1st Anniversary

June 2019

At 10:45am on 2nd June 2018, the Honourable Simone Wilson, Member for Pumistone, officially opened TAVAS museum in front of a group of almost 70 members, invited guests and media. 

Exactly one year later, we invited those same guests and all TAVAS members to join us for the anniversary of this significant event. 

More than 40 members turned up to celebrate and join us for cake and drinks. 

It was great to see so many people turn up, some of whom have supported us from the very beginning, long before we had premises or aircraft, just a dream and the first newsletter. 

It was an opportunity to thank all those members and volunteers who have assisted TAVAS get to where it is today and for some of them to see the completed museum for the first time. 

In just one year, we have managed to attract double the numbers of people another aviation museum on the airfield attracts – and they have been established for over 20 years! 

Although that’s a great start, it’s not the benchmark we want to be measured by. Our bigger picture, long term planning means we will do much better than this in coming years and attending events like Australian Tourism Exhibition and learning from, and working with others, will ensure that happens. 

The way we run the museum in the immediate future will also change. We are looking at opening to the public on Thursdays to Sundays, leaving Mondays to Wednesdays available for school and group bookings, VIP tours, private functions and corporate events. TAVAS museum is an ideal location for such activities and was planned that way from the beginning. 

Our most immediate requirement is for more high quality volunteers to run the museum. We have been incredibly lucky to have attracted the right people so far, but more are needed for a day each week. We also need people who can help provide tours. 

Dave Walsh has one other engineer working with him one day a week and we are currently looking at two more, which would help keep this unique fleet flying.

Want more? There are countless articles like this on early aircraft, pilots and our museum in the TAVAS newsletter 'Contact'. Members enjoy full access to all back-issues. See below to Join. 

MP Simone Wilson cutting the ribbon on our 1st day. 

Members and guests enjoy the anniversary - and the location.

TAVAS Director Andrew Carter cuts the museum’s birthday cake.

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