WORTH PRESERVING: 41st Battalion Association vice-president Jack McDonough inspects a range finder used in World War II.
WORTH PRESERVING: 41st Battalion Association vice-president Jack McDonough inspects a range finder used in World War II.

Gunning for military museum in RSL Club

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL

BOB CARTER didn't need a 60year-old range finder to pinpoint the Lismore RSL Club as an ideal spot for a military museum.

The president of the 41st Battalion Association said they had been searching for a building to house a permanent war memorabilia collection.

When they heard that the Lismore RSL Market Street Club was closing down next month, it seemed like the perfect solution to their museum dilemma.

"We were aiming to have it out at the army depot, but because it's a working depot there are security issues and it wouldn't work," he said.

"The RSL would be an ideal spot because you've got the Memorial Baths next door."

Lismore RSL Sub-branch secretary Wilson McLelland said he was unwilling to comment on future use of the building until after it was auctioned next year.

"We're waiting on the finalisation of an inventory being put together by RSL Club management, so we can see exactly what memorabilia is in there now," he said.

"But we are very keen to see all of the memorabilia kept together."

State Member for Lismore Thomas George agreed the Market Street building would be the perfect place for a museum, but he would have to wait to see the result of next year's auction.

Federal Member for Page Ian Causley said the 41st Battalion may be able to apply for funding for the facility through the Department of Veterans' Affairs.



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