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Army September 15, 2011
THE Infantry Corps has
a new $13m museum
to showcase its history,
equipment and contribu-
tion to Australia's heritage.
The building was opened
by CDF Gen David Hurley at
Singleton on September 1, coin-
ciding with the anniversary of the
centenary of the School of Inf's
Six-weeks of bad weather ham-
pered the completion of the muse-
um and has pushed back the open-
ing of the galleries to late October.
The site will display the Infantry
Corps' extensive collection of 5500
catalogued items, including equip-
ment, weapons, battlefield artefacts,
training documents and soldiers'
After turning the first sod on
January 19 as VCDF, Gen Hurley
returned to open the building, prais-
ing its construction and purpose.
"It will be an exciting space for
people to visit and will be a highly
informative history of the Infantry
Corps," Gen Hurley said.
"Primarily it will be about peo-
ple and I think it's important to
know about those who have served
"It's fundamental when some-
one joins an organisation they
should know its identity and where
it comes from.
"When our soldiers deploy
overseas they're very conscious of
their Anzac heritage and how they
should live up to the standards and
values of that heritage.
"The museum will be part of
building the inner core of our peo-
ple and will give them a sense of
who they are and how excellent the
organisation is that they represent."
Curator John Land said the new
building was a long time coming.
"Since I began working here in
1985 there was talk of moving to a
newer, purpose-built and permanent
facility," Mr Land said.
"The museum has existed within
the Singleton base since 1974 and
was housed within 11 old donated
and detached quartermaster store
Due to the growing number of
exhibits and the need to relocate to
a newer, larger building outside the
secure base area, the Army History
Unit-managed museum had its wish
granted in 2009.
"Under Army project Enhanced
Land Force 2, which included
the construction of a number of
Singleton's buildings and facilities,
it was decided the museum should
be moved outside the base," Mr
"In 2009 the CO of the School
of Inf, Lt-Col Anthony Eagan,
approached us and asked if we'd
like to move because of the muse-
um's sensitive location within the
secure base area.
"The first concept for the muse-
um began with picking up the 11
buildings and moving them to the
new site outside the main gate."
This proposal was rejected as
most of the buildings were more
than 40 years old.
The museum staff and the Army
History Unit then assessed what
floor space would be needed for a
new facility taking into considera-
tion current exhibit sizes and allow-
ing for future growth.
"We then worked with the con-
tractors and architects coming up
with plans for the new museum in
August 2009 and by early 2010 we
started the project tendering pro-
cess," Mr Land said.
"In December last year the con-
tract was awarded to John Holland
and on January 4 this year we had
a consultation meeting with them."
The new museum will feature
a gallery floor space of 600sqm,
containing exhibits featuring the
chronology of Australian infantry
"To maximise the building
space an upper mezzanine floor
was included to display infantry
technology objects, such as training
aids, grenades, bayonets and sec-
tion firepower exhibits," Mr Land
"In the centre of the ground
floor we'll have two large technol-
ogy objects: an Iroquois helicopter
and a 17-pound anti-tank gun.
"At the end of the main gallery
area we'll have two storage areas
and at the front of the museum we
now have a corps shop, café, four
office spaces, a dedicated research
library, 50-person lecture theatre
and a clean conservation room so
we can treat and preserve textile
and paper exhibits."
Some of the items that will be on display.
Small arms totalling more than 2000
weapons including an 1885 Alexander
Henry .577 inch rifle used by the NSW
contingent in Suakin, Sudan in 1885,
an X3 7.62mm prototype developed
as a replacement between the Bren
Gun and M60 machine gun era and
a .303 inch Lewis light machine gun
used by Australian Infantry in France
Two framed poppies from France
picked in July 1916.
Personal objects of a WWI soldier, Pte
Alan Mather, 33 Bn, who was found in
Belgium in 2008. When he was killed
he was fully kitted with his webbing,
rifle, helmet, gas mask, ammunition,
grenades and was carrying a souvenir
German Pickelhaube (spiked helmet) in
his back pack. Sixty items were found --
24 will go on display."
Infantry memoralia has a new home with the opening of a new
museum, Sgt Andrew Hetherington reports.
That's a gun: School of Inf Museum Curator John Land holds a .303 inch Lewis
light machine gun used by Australian Infantry in France and Belgium.
Photos by Sgt Andrew Hetherington
WHAT'S IN THE NEW MUSEUM?
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