The Gippsland Armed Forces Museum

The Gippsland Armed Forces Museum

The Gippsland Armed Forces Museum is one of the top things to do in Sale Victoria. Gippsland Armed Forces Museum is not to be confused with RAAF East Sale base.

This is a small, stand-alone, volunteer-run museum in Gippsland is located at the T.A.F.E campus out at Fulham right next to the West Sale Airport and opposite the Fulham correctional centre (You will find signage was you drive along the Princess Highway Sale).

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A Nazi Flag a gippsland bought back from War

One of the best Gippsland Museums

The Gippsland Armed Forces Museum was established in around the year 2000 and was originally located right in the town of Sale Victoria. Due to the land being obtained by the government for a redevelopment the museum relocated out to the T.A.F.E campus.

Sale Victoria has had a long history with the RAAF with the West Sale Aerodrome being the original East Sale RAAF base during WWII before being relocated to the current East Sale base that is still operational today. It seems a fitting place for the museum to be in now.

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Model plane from the RAAF

As we pulled up we were greeted by three different, restored aircraft. Seeing them sitting right next to the runway was a sight! We spent some time looking at them and taking photos before.

There is an original engine that had been rebuilt by a local company that sits out the front of this Gippsland Museum. This engine had been used in the Steven Spielberg TV Show ‘The Pacific‘ starring Tom Hanks. Not bad for a little Sale Victoria business!

We made our way inside and I must say I was absolutely stunned at the number of memorabilia that the Armed Forces Museum has. Gippsland Armed Forces Museum specifically focuses on service men and women from Gippsland alone, I think that is why I was stunned, it really hit home how many small communities contributed to all the different war efforts over time.

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Cannon for war at Sale Museum

Three rooms are filled with items that have been donated, gifted or on loan. The care and love put into all the exhibits are absolutely evident as you go from piece to piece. So much pride and effort have been put into every piece that is displayed by a small number of committed volunteers. I was lucky enough to spend some time with one of those wonderful volunteers. As I walked around all the rooms he was with me telling me how they got some of the items that are on show.

Some are donated by family after their family member has passed, some are given to the museum by an ex-serviceman or woman so people can see them and some have been acquired by the museum themselves. Many of the people that the exhibits are about have been extensively researched by the museum or the have the families input to make sure the information is as accurate as possible.

This amazing gentleman volunteer had my undivided attention and I was so glad he spent nearly an hour with me telling me so many personal stories that weren’t on the information boards. It is volunteers like him that make places like this extra special.

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RAAF plane engine

The story I liked the most was the one about the American pilot flying from Laverton to Canberra that went missing. Now you may think that this is not a Gippsland story but it turns into one. Aberfeldy is out the back of Walhalla and is pretty rough terrain.

The pilot and aircraft were finally found in 1948 by a gentleman walking in the bush. At this point, the pilot’s remains were returned to Hawaii and classed as Missing in Action. Decades passed until a gentleman by the name of Rick, (who is also now a volunteer at Gippsland Armed Forces Museum) took it upon himself to get the pilot the military funeral he deserved. After a long process of DNA testing, the pilot was finally laid to rest again with full military honours at Arlington National Cemetery.

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One of the planes om display at this Gippsland Museum

It was this man’s dedication that got that pilot the honours he deserved. I am sure I could have spent hours there listening to every story that could be told and why it is one of the best things to do in Sale if you live here or you are visiting.

I thoroughly enjoyed our visit out to Gippsland Armed Forces Museum and I will be returning with the girls very soon as I do think they will really enjoy it as well. I am so glad we visited and I think it is one of the best things to do in Sale for anyone looking for something to do.

Gippsland Armed Forces Museum Opening Hours: 

Saturday to Monday:      10 am to 4 pm

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(Other times by appointment)

Admission Fees:

Adults $4

Families $10

Children $2

If a family member of yours served in any of the Armed Forces, Gippsland Armed Forces Museum would love to hear from you. Keeping the memories of our region’s military service alive is important for future generations.

We love our little museums here in Gippsland. They are great family outings or as we found out a great day trip without the kids. If you are looking for things to do in Gippsland these two posts might help you get out and about!

The Gippsland Armed Forces Museum can be accessed 9.7 kilometres west of Sale Victoria via the Princess Highway Sale. The Museum is located off the Princess Highway at the West Sale Aerodrome. You will find the museum signs posted on the highway. More information on the Gippsland Armed Forces Website is available here

Where to stay in Sale Victoria

Why not make a weekend of it in the Sale area. Visit the 90 Mile Beach, and some surrounding towns such as Maffra and Briagolong. Sale has range of hotels for your stay. Check the map below.

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Mark has grown up and lived in the Gippsland area all his life. “I think i know a thing or 2 about Gippsland”. When i am not working i am out explorimg the best of Gippsland with my wife and kids

Gippsland Immigration Park & Heritage Walk

Gippsland Immigration Park & Heritage Walk

As you drive through Morwell on the old Princes Highway just past McDonald’s going one way or just past Mid Valley Shopping Centre Morwell the other way is Lake Kernot. Lake Kernot is home to Kernot Hall and the Gippsland Immigration Park and Heritage Walk. Kernot Lake (Morwell Lake) is a focal point of things to do in Morwell and a community area for citizens and visitors to the area.

The Gippsland Immigration Park pays homage to all the immigrants that now call Gippsland home. The majority of people calling Gippsland home were born in Australia. Today’s figures show only 5.6 per cent of the population were born in one of the main non-English speaking countries and 4.5 per cent of the population only speak a Language other than English at home.

The park is a great spot for family gatherings and days out. There are two covered BBQ areas with electric barbeques and picnic tables for seating. Green grass for kids to play on trees and trees to shelter under. There is a children’s playground to keep the kids entertained. The Morwell Lake is stocked with fish a few times every year. It is a great place to introduce the kids to a fish or two. Toilets are available a short walk away at Kernot Hall.

The Immigration memorial consists of 7 walls that display the history of immigration into Gippsland in images and writing. The walls are depicted using four themes – ‘Departing / Arriving, Settling, Working, Achieving’. They feature images and names of the families who arrived in Gippsland. These walls sit in front of a deck sits on the edge of the lake that was designed to look like an arrivals port where the migrants arrived.

The Gippsland Heritage Walk is made up of 72 panels tracing the history of Gippsland. The walk starts adjacent to the Gippsland Immigration Wall of Recognition.

Gippsland Heritage Walk Morwell Australia
Picnic area Kernott Lake Morwell Gippsland Australia

Lake Kernott

The 72 panels will educate you about Gunaikurnai history, Coming to Gippsland, Settling In, Energy(electricity, gas, oil), Life in Gippsland, Government, Rule of Law, Transport, War Time, Educating Gippsland, Serving Gippsland (emergency services) and Gippsland Community (immigrants, early sport, population, government towns).

The beginning and end are marked by two large archways. I can tell you its an educational experience even for someone who has lived in Gippsland their whole life. Kernot Lake provides some great things to do in Gippsland. It’s well worth turning off the Princes Highway and exploring Heritage Walk and Immigration Memorial in Morwell. On a nice day, the sun dances off the calm waters of the lake which provides a picturesque backdrop to this Gippsland attraction.

Melbourne to Morwell is 153 kilometres and Traralgon to Morwell is 10 kilometres.

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