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National Museum in Temora official opening

17 Mar 2014


A glorious collection of historic vehicles and emergency equipment has found a new home at a national museum in Temora, south west of Sydney. Located at 29 Junee Road Temora, the official opening was held on 8 March and was attended by NSW Ambulance Chief Executive, Commissioner Ray Creen, as well as current and former paramedics and their families.

The museum is a project of the Temora community and supported by NSW Ambulance, among other authorities. It represents the culmination of many years' work by volunteers, including about 30 retired and serving NSW Ambulance paramedics, who have travelled thousands of kilometres to secure and preserve items of historial interest.

Ambulance vehicles and conveyances dating back to 1897 and originating from throughout Australia, including NSW, ACT and Victoria were showcased at the opening. The museum currently boasts 21 ambulances, including a 1916 Overland military ambulance on loan from a private collector, which is in original, pristine condition. Also included is the only remaining horse-drawn ambulance operated by NSW Ambulance from 1897 (originally known as the Civil Ambulance and Transport Brigade), three Ashford litters and a 1938 Dodge ambulance featuring the old "ambulance cream" paintwork.

Temora Rural Museum Manager, Bill Speirs, said the ambulance component represented the realisation of a long-held dream. NSW Ambulance previously established a museum out of its former headquarters at Circular Quay in 1964, before the centre of operations was relocated during the 1970s and the museum was "quietly packed away". Many items were stored at Auburn Station where they remained until Temora museum historians Eddie Sams and his wife Leonie, began a campaign to establish a new national museum.

"Many long-serving paramedics also joined the project, feeling the need to preserve and showcase their heritage."