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Colourful welcome to SA
By Maj Haydn Barlow
THE rain clouds eased over
Torrens Parade Ground in
Adelaide for three crucial hours
on September 10 as 7RAR was
presented its new Colours by
Governor-General Quentin Bryce.
Dressed in striking blue, the
against the sea of khaki as she pre-
sented the new Colours in front of
a cold but enthralled crowd of about
"The presentation of new
Queen's and Regimental Colours is
a solemn and symbolic ritual," Ms
"Colours unite a battalion, cel-
ebrate its history and confirm its
At attention behind the Colours
party was CO Lt-Col Mick
Garraway and more than 200 of his
soldiers. He said accepting the new
Colours was an honour.
"Our Colours represent the his-
tory, the traditions, the sacrifices
and the fighting standards of those
who have served in this unit, many
who join us today and whose
standards we strive to maintain.
We accept them humbly," Lt-Col
The Colour party "trooped" the
old Colours through the ranks one
final time, closing a chapter for
past members, whose association
dates back to 1965 and is steeped in
RAR folklore. These veterans will
be able to reconnect with the old
Colours at St Peter's Cathedral in
the centre of Adelaide, where they
will be retired.
Many travelled from across
the country to make the occasion,
swap memories with their old mates
and meet the protectors of the new
The clouds threatened to rain
on the battalion's parade all morn-
ing and the soldiers were dreading
more of the miserable weather they
had endured in rehearsals earlier in
But the weather held off and the
Adelaide community was provided
a grand occasion to officially wel-
come 7RAR to the city.
A day earlier the unit's impres-
sive new facilities, Horseshoe
Barracks, were officially opened by
Defence Parliamentary Secretary
David Feeney, CA Lt-Gen David
Morrison and Commander 1 Bde,
Brig Gus McLachlan.
Lt-Col Garraway spoke enthusi-
astically of the opportunities ahead
for 7RAR as the soldiers made a
new home in the city of churches
and prepared for operations in just
over a year's time.
"We have commenced a new era
in the battalion. Our relocation to
this fine city has been accompa-
nied by a growth in numbers and a
growth in capability."
Formed up: Troops from 7RAR parade at the Torrens Parade Ground to receive the battalion's new colours and be welcomed to Adelaide.
Photos by Cpl Rodney Welch
Meet the troops: Governor-General Quentin Bryce talks to Cpl Lachlan
Wheaton, 7RAR, while inspecting the parade.
Handle with care: Capt Troy Goodale, 7RAR, unfurls the new
Colours during the parade.
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