Creator: George Bailey
Abstract: From the 1970’s until the mid-1980’s the Australian War Memorial was largely underfunded and under resourced. During this period some work was carried out on the larger objects within the collection, with mixed results. Some large objects were treated in-house by staff, some by Australia’s defence forces, others by private defence contractors, and yet others were treated for free by private companies or individuals. Many objects were left untouched in storage and time has proved that this often turned out to be a good thing. In each category mentioned above, there were both good outcomes and, with the benefit of hindsight, some professionally and financially painful outcomes. Case histories of an Avro Lancaster, de Havilland Mosquito, Mitsubishi Zero, Japanese Type 94 Tankette, Renault FT-17 Light Tank, Pfalz D.XII Scout Aircraft, Albatros D.Va scout aircraft, Messerschmitt Me 262A-2, German 8.8 cm Flak 18/36 Dual Purpose antiaircraft/antitank gun, Japanese Midget Submarine, German Fritz X Guided Missile, and a German Henschel Hs 293 Glide Bomb are all examined, discussed in detail and conclusions drawn.
Reference: George Bailey, ‘A Retrospective Look at the Conservation and Restoration of Large Technology Objects Carried Out at the Australian War Memorial during the 1960s to the 1980s’, Big Stuff 2013
|Bailey, George. (2013). A Retrospective Look at the Conservation and Restoration of Large Technology Objects Carried Out at the Australian War Memorial during the 1960s to the 1980s. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4086861|