Aviation history to be shared in museum
THERE'S a wealth of knowledge that a group of military history buffs have uncovered and were wanting to share.
The Maryborough Military Aviation Museum Association founded in November 2016, was committed to developing a sustainable museum complex at the Maryborough Airport as a component of Fraser Coast Military Trail developed to enhance military heritage assets already existing in the region.
The Maryborough Military Aviation Museum is an association in the service of the community, open to the public, which sources, acquires, researches, exhibits and interprets objects and ideas for commemoration, education, study and enjoyment relating to the history and heritage of the Maryborough
"My involvement stems from my passion for the history of Maryborough and my involvement with the Maryborough Military Trail specifically the Duncan Chapman project," association members and historian Jenny Elliot said.
"This is just an extension of that so we can share the stories that need to be told and bring more people to the region.
"It is about sharing all the wonderful assets we have here in Maryborough and telling the stories of the men and women who served at the base during World War II.
Jenny said they wanted to see the momentum continue with what they were doing with the Duncan statue and what was being done in Queens Park.
"Aviation history was the natural progression to continuing to tell the stories of what we have got here," she said.
"A lot of people don't even realise what the history is out at the Maryborough Airport."
The association has been working on their vision for the last 12 months.
"We are a good solid team of people that have gotten together to make this association work," Jenny said.
"We have worked it so we are autonomous so we don't come under any particular umbrella of any government department and remain faithful to the heritage of the airport.
"In setting up a museum it has to be structured and something owned by community.
"We do need a lot of community support to be able to deliver this project
"At this stage we are without funding we need the community to embrace it so we can go out and actively seek the funding."
David Geck has been opening up the Maryborough Airport hanger over the last couple of years during the annual Maryborough Open House and putting his artefacts and pictures as a display.
"I am just highlighting the fact that this area was a World War II base and a lot of people didn't know," he said.
"Jenny contacted me about starting a museum.
"I have been in the air force for 23 years previous to coming to Maryborough - I have been here nine years now.
"I have always had an interested in aviation and history.
"I am really excited about this project."
The museum complex will introduce a new regional visitor experience that fits an identified need, facilitate the protection of the local heritage and support the opportunities for learning and knowledge creation through the interactive, emotionally engaging and educationally meritorious design solutions used for the museum exhibits. The solutions will include story boards, timelines, interactive kiosks, touch screen terminals, QR Codes and other interpretive technologies. Each solution will be designed to be a best fit to the history, themes, importance, meaning and value of the collection.
The Maryborough Airport has a rich and unique history with an abundance of stories to be shared that will provide a memorable experience for members of the local community and visitors to reflect, acknowledge and commemorate those who served at RAAF Base Maryborough.
Councillor Paul Truscott has been working with the association since their inception.
"This is a great group working on project of historical significance for Maryborough that I am happy to have worked with over the last year and a half to assist bringing the project to this point," Paul said.
"For some time now, through the Airport Master Plan, council has made provision for a museum to be established at the Maryborough Airport.
"It is a delight to see a group of hard working volunteers come together and recognise the need for an aviation museum of this nature at this site which will add to the Fraser Coast Military Tourism Trail.
"I have provided discretionary funding to the association to assist in their establishment and development.
"Council is working with the association in providing a lease for the site and assisting with planning and development applications.
"If anyone has Maryborough Military Aviation artefacts that they feel may be suitable for the museum, please make contact with the association."