Set foot in Australia’s oldest, most decorated Regiment in the mainlands’s heritage-listed barracks. Built way back in 1820, the NSW Lancers Memorial Museum is where you can see the evolution of weaponry, equipment and uniforms used by the NSW Cavalry and famed Light Horse.
Witness lances, horses, machine guns, tanks and contemporary armoured reconnaissance.
Once in the museum, you will be guided by a retired Lancer and will hear stories of ceremonial duties performed by the Regiment at home and overseas as Vice-Regal Escort. Expect to be told of its active service during the Boer War, as First Light Horse at Gallipoli and Palestine as well as during WW II in Borneo and New Guinea – clearly a day to be remembered as it was Australia’s largest ever tank attack at Balikpakan.
Prepare to view one of the best Boer War collections of Australia. These include handwritten versions of war poems by Banjo Patterson.
Feel free to clamber over vintage armoured vehicles and find yourself inside a 50-ton Centurion Main Battle Tank.
Lancer Barracks were built in Parramatta between the years 1818 and 1820. It was originally intended to house British troops who garrisoned the New South Wales colony. Then Governor Lachlan Macquarie saw the building as part of a future nation’s infrastructure and had it built to last. Eventually occupied by New South Wales Lancers, it ultimately became a critical part in the military history of Australia.
The NSW Lancers Memorial Museum is located at Lancer Barracks, 2 Smith Street Parramatta, NSW 2150 and is a quick walk from our Parramatta Accommodation.
For more information, call (02) 9899 2960 or go to http://www.lancers.org.au.
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