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by Dave Walsh (subscribe)
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Published December 6th 2012
Walk the heritage walk
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Keswick Barracks Headquarters Building


Keswick Barracks on the edge of the south parklands has been a South Australian landmark for around one hundred years as home to the Australian Army in SA.

The imposing federation style Headquarters building shown in the photograph makes a grand statement about the security and commitment of the Army's presence in SA.

It was also the first building of significance constructed in SA by the Commonwealth.

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Barracks Layout in 1914


At one time it would not have been possible for civilians to wander around the base, but the Army Museum of South Australia now offers a free monthly Heritage Walk around the base, highlighting the changes that have occurred during the life of the barracks.

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The Windowless Former Munitions Store


This fascinating tour is conducted by Army Museum volunteers, in my case by a former soldier who was able to draw upon his own personal experience to add a fascinating personal insight to the tour.

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Memorial to Vietnam Training Team


Plaques and photographs from years gone by add life and interest to the tour - there was one photo of a row of tents pitched at the barracks when wartime accommodation was at a premium. Another shows tram on Anzac Highway that terminated at the Barracks. In 1915 the Barracks also had their own railway siding to transport men and materials more effectively.

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Navy Headquarters @ Keswick Barracks


The base is actually quite large, around 40 acres with many buildings dotted around that still support active units including the Army Reserve and the Royal Australian Navy.

There were plenty of opportunities for questions, and the walk is suitable for disabled people. It takes 60-90 minutes and is a great way to gain a better understanding of the Australian Army history in South Australia.

Of course, be sure to look in at the lifelike displays created by volunteers at the Army Museum while you are at the barracks.

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Tank in Corner of Parade Ground


If you would like to know more about the Barracks, you can also read a most informative article by historian Peter Donovan here.
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Why? Find out about SA's military history at Keswick Barracks
When: First Sunday of the month at 2.00pm
Phone: (08) 8305 6374
Website: amosa.org.au
Where: Keswick Barracks, Anzac Highway, Keswick, SA 5035
Cost: Free
Your Comment
The Navy is using part of Keswick Barracks now....or was. I have a relative who is in the Navy.
by r.eng (score: 2|231) 233 days ago
Thanks for the info Dave. I will be scheduling in a visit.
by Jenny Esots (score: 2|945) 730 days ago
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