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Royal Australian Engineers Association of W.A Inc's History:

The Royal Australian Engineers Association of W.A Inc was formed shortly after World War 1. We have correspondence, etc dating back 1926.

The Association currently have approximately 400 members, the numbers changing periodically as new recruits join and sadly when members pass on.

We have members from Engineers of Ireland, Britain, Burma, New Zealand, USA and of course Australia. Some of our members are working in PNG, Eritrea, Iraq, Cambodia, Lebanon, Laos and other countries . Most overseas members are involved in demining or EOD .

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Royal Australian Engineers History:

ENGINEER TRADITIONS AND CUSTOMS

What is a Sapper | Colonel-in-Chief | Sovereign's Banner | Corp Mottoes | Corp Badges | Waterloo Dinner | Regimental Music | Patron Saint | Brief History | The Heritage Area | Road Names | Bicentennial Building | Diorama Models | Bridges | The Museum | The RAE Memorial | Other Exterior Objects | RAE Memorial Chapel | RAE Corp Shop.

What is a Sapper?

It is the correct title for an engineer private. It is also the generic term now given to all members of the Royal Australian Engineer. Many other armies of British descent have also adopted the term to describe military engineers. The word "sapper" was conferred by Queen Victoria as a distinction because of the gallant assault operation carried out by the British Engineers in the Crimean War. The term originally comes from the term "to sap". This was the art of digging trenches, particularly during sieges to enable the infantry to get close enough to the fortified position to conduct an assault. The diggers were known as sappers.

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Colonel-in-Chief

The Royal Australian Engineer Colonel-in-Chief is Her Majesty Elizabeth II.

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Sovereign's Banner

The Corps was presented with its Sovereign's Banner on 1 July 1992. It is secured in the Dining Room of the RAE Officer's Mess at the Engineer Centre. It is paraded on special events such as Freedom of the City parades and special dining in nights at RAE unit Officer's and Sergeant's messes.

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Corps Mottoes

The following mottoes are used within the Corps:

"Quo Fas et Gloria Ducunt" - Where right and glory leads - (It appears on the Royal Coat of Arms).

"Facimus et Frangimus" - We make and we break - This is the original motto of Australian Engineer adopted at Federation and appearing on the engineer hat badge up until 1947. It now only appears on the Corps Cipher.

"Ubique" - Everywhere - This motto was originally bestowed on Engineers and Gunners by King William IV in 1832 in recognition that both Sappers and Gunners where not entitled to carry Regimental Colours. This was because at most times they served as small detachments and never as a whole unit.

"Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense" - Evil to he who evil thinks - This motto which appears around the Garter on the Corps hat badge is also the motto of the Order of the Garter. It was bestowed on Australian engineers in 1947 in recognition of service by the Corps during WWII.

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Corps Badges

The Corps has two badges worn by all sappers, they are the Hat Badge and the Flaming Grenade.

Hat Badge

It should be noted that the Royal Cipher monogram which is surrounded by the Garter belongs to Queen Elizabeth II. The monogram changes each new monarch.

The Flaming Grenade

This badge or collar dog first appeared in 1824 on the coat tails of Royal Engineer officer's coats. No documented evidence can verify what was its real significance, but it has been speculated that it represented siege warfare when it first appeared. The Grenade is shared by both Engineers and Artillery, except that the number of flames differ, Sappers having nine and the Gunners having seven.

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Waterloo Dinner - an engineer tradition

It is of interest that the RAE Annual Dinner the "Waterloo Dinner" was established June 18, 1915 at Gallipoli. Lieutenant Stan Watson, RAE signals officer, whilst serving on Gallipoli was directed to construct a pier at ANZAC Cove. On the completion of "Watson's Pier", it was decided to celebrate the completion of the task. The date chosen was 18 June 1915, the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo". After the war engineers continued to conduct a dinner for all officers on the Friday closest to the Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. As LT Watson was a signal officer, it has always been traditional to invite a senior signals officer to the Dinner after the Corps of Signals was formed on Feb 14, 1925. This tradition continues to this day.

