Port Lincoln RSL setting up museum space

The Port Lincoln RSL is working hard to promote the history of local servicemen by organising its collection of memorabilia to be officially opened as a museum.

RSL volunteers have been organising the displays in the clubroom and brightening up the facility, as well as cataloging the many items collected over a 20 year period.

RSL archive officer Kelly Scholz said she had enjoyed going through the many items and learning the history.

"I've interviewed a few vets around town and interviewing has been lovely, it brings out all types of stories but in particular there's really heartwarming stories that come out of conflict," she said.

The museum will have an open display of items and opportunities for people to look into the stories of local soldiers.

RSL History Group member Jo Utting said former president Garry Johnson had been instrumental the collection and care of memorabilia.

"We're now going into the phase of putting the history in and we're big in presenting the local history and stories," she said.

The RSL also recently received some additional items thanks to former resident Kirk Kruger from Cairns, including a collection of tally bands from various navy ships and a deactivated and mounted F88 Steyer.

RSL branch president Peter Linn said Mr Kruger had heard about the museum being established and thought it would be better to donate to Port Lincoln.

People will have a chance to look at the RSL's efforts and local war history with an event tied in with this year's History Festival, called 'Port Lincoln RSL: Built to Serve' on April 27 and 28.

The day will include displays on the history of the clubrooms and the people who had been involved, as well as children activities including poppy and Anzac biscuit making.

Mrs Utting, Ms Scholz and Lee Clayton will give talks during the event.

"It's a family event so the focus is to bridge the gap between generations and between the RSL and the general public," Mrs Utting said.

The RSL is looking for volunteers to assist with cataloging items, setting up displays and working on the building's facilities, anyone interested can contact the RSL.

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