MILNE BAY MU­SEUM

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IT IS ap­par­ent that the De­fence Depart­ment, for rea­sons that still ap­pear vague, are de­ter­mined that the Milne Bay Mu­seum can not con­tinue in its present lo­ca­tion.

We are proud of the fact that our own 25th Bat­tal­ion, with lit­tle train­ing, suc­cess­fully held their sec­tion of the Milne Bay de­fence line and the Ja­panese were de­feated for the first time with con­sid­er­able as­so­ci­ated prob­lems for them.

One thing is ab­so­lutely cer­tain that some­thing has to be done to keep this mu­seum go­ing as it is a won­der­ful part of the his­tory of the Dar­ling Downs.

The Re­gional Coun­cil has had a long look at the setup and lo­ca­tion of their oper­a­tional head­quar­ters in An­zac Ave and has de­cided, for ob­vi­ous rea­sons, to re­lo­cate to a mod­ern form in the in­dus­trial area of Charl­ton.

As a re­sult, a con­sid­er­able num­ber of build­ings in Har­ris­town will be sur­plus to coun­cil re­quire­ments and no an­nounce­ment has been made, as far as I am aware, of what will hap­pen to such build­ings.

I would like to sug­gest that a small por­tion of th­ese build­ings be given to the Milne Bay Mu­seum as a per­ma­nent lo­ca­tion. As far as I know, the build­ings are in rea­son­able con­di­tion and work to make it ideal for a mu­seum would be rel­a­tively mi­nor. I feel that the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment will be only too will­ing to pro­vide a grant to help.

How­ever, I will have to ad­mit to hav­ing more than a pass­ing in­ter­est in sav­ing a few of th­ese build­ings as my fa­ther was a fore­man in the Civil Con­struc­tion Corp and helped erect th­ese build­ings.

PETER SHERI­DAN, Kear­neys Spring

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