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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator RUSSELL - The establishment of the war museums in the States is a matter for the State Governments concerned. Pending the provision of a permanent home for the exhibits reserved for the Commonwealth War Museum, the Museum Committee decided to exhibit half the collection in Sydney and the other half in Melbourne, in cooperation and sharing expenses with the re spective State Governments. The present New South Wales Government refused to co-operate; the Victorian Government accepted the Committee's proposal. The Committee is now arranging in Melbourne an exhibition which will be open to the public in a few months' time. The answers to the question, as far as this exhibition is concerned, are -

1.   Six persons are employed in arranging the exhibition.

(2)   Commonwealth expenditure to date amounts to £7,825. Of this £5,344 has been spent on show cases, special fittings, description cards, &c, which will be used later in the Commonwealth War Museum.

3.   When opened to the public the cost of this exhibition to the Commonwealth Government will be £1,074 annually. This will continue until a permanent home is provided for the Commonwealth collection.

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