As part of Remembrance Day 2017, local military enthusiast Gary Traynor led a large  and very successful tour of the concrete bunkers built during World War 2 by the RAAF as part of the coastal defence system against Japanese and German invasion.

The day began with the Remembrance Day service, moved around to the Remembrance Room of the Moruya Museum where Gary spoke and finished with the tour of the bunkers. Approximately 100 people attended this tour.

Gary must be thanked for organising this event. His knowledge of this important and often overlooked part of our town’s history, and his dedication to sharing that knowledge with the entire community, ensured that the event was a success.

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The day commenced with the Remembrance Day ceremony
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Gary Traynor giving his talk in the Remembrance Room. The interest was so
great that people were standing on the stairs to listen
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On the stairs…..
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Visitors looking at some of the World War 1 memorabilia in the Remembrance Room.
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Gary Traynorgiving talk at the Ammunition Bunker with a Japanese Mountain Gun on display. There was a simulated firing with a blank cartridge with lots of smoke and a very loud bang!
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Gary giving talk at the WW2 bunker now used by the Moruya Pistol Club
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Japanese mountain artillery gun
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Approximately 100 people attended the tour of the bunkers
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Inside the bunker now used by the Pistol Club
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This bunker in the middle of the Moruya Race Track is designated Bomb
Dump #2
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A poem about the Air Raid Hotel was read during the afternoon

Thanks Gary Traynor. The tour of the Moruya Concrete RAAF Bunkers that you organised for today was excellent. I am proud to be living in this area that was a significant component of the defense of Australia from the Japanese and German maritime forces, 1941 to the end of 1944.

 

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Hopefully Saturday’s tour will be the first of other similar events.

The Moruya Museum houses a collection of furniture, books, artefacts and memorabilia that is intended to show visitors something of the lives of the ordinary people of this community from the middle of the nineteenth century. Most items on display were donated by local families.

To explore the museum’s online collection click HERE.

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