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Hi from Australia

Post by mikepegler » Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:40 am

Hi everyone,
Please allow me to introduce myself: my name is Mike and I live in Perth, Western Australia.
I've been collecting helmets since I was about 16 years old, with the odd 30 year break to get married & bring up a family :) & have empty pockets :|, thrown in.
The kids have now grown up & no longer take up all my time and money \:D/

I got my hands on my first Pickelhaube about 6 months ago (my wife bought it for me, as a 50th birthday present). I've since bought another 2 and still want more.

looking forward to meeting you all on the forum & becoming a active member.

Once I've worked out how, I'll post some photos of my collection.

Cheers for now
Mike

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Post by J.LeBrasseur » Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:29 am

Mike- welcome to the forum! Looking forward to seeing your collection.

Great place to learn and share

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Post by Khukri » Mon Mar 10, 2014 11:08 am

Welcome to this great forum !

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Post by joerookery » Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:55 pm

I've since bought another 2 and still want more.

Welcome Mike you surely are infected!
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Post by badener » Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:06 pm

Welcome Mike. You have a real peach for a wife! :D
It must be a Bavarian. They always smell the worst!

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Post by joerookery » Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:55 pm

Yet too bad he was Australia – if you lived in the USA you could join all of us for SOS and bring the wife! Or just join us without a wife but the airfare from Australia would choke a goat – we are planning a trip in 2015 and I think I have to sell both kidneys.
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Post by mikepegler » Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:55 am

Thanks for the welcome, Guys :D

cheers for now
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Post by verdun16 » Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:26 am

Hi Mike
friendly welcome to the forum.
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Post by Bungo » Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:31 pm

Hi Mike,

Welcome. I'm a fellow Aussie, in Melbourne. Good to have another Australian on the forum - enjoy, it's a goldmine of information here.

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Post by joerookery » Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:26 am

I am starting to think that the Australians are like the Canadians. We will be in Brisbane on 22 January 2015. Mephisto is being moved. That is my one and only chance. I wrote the museum yesterday and hope to be able to get some sort of backstage pass to be able to see the tank. My wife always says timing is everything.
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Post by chinstrap » Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:53 am

Joe

I hadn't a clue what your reference to Mephisto meant, so resorted to google. What an amazing beast!

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Post by joerookery » Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:00 am

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensl ... 34mmi.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Post by Bungo » Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:07 pm

joerookery wrote:I am starting to think that the Australians are like the Canadians. We will be in Brisbane on 22 January 2015. Mephisto is being moved. That is my one and only chance. I wrote the museum yesterday and hope to be able to get some sort of backstage pass to be able to see the tank. My wife always says timing is everything.
Joe, Mephisto is amazing, I've seen her once when I was in Brisbane and it is extraordinary. It is incredible that it ended up here, half a world away, as a trophy after the war. Apparently it sat outside in the sun and rain for decades, kids clambering over it, until Queensland realised what a treasure they had accidentally inherited!

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Post by joerookery » Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:30 pm

Thanks! Why don't you give me a nice paper cut and pour some lemon juice in it? I have not heard back from the museum yet. I don't think Australia cares about me. Small fish in a big pond. I would even pay the admission fee. I understand they now have it wrapped in a see-through "bubble". That might be the final state of this relocation. Keep the types of you and me away from the real thing. :thumbsdown: :thumbsdown: :greentank:
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Post by joerookery » Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:35 pm

No one give me credit for knowing a little bit about thanks. Look at this World War I picture of telecommunications before radios!

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Post by Bungo » Sun Mar 16, 2014 2:01 am

joerookery wrote:Thanks! Why don't you give me a nice paper cut and pour some lemon juice in it? I have not heard back from the museum yet. I don't think Australia cares about me. Small fish in a big pond. I would even pay the admission fee. I understand they now have it wrapped in a see-through "bubble". That might be the final state of this relocation. Keep the types of you and me away from the real thing. :thumbsdown: :thumbsdown: :greentank:
When I visited in 2006, it was in a sort of 1:1 scale diorama with a waist high glass fence around it. You could get to within about 2 metres of Mephisto.

