Museum of South Australia
1. The inaugural meeting of the Museum Committee took place at the Naval Military & Air Force Club on 21st September, 1992. This event was the culmination of two years of informal meetings and planning conferences. The Committee consisted of the following personnel, namely; .
2. The Museum as it exists today owes a great deal to the foresight and drive of this group and in particular to its President, BRIG EBJ Wayland, who was later bestowed Honorary Life Membership of the Museum for his leadership in establishing the Museum. In addition, the efforts of the Commander 4 MD, BRIG P Bray, should also be acknowledged for without his support the Museum would not have obtained buildings to house and display its collection. The Museum eventually occupied Building 136 at Keswick Barracks and from there opened its doors to the public on Sundays and Public Holidays. Storage/workshop areas were provided for in Building 8 (old armoury). And Building 9 (old POL store).
3. Building 136 was officially opened by Dr. Erica Roberts, Army Historian, on 30 September, 1992.
4. An Inaugural General Meeting was held on Wednesday, 30th September, 1992.
5. It is interesting to note from the Minutes of the Committee in 1992,
6. The first AGM of the Army Museum of SA Inc was held on 11 April, 1994.
7. Visit by Dr. Erica Roberts (Army Historian) to hold discussions with the Committee regarding resourcing Army museums.
8. In 1995, the Museum provided its first major external display at Torrens Training Depot (13-15 AUG 95) as part of the Australia Remembers celebrations. The displays (assisted by a Federal Government grant of $10,000.00) were visited by many South Australians. The co-ordination of this mammoth event fell to the then LTCOL A Summers who would later become President of the Committee/Chairman of the Board of Directors.
9. The Museum displayed items in the Defence Services Museum on Kintore Avenue in the city as an annexe to the Museum. Visitor attendance was significantly increased.
10. The President and Curator attended the Army Museum Conference conducted 7-8 May, 1996. At the conference delegates were briefed on the concept of Army museums whereby two types of museums would be established. Type A, funded by Army and Type B, unfunded museums. It was proposed that the Army Museum of South Australia become a prototype Type A museum.
11. It soon became apparent that there was insufficient space to house the ever expanding collection. Fortunately, Building 76 (the current series of galleries) became available subsequent to the disbanding of the Survey Corps in 1996. The building was renovated for use by the Museum and was officially opened on the 27th April, 1997 by the then Minister for Defence, Mr. Ian McLachlan MHR. Also in attendance was the Chief of Army, and the D-HIST, Mr. Roger Lee.
12. Building 76 then housed the major part of the Collection and was opened to the public on Sunday afternoons between 1200-1600 hrs. It was decided that admission to the public would be free.
13. At the fourth AGM of the Museum held on 30 June, 1997, BRIG Wayland was made the first Life Member of the Museum in recognition of his services in establishing the Museum. LTCOL Annette Summers was appointed president due to BRIG Wayland's resignation. The proposal to establish the Museum as a pilot Type A Museum was also discussed.
14. Up until 1998 all work at the Museum had been carried out by a group of dedicated Volunteers' under the direction of the Management Committee. In 1998, MAJ Nick Meredith, an GRES officer was appointed by the Army History Unit as Manager of the Museum.
15. In 1998, the first workshop was held for Volunteers to map out future directions for the Museum. The day was jointly co-ordinated by the then Museum Manager, MAJ Nick Meredith and the Management Committee.
16. Items on display in the Defence Services Museum (Kintore Avenue) were relocated to the Museum at Keswick Barracks as that Museum closed.
17. Malcolm Orchard retired as Curator and Sven Kuusk was appointed as temporary Curator.
18. On 16th December, 2002 the Army Museum of South Australia Foundation was registered as an Australian Public Company, Limited by Guarantee.
19. On advice from the Army History Unit it was proposed to disband the existing Volunteer organization, AMOSA Inc. and register as a company limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001. At a Special General Meeting held on 17 March, 2003, it was agreed to implement the new structure and arrangements for the transfer of assets to the new company were to be put into action. It was not until 2nd June, 2003 that the Board of Directors ratified an Operating Agreement with Defence to formalize the working relationship between the two parties.
20. The Inaugural AGM of the newly formed Foundation was held on 24 November, 2003. The following personnel were listed as Directors, namely;
At the meeting it was agreed that BRIG Wayland, who had been confirmed as a Life Member of AMOSA Inc., should be made an Honorary Life Member of AMOSAF.
21. On 4 July, 2006, the Operating Agreement between the Foundation and Commonwealth of Australia (Defence) first signed on 2 June 2003 was renewed for a further period of three years.
22. In 2007, 9 Brigade allowed the Museum administration to move into building 203. New signage was also set in place to advertise the Museum and its hours of operation.
24. President Committee/Chairman of Board of Directors
26. AHU/Defence Financial Support
Some years ago the Department of Defence and the three services decided to formally recognize the importance of the many military historical collections and museums that existed within Australia. The Army raised the Army History Unit (AHU) which has been working to place Army museums and historical collections on a sound footing. In 1997, the AHU assumed responsibility for all Army Museums. Since the formation of the Army History unit, the Museum has received considerable financial support from that organization. Financial support has ranged from an initial grant of $2,000.00per annum to $6,000.00 in 2006/7.
27. GRES staff initially consisted of one, two then three personnel. In 2007/8 the proposal is for four Staff to be appointed; such has the organization, and hence the work load, grown.
28. Museum Managers