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Regimental Music

The Corps marches to song and music of "Wings". The words are reproduced in Appendix 1.

Corps Songs

Songs sung within the Corps are "Hurrah for the CRE" (reproduced in Appendix 2) and "The Shovel and the Pick".

Corps Poem

The adopted poem of the Corps is Rudyard Kipling's "Sapper" (reproduced in Appendix 3).

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Engineer's Patron Saint

St Barbara is the patron saint of all engineers. She is a virgin martyr and a saint of the Christian churches, her festival is on December 4th. Her father, a heathen, tortured and beheaded her himself on finding out she as a Christian. He himself was struck dead by lightning shortly after he carried out the punishment. For this reason St Barbara is regarded as the patron for thunderstorms and as the protectress of all those in danger of sudden death when using explosives, namely gunner, sapper and ordnance works.

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN ENGINEERS

Victoria was the first colony to raise a corps of volunteer engineers. Its formation was proposed at a meeting held at the Duke of Rothsesay Hotel, Elizabeth Street, Melbourne on 7 November 1860. It was attended by seven members, Mr John George Knight, a civilian engineer and architect from Melbourne acting as the honorary secretary.

Also in attendance was Capt. Peter Scratchley, RE (Later Maj-Gen Sir), the government adviser on defence works. The results of the meeting was the government approval for the formation of the "Corps of Volunteer Engineers" in the Colony of Vic in March 1861.

By 1876 five of the six colonies had raised their own engineer Units. All based their organisation and training of Royal Engineer practices.

On 1st July 1902, all former colonial engineer corps were merged to form the "Corps of Australian Engineers'. The Corps Birthday is therefore celebrated on 1 July each year.

On 19 March 1907, Royal Assent was given for the granting of the title "Royal" to the regular sappers. The militia engineers retained the title "Australian Engineers" until 31 Jan 1936, when the Corps was constituted as the Corps of the Royal Australian Engineers embracing both Regular and Citizen Forces.

Areas of Operation

Engineers have served in the following areas of operation:

Sudan Campaign 1885, Boer War 1899 - 1902, WWI and WWII, Korea.

Engineer units were not deployed to Korea; but many sappers saw service with the 1st Commonwealth Division as Infantry assault pioneers. Some engineer officers served as RAE officers attached to the Commonwealth Brigades.

The Malaya Emergency, the Indonesian Confrontation (Borneo), Vietnam, UN peace keeping dates.


Engineer Trades

The following trades can be found in the Corps:

Bricklayers, Carpenters & Joiners, Plumber & Gas Fitters, Mechanical Services Supervisors, Engineer Surveyors, Architectural Draughtsmen, Field Engineers, Fire Fighters, Electricians, Painter & Decorators, Sawyers, Plant Operators, Explosive Ordnance Demolition Technicians, Dog Handlers, Well Drillers, Clerks, Storemen, Drivers

UN Duties were conducted in Rhodesia, Sinai, Namibia, Pakistan, Cambodia and Somalia.

Past Trades

In the past, the Corps has been involved in trade/operational areas, some of which have been taken over by other Corps or Services. In some instances new corps were raised to accommodate the trades, the areas included:

Black trades including welding - pasted to RAEME in 1972, Railways - now a responsibility of RACT, Small Ships - pasted to RACT in 1972, Submarine Mining - pasted to Navy in 1922, Tunneling - still a corps responsibility, Postal - pasted to RACT in 1972, Forestry - still a Reserve responsibility, Signals - pasted to RAE Sig when Corps raised in 1931, Survey - past to RAE Svy when the Corps was raised, Engineers Stores - past to RAAOC.

