Opening of Blamey Barracks DPR/TV/529

Accession Number F03825
Collection type Film
Measurement 3 min 4 sec
Object type Actuality footage, Television news footage
Physical description 16mm/b&w/silent
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Wagga Wagga, Kapooka
Date made 6 December 1966
Access Open
Conflict Period 1960-1969
Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

Wagga Wagga, NSW Tuesday 6 December. Conditions of modern warfare left no time for mistakes or for mobilisation, the Governor of NSW, Sir Roden Cutler said. He was speaking at a marching-out parade of 400 National Service and Regular Army recruits attended by more than 1000 visitors at Kapooka this morning. Later, he officially opened the new 7 million dollar camp, naming it Blamey Barracks to commemorate the late Field Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey. The camp accommodates the 1st Recruit Training Battalion. Sir Roden said it was easy in time of crisis to rally to the defence of the country, but it was very different to combat the threat to natioanl security when it was not seen so clearly and it was not at Australia's shores... At the unveiling of a plaque naming the new barracks, the Minister for the Army, Mr Malcolm Fraser, said that the new buildings symbolised the new Army... The son of Sir Thomas Blamey, Lieutenant-Colonel T.R. Blamey and Mrs Blamey, were guests at the parade and the official opening ceremony. [written by] Lieut.-Colonel L.B. Swifte

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