WELCOME TO THE CENTRAL COAST INTERACTIVE WAR EXHIBIT – A UNIQUE PRIVATE MILITARY EXHIBIT HONOURING 100 YEARS OF OUR NATION’S DEFENCE FORCES.
The Central Coast Interactive War Exhibit (CCIWE) was created by local businessman Andrew Church. Andrew has personally collected thousands of war time artefacts from all conflicts Australians have been involved in since the Boer War. There are many rare and unusual finds from all over the world. He has opened the exhibit to the public so that everyone can view and learn of the sacrifices so many men and women have made for this great nation. This collection is one of the largest private military exhibits in NSW, featuring lifelike scenarios complete with sound effects and special lighting to enhance the experience.
CCIWE is a Not for Profit organisation with charity status and deductible gift recipient status (that means any donations you make are tax deductible). We rely on donations, entry fees and merchandise sales. All entry fees are returned used by the exhibit to restore and maintain the artefacts, preserving them for generations to come.
CCIWE is an interactive exhibit with sights and sounds straight from the Frontline. See dynamic dioramas, Anzac Cove, Frontline WWII, an army aid station, a radio communications exhibit and a WWII war office…a fully restored Royal Australian Engineers Willys Jeep (which Andrew drives each year in the ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day parades) … an Australian Light Horse uniform … a stretcher used at Gallipoli … uniforms from WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam and much more.
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About Andrew Church
The Central Coast Interactive War Exhibit (CCIWE) has been created by local military historian Andrew Church who has opened up his extensive collection of uniforms, medals and war time artefacts from the different conflicts to the public.
Andrew is a member of the Gosford RSL Re-Enactment Group and has been a passionate supporter of Australia’s military for the past 30 years. He is also CEO of the Kreative Kaizen group of companies, an accomplished author and international motivational speaker.
“This collection has been my passion for many years and knowing that Australia is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli in 2015 I was inspired to share my exhibits with the local community. I have scoured the country and the world for artefacts which represent our army, air force and navy personnel in all of the conflicts since World War One. This is not just a display for our active servicemen and women or Defence Force veterans. My hope is that people of all ages will enjoy the displays and gain a new appreciation for the sacrifice made by the brave men and women who have served – and in some cases lost their lives – in order to preserve our freedom and way of life. I have included a mini-theatre & interactive area where school students can come and view videos, explore the artefacts, and learn about our proud military history.”
Meet our patrons
The Central Coast Interactive War Exhibit is proud to have 3 patrons who support our exhibit.
Major Andrew Kfoury – Australian Patron
Clarence Ormsby – New Zealand Patron
Merv Church – Civilian Patron
Major Andrew Kfoury
Major Kfoury first enlisted into the Australian Army Reserve in February 1991. After completing his recruit course at Ingleburn, he was posted to the Royal Australian Infantry Corp. He completed his infantry initial employment training with the 1st/19th Battalion, Royal New South Wales Regiment in 1992, and then transferred to 1 Commando Regiment in 1994 and qualified for the green beret after successfully completing the special forces commando induction course and other various specialist commando courses.
In 1999 Major Kfoury graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon as a 2nd Lieutenant and was promoted the following year as a Lieutenant. From 1999 to 2004, Major Kfoury served as a Platoon Commander. In 2004, promoted to Captain, he served as a Company Second in Command up until his deployment in 2005 to Rifle Company Butterworth, Malaysia where he served as the Operations Officer. Upon his return in 2006, he was deployed on security operations on Operation Acolyte in support of the Commonwealth Games. During 2007 – 2010 he completed his posting as a Civil – Military Cooperation Officer and as an Instructor to Army Officer Staff Cadets. In 2011 he deployed to Timor- Leste on Operation Astute and upon his return in 2012, was promoted to Major and assumed sub unit command including Officer Commanding 8 Combat Team, Battle Group Waratah.
Since his enlistment, he has served with the 1st/19th Battalion, The Royal New South Wales Regiment, 21 Construction Regiment, the University of New South Wales Regiment and 1 Commando Regiment. He currently is the Officer Commanding Charlie Company of the 2nd/17th Battalion, Royal New South Wales Regiment and the Officer Commanding, Administration Company of 8 Brigade’s, Battle Group Waratah.
In his civilian employment he has been employed by the NSW Ambulance Service since 1997 and is a Paramedic Station Officer on the Central Coast.
Major Kfoury has been a long term resident of the Central Coast and resides there with his wife and their four children. He enjoys outdoor activities with his family including climbing and abseiling.
His honours and awards include the Australian Service Medal with clasp, the Defence Force Long Service Medal with clasp, the National Medal, the Australian Defence Medal, the Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal and the NSW Ambulance Service Good Conduct and Long Service Medal.
Clarence Ormsby a New Zealand Vietnam veteran and talented Maori entertainer is Vice President of Catherine Hill Bay RSL Sub Branch in NSW. He has been a welfare officer for war veterans and war widows since 1974 and spends a large amount of his time traveling through outback Australia. When he heard of the thousands of men and women who had left the outback and small town communities of Australia to defend the country he felt it very appropriate he visit these areas and say thank you for your service to ANZAC. He joined other Australian Vietnam veterans from Standown Park in Queensland who have a special program called “push to the bush” and Clarence has become the New Zealand link as they visit schools in various areas. He also shares a 2015 message from the New Zealand High Commissioner who is Canberra based.
In 2015 Clarence visited Rockhampton and supported the Aboriginal Torres Strait veterans and their families having Aboriginal children carry the ANZAC Hats on sacred land of their people. He also went to Meandarra with the Australian veterans and participated having local school children carry the ANZAC Hats and led the 2015 ANZAC parade in their small town.
Clarence has organised a Memorial concert in 2015 for the late Barbara Thompson who was married to an Australian Vietnam soldier who passed away at a young age from what she believed was agent orange toxic poisoning. She said her husband died a terrible death. Barbara passed away 27th September 2013 and was a foundation member of the “sing for kids” compilation CD produced to help agent orange children in Australia and Vietnam. Clarence Ormsby says this Memorial concert is also a very special way of saluting our wives, partners and war widows including our mates and wives who have passed away at young ages. His mate New Zealand Vietnam veteran Ray Middleton ex-161 BTY RNZA lost his wife recently and he will be supported by other New Zealand and Australian Vietnam veterans on the day. Clarence has not seen Ray since 1969 when they were in Vietnam together.
In 2016 Clarence will be going to Sydney to Darwin as he has a vision to take the ANZAC Hats Centenary Presentation nationally. He is very proud to have the support of Rod & Pam Elkington and the Australian veterans wives and partners at Standown Park in Queensland. His Patron Senator Deborah O’Neil MP and her staff on the Central Coast of New South Wales are very supportive of what he does.