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Linnwood Open Day – WWII Jeeps & Ex Military Vehicles

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Enjoy a few hours checking WWI Military History at Linnwood
Up until a couple of months ago I never knew that a magnificent place like Linnwood existed in the suburb of Guildfield, Sydney. I recently had the pleasure of writing about an open day held by 'American Independent Car Clubs' that was held at Linnwood and I was able to go over to see what a spectacular place Linnwood is.

While you are at the exhibition, don't forget to check out what's going on inside of the Linnwood House.

Linnwood is a historic house set on 5 hectares of ground at Guildford in the Western Suburbs of Sydney. It was built in 1891 by George McCredie, a prominent businessman of the day. In February 2003 the house and estate was listed on the NSW State Heritage Register in February 2003 and it is now under the Trusteeship of Holroyd City Council.

There are a number of stained glass windows throughout the building.

These open days at the Linnwood estate would not be possible without the hundreds of volunteers who have a passion for everything old and historic and this is one of the reasons that the Friends of Linnwood Inc was formed in 2002 after a community led campaign was successful in saving the Linnwood Estate from being sold and redeveloped.

There will be a large number of volunteers there on the day to answer any buring questions you may have.

To help raise funds for the continued restoration and conservation work on the house, the Friends of Linnwood hold open days each year on the 2nd Sunday in March, July, September and November from 11am-4pm. For an entry fee of $3.00 per person (children under 5 years admitted free) you can also wander through the house and be taken back by the grandeur of Linnwood.

On the 13th of September Linnwood will once again be opening the house and its grounds. Come along and see this marvellous house and estate in the middle of downtown Guildfield in Sydney. You can also check out the WWII Jeeps and Australian Military Vehicles from the WWII Jeeps NSW and the Ex Military Vehicle Collectors Society.

A fully restored Ferret Scout Car. Photo courtesy of the event organiser.

Plus you will also be able to see displays from The Traditional Tools Group (TTTG), Ausreenact and other arts and crafts stalls.


Wow!What a great line up of WWII Jeeps. Photo courtesy of the event organiser.

World War 2 Jeeps NSW is NOT a formal Motor Vehicle Club, but more an "Association" of WW2 Jeep enthusiasts, bonded together by an e—newsletter. Its sole intention is to share information about their vehicles, future displays, trips and events. It was founded in 1991 by the late Peter Walker in an effort to bring together genuine users of the legendary Jeep.

The Ex Military Vehicle Collectors Society

If you have an Ex Military Vehicle you should have a chat to the people from AMVCS. Photo courtesy of AMVCS.

Are a group of collectors, restorers and enthusiasts who collect ex-military vehicles or have an interest in ex-military vehicles. Members are predominantly from Sydney and country NSW, although they have members from further afield, including overseas.

The club was formed in 1975 and meets at the Ashfield RSL Club on the second Wednesday of the month at 8pm. There are various activities during the year to places near Sydney and also in other parts of NSW. They are a family orientated club and enjoy social gatherings as well as vehicle events. A winter rally is organised annually in August, usually in the Oberon area and they have a historic vehicle club registration scheme is in operation. They also have a monthly newsletter keeping members up to date with club meeting details, events, sales and wanted and event reports.

It may be old, but it is very impressive. Photo courtesy of event organiser.

They are always looking for new club members who have the same passion about ex Military vehicles and they don't mind what type of ex-military vehicle it is. As all are welcome in the club and members have a diverse range of vehicles in their ownership.

Click here for more information on the club.


Ausreenact is a non-political World War 2 Living History organisation based in NSW, Australia and it is comprised of individuals who share a common interest in history and militaria, with particular focus on the uniforms, equipment and vehicles of the Allied and Axis forces, 1939-1945.

The club was formed in 2000 with the aim of providing an avenue of expression for those with an interest in the history of the Second World War. For many, this interest developed through a love of music, movies, books or hobbies such as model-making, while for others such as educators or students, it may have been on a more formal level.

If you are interested in WWII history come along and talk to the people from Ausreenact. Photo courtesy of Ausreenact.

The organisation primarily engages in two types of event:
Living History or the "Barracks Impression". This emphasises the garrison life of the average serviceman or servicewoman, where various types of gear are displayed in a static manner in a World War 2 period setting. These impressions are mainly used for educational purposes at public displays.

Tactical events. These are usually held on large tracts of private land and involve simulated combat operations. Participating units often bring period vehicles and weapons which have either been restored or acquired as reproductions. These events are often held in cooperation with other WW2 re-enacting groups from across the country.

Click here for more information on the club.

The Traditional Tools Group (TTTG)

TTTG are a group of men and women who promote the preservation of traditional tools and trade skills and run workshops teaching these skills. They are also interested in quality hand tools and old machinery and in the use of tools and machines.

Peter Tierney (left) is a passionate member the TTTG.

Click here for more information on the club.

While at the exhibition you might find that you get a bit peckish. Don't worry they have that covered at Linnwood. You can either enjoy homemade scones, jam and cream or cakes with a cuppa or get a bacon or sausage and egg sandwich or a steak and onion sandwich. I know that they are great as I had a sausage and egg sandwich when I was last there.

The BBQ was running hot all day.

Maybe I will tuck into the scones, jam and cream when I next visit Linnwood.

On the 2nd Sunday of November, there will be Major Exhibitors from the Rolls Royce Owners Club of Australia Concours and Display Day; Bentley Drivers Club; Rover Owners Club NSW; Daimler & Lanchester Owners Club; Vintage Vehicles Club; Motoring Group from the Royal Automobile Club of Australia. Featured car - ex Vice-Regal Rolls Royce Phantom V owned by The Sir Henry Royce Foundation, the City of Holroyd Brass Band, plus much more.

You could also hire one of the number of rooms at Linnwood that can be hired for private or corporate functions, although the kitchen facilities are limited. Bookings are also available for community groups to hold meetings on a casual or permanent basis, or to hold exhibitions or workshops.

For further information about hiring and cost, contact Holroyd City Council for all booking enquiries - (02) 9840 9840.

You never know who you may meet up with at the Linnwood Open Day in September. Photo courtesy of the event organiser.

So there you have it. Another great open day at the Linnwood Estate that will take you back in time to WWII Jeeps, Ex Military Vehicles and what it is like to re-enact living history or be involved in tactical events.

Hope to see you there.
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Why? Check out the local history, while having a close look at some Ex Military Vehicles.
When: 11am to 4pm
Phone: (02) 9632 9203
Where: 25 Byron Road Guildford.
Cost: Free admission to the grounds, $3 admission to Linnwood house and childern under 5 admitted free.
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