Richard Penna, Sue Rawlings and Kirsten McKay. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

TWO Bendigo organisations are following a joint cause, to preserve the military history of Bendigo and Australia’s past.

The Golden City Collectors have donated money to the Soldiers Memorial Institute Militaria Museum appeal, and are setting up for their annual arms and collectables show.

This weekend the club is holding its 35th show.

“We have more than 200 trade and display tables and the whole event has a huge militaria flavour,” the club’s Sue Rawlings said.

“Like the RSL, we are very keen to preserve Australia’s military history for future generations.

“We donated money to the refurbishment fund because of our common interest in preserving and displaying Australia’s military history.”

Museum curator Kirsten McKay thanked the club for its $1500 donation to the restoration project and encourages others to donate to the cause.

The show is well established in the central Victorian calendar of events and although there are many diverse collectables on display, it always has a huge militaria flavour.

“The refurbished museum with its new wing will be open to the public in November, in the meantime, anyone interested in viewing displays of Australia’s Military history could come along this weekend,” Mrs Rawlings said.

The show is at the Bendigo Major League Multisports Complex, 1-2 Waterson Court, Golden Square.

Open from 9am – 5pm Saturday, and 9am – 3pm Sunday, entry is $5, $10 for families.