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Garrison HQ "Phantom Camp" Givealittle Project

Posted by Alex Smith on February 10, 2015 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (0)

In an effort to raise funds to help with the restoration of the Garrison HQ at Omaka, we have set up a "give a little" fundraising page.


Please feel free to share the link below with your friends, family & associates as the more we can get it out there, hopefully the sooner we can start some more serious work in restoring HQ to its former glory.


All funds raised go directly into the Garrisons bank account to be used for the HQ restoration project.

The Garrison 'Phantom Camp' is now OFFICIAL

Posted by thegarrison on November 4, 2014 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The Garrison Society Inc


Press Release


The Garrison Society, established in 2012 is Marlborough’s Largest Home Front & Military Historical Preservation Society. With members spanning the country from Auckland to Wanaka and as far afield as Australia, the region will soon become a focal point for a dedicated restoration team.


On behalf of the current sitting Committee of The Garrison Society Inc. it is my privilege to announce that we are now the Custodial Managers for the former Air Training Corps site at Omaka. This site will be restored too much of its former glory and become New Zealand’s only working WWII Military Camp. We have a lot of work ahead of us to make our dream become a reality. Some of our members have already commenced work and are well underway to have the Camp presentable for the upcoming Classic Fighters airshow in 2015.


Once up and running the Camp will house a museum wing, operational communications room, workshop, library, research facility, period offices, formal functions lounge and kitchen. The grounds will be home to military huts, replica shelters, guard house, memorial area, parade ground and landscaping. Military events and shows will be able to be held on the grounds and areas for pitching tents and parking vehicles will be made part of the camp layout.


As much as possible we endeavour to make a living history experience like no other in the country.


The Garrison “Phantom Camp” will become National Head Quarters for our steadily growing Society. Our largest Division, situated in Canterbury are experiencing rapid growth and a very steep learning curve, attending events such as Mcleans’ Island Vintage Car Club Swap Meet, Christchurch A&P Show and Rangiora A&P Shows amongst others.


“Phantom” can be described as a “Representation of Remnants of the Past” and that is exactly what we are. During WWII there were a number of Camps, Stations and Military Outposts around Marlborough and the rest of the country. We will do our utmost to show the public what could be seen on a Camp at that time.

Also our primary re-enactment capability is that of GHQ Liaison “Phantom” Regiment. Incorporating many different trades, corps and skills under the same Command.


We look forward to having you experience the past.


Canterbury Barracks Growing

Posted by thegarrison on May 1, 2014 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (1)

With a recent influx in members in the Canterbury Region we are now increasing our capabilities, display potential and public awareness. The Garrison is now gearing up for Classic Fighters 2015 at Omaka where you will get to be a part of  some 'never seen before' displays of personal collections, memorabilia, weapons and vehicles.

The Garrison Team

Warbirds Over Wanaka 2014

Posted by thegarrison on April 21, 2014 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Check out the Photo Gallery for the latest pics from out Wanaka adventure. Members from all over the country came for the weekend. Including a very special (or totally crazy) WWII Jeep trip from the Manawatu to Wanaka. 

Heritage Day 2013

Posted by thegarrison on February 16, 2013 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Well our first Brayshaw Park Heritage Day was a great success. The weather was perfect and our display was well received by the patrons.

Check out our photo gallery page for some pics taken on the day.

The Tender got a few interested looks as not many were expecting to see a military boat at any of our displays.

A big thanks to John and Barry for bringing the Ford N tractor and Triumph 3HW which added to the history of our display. We look forward to working with you in the future.

See you all at Classic Fighters.

The Garrison Team

Bren Carrier On The Move

Posted by thegarrison on January 4, 2013 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)


A huge congrats to our mate Lew, who went for  his first trip in his recently restored Universal Carrier today. Lew has done an amazing job on the carrier and can be very proud of his achievement.


Facebook Page

Posted by thegarrison on December 10, 2012 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Yes we have succumbed to the masses and now have our own facebook page.!/TheGarrisonSociety


Our website will be our main point of information and contact still, with the FB page just adding to our inventory of media avenues.


We look forward to seeing you there


The Garrison Team

Busy Day

Posted by thegarrison on November 27, 2012 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (1)

A rather busy day today for two of The Garrison crew, building a rather impressive new prop for our display. The new item will be part of the large living history display and has a few trick's up it's sleeve. It has been specifically designed to bring different elements of the display together and offers a new visual experience to our 'camplike' surroundings. 

Almost Xmas

Posted by thegarrison on November 25, 2012 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Well folks it's almost the end of another year and a lot to look forward to in 2013. Things will not stop though. We have already started a few new projects for props at our next display and have been looking into some great new Unit portrayal ideas for the future.

Welcome to our newest site member Thomo.  Look forward to catching up again soon.

Work has been busy on the motorcycle front, with the Triumph paint job nearing completion. We have been informed the motor is back together and will almost be back in the freshly painted frame. It will be a great show piece at our next display along with three other military bikes never displayed before in Marlborough.

So if you know anyone who may be interested in joining or helping, pass on our details.

Work Soon To Begin

Posted by Demon on August 3, 2012 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (1)

Work will soon commence on The Garrison's very own Staff Car. The 1930's Hillman Minx was rescued from a rather dismal life under a tree. We are hoping to have the car totally stripped and a rolling chassis ready for our next display. The final scheme is being kept quiet until its release but we can assure you it is like nothing seen in New Zealand before. :)

Keep watching for photos and more information.