New History Group Profile Ready for Download!

We have added the profile for LT Alan D’Arcy Sutherland.  Find it here, or go to the History Group Tab, where you will find it under ‘Biographies’ and ‘Pre WWII.’  Alan Sutherland was one of 12 South Australian airmen who died serving in the AFC or RFC in the Great War, that were omitted from the South Australian State War Memorial.

100 years after  Alan Sutherland’s death, research by SAAM History Group Chairman Peter Ingman and former member, the late Chas Schaedel, and much lobbying by SAAM and the Air Force Association (SA), led to the adding of the names of the 12 airmen to the War Memorial. Family descendants of Alan Sutherland were present at the ceremony which took place on Sunday, 18 November, 2018.

In the image above, Alan Sutherland (left) is shown alongside renowned fellow South Australian aviator, Harry Butler, who was also from Minlaton, SA.

The names of all missing airmen can be found here.

Wings on Wednesday for the Aero 145!

A group of SAAM volunteers led by project leader Chris Doudy attached the wings to Aero 145 VH-ZCL in Hangar 1 today, 3rd February 2021.
ZCL flew as VH-WWC with Chris’s father’s Commodore Airlines on tuna spotting and lighthouse supply out of Port Lincoln in the 60s/70s, and it was a labour of love for Chris to lead the restoration/reassembly of the aircraft after its donation to SAAM in by the Charlie Zulu Lima Trust in 2018. SAAM volunteers recovered the disassembled aircraft from Pallamana on 1st September 2018. Well done Chris and all the volunteers who participated!
The restoration is now substantially complete with only minor works remaining, and can be viewed in Hangar 1 beneath the Dakota’s starboard wing.

New SAAM entry prices…

Effective from 1st February 2021, SAAM visitor entry prices will increase marginally to the pre-COVID levels. We do our best to keep prices low, and they will remain the lowest of the Port museums but, as a self-funded volunteer organisation, we must ensure we can continue to cover our costs.

The new prices are

Adults $12

Concession card holders $9

Children 5-15yrs $6 (Children under 5 free)

Families (2 adults & up to 3 children) $30

We are open every day 10:30am-4:30pm except Christmas Day, when we close.

The display hangars are evaporatively cooled and other areas of the Museum are fully air conditioned.

SAAM re-opening Wednesday 25th November!

We are very happy to be able to announce that the Museum will be re-opening to visitors on Wednesday 25th November.

Please note that SA Health’s spatial limit requirements of 1 person per 4 sq metres will apply. This limits our reception/shop area to 6 persons at a time, so please be patient if you are asked to wait a minute or two before entering. All our COVID-Safe procedures are in place so please use the hand sanitiser stations and maintain 1.5m distance from other visitors not in your party.

SAAM members may return to their projects from Monday 23rd November. Be sure to observe all workplace spatial distancing and sanitising requirements and be COVID safe!