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Published June 12th 2015
Admire Aussie soldiers' mettle
To engender a respect for a hard-won peace in times past, take in stories of Aussie diggers (soldiers). Letters from soldiers and a wide range of memorabilia help you to empathise with young men thrust into the visceral realities of war.
The Museum contains several galleries and features, including replica WWI and WWII trenches, the 25th Battalion History Room and Women at War.
The Milne Bay Gallery maps show how close the Japanese were to Australia. The video in this gallery speaks of the legacy of Lance Sergeant Errol Jorgensen, who believed that the battle of Milne Bay 'saved Australia'. Errol Jorgensen stopped the enemy's final bayonet charge only metres from his position. The battle of Milne Bay saw the first major decisive defeat of Japanese land forces.
Weaponry of both ally and former enemy is on display. Cannons can be viewed on request.
Australian made WWII Wirraway aircraft (on left) and bomber (on right).