Home' Army News : March 3rd 2011 Contents MUSEUMS SET
Corps and regional museums and unit
history rooms maintain volumes of the
Australian Army's 110-year history
COMMEMORATIVE: The proposed coin includes imagery from the three arms
corps and emphasises the Army's traditions and values.
Coin to recognise milestone
THE Army's foray into the
world of social media has helped
the Service commemorate more
than a century of military tradi-
tion in Australia.
Fans of the Australian Army
Facebook Page were encouraged
to design a new coin celebrating
the Army's 110th anniversary as
part of a week-long competition in
Chief of Army Lt-Gen Ken
Gillespie selected the win-
ning entry, designed by Pte Joel
Shaddock, from 14 submissions.
A reservist in 5/6RVR and
head designer of a military-
focused clothing and equipment
company, Pte Shaddock was
inspired to enter the competition
as a way of giving back to the
"I was extremely happy to have
won," he said.
"I have spent over four years
in both organisations and thought
I could use my skill-set to show
Australia how important the Army,
and the ADF as a whole, is to both
the security and identity of our
Pte Shaddock chose to feature
imagery on the medallion from the
Army's three major combat arms
-- infantry, armoured and aviation.
"I wanted the coin to commu-
nicate a message of teamwork and
unity," he said.
"I also wanted to put emphasis
on the traditions within the Army
and how much it has grown in 110
Pte Shaddock's family ties to
the Army cover its entire histo-
ry, with ancestors who served in
Turkey during World War I and a
grandfather who served in Papua
New Guinea during World War II.
His winning design will feature
on more than 600 coins this year
as gifts for VIPs and ADF mem-
The Army shop will also pro-
duce the coin for sale to the public.
Army ANNIVERSARY LIFTOUT March 3, 2011
MEMORABILIA: This collection of personal effects belonged to Army
driver and World War II POW Sgt R. Ryan and is now on display at the
This country welcomed me and I look forward to being a part of
Australia's history and the Anzac legend.
SUDANESE-BORN GNR KUEK DEKUEK, 4 REGT
IT'S one of the Army's greatest
treasures and it's all history.
Dotted across the country, the
Army's network of 17 corps and
regional museums and an additional
48 unit history rooms maintain the
Army's heritage and breathe life into
The corps and regional museums
are now collectively known as the
Army Museums Network (AMN).
The 48 unit history rooms were
also part of the network until 2005,
but now operate independently under
command of unit COs.
Army Heritage Manager Neil
Dailey said the AMN's primary role
was to support training and espirit de
corps, and with 180,000 visitors in
2009, it played an important role in
promoting the Army.
Without the nationwide network
of museums, he said the Army would
"lose complete chunks of its military
heritage and history".
"First and foremost, with the corps
collections in particular, is the techni-
cal history of the types of equipment
Army has used from 1901 through to
now," Mr Dailey said.
"We tell the story of what we use
lect trial equipment so we can tell
the story of why a particular piece
of equipment was selected against
"The regional museums tell the
story of the Army in that state or
Unlike the Australian War
Memorial, the AMN and unit history
rooms are not restricted to represent-
ing operational service as a matter of
priority and policy.
Mr Dailey said it was a significant
difference in what the AMN provided
to the Army.
"For example, we would
only be looking at Leopard
tanks in history books or in the
hands of collectors because the
Leopard was never used in oper-
ations," he said.
As it is, the Tank Museum at
Puckapunyal has seven Leopard
variants including an original
German variant still in green
Quite clearly, the develop-
ment of the Australian Leopard
from its German lineage is there
for all to scrutinise.
And it's a point of pride for
all museums in the AMN that
the collections of military equip-
ment on display are nothing
short of outstanding.
"If we look back at the
World War II tanks, there are
some in the Australian War
Memorial and some in private
"Our collection of tanks is
quite complete. We have a col-
lection of Matilda tanks -- one
of each variant -- that we used in
World War II."
But for Mr Dailey the "really
interesting stuff" are the personal sto-
ries and objects of soldiers throughout
the Army's history.
He becomes animated as he relates
the story of Sgt R. Ryan, whose
daughter (in her 70s then herself)
arrived at Bandiana Museum one day
a few years ago with a box of her
father's personal effects.
Included among the artefacts was
a pair of shorts Sgt Ryan had fash-
ioned from an old postal bag and a
cribbage board he had made from alu-
minium from a Japanese aircraft and
wood from a Changi hut.
But his personal story was even
more intriguing. Sgt Ryan was a
driver with 3 Reserve Motor Tpt
Coy in Singapore when it fell to the
Japanese. He had broken his leg pre-
viously and was in hospital when the
Japanese came through to bayonet the
He heard the commotion and the
cries from other patients and remem-
bered a little trick he did with his roll-
your-own cigarettes where he left a
little space without tobacco at the end
of the cigarette.
As the Japanese soldier entered
the room, Sgt Ryan lit the cigarette
and the end flared where there was no
The Japanese soldier laughed and
motioned for him to do it again. Sgt
Ryan earnestly complied and the
Japanese soldier left the room. Sgt
Ryan was one of only nine soldiers to
survive the bayonet massacre.
"His daughter said that doctors
tried in vain to convince Mr Ryan,
who settled in Albury after the war,
to give up cigarettes," Mr Dailey said.
"But Sgt Ryan claimed until the
day he died it was smoking that saved
Among other remarkable arte-
facts held by the various collections
is a complete documentary record of
a Japanese war crime found at the
Intelligence Corps museum during a
The Infantry Museum also has
one of the most complete collections
of military small arms in Australia,
including rare and "one off" weapons.
The best thing is that the remarka-
ble history contained within the walls
of the Army's 65 museums and his-
tory rooms is open to soldiers and the
Museum of Australian Army
Flying, Oakey -- WO1 Paul
Schrodter, 0418 749 087
Museum of Australian Military
Intelligence, Canungra -- WO1
Dennis Maggenis, 0408 128 536
Australian Army Artillery Museum,
North Head -- Maj John Gallagher,
0418 644 933
Museum of Military Engineering,
Moorebank -- Maj Bob Petrenko,
0413 368 141
MP Museum, Moorebank -- WO2
John Bussitil, 0425 297 912
Infantry Museum, Singleton -- Capt
John Land; 0418 653 864
Army Museum, Bandiana -- Capt
Phil Craig, 0427 354 805 (includes
Tank Museum, Puckapunyal -- WO2
Joe Linford, 03 5735 7285
Pay Corps Museum, Watsonia --
Maj Marty Herrin, 0418 978 671
Signals Museum, Watsonia -- Maj
Jim Gordon, 0407 264 961
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