Diverse and wide-ranging membership attracted to MHHV in first year of operation.
MHHV Inc. conducted its inaugural Annual General Meeting on 25th October 2011.
In his report to the membership, Colonel Marcus Fielding (rtd), elected as president for 2011/12, noted the success of MHHV to date, with more than 40 individual and organisational members, and significant supporters. Members included military and naval historical societies, RSL sub-branches, military and RAAF museums, re-enactment groups, authors, researchers and consultancies, battlefield tour groups, libraries and a shire council. In addition, MHHV Inc. had gained official support from the City of Melbourne, the Shrine, the RSL of Victoria, the Army History Unit and the Office of Air Force History.
The president also noted the progress in preparing for Victoria’s first Military History and Heritage Week in Victoria in April 2012, with its military history conference, In the Shadow of War – Australia 1942 already receiving early registrations and momentum with corporate sponsorships, with more expected shortly. The Conference, which will be opened by Lieutenant General Mark Evans, has an impressive list of pre-eminent historians and veterans in its two-day programme.
Looking forward, Colonel Fielding said that in the coming months, MHHV would be completing its first five year strategic plan to take the organisation out to the Gallipoli Centenary of 2015 and beyond, while it builds upon its membership and benefits for members as well as developing even stronger cooperative relations and activities with its supporters, especially as MHH week grows as a major event in the State’s calendar.
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