Home' Army News : September 27th 2012 Contents THE Infantry Corps has a
new $13 million building
to showcase the tools of the
trade, operations and the sig-
nificant contribution to the legend of
The Australian Army Infantry
Museum (AAIM), which feature a
selection of the corps' extensive col-
lection of 7500 catalogued items, was
opened by CDF Gen David Hurley at
Singleton on August 24.
Gen Hurley said the museum
would instil a sense of identity and
pride in soldiers undergoing initial
"It is a place where young soldiers
can learn about the history behind the
names they are familiar with from high
school or perhaps about the military
service of a family member," he said.
"In its 100-plus years, the
Australian Infantry has changed dra-
matically. Its battalions have moved
across the country and across the
world. Battalions have been raised.
"Throughout all this, one thing has
remained the same -- the corps has
served the nation since federation and
many of our members have paid the
ultimate sacrifice in this service.
"Hundreds of thousands of
Australians have served in its battal-
ions. They all have their own story to
tell. Stories of achievement, battles
won and lost, successful operations.
Stories of courage. Stories of humour.
Stories of hardship and, at times, pain
The museum is home to those sto-
ries. The collection ranges from the
colonial armies and their first deploy-
ments overseas in the 19th century
through to today's 21st century dig-
Museum curator John Land said
the museum featured a world-class
exhibition that covered overseas ser-
vice from the Sudan to Afghanistan
as well as an array of technology dis-
plays, including small-arms and equip-
Gallipoli, Passchendaele, Kokoda
and Long Tan are all brought to life
along with less-familiar deployments
such as platoon from 2/4RAR that
helped keep the peace in Cambodia
Mr Land said the display area was
divided into two main spaces.
The Latchford Gallery on the mez-
zanine level features the tools of the
trade such as small arms and their
associated training aids, including
the Army's first computer-based rifle
training aid from the 1980s and what
is believed to be the only surviving
example of a Russell boomerang hand
grenade from 1915.
"Among the highlights on the
ground floor Heritage Gallery are the
Iroquois helicopter and a 17-pound
anti-tank gun," he said.
The helicopter was built in 1970
and flew missions with a UN force
in the Sinai from 1976 to 1979, and
then in the Solomon Islands in support
of 3RAR during Operation Anode in
Mr Land said the Infantry Museum
was as old as the Army's School of
Infantry itself, having started as
a small collection of firearms at the
School of Musketry at Randwick in
It was moved from Ingleburn to the
Singleton Army Camp in 1973 and has
been expanded to include various mus-
kets, rifles, machineguns, bayonets,
grenades, flame throwers and anti-tank
It is now one of three outstanding
small-arms collections in Australia,
the others being at the Australian War
Memorial in Canberra and the Small
Arms Factory Museum in Lithgow.
For a sneak peek, go to
Army September 27, 2012
Capturing the past: CDF Gen David Hurley opens the new Australian
Army Infantry Museum in Singleton.
Photo provided by The Singleton Argus
Housing our h
Infantry stories and weapons have a new home, Michael Brooke reports.
Stories of battles
won and lost,
of hardship and
pain and despair.
-- CDF Gen David Hurley
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