Army Museum of South Australia
(AMOSA)

A Regional Museum of the Army History Unit
ABN 46 103 172

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Thinking about making a donation? here are some frequently asked questions (FAQ's): .

What types of memorabilia is the Museum interested in?
What do I need to do to make a donation?
Will the item always be on display?
If I donate an item can I retrieve it at a future date?
If I decide to keep my object, can I find out how to preserve it?
Can the Museum tell me what the items are worth?
Can I claim a tax deduction on the items donated?
Can I make a bequest to the Museum?
How do I make a financial donation to the Museum?

What types of memorabilia is the museum interested in?

  • Weaponry: Machine guns, rifles, pistols swords, bayonets, machetes, etc.
  • Ammunition: cartridge cases, projectiles, gun cases, etc.
  • Clothing: Uniforms, hats, helmets, boots, webbing, badges (cloth/metal).
  • Medals and awards. " Paper items: books, maps, official documents.
  • Personal items that provide an intimate view of a soldier's daily life: letters, diaries, post cards.

What do I need to do to make a donation?

  • Contact the Museum and arrange for a visit. Phone: (08) 8305 6374
  • Write: The Head Curator, AMOSA, Keswick Barracks, Keswick, SA, 5305
  • The Museum will evaluate your item(s) condition and assess it meets the Collection guidelines.
  • The Museum staff will also assess if they can conserve and maintain the item(s) if they are accepted.

If the item does not fit the Collection Policy or if Museum is unable to preserve, store and care for an item it must decline your offer.

Artifacts are of even greater value if they can be used to tell a story. For this reason we need as much information as possible about the object.

  • Who owned/used it?
  • Where was it used/situated/recovered from?
  • Who was the maker?
  • Where did it travel from/to?
  • Have any changes/modifications been made to the item since it was used originally?
  • What is the history of the item?
  • What is its significance?

The more information you can supply about the object the more valuable it becomes to tell a story once on display.



Will the item always be on display?

  • No. The displays are not static. They continue to change to tell a broad thematic history of our State's military history. This keeps our Museum alive.
  • Only a small percentage of items are on display at any one time.
  • Until objects are put on display they are secured in an environmentally controlled storage are to preserve them and minimize further deterioration.

If I donate an item can I retrieve it at a future date?

  • Normally, no. However, if special circumstances exist to could write to the Head Curator to request that the item(s) be de-accessioned.
  • Weapons can not be returned.
  • Normally the Museum does not generally accept loans. However, significant items may be accepted on loan to the Museum for special displays.

If I decide to keep my object, can I find out how to preserve it?

  • The Museum staff would be happy to provide you with such guidelines.

Can the Museum tell me what the item(s) are worth?

  • Museum staff are not professional valuers. We recommend that you get the item valued by a professional. We may be able to assist you in obtaining a professional valuation.

Can I claim a tax deduction on the items donated?

  • The Museum is endorsed as a deductible gift recipient under Subdivision 30-BA of the Australian Income Tax Assessment Act 1977. Endorsement is provided under item 12.1.3 "public museum".
  • Provision for gift deductibility is under:Item 1 and Item 4 of the table in section 30-15 of the aforementioned Act, and Subdivision 30-D of that Act

Can I make a bequest to the Museum?
By all means. Some people feel that they do not want to part with the items of a family member but do not have anyone to pass them on to. Please contact the Manager or Head Curator and come in for a confidential chat to make the necessary arrangements. Financial bequests are also welcome.

How do I make a financial donation to the Museum?
One of the Foundation's charters is to raise money for the operation of the Museum. Donations are welcomed from both individual members and corporate organizations. Arrangements can be made by telephone, a personal visit or by mailing your donation
C/- Army Museum of South Australia Foundation
Building 76 Keswick Barracks,
KESWICK SA 5035
A receipt will be provided for Tax purposes.

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