This display features rare items of equipment belonging to a British Officer of the, 28th Regiment as well as items from our colonial military force.
This exhibition showcases some of the extensive material from the Cameron Family Collection and includes various items from 1870 – 1930. It has been described as the most significant collection of military uniforms and equipment related to one family held by any Australian Museum.
This exhibition opened in December 2011 and features material from Army nurses, Women’s Land Army, Voluntary Aid Detachments and the Women’s Royal Australian Army Corps.
During the period 1870 – 1905 after the British Army left Australia Anglesea Barracks was used in part by Tasmania’s Volunteer Defence Forces but a number of buildings were rented out and used for schools, a presbytery, a gymnasium, accommodation and a Girls Reformatory which was located in the Military Prison.
This display is being currently re-developed by Virginia Bowen whose research has identified the girls who were imprisoned here and the underlying social issues and offences that led to their imprisonment in the period 1881 – 1905. The display focuses on one girl Victoria May Floyd, the child of a convict, later the wife of a Volunteer soldier but a troubled teenager.
This World War 1 display features the story of three Tasmanian brothers from the Orchard family and memorabilia related to their service. The display also includes the uniform of Private Chilcott of the 12th Battalion who was wounded on the morning of the 25th of April 1915 at Gallipoli.
This cell interprets a British soldier in custody in 1855 – 1860. It is supported by an audio recording based on the research into No 3616 Jeremiah Corbett, 40th Regiment. Corbett enlisted in 1854 at Cork, Ireland and travelled to Australia where his drinking problem led to a series of imprisonments from 1855 – 1860 when he was discharged. During his time in the prison he carved some graffiti in his cell door which was discovered during restoration.
Between 1962 and 1975, some 2,233 Tasmanians served in the Vietnam war. Sixteen paid the supreme sacrifice and their names are recorded in this exhibition. This exhibition (contained in the two front rooms) comprises a collection of photographs, uniforms, weapons, equipment, maps, medals, memorabilia and models of the Vietnam War with a specific focus on the Battle of Long Tan. You will also observe some detailed models of the Nui Dat and Long Tan area as well as the Viet Cong tunnel system and booby traps.
Audio/visual presentations have been constructed to support the exhibition and you would require about an hour to view all the slide shows and DVD footage.
This new exhibition features the stories of three Tasmanians who have served on a variety of Peacekeeping Operations.
The medal room displays a number of medal groups that have been awarded to Tasmanian men and women who have either given outstanding service or performed acts of bravery during times of war in the period 1899 – 1950. It also features medals issued to members of those British Regiments who prior to service in Tasmania had served in the Napoleonic Wars, in the Indian Sub continent, the Crimean and Maori Wars.
The service of the Tasmania Volunteers is also recognised with the display of the rare colonial awards.