Role of Engineers During Conflict

RAE are primarily responsible for combat and logistic support engineering and also have an input into certain aspects of counter-surveillance and NBCD operations. The engineer responsibilities include:

Roads, airfield and LZ's construction, obstacles construction and demolition, mine laying, mine clearance and breaching, bridging, booby traps, clearance, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), water supply, field defences construction and demolitions

The responsibility to conduct engineer surveying has been retained within the RAE, Vertical construction, electrical power supply, counter-surveillance/deception training, Nuclear/Biological and Chemical Defence (NBCD).


Role of Engineers During Peace

During time of peace, other than training for our war time role, engineers are actively employed in the following areas:

Training other Corps in counter-surveillance and deception methods, training other Corps and government agencies in NBCD, EOD training and assistance to law enforcement agencies, dog handling assistance to law enforcement agencies in detection of explosive devices, co-ordinate construction, maintenance and repairs required in military facilities, fire fighting to provide fire protection and advise on fire prevention measures in permanent facilities and during exercises and engineering assistance to the civil community during natural disasters.


Brief History of the School of Military Engineering (SME)

Engineers have been associated with the Liverpool district since before the turn of this Century. Photographs depicting sappers exercising on the banks of the Georges River can be seen in the Museum. The SME can be traced back to colonial times when first established in Victoria Barracks, Sydney.

The SME has been located in other areas of Sydney including Moore Park (now the site of the Sydney Football Stadium), South Head and Chowder Bay at Middle Head (Mosman). It was established on a permanent basis in the Liverpool District in September 1939 in the area known as Hospital Block (not far from Yulong Oval). In 1940 it was moved to the present site and was located with the School of Signals until 1941 when the School of Signals move out.

In 1942 the RAE Training Centre was established at Kapooka Loop outside Wagga Wagga on the same as site as 1 RTB. The centre was used to conduct basic field engineer training for other ranks.

The SME was used to training all engineer officers and NCOs. During the war period, 7450 students passed through the School in twelve different types of courses. At the end of the war the School's staff was decreased and by 1949 it consisted of only five officers and 45 other ranks.

The School remained at this size until 1953 when the Korean War caused the size of the staff to almost double and the range of courses to expand. At this time, the Trade Wing was established and was responsible for trade training and works service instruction. Today this wing is known as the Construction, Mechanical and Electrical (CME) Wing.

The NBC Wing was established in 1963 to training the Army in NBCD. It now trains NBCD instructor for all three service. It also maintains an operational NBC response team that is on call 24 hours a day.

In 1965, Australia's involvement with Vietnam and the introduction of selective National Service gave the school a boost. The staff levels were gain increased and the Depot Sqn (now FE Wing) was expanded to cater for the basic sapper training commitment of 1200 men per year.

Since Vietnam, the size of the School has remained relatively constant with a staff of approximately 250.

Links with the Royal Engineers and US engineers are maintained through an Officer and SNCO exchange system. At present Operations (Ops) Wing is commanded by an American Major and the Plant, Road and Airfield (PRA) Wing is commanded by a British Major. Two exchange SNCO, a US Master SGT and a British QMSI are posted to the FE Wing.

Today, the SME trains all ranks of the RAE in following areas:

ARA and ARes Initial Employment Training (IET), specialist training in trades employment and promotion qualifications, young officers from both Australian and overseas in the military engineering and to prepare them for service as engineer officers within their own army, for the management of engineer projects and resources, and practical apprentice tradesmen tasks.

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THE HERITAGE AREA

Major General Sir Clive Steele Memorial Gates

The Memorial Gates at the entrance of the SME are symbolic of the Bridge which was conceived and designed in 1942 by MAJGEN Sir Clive Steele, K.B.E., DS.O., M.C., V.D.. The bridge was manufactured in Australia during WWII when Bailey Bridging supplies were unavailable.

