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South Australia's Yorke Peninsula is full of exciting things to do for visitors, and thousands of us head there on holidays from Adelaide every year. With pristine beaches, a wide range of water sports, a busy calendar of events, and engaging heritage tourism attractions, why would you not want to holiday there?
We previously explored southern Yorke Peninsula and discovered seven special spots to visit. Just when we thought we'd found all the interesting and unusual places to see, we discovered the Bublacowie Military Museum.
The Former Bulacowie School is Now Home to Bublacowie Military Museum
Bublacowie was a small settlement first mentioned in the 1880's. Situated roughly midway between east and west coasts of the Yorke Peninsula, it reached its peak in the 1930's when the Bublacowie school was the centre of social activities for miles around. Dances, parties, picnics and even a fancy dress ball took place at the old school, but the winds of change would not be kind to the community.
Bublacowie school closed in 1943 and remained disused and unloved for many years until it was renovated. It's now home to Chris Soar, the owner and curator of Bublacowie Military Museum. Chris is a decorated veteran of conflicts in Malaya, Borneo and Vietnam, and is very knowledgeable on all the exhibits. The museum is housed in several buildings dotted around the two-acre property, and is packed with interesting things to see and do.
You Will Find Military Vehicles, Military Memorabilia and Many Other Collections
This privately owned museum and memorial gardens contain an extensive range of military memorabilia from World War 1, World War 2 and the Vietnam, Korea and Gulf wars, as well as other heritage items.
While its name implies that the museum is all about militaria and military memorabilia, that's not the case. There is a huge collection of military artefacts, uniforms, military vehicles, guns and other weapons, medals, rolls of honour and memorials - even a Storch aeroplane.
However, Chris is very proud of his many other collections too. From motorcycles to military vehicles, beer mugs to Bren gun photos, Land Rovers to teaspoons and Bublacowie school history, you can find something historical to see here. The variety on display at this museum does remind me a little of Old Tailem Town pioneer village - both owners are passionate about South Australia's history.
The Bublacowie Military Museum is located roughly mid-way between Stansbury and Point Turton on the Yorke Peninsula. There's an enormous amount to see at the museum, with memorial gardens located between the display pavilions. The opening hours are 10am-4pm from Sunday to Tuesday but are variable and Chris will open by appointment, so it's a good idea to phone first.
Bublacowie Military Museum Curator Chris Soar With Military Memorabilia
When we visited, we spent a couple of hours on a guided tour with Chris, then a while browsing the enormous collection ourselves. It would be easy to spend a day here with the military memorabilia, but we had set our sights on a visit to the bakery at Minlaton, so reluctantly left.
Annual Remembrance and celebratory ceremonies are held at Bublacowie Museum on ANZAC Day on April 25 and Remembrance Day on November 11, and are very popular with locals and ex-service personnel. Entry to the museum is $10 per person, excellent value for spending a few hours with a unique historical collection.
Entrance to Main Pavilion at Bublacowie Military Museum