Written by Norman Cramp, Director of Darwin Military Museum.
Some of the items relocated included; timber models of WW2 and more modern military aircraft, timber models of various firearms, WW2 helmets (Australian and Japanese), an Australian WW2 gas mask, a WW1 bayonet, flags, a flag stand, the wreath laid at the Cenotaph by the Prince of Wales on this recent visit to Darwin, a WW2 military issue shoulder bag, WW2 field telephones, ammunition boxes, a Gladstone bag and an artillery shell found at Gallipoli in 1919 and much, much more.
The brass shell shown at left was found at Gallipoli when Australians and other nationals first visited the site of the battle in 1919. The ‘finder’ is unknown now but it is known that the shell casing was donated to the Darwin RSL by J. C. Swannie in 1965 to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.
The shell was on display in the RSL office area on the ground floor of the building and, as a result, escaped any serious fire damage.
The casing was cleaned up by DMM volunteers and is now secured and proudly displayed in the foyer of the Defence of Darwin Experience. All of the items relocated from the RSL are currently being cleaned, repaired etc and catalogued for the RSL and its insurers.