Military Historical Society of Australia’s National Biennial Conference 2014
By JOL Admin | 22 April 2014
It was a pleasure to attend this year’s MHSA conference hosted over the Easter Weekend in Maryborough by the Queensland Branch of the Society. Presentations ranged over a broad spectrum of topics with a key note address by Mr Keith Payne VC OAM.
The venue was a revelation for me. The Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum in Wharf Street is surely the finest private military museum in Australia. It was created by John and Else Meyers and is run with the help over 100 volunteers who share an obvious passion and enthusiasm for preserving Australia’s military heritage.
On the upper level, the “Gallipoli Room” contains the most significant collection of Gallipoli medals in the world. The room holds the medals of 82, mostly Australian, soldiers decorated at Gallipoli and the medals of 51 of the 370 Australian officers killed there. Included is a prominent display in memory of Lt Col Lancelot Clarke, the oldest and only commanding officer killed on the day of the landing.
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