Bob is currently working on a Montevideo Maru display in the
He knows it's very short notice, but Bob would greatly appreciate memorabilia that can be loaned to him for presentation in the display on Remembrance Day. If you’re able to assist, his email address is [email protected]
And you can see something of what Bob is doing by visiting this website here.
“We did a display of Montevideo Maru with things I could put up, carvings photos, story,” says Bob. “I have a large display case that needs items.”
The local Angeles City RSL Sub Branch, using $7200 from the Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs, is installing an interpretative panel at the memorial and also assisting the museum to mount the display that tells the Montevideo Maru story.
In all, this is a splendid cooperative
effort in the
Also in the next couple of weeks a project
is to be launched to place a memorial, with a commemorative plaque for Lark
Force and the men lost on the Montevideo
This project will cost $5000 to complete, which will be privately subscribed. At some point soon we’ll be soliciting donations from readers.
The objective is to have the memorial in place by 1 July 2010, the anniversary of the sinking of the ship.
The organisers are planning a ceremony on that day in which a boat will travel to the site of the tragedy and wreaths laid on the water.
It’s great to witness such a buzz of activity around the Montevideo Maru after so many years of neglect and official indifference.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday 17 November, Kim Beazley and I will meet with Veterans’ Affairs Minister Alan Griffin in Canberra to present a submission seeking greater national recognition of the tragedy. More about this in the weeks to come.
Upper photo: Bob Chester and assistants in action at the Hellships Museum