MILESTONE: Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Heritage Aviation Association president Rod Kinnish (right) welcomes the 10,000th visitor to the museum, Joanna Gordon, and her husband Phil, from Surry Hills.
MILESTONE: Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Heritage Aviation Association president Rod Kinnish (right) welcomes the 10,000th visitor to the museum, Joanna Gordon, and her husband Phil, from Surry Hills. Contributed

Milestone for museum

THE Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Heritage Aviation Association notched up a milestone recently with its 10,000th visitor at the Evans Head F-111 Museum, less than a year after opening its doors to the public.

From August 2013 thousands of visitors have viewed the vibrant complex in the recently refurbished historic Bellman Hangar, which is rapidly building a picture of the vital role Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome has played during its 80-year history and especially during World War II.

President Rod Kinnish said since opening, the museum has proved its value to both local history and to the local economy.

"We have been thrilled with the support from the community in this important local and regional venture which is showing now its value to everyone. It has been a joint local effort, and with our team of enthusiastic volunteers it has really paid of in more ways than one," he said.

The 10,000th visitor was Joanna Gordon, from Surry Hills, who said she was both surprised and thrilled to be told she had also made her mark in history with the young museum.

"My husband Phil, who is a history teacher, searched the internet for a nice weekend holiday destination and he found Evans Head. It was a perfect choice because the people here are so friendly and it is such a beautiful place. The museum is awesome, and the F-111 guided tour is just brilliant, informative and personal," she said.

The museum committee is currently planning new and exciting exhibits over the next year, and opening a new aviation library filled with historic books and research material.

The Evans Head F-111 Museum is open on weekends and holidays from 10am-4pm, and for tour bookings at other times.

Go to http://www.ehmahaa.org.au or by emailing info@ehmahaa.org.au.

The museum will feature on the Channel 7 Sydney Weekender on Saturday, July 19 at 5.30pm.



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