Display of rare military vehicles extended

A unique military vehicle display at the Queensland Transport Museum has been extended until the end of May. PICTURE: LVRC

To commemorate Anzac Day and honour military service, a special display at the Queensland Transport Museum has been extended until 31 May.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council approached owners of the military giant’s exhibition, Russel and Carol Tattam, seeking to extend the display of military vehicles.

“There are some really unique and rare pieces of history in the exhibition,” Mr Tattam said.

“We are proud to display them and to have had the opportunity to restore them to their original military condition.”

Mr Tattam said that in years gone by, people have been able to see the vehicles in the Gatton Anzac Day Parade.

“Sadly, the rising costs associated with public liability insurance has meant that we’ve had to make the difficult decision not to run vehicles in this year’s Anzac parades in the Lockyer Valley,” he said.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Tanya Milligan said while the decision was tinged with sadness the extension of the display gave residents and visitors more time to appreciate a small part of their impressive collection.

“Not only have these vehicles been meticulously restored, they are also complete with the necessary equipment used in the field, in the periods between the beginning of WWII to the peace-keeping force in East Timor,” she said.

“The rare collection includes a 6×6 GMC hitched to an ammunition limber and 25-pounder artillery piece, as well as an M4 Diamond T Half Track, LP1 Bren Gun Carrier and Mark 1 and Mark 2 Ferrets, a Saracen plus several others.”

The QTM is open daily from 9am to 4pm except for public holidays.