July Newsletter ready for download!

 

This month’s big news was the unveiling of our Epic Flight Centenary Vimy Mural, and there are stories too about the Harry Butler Centenary at Minlaton, a profile of his life and invitations to two book launches about him.

There are also lots of other interesting articles, so click on the front page image at left to download, or browse past issues under the Newsletters tab.

Epic Flight Centenary Vimy Mural unveilled!

Our Epic Flight Centenary life-sized Vimy mural, painted by SAAM member and artist Janice Eames over the last three months, was “unveiled” on Wednesday night 3rd July by Dr Robert Black AM RFD MD (Group Captain Rtd), president of the RAAF Association (SA Division) who sponsored the project. About 170 invited guests and members watched the illumination of the mural accompanied by an Illuminart Show by Cindi Drennan. The running of SAAM’s Rolls Royce Merlin engine added atmosphere to the event.

After the show, guests returned to the Museum for hot soup and refreshments and Dr Black and Greg Mackie, CE of the History Trust of SA and chairman of the Epic Flight Centenary Committee, spoke about the Epic Flight and celebrations of the event throughout the year.

Janice Eames then explained how she had achieved such a magnificent outcome assisted by SAAM member Stephen Nitschke, who had projected the image for Janice to outline and fabricated special paint rollers to aid painting on the corrugated surface.

SAAM is very proud of the result, and grateful to the RAAF Association (SA Divsn) for the sponsorship that made it possible.

Book Release!

Congratulations to SAAM’s History Group Chairman, Peter Ingman, on the release of his first book for British publisher Osprey titled Spitfire VC vs A6M2/3 Zero-sen Darwin 1943.

The book features photos of the Badger family’s Spitfire VC A58-146 UP-O on display at SAAM.

Books can be purchased via Avonmore Books website at https://avonmorebooks.com.au/