Home > News > Archive > 25th April 2004

Greetings from El Alamein

Story Courtesy of Te Awamutu Museum

Greetings From El Alamein is an exciting new display at Te Awamutu Museum.

The display explodes from the case with a trench like scenario showing visitors up close what it was like for NZ soldiers at war in the desert during WW2. Greetings from El Alamein opened appropriately on ANZAC Day with a free public program of Songs from the '40's sung by the Country Rhythm Trio and dramatic readings from Judy Cantlon.

Around 60 people attended the ANZAC Day opening enjoying the volunteer efforts of the entertainers and the free ANZAC biscuit provided by the Friends of the Museum.

The exhibition features uniforms from the Long Range Desert Group as well as silk escape maps, kit bags, compass, radio communication headset and photos. Many of these special artefacts come from the local collection of Mark and Les Vuletich and others like an army canvas bedding roll and camp cooker come from items donated to the museum by the Waipa community.

The museum is a non profit organisation which is funded by community grants, the exhibition has been put together with volunteer assistance by 2 co-curators from Waikato University, Thomas Amos and Jeff Rule (pictured below). Greetings from El Alamein is sponsored by the Te Awamutu RSA, Insignout and Bulk Bags Co.

Thomas Amos and Jeff Rule

A special ANZAC education programme is available for schools, the exhibition will be on display until October 2004. Entry is by koha and the museum is open 10-4 weekdays, 10-1 Sat and 1-4 Sun.

Dont miss this special show!