WW2 RAAF Building On Display at Ballarat Heritage Weekend
The former WWII RAAF Ballarat precinct at the Ballarat aerodrome will ‘come alive’ on Ballarat Heritage Weekend 25 and 26 May.
The Ballarat Branch of the Air Force Association will have their rooms in the recently restored WWII former RAAF Officers’ Mess building open to the public and making tea and coffee and biscuits available on both days.
Supporting this Heritage Weekend opening, on both the Saturday and the Sunday, will be a display of Classic/Vintage cars on the Car Park/Parade Ground at the front of the building.
The VIC West sub branch of the Military Brotherhood Military Motorcycle Club (MBMMC Vic West) will be there with their BBQ trailer doing a sausage sizzle and cold drinks will be available from 1000 to 1400 daily. There will be a small number of military vehicles on display.
The other occupants of this building, the Ballarat Engine and Machinery Preservation group will have a display of ‘running’ machinery and engines on the grassed area beside the building.
On the Sunday afternoon, from 1.30 pm a group from ‘Sing Australia Choir’ will be inside the tea and coffee area singing WWII/1940 songs to add to the WWII heritage flavour of the weekend.
The ‘Friends of the Anson’ museum and the Aviation Museum will also be open on both days of the weekend.
A recently donated collection of WWII model aircraft will also be on display in the Air Force Association Ballarat Branch rooms along with other Air Force related items and a display of a list of every course member on every Wireless Air Gunners Course held at 1WAGS Ballarat, every one of 5,025.
Above (left): Newly renovated Hut 48.
Above (right): Inside the refurbished AFA Ballarat Branch rooms.