|The Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre (NAHC) will re-open its doors to the public on Saturday, July 4 after being closed for three months.
NAHC President, Mr Rob Lynch said, “We are looking forward to welcoming visitors again, and will make sure hygiene and social distancing restrictions are in place.”
During the break, volunteers have been quietly working to keep the Heritage Centre and surrounding grounds in top condition. Visitors are already taking advantage of the free RV Camping area at the aerodrome and viewing the Memorial Walk.
Mr Lynch said, “A new feature at the Heritage Centre is the Avro Anson, newly painted in camouflage colours. Mick Kingwill has been working hard to have this ready in time for the re-opening.”
Above - NAHC Board members John Deckert, Len Creek and Trevor Borgelt ready for the reopening of the Heritage Centre.
Also on display is the propeller from ‘Silver Wings’, the second aeroplane ever designed, built and flown in Australia. The propeller is one of the few parts remaining from the aircraft built by George MacKenzie in a straw shed on his father’s farm at Pella near Rainbow between 1919- 1921. This unique piece of local history is kindly on loan by the MacKenzie family.
Another rare aircraft on loan to the Heritage Centre is Nhill’s first privately owned aeroplane. It was bought by garage-owner Jack Williams in 1946 and is now one of only three DeSoutters of this type left in the world.
The NAHC will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm, and at other times by appointment. Entry fees remain at $5, with members and children free.
For more information call 0490 657 770 on the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre.
If you are involved with an organisation or attraction that is reopening, let us know so we can let your community know.
John Deckert checks the Silver Wings propeller.