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Published January 17th 2019
Australian Army History 101
Museums of the Australian Army can be found in every state of Australia. I recently stumbled across the Hunter Valley branch attached to the Lone Pine Barracks at Singleton, about 25kms west of Maitland.
Why is the Australian Army Infantry Museum worth a visit?
Because it's not too big. I just love visiting the Australian War Memorial In Canberra but it is so large that I tend to come out with information overload. Don't you?
The museum at Singleton has two display galleries with a wide variety of exhibits with short snatches of information about all the conflicts Australia has been involved in since the late 1800's; just enough information to be a valuable learning tool and not overwhelming.
The Heritage Gallery, on the ground floor, includes heavy artillery and military vehicles, as well as personalising events and individual equipment pertaining to particular conflicts by way of photographs, momentous, and brief descriptions.
The Latchford Gallery on the mezzanine floor features collections of small arms emphasising the many changes and developments over the years.
Think you've heard and seen it all?
I had no idea that Australia had sent Peacekeepers to Rwanda. This is a particularly brutal read and provides insight into the machinations of our Army and the magnificent men and women who serve.
There is also a theatre for educational movie purposes and after walking around the exhibits I found it helpful to stop and sit for thirty minutes.
The museum is wheelchair friendly with an elevator for navigating floors.
The Lone Pine Cafe offers light meals and refreshments in air-conditioned comfort.