Friday, December 5, 2014

3/12/14. Albany. Sightseeing at the ANZAC Fleet Memorial Museum.

3/12/14. Albany. ANZAC Memorial Museum

A beautiful day here. No rain. Wonderful surf sound when I wake up. 
Legs ache from yesterday's exercise. Might be getting fit? 
Dave the Pommy Inventor in the other Freedom pulls  out. 

Off we go, 9:30.

Great building, fabulous view out over the harbour all the ships of both fleets were assembled in. Maybe you saw the special coverage recently on ABC TV of the Memorial March in Albany to commemorate the two fleets that stopped off here, the last patch of their world, on the way to WW1 a hundred years ago. 
There are a number of interactive displays and many static displays of memorabilia. A fabulous presentation for adults and older children who already know a bit of the history, but I can't see it holding the attention of young children..  

But then there are some guns and things they might like to use as jungle gyms not far from the car park. No restraints seemed to be placed on these, they were just sitting there, when we came out there was about a dozen kids and adults climbing all over them. And there's a number of fort buildings to wander around, but the only one open was the guard house that was being used as an info centre. I was a bit disappointed we could not wander thru the barracks and officers quarters. Couldn't even see in the windows. 

This is one of the little cards they issue to every customer. I was given one with the details of one of the nurses around whom the recent ABC TV show was based. You put the symbol side of the card against an electronic reader at certain points in the display and it tells you about the person on your card. You follow their story as you progress thru the museum. It's a very good idea. At the end of the 'journey' around the museum you have to opportunity to leave a message on an interactive wall, and you can send messages to the family of the person on your card. I did. 

This is an original KIWI hat, before the well known lemon squeezer. 

I took lots of photos of this nurses uniform as that was the person I was following and I have an interest in costume construction, as does a friend, Lorna, The Tailor's Apprentice, who recreates costumes from this era and the patterns for them. 
When we finished wandering around the museum, we expected to be able to wander around inside the fort buildings, but that didn't happen, so we went to the cafe there and planned on sitting out on the veranda and watching the beautiful view of the harbor while we had a coffee. Unfortunately, the best seating for the view was roped off until the evening, and the staff were French who could barely speak or understand English, and their attitude and coffee was dreadful. Such a shame.
All in all a very educational day.

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