|Posted by thegarrison on November 4, 2014 at 6:15 AM|
The Garrison Society Inc
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.
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