Brigadier Clive Steele, Engineer Commander of the Australian Army HQ had departed Colombia aboard SS Orcades in Mar 1942 bound for Australia. The "Designers" of the bridge, CAPT. G.D. Colebatch and R.A. Simpson on the staff of C.R.E. 7th Div Corps Troops were instructed by Brigadier Steele to carry out a detailed design and prepare drawings and specifications for a heavy bridge to be fabricated on and prepare drawings and specifications for a heavy bridge to be fabricated on arrival in Australia. On arrival in country Hume Steel Ltd fabricated the test sections and in April 1942 the first test section of the Steele Bridge was assembled and tested with a single tank passing without incident. When tested with two tanks, deliberately overloading the bridge, it failed. A hurried redesigned of the cross-bracing on the top chords resulted in the bridge passing all tests. One of the early Steele Bridge sets was dispatched here to the School for training purposes.

For spans up to about 120 ft the Steele Bridge proved to be invaluable in the South West Pacific campaigns before the more sophisticated and more expensive Bailey and Australian Panel bridges became available.

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Road Names

Road names with the Engineer Centre all relate to place names associated with Engineers and campaigns in which Australian sappers served. They include:

Chatham Avenue Named after the location of the Royal Engineer School in the UK.

Belvoir Road Named after the location of the old US Engineer School in the USA.

Birrcross Road This name is a misquote of "Birr Crossroad". Birr Crossroads was the marshalling yards outside Ypres during WWI. It was destroyed by German Artillery and later saw 10 sappers killed and 34 injured while trying to maintain an open railway line through the area.

Ripon WWII campaign in New Guinea.

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Bicentennial Building

This building was designed by Engineers and constructed by 17 Construction Squadron in 1987. All materials for the building were purchased using funds donated by serving members of the Corps and by funds raised through Art Unions. It was officially opened on 1 July 1988 by retired Lieutenant General Sir Mervyn Brogen, an Ex Sapper and former CGS of the Army.

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Diorama Models - Bicentennial Building

The Bicentennial Building contains life size dioramas depicting different engineer activities and periods of time since the arrival of military engineers in Australia. From the left in a clockwise direction they are:


Colonial Engineers

Sappers constructing a non equipment bridge over a creek bed, pre 1900. These types of bridges were used for the passage of both foot and horse drawn traffic.


Mine warfare - Western Desert WWII

Soldiers clearing a safe lane through a minefield in the Western Desert Campaign in North Africa during WWII. The soldier in front is holding a prodder, which is used to test the ground for mines. Despite all our modern technology, prodding is still the only totally effective way of clearing mines.


Demolition Scene WWII

One of the Sapper's primary roles is to deny freedom of movement to the enemy. If you stand back from the arch you will see a brick arch bridge being prepared for demolition. The soldier on the left is preparing to attach charges to the bridge while the sapper on the right is laying out the electrical wire for the firing circuit. The soldiers on top of the bridge represent the guard who are protecting the demolition party.


Bomb Disposal WWII

This scene depicts another responsibility of the engineers during War. It shows an Officer neutralising a bomb which has fallen in a back yard, but which has not exploded. He is operating a "Trepanning Machine" which cuts a hole in the shell allowing the explosive content to be steamed out. The steam boiler and steaming apparatus can be viewed on the right hand side of the entrance to this Building.


Tunnel Clearance Vietnam

This scene depicts sappers preparing to explore a tunnel complex. One task of the combat engineer in South Viet Nam (SVN) was tunnel clearance. The Viet Cong were responsible for many of tunnel complexes discovered throughout SVN. These tunnel complexes were used to house store cashes of weapons and food and move undetected large groups of the enemy around the countryside. The clearance of these underground cashes and operational complexes was also a job for the engineer tunnel rats.

Because of the design and construction of these tunnels which prevented flooding, destruction by explosion and other types of techniques to effectively penetrate and clear the tunnels failed, they ultimately had to be cleared by hand. A Sapper sometimes with little more than a torch and pistol would have to crawl in and search. The equipment displayed is a electronic detection system that enabled the sapper on the surface to track and have voice communications with the sapper under ground.


