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Milne Bay Military Museum

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by Rachel Timmins (subscribe)
I am a senior writer for Weekend Notes, a copywriter, editor, published poet and former editor of poetry magazine Fruit Salad. I have also authored children's fiction and inspirational pieces.
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.

Milne Bay Map
Milne Bay map indicating Japanese landing sites.

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.

Milne Bay Models
Australian made WWII Wirraway aircraft (on left) and bomber (on right).

The museum is self-funded, includes a shop and specialises in top quality medal mounting.

Open Mon - Fri, 10am - 4pm, O'Quinn Street, off Anzac Avenue, beside the Defence Force Recruiting Centre. A small entry fee applies.

Milne Bay Blades
Knife with decorative handle believed to be from Siam.
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Phone: 07 4631 4482
Where: Anzac Ave, Tooowoomba QLD 4350
Cost: Adults $5, Children $3, Family $12
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