NATIONAL VIETNAM VETERANS' MUSEUM
Recently both Robert Birtles and John Bilston, (C Coy 1966/67) visited the Philip Island
National Vietnam Veterans' Museum which is now part of the Island's tourist
Their goal was to secure additional space for a more comprehensive 5 RAR
At this point 5 RAR had limited items on display but included a photo frame
of John Warr, Battalion Operations, Honour Roll and the 5 RAR Plaque.
Not on display (but in storage) were both 5RAR books and official DVD's.
They met with John Methven (President - NVVM) who was extremely co operative
and generous with additional space allocated.
They could not have expected to be allocated such a prime position as it was
located only meters from the Long Tan hologram presentation; the most
visited area in the museum.
The position warranted the best display that they could create, thus photos of
members, weapons, moments of interest, etc, were collected and framed.
Roger Wainwright made available an early 5 RAR banner and when all had been combined they
succeeded in producing a colourful and informative display.
Approximately 130 photos are on display which should keep visitors and
members entertained whilst seeking out familiar faces and places.
Although as many members as practicable are photographically represented, the goal was to be
representative of the soldiers, places and experiences had.
Many of the photos were taken from Birtles, Tommasi and Townsend's personal
files. Others were collected, borrowed and pirated from where ever it could be done.
Gary Townsend donated the photo DVD played at our last reunion. This will be
added to the museum's collection of DVD's played within the refreshment area.
Much has been achieved, however with a constant flow of additional material
the existing display will continue to evolve; there-fore it will always be of
interest to regular visitors.
Please note, that understandably, the museum does not wish to display
photos that may cause individuals, children or family members stress. Apart from
this just about anything is welcome.
If you would like to visit the Australian Vietnam Veterans' Museum, it is located at; 25 Veterans Drive
(formerly Churchill Rd South),
Newhaven, Phillip Island, VIC, 3925, and you can visit thier website at; http://www.vietnamvetsmuseum.org/ or Click Here.