And we definitely care about you Joe! If you make it to Melbourne, Pm me and we can have a beer together!

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Post by b.loree » Sat Mar 29, 2014 3:48 pm

A belated welcome Mike, great to have you with us.
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Post by skelts1974 » Sun Aug 31, 2014 7:55 am

All,

Memphisto was just restored by the Army out at Gallipoli Barracks. It was damaged from years of sitting out in the tropical sun. I clambered around it once as a teenager. So cool. The German government recently sent reps who took full laser scans of the vehicle. An amazing example of Australian scrounging, it is amazing what we brought back from the war.

For anyone who gets the chance I recommend the Miles historical village. A few hours drive West of Brisbane. It is widely regarded as the best collection of militaria outside of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

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Post by Bungo » Mon Sep 01, 2014 1:50 am

skelts1974 wrote: For anyone who gets the chance I recommend the Miles historical village. A few hours drive West of Brisbane. It is widely regarded as the best collection of militaria outside of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
I'd never even heard of it before. Do you have any links you can share about their collection? The official website is a little scarce on information about the museum.

Is it just a military museum, or a community museum? If military, what eras?

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Post by 911car » Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:30 am

Welcome Mike!
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Post by skelts1974 » Sat Oct 25, 2014 2:54 am

Bungo,

Sorry no idea about links. Have had a quick look, but no luck. I found it by chance years ago while working for a surveying company. We were based in the town and had an afternoon off. From memory it was a community or local council run museum which from the outside looks like a collection of old farm and rail buildings and a smattering of farming machinery.

Don't be fooled. Two of the buildings hold some of the best loot stollen by australian soldiers from the Great War, WW2 and Vietnam. Spent hours there and ended up visiting three or four times.

Have never had the chance to go back what with the army and my new career getting in the way.

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Post by Khukri » Sat Oct 25, 2014 7:48 am

In March 2009 Missus Boss and were on a Battlefield Tour at the Somme.
We went to Villers-Bretonneux. From the local Museum.

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Post by Khukri » Sat Oct 25, 2014 7:55 am

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Post by Khukri » Sat Oct 25, 2014 7:57 am

And a last one !

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Post by b.loree » Mon Dec 22, 2014 3:02 pm

Very cool....do we have any information on who commanded this beast and the crew? How did the Aussies get their hands on it? Where are the bits and pieces of the Red Baron's crash that were souvenired ?
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b.loree wrote:Very cool....do we have any information on who commanded this beast and the crew? How did the Aussies get their hands on it? Where are the bits and pieces of the Red Baron's crash that were souvenired ?
Apparently the crew died after it fell into a ditch and was knocked out by artillery. When I saw it, you could still see the damage to the top grilles where it had been hit.

It was captured by Australian infantry, who physically dragged it back to their trenches so the Germans couldn't recover it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mephisto_(tank" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;)

Re: Red Baron - I've never heard of any pieces being on display here in Australia. Perhaps some family has pieces sitting in an attic somewhere - wouldn't that be something to find?

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Post by joerookery » Thu Dec 25, 2014 7:00 am

We're making another try at it! This time 21 October 2015. I have to write the curator of the Museum this morning. South to Australia! If you are serious about a beer in Melbourne how about 18 November 2015?
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Post by Bungo » Thu Dec 25, 2014 10:50 pm

joerookery wrote:We're making another try at it! This time 21 October 2015. I have to write the curator of the Museum this morning. South to Australia! If you are serious about a beer in Melbourne how about 18 November 2015?
Joe, I would be honoured! Most definitely. See you in November! :D

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Post by joerookery » Fri Dec 26, 2014 9:49 am

Does anyone live in Brisbane? We are looking for a ride from the boat dock to Ipswich. Does anyone that makes sense?
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Post by Michaelvog » Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:35 pm

Hi to everyone

Im from Australia and converted when I heard about Medjugorje from my Catholic sponsor. Theres a lot to read and Ill just post messages as I go along.

God bless
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