Local military historian Steve Hedger has put together a comprehensive military exhibition, that will be open for viewing this Sunday 26th April at Cockatoo Community Hall. Steve will be interviewed on Community Outlook this weekend, as part of the ANZAC Day edition of the program
(Community Outlook airs every Saturday from 1pm-2pm).
Steve is a military historian who has had an interest in military history for 40 years. He has been collecting militaria for 40 yrs and his collection spans from the Boer War of 1899 to the present day. Steve's ultimate aim is to try and start a War Museum in Victoria that anyone can visit and spend a day looking at its history. He has a collection of over 2,000 military history books and has been fortunate to have bought most of his collection. However, he has also had a little bit donated by people who have things stored at home from their father or grandfather and have been unsure what to do with them. As an example he has three World War I maps dated 1918, brought back from France by an Australian Soldier. As they were still in the trenches after the Armistise, he also has a Xmas dinner menu from Xmas 1918, where the 55th Heavy Battery printed a menu for their troops. Steve also has a National Service ballot card for a friend who was told to get ready in case he was required to train for Vietnam and a soldier's rules of engagement for the East Timor and Iraq operations. He has a captured Taliban ammunition vest and a captured portrait of Saddam Hussein. These are just a few interesting items from the collection, that is surely a must see for this 100th Anniversary of Gallipoli ANZAC weekend.