Recollections of War

As you walk through this impressive private collection, listening to your hosts Kathryn and John Shapland talk about the story behind each item, you realise that this is a very special experience. An interest in World War II history was reignited when John Shapland visited the Duxford Air Show in England in 2009. Returning to the family farm, he shared his interest with his wife Kathryn and that was it! The Recollections of War collection began, and continues to grow. The Shapland’s focus is on collecting groups of items which tell a story about an individual or event. Uniforms, military books, photographs, medals, and other memorabilia from World War I and II, Korea, Vietnam and more recent conflicts are carefully displayed in spacious rooms.


South Coast Highway
Youngs Siding WA 6330

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Each soldier in this incredible collection took up to 50 days to make. There are 315 model soldiers here which means many many hours over many many years. These were all made by one person, Reg...

This collection includes many rare items which have survived the trenches of World War I as well as other battlefields. Several examples of ‘comfort boxes’ show the changing form of these packs of...

One of the interesting social aspects of war is the merchandise that is created for children and adults. Along with the collections of toy soldiers, this Collection includes a number of different war...

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