At the first RV in October 2002 the CO of the 6th Battalion Hauraki Group, Lt. Col. John Dick ED invited us to form a display of Rhodesian military history as part of the unit's Garrison Club and History Room. Never in our knowledge has this privelage been offered anywhere in the world.
The first display was built and funded by donations and it was officially opened by Lt. Gen. Peter Walls in April 2003
Lt. Gen Walls gives the display his 'thumbs up'
In around 2005 we were invited to form displays at the newly built privately funded museum, the Classic Flyers Museum at Mount Maunganui ( www.classicflyersnz.com ). We now have a number of display cabinets as well as an audio visual display and the only full size replica of a Rhodesian made Golf bomb to be found in the world. All these projects are ongoing.
A tribute to New Zealanders who fought and died in Rhodesian from the late 1900's is our most recent achievement. Named after Simon Clark, it is another of our unique achievements.
Our storage unit, known as The Lion's Den, is sited at the Classic Flyers Museum. This was a refrigeration unit which we renovated in order to store items and have them viewable by appointment.
Inside the Lions Den we have a working area as well as items that we do not have space for in our other displays.
We purchased a Rhodesian made Cobra 9mm pistol-carbine which we intend to use in a display in honour of Rhodesian farmers and civillians at some point in the future. They were made by Stellyte Co Ltd in Bulawayo and were the highest quality of the Rhodesian made weapons. There were only around 2,500 of these weapons ever made.
To buy this weapon we raised $2,000 with the help of all you out there. Our primary benefactor was the late Phaedon Constan-Tatos aka Fred Tatos ex 8RR. A big "Thank you" to all who supported us.
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