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The Mallacoota and District Historical Society has been quietly developing a unique collection of historical artifacts and photos from the days when Mallacoota’s airfield was an RAAF Advanced Operations base for aircraft patrolling the coast for enemy submarines.
Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull recently visited the restored Operations Bunker Museum to present a certificate to the Mallacoota and District Historical Society acknowledging their success under the Local History Grants Programs for a grant of $7,310 to purchase display cases.
“The Operations Bunker Museum is a credit to the Mallacoota and District Historical Society. The high quality of the exhibits and photographs vividly bring to life the story of how Mallacoota’s airfield took part in the campaign to protect coastal shipping from submarine attack during World War Two”, Mr Bull said.
“It was pleasing to see the large number of visitors at the museum and the dedicated, welcoming and knowledgeable volunteers who were on hand to explain the exhibits and answer questions.
“A lot of our war time history focusses on things that happened in far away Europe or the Pacific islands, and the Mallacoota and District Historical Society has done a wonderful job of preserving and honouring the story of the very real action that occurred right here in East Gippsland.
“I would recommend to anyone with an interest in our local history that they visit the Mallacoota Operations Bunker Museum and allow plenty of time to properly take it all in” Mr Bull said.
Visitors are welcome at the Bunker on Tuesday mornings from 9:30am with last entry at 11:30am.
Caption: Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, congratulates Joanne Grant, Secretary of the Mallacoota and District Historical Society on being awarded a grant under the Local History Grants Program at the Operations Bunker Museum.
Friday, December 15, 2017