22 Jun 2017

Vanuatu WW2 museum plans gain traction

From , 3:03 pm on 22 June 2017

An effort to create a Second World War Museum in the Vanuatu town of Luganville is gaining traction, and its directors hope to start construction in the next couple of years.

The main town on the island of Santo was the location of one of the largest air and navy bases in the Second World War, home to as many as 40,000 troops at one time.

The museum project's chairman, Bradley Wood, says much of the infrastructure still dots the town and the island, but there is little public record of what exactly went on 75 years ago.

Mr Wood told Jamie Tahana the project has been gifted land on the former base by the Vanuatu government, has architectural plans and donor support, and is now trying to get the funding to get it built.

Main street in Luganville on Santo, Vanuatu

Main street in Luganville on Santo, Vanuatu Photo: wikicommons / Simon Sees