The Entrance

The etched glass panel depicts the RAE Corps hat badge.

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Bridges

One of the main tasks of military engineers is to be able to bridge gaps to allow the Army to go forward with speed. The Colonial Diorama in the Bicentennial Building depicts a timber non-equipment bridge. These type of bridges were built from timber recovered from natural resources, which made them very time consuming to build.

With the advance in technology, prefabricated bridges were developed, which allowed engineers to just bolt them together and span the gap. They are called equipment bridges and they are now all made from steel and aluminium. There are a number of these bridges featured within the Heritage Area.


The Standard Bailey Bridge

The Bailey Bridge was designed in the UK in the late 1930's and was introduced into service in Europe in 1940. It is a particularly versatile bridge that could be constructed by hand or crane in a relatively short period of time.

The basic component was the standard panel. The panels were pinned end to end to form girders between which the road was supported. The span and load carrying capacity of the bridge could be increased by adding extra panels alongside or on top of the first panel.

The bridge on display has two panels constructed alongside each other to form a stronger girder. This combination is called a double single. Girders can be constructed up to three panels wide and three panels high to give spans of up to 70 m.

The Bridge was used extensively throughout Europe in WWII. It was only employed behind the combat zone, normally where previous bridges had been destroyed.

The Australian Army introduced the Bailey Bridge into service in 1944. It was used throughout the Pacific by Allied Forces and many bridges are still used within the region.

The Standard Bailey was replaced after the war by a wider version called the Extra Wide Bailey Bridge. Although only a few feet wider it allowed crossings by all combat vehicles. The Extra Wide Bailey Bridge is now used only in Australia by civil construction agencies.
The Australian Defence Forces have replaced it with the British Medium Girder Bridge (MGB).

The Bailey Bridge did not always solve all our bridging needs. During WWII it was either not available or in very short supply, as a result, it was decided to design and build our own version of a bridge called the Australian Panel Bridge.

Australian Panel Bridge

The Australian Panel Bridge was introduced in 1944. It was constructed of structural steel, whereas the Bailey used lighter high tensile steel. The panel is a different shape to the Bailey, instead of a rectangle with two diamond shaped internal supports, the Australian Panel is a trapezoidal or leaning rectangular shape with an internal "W" or Zig Zag shaped support.

Apart from the panel the bridges are very similar. The Australian Panel was not as widely used and is no longer in service. The Bridge on display allows for a Class 40 load or approx 40 tons, which is the weight of a bulldozer or light to medium tank. A Leopard Tank would not be able to cross this bridge cause it is a class 42 load and is wider than the Bridge.

The signs at the end of the bridges tells drivers the capacity of the bridge.

Unfortunately, both of these bridges are only one way. To provide two way traffic either a traffic control point would need to be establish or two bridges would be needed side by side. Clearly it would be more economical to build one two way bridge than two one way bridges. To this end the Heavy Girder Bridge was developed in the early 1950's.


Heavy Girder Bridge

The British designed Heavy Girder Bridge is a larger and heavier version of the Bailey Bridge. Introduced into service in the early 1950's, it is wide enough to allow two way traffic or one way traffic up to 100 tonnes over a 45m gap or 30 tonnes over 65m gap.

The Bridge is no longer in service and has been replaced by the Line of Communication Bridge, which is constructed with the use of a crane.

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THE MUSEUM


Museum History

The Museum is the repository for the heritage and history of Sappers in Australia. The Collection was commenced around 1957 and was opened for viewing in 1960. The Museum has been housed at a number of building throughout the SME area. The present museum building was occupied by the Headquarters of 1 Fd Sqn, 7 Fd Sqn and SME. In 1972 the HQ of SME was converted to the Corps Museum. Since then there have been extensions to the building and major interior development develop with show cases and other facilities. A further addition to the Museum was the Bicentennial Building project in 1987/88.

