Well, maybe you are wondering why a pacifist is visiting, let alone writing a post about, a military museum. To be honest museums interest me, and my brother also loves going and visiting them, and since this is just around the corner from my parent's house I thought I might go and check it out (though it is only open on Sundays, however don't take my word for it - check out their website). Mind you, while I have no intention of making this some extreme left-wing anti-war post (especially since I do lean towards the political left), I might say a few things about the military as I go along. However, to make it clear, while I do support the military and do believe that it is one of those necessary evils that we need, I also believe that if we are going to deploy our troops we shouldn't simply do so without serious thought, and debate, as to why we are doing so.
Anyway, enough of that because I would rather talk about this museum rather than the pros and cons of the military (and I may end up writing about it at another time). The first thing you should know is where it is located because it can be a little tricky to find. So here is a map:
The museum itself is located in what used to be the Defence Science and Technology grounds (before the government reduced its size and then sold off a bunch of land to defence contractors, among others). As I mentioned, it can be a little difficult to find because a lot of these roads have been blocked off (namely because people used to use these roads as short cuts, and there was a time when speed limits didn't apply to federal government land), however there are some useful signs that will point you in the right direction (if you can find them). You will know that you have arrived due to the armoured personal carrier parked out the front.
|Also keep an eye out for this cannon|
|You'll find quite a few trucks in here|
|Just in case the troops need a bit of a feed|
|Like, for instance, this one.|
One of the rooms is dedicated entirely to the signal corps. For those not in the know, the signal corps is the communications arm of the military. They are those guys that you see in Vietnam War movies carrying those huge radios on their backs, and the lieutenants grabbing their phones to receive orders from the command centre. Once again this could lead into a criticism of the modern military, and how there can be little scope for independent thinking among the rank and file - but I think I will leave it at that.
|You can practice your morse code if you wish|
|Maybe I should have taken a panoramic photo with my mobile|
|You may require a PhD to understand this|
|Though I couldn't find the USB port.|
|I wonder if they were all that effective|
|I remember some kid at scouts bringing these along to camp|
|Yep, these books tell a soldier all he (or she) needs to know|
|Apparently they all work.|
|It won't fit in my Monaro|
Along with this room, they also have the workshop where they are working on restoring some other military vehicles, as well as a display dedicated to the medical corps and World War I. Along with that there are a number of paintings, no doubt by some artist that was once in the army and has also provided some assistance with the museum. Otherwise he was probably like my Grandfather in that he enjoyed painting, but the art critics of the modern world had felt that his art work was, well, normal, so instead he gave the paintings to this museum. Hey, at least people get to look at his artwork.
Anyway, a military museum wouldn't be a military museum with out a collection of model vehicles on display, and this museum certainly had its fair share. They even had few display cases set up as if there were a battle ranging.
Mind you, there are plenty of models in my Dad's shed to check out as well.
So, that's the museum. It probably isn't everybody's cup of tea, and it is a little out of the way, but it was interesting nonetheless. So, I guess I will finish off with a picture of an American mobile rocket launcher.
|They wouldn't let me take it for a test drive.|
This post also appears on my Travel Blog.
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