As we all know, ANZAC Day has recently passed on Saturday 25 April. ANZAC Day is an important national and international occasion that is dedicated to all the veterans that have served our country during wartime. ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
On this occasion of national commemoration, services are held at dawn (the time of the original landing) across the nation. Later in the day, ex-servicemen and women meet and join in marches through the major cities and many smaller centres, with commemorative ceremonies being held at cenotaphs around the country. It is a day when Australians reflect on the many different meanings of war.

For this past ANZAC Day in honour of all Military Personnel the Temora Aviation Museum Wirraway performed flypasts at two local ceremonies, flown by Temora Historic Flight Club pilot Lars Larson. The first flyby was at the nearby town of Mirrool. Timed perfectly at the commencement of the 9.00 am service, with bagpipes being played by Angus McLaren, the sights and sounds of the Wirraway flyby was an emotional experience for the 300 persons who attended the ceremony.
Lars’ next appearance in the Wirraway was at the 11.00 am service at Temora Cenotaph.


The Museum’s Wirraway won the Ben Bourke Award for Most Original Aircraft at the AAAA (Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia) weekend held at Echuca over April 24th-26th. The award is given each year in honour of Guy Bourke’s younger brother Ben who lost his life at a young age in an aircraft accident. This perpetual trophy was created and is awarded each year by four of Ben’s best friends, Scott Taberner, Craig Taberner, Anthony Sorensen and Matthew Richards.

This was the 33rd AAAA National Fly-in to take place, with their last event being held over the Anzac weekend at the Temora Aviation Museum in 2008.


To check out some of the photos that were taken at the Temora Aviation Museum’s last Flying Weekend, held during 11 & 12 April, visit the ‘Photos 2009’ link, within the ‘News & Calendar of Events’ link.

There have also been quite a few pictures added to the ‘Visitor Photos Gallery’ on our website. To have a look at what some of our visitors have been taking photos of, visit the ‘Picture Gallery’ link, within the ‘News & Calendar of Events’ link.