The First Curator

The plaque at the entrance to the Museum was placed there in memory of the first Curator of the Corps Museum, Major Fredrick George Hamilton "Tiny" Clark. Tiny Clark was born in Christchurch, NZ on 15 May 1911. He was educated in NZ and enlisted in the NZ Artillery in 1929. Six years later he transferred to the NZ Engineers for volunteer service.

At the outbreak of the war "Tiny" transferred to the regular forces and was allocated to the 7 Fd Coy, NZE. He attained the rank of WO1 and served in the UK, the Middle East and Greece. He was commissioned after the war and remained in the NZ Army. In 1952 he transferred to the Australian Regular Army with rank of Captain. He retired in 1958 and continued to work at the SME as a civilian for a further 17 years. In addition to his normal duties he undertook the task of establishing and maintain the Corps Museum. He died on 20 Aug 75 after a long serious illness.

Museum Facade

The sandstone on the Facade of the building is stone recovered from the old stone curbing which once ran from the old FE Store to the pump house on the Georges River.

The stone kerb had originally been laid by sappers in the early 1950's and had come from a stone railway bridge built by German POW's during WWI. The bridge was on a railway line which ran from Liverpool to an internment camp in Old Holsworthy.

The Collection and Displays

The Museum Collection is a collection of both privately donated and commonwealth property. Private donation constitute the major part of the Collection. Items from all significant corps events are collected by the Museum and include such events as parades, unit disbandment, UN tours etc. The displays represent a small portion of the total collection.

With the development of the Plant hanger and possible future extensions to the Museum a larger part of the Collection will be displayed.

Archives

The Museum has an Archives Collection containing maps, plans, photographs, audio visual material, books and documents.
This section is closed for public viewing but can be accessed for research by contacting the Museum Curator.


The Future

The Old SME Plant Hanger has been acquired and is being refurbished for the Museum. It is proposed to open it to the public for the first time on Sunday 23 May 1993. It will house and display large items of engineer origin.

It is proposed to develop the open area between the Bicentennial Building and the Plant Hanger into a lake surrounded by displays of engineer activities.

Plans for extensions and air-conditioning to the Museum Building as the Corps Centenary project have been approved by the Corps Committee for opening on the Corps Centenary on 1 July 2202.

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RAE WAR MEMORIAL

This Memorial was erected "... in memory of fallen comrades" by 7 Independent Field Squadron in 1956. The Squadron upon completion of the Memorial and the Clive Steel Gates moved to Maralinga, South Australia, the site of British Atomic Bomb tests.

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OTHER EXTERIOR OBJECTS

Tracked Tractor - CR1

The tracked tractor, CR1 on display at the side of the Museum is the result of service needs and sapper ingenuity. Prior to WWII no tracked tractors were produced in Australia, all those in use in Australia were produced in the USA. When the USA entered WWII the supply of Caterpillar Dozers ceased due to the demands of the US Army. Australia's only supply of tractors were of inferior quality and limited numbers. Australia approaches to the US Army fell on deaf ears, the shortage of dozers became crucial to our operational needs. Australia decided to investigate the possibilities of producing its own tracked tractor. Enter the "Sapper".

The story goes that a it was decided to produce our own Tractor and there was a need to acquire a sample of a Tractor for guidance. A Sapper driving a low loader past the Melbourne wharves saw a ship unloading Caterpillar D7 dozers destined for the South West Pacific for US forces. He joined the queue of low loaders and loaded up a D7 and drove off for parts unknown. At unknown, he off loaded the dozer and it was dismantled. All parts except the injectors and some of the more precision parts were used as patterns to produce the CR1. This was the only Australian Dozer Built. By the time it had been built, a steady flow of D7 dozers had started to arrive from the USA for Australian forces, thus putting pay to any
need to produce "Australian" tracked tractors.

