. Since then, Temora has continued its aviation heritage becoming the preferred airfield for a growing number of sport aviation activities including gliding, parachuting and ultra-light aircraft operations. When Sydney businessman David Lowy expressed interest in establishing an aviation museum dedicated to aircraft and pilots who had defended Australia, Temora Aerodrome had all the attributes - rich in aviation history, hospitable people, an encouraging and co-operative local council, good weather, flat terrain and uncontrolled air space below 20,000 feet. The Museum was incorporated in late 1999. Construction of the facilities then commenced and a Governing Committee made up of a group of experienced and diverse people was formed. The hangar facility was completed in February 2000 and David Lowy donated the initial aircraft for the collection. The Museum was opened for public viewing in June 2000. In late 2000 construction commenced on the exhibition buildings, containing display space, theatrette, admission entrance, gift shop, a children's playground and picnic area. These were completed and opened to the public in August 2001. Stage Three of the Museum Complex was completed in November 2002 with the opening of a 1980 sq m. display hangar. All aircraft are housed in this new hangar, the original hangar is now a customised restoration and maintenance facility. The goal of the Temora Aviation Museum is to collect and maintain in airworthy condition, historical military aircraft types flown by or in conjunction with Australian military forces. The Temora Aviation Museum is located on the site of 10 EFTS set up by the RAAF in May 1941. 10 EFTS was the largest and longest lived of the flying schools established under the Empire Air Training Scheme during WWIII. The Temora Aviation Museums collection holds historic significance as it contains artefacts pertaining to the development of Australian identity through military conflict and the history of Australian military forces, particularly the history of military aviation. It also allows the exploration of significant people in Australia. Illustrating the impact of WWII on rural Australia with regards to the establishment and operation of 10EFTS and the impact it had on the local community.
The Museum is located in the old Waikanae Post Office building of 1908, which is a Category 2 Heritage Places Trust building. It is strong in local history artifacts, archives, telecommunications and radio equipment. Interactive displays include quill pens, typewriter, slates and a morse key. A fully equipped replica 1930's kitchen complements the collection. Current Exhibition 'About TIME' is all about.... time! Exhibitions coming later this year: "Early Settler's Travel" and "Port, Waikanae" (The Port Family Collection). We also reflect on World War One with our own local returned soldier's story told with archives, photos and objects. The Kapiti Coast Museum is a member of the Discover Kapiti Heritage Group, which is comprised of all seven museums in the Kapiti Coast District.
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