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An important piece of Australia’s military history will find a new home after the Vietnamese Government gifted the original Long Tan Cross to Australia. Australia’s Ambassador to Vietnam Craig Chittick received the Long Tan Cross from the Dong Nai Province People’s Committee at a small ceremony at the Dong Nai Museum in Biên Hòa last month. An Australian Defence Force member then travelled with the cross on its journey to Australia.

The Long Tan Cross was erected by Australian soldiers as a memorial to their fellow diggers who fought and died at the Battle of Long Tan on 18 August 1966, Australia’s most costly single engagement in the Vietnam War. It was removed from the Long Tan battle site some time after the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. Approximately 60,000 Australian men and women served in the Vietnam War between 1962 and 1975, including 521 who lost their lives and more than 3,000 who were wounded.

The Long Tan Cross will go on display at its new permanent home at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra from 6 December.


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The Birdwood Military Museum is arguably the finest regional military museum in Western Australia. Funded largely by public donations, it is run by volunteers, most of whom are ex-Service personnel.

With hundreds of artifacts (uniforms, photos, medals, weapons, personal effects) on display, and many more in storage, the museum is a constantly-evolving depiction of Geraldton’s and the Mid West’s military history.

Roll of HonourAn Honour Board (at left, with Museum president Barry Stinson) became the focal point of the RSL Club. Given Geraldton’s war effort, memorabilia started accumulating rapidly.

Club stalwarts Graham Perham and Kevin Gary started organising the collection and developing displays in a former storage room. Extra room was made available, resulting in today’s space.

One of the special items is a homemade Australian flag, which went into battle with two soldiers from the Chapman Valley district – at Gallipoli and in France, England, Lebanon and Egypt.






Unique instrument: the Darnley Dixaline

UkeWalter Darnley This unique handmade instrument was made by Signalman Walter Darnley, who served with the 2/28th Battalion.

Sig Darnley made what he calls the Darnley Diaxline (Mark IV) from battlefield remnants, including the skin from a discarded drum, wooden crates, and toothpaste containers.

His wife, Thelma, sent the strings to him. The instrument, believed to be the only one of its type in the world, was crafted sometime between 1941 and 1942 and is believed to have been used at Tobruk.

It is signed by all 29 members of Sig Darnley’s platoon and has a further 12 signatures of men from the battalion.






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