REMEMBER THEM: Vietnam veterans (from left) Gordon Armstrong, Ron Workman and Roger Collins help set up a pop up museum to commemorate the Battle of Long Tan.
REMEMBER THEM: Vietnam veterans (from left) Gordon Armstrong, Ron Workman and Roger Collins help set up a pop up museum to commemorate the Battle of Long Tan.

Memories of Long Tan pop up in August at Currumbin

CURRUMBIN RSL Memorial Club is on the hunt for memorabilia to be displayed in a "pop up" museum commemorating the 50-year anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan in August.

A grant from the Commonwealth Government’s Saluting Their Service Commemorations Program (Vietnam War) will help create the display. 

The club’s marketing and communications manager Laura Prout said Vietnam Veteran Sub Branch Board members would assist.

"We are now putting a call out for anyone who can lend any memorabilia - uniforms, weapons, artefacts - for inclusion in the museum," Laura said.

"The pop up museum will also have a photographic exhibition of photos taken by Vietnam veteran Richard McLaren, who uses photography as a form of therapy to cope with PTSD. 

"Palm Beach Currumbin High School Arts Excellence students are creating some pieces focusing on the anniversary which will also be on display. 

"There will be a short documentary  with Vietnam veterans which includes interviews with club president Ron Workman, Keith Payne VC, Normie Rowe, among others.

"There will also be interviews with the wives and partners of Vietnam veterans and the effects PTSD has had on them.  These interviews have been undertaken by Kym Melzer as part of her ‘Ripple Effect’ series."

The pop up will run from August 15-19, which takes in Vietnam Veterans Day on August 18.

If anyone would like to donate or loan items for display, contact Kristy Oswald from Currumbin RSL on 5534 0927 or at execsec@currumbinrsl.com.au.


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