Army engineers for Borneo DPR/TV/145

Accession Number F03656
Collection type Film
Measurement 5 min 7 sec
Object type Actuality footage, Television news footage
Physical description 16mm/b&w/silent
Maker Defence Public Relations (DPR)
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Moorebank
Date made 1964
Access Open
Conflict Indonesian Confrontation, 1962-1966
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

Regular Army engineers from Queensland have arrived in New South Wales to prepare for their trip to Borneo next month aboard the former aircraft carrier HMAS Sydney. They are members of the 7th Field Squadron, Royal Australian Engineers, which is normally based at Enogerra, Queensland. Their camp is at Glenfield North, near Moorebank, NSW. The camp presents a busy scene as tradesmen receive innocculations, dental treatment and haircuts. They are also carefully checking their personal equipment to ensure it is ready for duty in the jungle. The unit will be commanded by Major Frank Cross who has made a reconnaissance of the area in which the troops may operate. Their main tasks will be construction of roads and landing strips for light aircraft and helicopters and they are busy preparing heavy equipment and plant. This includes heavy and light bulldozers, front-end loaders, a fleet of tip trucks, graders, scrapers, crane-shovels and rollers. The movement of engineers by sea will involve about 200 men including detachments from the 1st Independent Field Squadron workshops and the 20th Field Park Squadron.

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