Australian Army Artillery Museum

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Australian Army Artillery Museum
Australian Army Artillery Museum is located in Sydney
Australian Army Artillery Museum
Australian Army Artillery Museum in Locator Map
Location Sydney, Australia
Coordinates 33°29′38″S 151°10′29″E / 33.494°S 151.1746°E / -33.494; 151.1746

The Australian Army Artillery Museum was an artillery museum located in North Fort, on the northern head of the entrance to Sydney Harbour, in Sydney, Australia.

It was formerly called the "National Artillery Museum", and had a large collection of the heritage and history of the Royal Australian Artillery. It was administered by the Army History Unit[1] (AHU) with the assistance of volunteer members of the Royal Australian Artillery Historical Company[2](RAAHC).

Collections[edit]

The museum displayed more than 50 guns and mortars and associated equipment, numerous paintings, displays, memorials, and medals. The Library has over 2,500 photographs, about 4,000 technical and historical books, and unique research material.

The collections covered the period from the first European Settlement (1788) to very recent operations.

Facilities[edit]

The museum grounds include shaded picnic areas with barbequeues, a Harbour Lookout Area (the Observation Platform), World War II fortifications and tunnels (listed in the Australian Commonwealth National Heritage list),[3] and a Café that has extraordinary views of the entrance to Sydney Harbour and the channels to Bradley's Head, and Sydney CBD.

Closure[edit]

As of 19 December 2010 the museum has been closed, the collection will be initially moved into storage at Bandiana, moving eventually to a new army museum facility to be built at Puckapunyal. The move resulted from incompatible objectives of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust as owner of the site, and the Army History Unit, responsible for the collection.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Army History Unit
  2. ^ The Royal Australian Artillery Historical Company
  3. ^ Commonwealth National Heritage List
  4. ^ Major General Tim Ford, AO (Retd), Representative Colonel Commandant and Chairman RAAHC : A Letter from the Chairman RAAHC on the Immediate Future of North Fort [1]

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