Trevor Crossley, Bill Dunstan, Les Trimble, Alan Riley, John Gregory and Kristen McKay.

Donations to the Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum community building appeal have achieved close to $170,000.

Most recently the Eaglehawk Y Men’s Club made a donation towards the appeal.

Museum curator Kirsten McKay welcomed the $1000 donation by the club.

She said it is through the interest of local organisations such as the Eaglehawk Y Men’s Club that the appeal is now close to fulfilling its contribution of $500,000 towards the building works.

“We welcome organisations, individual and business support as we continue to create the largest regionally based military memorial museum in Australia,” Ms McKay said.

Donations to the building appeal are tax deductible and organisations, businesses and individuals who donate more than $1000 will be acknowledged on the donors and sponsors panel to be displayed within the refurbished foyer of the museum.

Donations can be made through any branch of the Bendigo Bank, or online at

Donations can also be made at the Bendigo District RSL, 73-75 Havilah Road, Bendigo, between 9am and 5pm weekdays.