Ballarat Underground - snapshot one
A snapshot of The Ballarat Ranger Military Museum
Directed and Edited by Joel Checkley and Produced by Belinda Ensor for Museums Australia (Victoria), 2014
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Museums Australia (Victoria)
This film spends a little time with Museum Manager, Neil Leckie, as he discusses the museum’s scope and collection.
The Ballarat Ranger Military Museum was opened in the old Ranger Barracks in Ballarat in 1989. The museum houses a fascinating collection of memorabilia related to the various units which make up the long history of infantry in Ballarat, as well as other military memorabilia from the Ballarat District.
I'm Neil Leckie, and I'm the manager of the Ballarat Ranger Military Museum. And my connection with the military started in 1968, when I got called up for national service. So after that two years, I ended up doing a total of 34 years of service with army and the army reserve. And as part of my job with the army reserve, I was given the position of the museum manager, and I've now done that job for about the last 12 years, and enjoy every minute of it.
The museum started in 1989, down at the old barracks. And it moved to Sebastopol when the barracks closed, and then we moved it across here and opened it in 2008, on the battalion's 150th birthday. We specialize in Ballarat's military history, and in particular, in the battalion history, the 87 RVR. We go back to 1858, and we try and cover all the various changes between the volunteers, and malicia, the citizen military force, and a little bit about World War I, where we had the 8th and 39th battalions, and World War II, where we had the 8th battalion militia. And of course, we were linked after World War II with the 7th battalion, and that's where the 87 comes from.