Formed in 1966, the South Australian Branch of the Military Historical Society of Australia meets on the second Friday of each month except January at the Keswick Barracks on Anzac Highway. Meetings commence at 8pm and consist of a short business session followed by general discussions, a guest speaker, members displays and similar activities. An annual auction of military collectables, a social barbecue and occasional 'outside' activities are also popular.
Visitors are most welcome to attend and enjoy an evening in a friendly atmosphere among people sharing similar interests.
The Military Historical Society of Australia was formed in Melbourne in 1957 and is administered by a Federal Council in Canberra. It publishes a quarterly journal and proceedings of the Military Historical Society 'Sabretache’ for members; organises a biennial conference and administers a website http://www.mhsa.org.au/
The aims of the society are:
- The encouragement and pursuit of study and research in military history, customs, traditions, dress, arms, equipment and kindred matters
- The promotion of public interest and knowledge in these subjects
- The preservation of historical military objects, with particular reference to the Armed Forces of Australia
As well as the South Australian branch in Adelaide, there are active branches in other parts of Australia.
There is no joining fee; annual subscriptions are payable through the local Branch by 30 June each year.
Members’ interests include:
- General Military History (Commonwealth and Foreign)
- Naval and Air Force
- British Army in Australia
- Medals, Badges & Insignia
- Military Firearms & Edged Weapons
- Uniforms, Equipment & Ephemera
- Books, Prints & Photographs
- Military Modelling
As the venue of meetings occasionally changes it is suggested that visitors contact the Branch (see below) for details of the location of the meeting.