Aviation Heritage at Rathmines


On the Road Again

On Monday May 10th, two of our restoration volunteers flew to Perth and then took a road trip to south west W.A.  The mission was to recover internal components from a Catalina that have been gifted to us by the owner Mr Bruce Gallash.

Terry and John spent three days on site to transfer and load the items in to a purchased 20 foot container, which will be railed to Newcastle and then trucked to our work site. 

We expect it will arrive by early June.

Unfortunately there was no time for sight seeing, but Bruce was very grateful for the offer to assist with some in-house electrical repair work…our talented men!  Terry will add some more detail under the Restoration update pages.  A big Well Done from all of us.

Terry presented Bruce with a plaque expressing our appreciation for his support.

How can you help support this important Catalina heritage project?

Become a Member

We are actively looking for enthusiastic people who are interested in preserving the history of the Rathmines RAAF base and honouring the servicemen and women who gave so much.

If you are interested to find out more about being a member, what we do and where your skills and experience could fit in, please email the President Bill Anderson or call for a chat on 0418770400.

Join the Restoration Team 

This dedicated group of volunteers meet twice a week at Kilaben Bay to work on the restoration of a Catalina PBY-5A, the same model that flew from the Rathmines Base.  Team members share their knowledge and skills with each other, while preserving and building specific skills in aircraft restoration.  


Please consider becoming a supporter and donating to this important local project of national historical significance.  Rathmines Catalina Association is registered as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Organisation.  Donations of $2.00 or more in cash or products may be tax deductible.  A DGR receipt will be provided for your taxation records.  For more information, please refer to our 'Donate' page or contact by email  president@rathmines-catalina.com   

Leave a Bequest 

Leaving a bequest to the Association will greatly assist in the restoring of our PBY-5A Catalina flying boat, preserving the history of RAAF Base Rathmines and honouring the service of RAAF personnel engaged in flying boat operations during WWII.  If you would like to discuss this matter please contact our President, Bill Anderson 0418770400.

Catalina Festival

The Catalina Festival

Our Volunteers

Our Volunteers

Our volunteers raise funds in as many ways as we can - running tours of the RAAF base, the Catalina Festival, and special events. We also have wonderful support from a number of local businesses and other organisations. 

Our members enjoy being part of this heritage project as well as socialising and sharing knowledge. 

We give our time freely, but restoring an old aircraft requires all sorts of parts, services and equipment, as well as specialised skills!

Volunteering is also a great way to meet others in the community with similar interests and is great for your physical and mental health!

Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association Incorporated is a non-profit organisation, trading as RATHMINES CATALINA Association
ADDRESS: PO Box 59, Toronto NSW 2283, AUSTRALIA
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