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IT WAS a birthday befitting
Australia's oldest continually
occupied barracks -- an event
its founder, Governor Lachlan
Macquarie, would certainly have
Hobart's Anglesea Barracks
celebrated its bicentenary over
three days last December with
events attended by the public,
vice-regal representatives, senior
Defence officers and local digni-
Project director Lt-Col Helen
Macpherson said the barracks
open day attracted a large and
"The bicentenary saw the bar-
racks and the skies above host
the largest display the Australian
Defence Organisation has ever
held in Tasmania," she said.
"With many Tasmanians having
personal or generational links to
Anglesea over the past 200 years,
we wanted to invite as many as
possible to become a part of this
"We know that although
Anglesea is open to the public
through the Military Museum and
self-guided tours, events such as
this are always well patronised by
Interactive displays were
provided from across Defence,
including a DMO-provided
Bushmaster and the latest com-
bat equipment courtesy of the
The Navy supplied an Agusta
A109 helicopter while Hobart-
based reservist divers demonstrat-
ed their skills in a large dive tank.
Around the precinct,
Tasmanian-based reserve and
cadet units from the three services,
as well as ex-service groups, host-
ed a series of displays with AAB
Tasmania providing the music.
Overhead the Roulettes show-
cased their flying skills while out
on the parade ground Australia's
Federation Guard performed pre-
cision drill during several demon-
strations throughout the day.
Patrons were able to chat with
re-enactors who were moving
through the crowds dressed in var-
ious military dress from pre- and
Bryce attended to review a parade
and formally unveil the bicente-
Lt-Col Macpherson said it
would be at least another 30 years
before another Australian barracks
would celebrate its bicentenary.
"While Anglesea 200 is about
marking this history, it is also
about acknowledging the role the
barracks plays today as the centre
of Defence in Tasmania," Lt-Col
"The success of the bicente-
nary highlights that Anglesea
Barracks remains strongly linked
to the Tasmanian community."
Lt-Col Phil Pyke joins the c
as Hobart's Anglesea Barrack
200 years of continual operat
style and spectacle.
This way up: Anglesea Barracks' bicentenary celebrations included an open day,
with interactive displays of military hardware proving a hit with visitors young and old.
Photos by Sgt Andy Hall
Making it official: Australia's Federation Guard marches onto the Anglesea
Barracks parade ground led by AAB Tasmania.
Song and dance: AAB Tasmania performs for crowds during the open day.
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