The CR1 was shipped to the SME and used to train plant operators. Records indicate it has given good service throughout its life. Its life in hours cannot be stated as the service meter stopped at 1143 hours and was never fixed it was retired in 1957. It was placed in a dark corner of the SME and used for spare parts until 1960-, when the CI, LTCOL Curlews had it refurbished, painted olive drab and placed on a concrete slab as a permanent display for all to see. It was moved around the SME by successive CI's without any further maintenance. In 1973, LTCOL Binney decided, due to its historical significance, it should be restored by sand blasting and repainting it grey. It was then placed in its present position.

Behind the bronze plate on the pedestal is a time capsule, which contains such items as a Commonwealth ball point pen, a bush hat and booby trap switch.

Japanese Heavy Machine Gun

This weapon was a war trophy returned to Australia and presented to the Australian War Memorial (AWM). Rationalisation of the AWM's war trophy collection allowed the Museum to collect this weapon and the Torpedo.

Russian Torpedo

The Russian torpedo has had a checkered career since arriving at the Museum. It was locate at the EOD section of the school where it was used as a training aid for Navy Shallow Water Divers undergoing demolition training. The original warhead was removed and used as a demolition target by one of the courses. A British warhead was then acquired and fitted to the engine. It now has been relegated to the Museum as a museum piece.

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RAE MEMORIAL CHAPEL

The thought behind the chapel, and the determination to bring this fine building to a successful completion gives expression to the importance which the engineer corps places upon the need to foster the spiritual well being of the soldier, and to ensure that guidance in this aspect of the sapper's life is present in a tangible way.

The chapel was designed by Australian Army Engineer Officers COL D.A. Davey and CAPT. J.M. Brindley.

Construction was undertaken by Army Apprentice Tradesman working under the supervision of their Apprentice Masters or Adult Army Tradesmen. Many of the adult tradesmen were either National Servicemen or Regular soldiers awaiting posting to Vietnam.

The sandstone material for the walls came from a number source:

The external walls are ex-convict hand cut stone from the Bow-bowing Flour Mill (circa 1855) that was located at Campbelltown. The remains of the Mill were owned and donated by the Airds-Campbelltown Historical Society.

The stone behind the alter area was faced stone from an old MQ at Holsworthy constructed by German POW's during WWI.

Stone blocks fro Victoria Barracks, Paddington, Sydney.

 

Fittings for the Chapel were donated by the following:

The Hanging Plant Container by the RE (UK), Baptismal Font by the Western Command engineers (Perth, WA), Alter Chairs by the Australian Women's Army Services (AWAS), Bells for Bell Tower by the RE of Far East Land Forces (Singapore), Badges on the front of the Chapel were cast at the RSME, Chatham, England.

The badges are, from right to left:

The Corps Monogram or Cipher of the RAE, The Hat Badge of the RAE, The Royal Coat of Arms of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II - Colonel in Chief of the RAE.

Many other fittings have been donated by units, organisations and dependants of serving and ex serving members.

The Courtyard

Head Stone - LT Thomas Hodgson

Hodgson was a founding member of the NSW Colonial volunteer Engineer Corps and the founder of Technical Military School in Sydney. He died on 25 June 1972, by the present Director of the Corps, Colonel Rod McKinnon. It was raised and installed in the court yard by members of 1 Field Engineer Regiment.


Memorial Cross and Stones

Many signalers from the 8th Div trained in this location before embarking for Singapore and capture and internment by the Japanese in 1942. The memorial cross in the Courtyard was raised from a donation by 8th Div Sig Assoc in memory of those POWs interned in Changi prison and those who worked and died on the Burma Railway. The timber members of the Cross consists of two teak sleepers from the Burma Railway. Stone is from the Changi POW Camp, Singapore.

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THE RAE CORPS SHOP

The Corps shop is available to purchase items of RAE significance, not only for personal use but are ideal gifts for friends. The two objectives of the Shop is to offer a service to all members of the Corps in selling military equipment normally available through the Army logistic system and supporting the Museum's development from the small profits made from shop sales.

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