HISTORY RESPECTED: Toogoom and District RSL Sub-Branch Museum Curator Annette Coughran, Burrum District Respite member Ellen Ingegerd and Toogoom RSL secretary Anna Wilde going over its extensive historic display pieces.
HISTORY RESPECTED: Toogoom and District RSL Sub-Branch Museum Curator Annette Coughran, Burrum District Respite member Ellen Ingegerd and Toogoom RSL secretary Anna Wilde going over its extensive historic display pieces. Glen Porteous

Horrors from history: Memories teach us lessons

ELLEN Ingegerd was only 18 when Europe was plunged into a maelstrom of destruction at the start of World War II.

Growing up in Sweden, Ms Ingegerd saw some of the horror and consequences of the fighting during the tumultuous years of 1939 to 45.

Now she lives a quieter life at Burrum Heads but going through Toogoom and District RSL Sub-Branch Museum brought back unfortunate memories.

"It was a bad thing that happened in all over Europe and with the Germans taking Norway,” she said.

"This museum is very important because we have something from history and it's very important we talk about what happened with the fighting and not have any more wars.

"We helped the poor people and refugees who came from other countries to help make life easier for them.”

The Toogoom RSL on O'Regan Creek Rd opened in 2015, and expanded to have the museum open in 2017.

Curator Annette Coughran said the museum was important to keep history alive.

"Everyone loves to view it and are impressed by it and we encourage people to come in and have a look around,” Ms Coughran said.

The Toogoom RSL also has the Burrum District Respite visit once a month and the 181 Army Cadets use it as well every several months for training exercises.