Blayney gifts WW1 items to Geraldton RSL

Ian Blayney MLA for Geraldton and Barry Stinson from the Geraldton RSL with items Mr Blayney has gifted to the Birdwood Military Museum. 

Ian Blayney MLA for Geraldton and Barry Stinson from the Geraldton RSL with items Mr Blayney has gifted to the Birdwood Military Museum. 

Ian Blayney, MLA for Geraldton, presented a range of original and customised First World War cavalry equipment to the Geraldton RSL Museum Monday morning.

The equipment included a 10th Light Horse saddle, bridle, blanket, sword and rifle "bucket".

"Some of it is original, while other bits have been modified over the years," said Mr Blayney.

"I've had them in my shed (in a cabinet) for years but because I sold the shed they have to go somewhere and the museum is the best place."

The 10th Light Horse was the only (Australian Infantry Forces) AIF light horse regiment recruited in Western Australia during the First World War.

Mr Blayney said he purchased the equipment after listening to ABC local radio, and hearing someone discussing the WW1 items. He made contact and purchased the items. 

Barry Stinson from the Geraldton RSL said "We don't have a lot of items that are displayable for the 10th light horse and this to the collection is really fantastic; a significant addition to the collection."


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