QAM President, Cliff Robinson, and QAM Operations Manager, Bill Coulter, present a framed certificate of appreciation to RSL representatives during a handover ceremony in Caloundra on 29 September 2005.
The new truck on the day of delivery in June 2005. Subsequently, signwriting (see inset) was added to the doors. The inscription states: "Proudly donated to the Queensland Air Museum by Caloundra RSL Sub Branch". The QAM name and website address have also been added to the bodywork.


After thirty years faithful service, QAM's old Dodge truck, which is affectionately known as "Austral", has been pensioned off. ("Austral" derives from the name of the previous owner, Austral Mining,who made the vehicle available to QAM under very favourable circumstances). Mounting maintenance costs and a shortage of spare parts are the main reasons for Austral's retirement. As a replacement, QAM recently took delivery of a new (by Museum standards!) Mazda truck. This has been made possible by a generous donation from the Caloundra Sub Branch of the RSL. Since the above photos were taken, a crane has been fitted to the vehicle. As a continuance of existing naming traditions, the new Mazda is now known as "Russell"!

QAM acknowledges its gratitude to the RSL.