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Remembering, New South Wales ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ 2020

Date: 1st October 2020

Travelled: 61 kms from Canberra to Yass in the NSW

Visited: Australian War Memorial, Canberra  

Stayed: Yass Soldiers Club, Free, limited services. S34.84221, E148.91324 


Our second night at the EPIC campsite was a little noisier than the first. We had a couple of seemingly heavy showers during the night, but the morning is cool but sunny.

We have booked tickets to the War Memorial and museum today. The Covid restriction means everything needs to be booked in advance, with numbers restricted. Whilst we went through all the on-line booking drama and limited spaces, both yesterday at the Galleries and today at the War Memorial you can just rock up and they will fit you in. Just walk up and say โ€˜have you got to book ? this is bullshitโ€™.

We take the light-rail once again, then walk the 1.5 kms to the Memorial. This takes us through the inner Canberra suburb of Reid. Walking through these streets is a delight. Old Californian bungalows, with established trees lining the street and beautiful old gardens.

Turning onto Anzac Avenue we pass this Memorial to Vietnam Veterans.

In the remembrance garden we find this statue of Simpson. Brings back memories of our trip to Gallipoli in 2015 when we visited his grave.

From the foreground of the Memorial looking back at the old and new Parliament House.

Our first booking is for the Anzac Hall Gallery. It provide three large displays, the first aircraft of the Great War. The second G 4 George a Lancaster crewed by Australianโ€™s flying with Bomber Command during WW2. Lastly on the Japaneseโ€™s mini-submarine attack on Sydney also during WW2. I have added a couple of short videos and a YouTube link to give you a taste…

Then we proceed to the War Memorialโ€™s Commemorative Area and Museum Galleries. This has been extensively expanded to include Afghanistan.

A statue reflecting the relationship between an army dog and his handler, circa Afghanistan.

The Commemorative Hall and Wall of Honour.

We go on to visit the commemorative area, catching up with some other Guymers. The staff are very helpful with where to find your relatives.

Where both a bit tired and foot sore as we walk out of the memorial and across the road to the bus stop. We only wait a few minutes for a #54 to arrive and whisk us to the city centre and the light-rail once again.

Rather than pay another $30, we opt to escape EPIC and drive back the 60 odd kms to Yass. There is a free stop behind the Yass Services Club. As we havenโ€™t eaten out for a few day, Pam has authorised a night out. Iโ€˜ll let you know how it goes later.

Michael + Pam

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