Month: March 2019

The February 2019 Sunset Concert Spectacular was another huge success

As usual there was an interesting program of music presented in a most professional and entertaining manner.

The evening was a credit to the musicians from the Australian Army Band Perth, the Royal Australian Navy Band WA as well as the massed Pipes and Drums from the Australian Army Band Perth; 51 ACU Swan Regiment Drums and Pipes and the Presbyterian Ladies’ Pipe Band.

The entrance of the massed Pipes and Drums always causes a stir and is very colourful.

There was a fly-by with five aircraft in formation. We had a Bushmaster make an appearance as well as the grand entrance of our own M113A.

  

  

   

 

   

  

  

 

 

The Len Hall – Dockers football match will be held on Saturday April 27th as part of our ANZAC Day commemoration.

Over the years since the Australian Army Museum of WA has had a relationship with the Fremantle Football Club (The Dockers), it has primarily been a fundraising activity for the benefit of the museum with AAMWA volunteers (and their family and friends), “rattling tins” outside the football stadium prior to the game.

This football game for the Dockers is an ANZAC Day commemorative event that they have called “The Len Hall Game” (Len Hall being the last 1st AIF 10th Light Horse Regiment veteran). It is therefore held the closest Saturday to ANZAC Day.

While the museum volunteers look after the fundraising, the museum Army staff, especially the Museum Manager, Major Henry Fijolek, arrange the Australian Defence Force (ADF) pre-game ceremonial support. This comprises an Honour Guard of some 30 soldiers, a guard commander,  a senior ADF officer to take the salute, a bugler (for the Last Post), a singer (for the National Anthem) and 4 cadets (for the flag guards).

The Army staff have also been asked over the years to provide Australian military history guidance to support annual special military anniversaries that the Dockers have chosen to commemorate.

 

 

 

 

Following the recent acceptance of his appointment as Patron of the Army Museum of Western Foundation, the Governor of Western Australia, the Honourable Kim Beazley AC, visited the Army Museum on Wednesday morning 27 February 2019.

He was welcomed by the Museum Manager and the Chairman of the Army Museum Foundation in front of an assembly of the Museum’s volunteers then escorted on a brief tour of the museum.

The Governor arriving at the museum greeted by Museum Manager Major Henry Fijolek and the Foundation Chairman Mr Lloyd Halvorson
The Governor inspecting one of the museum displays with the Curator, Mr Robert Mitchell