Port Lincoln RSL celebrates new museum

UNVEILED: South Australian Premier Steven Marshall and Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey unveil the plaque dedicated to the RSL Museum's official opening. Photo: supplied
UNVEILED: South Australian Premier Steven Marshall and Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey unveil the plaque dedicated to the RSL Museum's official opening. Photo: supplied

The Port Lincoln RSL Sub-Branch celebrated the official opening of its museum and welcomed some special guests for the occasion.

The museum was opened on July 8 with guests including South Australian Premier Steven Marshall, federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey, SA RSL State Branch president Cheryl Cates and local patron Peter Teakle.

Mr Marshall and Mr Ramsey unveiled the plaque commemorating the museum opening, which displays items from the Boer War up to present day.

Sub-Branch president Peter Linn said the museum added another facet to the RSL and the community, and complemented the already-rich and varied museums which acknowledged the local past.

"We have a museum which honours our veterans' service and history in a special way for generations to come," he said.

"This museum is only possible thanks to the hundreds of hours put in by Kelly Hentschke our honorary curator and her amazing band of volunteers some of whom are seated here today."

Mr Linn said families would have the chance to use the living museum to share their ancestral story with their children and wider community.

"For example you can visit the RSL Cemetery and find the Houston plaque, then look up the virtual war memorial find out he was a coast watcher in World War II," he said.

"You can then visit this place and find out that he did not use a smart phone but a special chair, large radio and battery."

Mr Ramsey said he was impressed with the set up of the museum and preserving local history was a very important role that they fulfilled.

"They are the keeper of stories and it's very important they continue to retell the stories to future generations," he said.

"It's great to see a strong and vibrant RSL."

The event was also a chance to celebrate the recent upgrades to the clubrooms, which was made possible thanks to help from the state and federal governments.

The contributions of Mr Teakle was also acknowledged, which included the new kitchen facilities.

The Museum is open from 9-11am Monday to Friday or by arrangement with entry by donation.