The 3rd Battalion and the Drill Hall

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After World War I there was  a series of reorganisations which saw the emergence of the regional militia including the Werriwa Regiment, numbered the 3rd Battalion, recruited from the Canberra region and southern New South Wales.

The Battalion was based in this building in 1940 and 1941 and was called up for full-time duty in October 1941. On 18 May 1942 the battalion left Australia for Papua. By 5 September 1942 it was on the Kokoda Track. The Battalion fought for 100 days across the Owen Stanley Ranges to Gona. The Battalion made a significant contribution to the defense of Australia. It fought throughout the whole campaign without relief, the only battalion to do so. The casualties suffered in that campaign were so great that the 3rd Battalion (the Werriwa Regiment AMF) was absorbed into the 2/3rd Battalion AIF.

The Battalion  was re-raised in Canberra in 1948 as a Citizens Military Forces battalion and in 1960 became C Company of the Pentropic Battalion which covered the whole of New South Wales. In 1965 it reverted to the 3rd Battalion of the Royal New South Wales Regiment. Queens and Regimental Colours were presented in September 1966. During this period the Battalion was headquartered in this Drill Hall.

The Drill Hall was handed over to the Australian National University on 9 July 1969.

For a number of years a cabinet at the Drill Hall Gallery contained memorabilia from the Kokoda Campaign. The artefacts are now in ANU archives.

The Drill Hall Gallery has housed several plaques, photographs and a badge commemorating the 3rd Battalion’s 1942 militia service on the Kokoda Trail, Papua New Guinea.

memorabilia Kokoda plaques
 

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Veteri Frondescit Honore, 3, 3rd Battalion Werriwa Regt. Presented by Major J.F. Bishop, The Royal New South Wales Regiment.
Commemorative shield, Veteri Frondescit Honore, 3, 3rd Battalion Werriwa Regt. Kokoda Trail 1942, Port Moresby 1942. Presented by Major J.F. Bishop, RFD, ED.
The Australian National University commemorates the 3rd Battalion (the Werriwa Regiment) as the first occupants of the Drill Hall.
Regimental Plaque, 3rd Battalion. Royal N.S.W. Regiment, 3, Veteri Frondescit Honore. Presented by Captain Bede Tongs MM, President, 3rd Infantry Battalion AMF Association.

memorabilia Kokoda images

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Horse-drawn transport of 3rd Infantry Battalion at Dapto (NSW), December 1939. Photograph by George Virtue. Left to Right: Brakeman, Driver J. Priestly, Driver H. Chapman, Driver S. Mauger.

Private Ken Laycock, Railway Square, Sydney, 10 February 1940.

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Untitled, inscribed on reverse side: 3rd Militia Bn Officers in camp, probably just pre-war Sydney. Presented by C. Kennedy.

Trail to Goldi River

3rd Infantry Battalion on the Kokoda Track.

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Port Moresby to Gona Beach: 3rd Australian Infantry Battalion 1942. Compiled by Colin Kennedy. 157 pages. Typeset and printed by The Practical Group, Canberra, 1992.


Current exhibitions

21
Jun

Ildiko Kovacs: The DNA of colour

21 June — 11 August 2019
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Ildiko Kovacs,_Raspberry, 201. Oil on card on Plywood, 79.5 x 82.5. Courtesy Martin Browne Contemporary


Upcoming exhibitions

28
Jul

Michelle Nicolle and The Palaver Quintet – an evening of jazz

28 July 2019, 7.00 pm –8.30 pm
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: About-Michelle Nicolle

02
Aug

Colour Coded: ANU Laptop Ensemble

2 August 2019, 5:30–7:30
Drill Hall Gallery

Image: cover

03
Aug

Colour Dances: Gallery fundraiser concert presented by Carl Rafferty

3 August 2019, 5pm–7:30pm
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Install image: Ildiko Kovacs The DNA of Colour 2019. Credit: Rob Little

04
Aug
04
Aug

LECTURE 5 2019 Jennifer Milam: Sir Joshua Reynolds and the language of the academy

4 August 2019, 3:00pm–4pm
ANU School of Art and Design

Image: Sir Joshua Reynolds, self portrait (detail), National Portrait Gallery, London UK

10
Aug

Bharatanatyam Dance performance by Vaidehi Subramanyan

10 August 2019, 6pm–8:30pm
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Janurary, India

16
Aug

Savanhdary Vongpoothorn: All that arises

16 August — 13 October 2019
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Savanhdary Vongpoothorn, Polophony, 2001. Acrylic on perforated canvas 170 x 120 cm.

16
Aug

Floor Talk: Savanhdary Vongpoothorn, Chaitanya Sambrani & Jackie Menzies

16 August 2019, 12pm–1:00pm
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Savanhdary Vongpoothorn

30
Aug

August Friends’ Night with guests Chaitanya Sambrani, Rebecca Blake and exhibiting artist Savanhdary Vongpoothorn

30 August 2019, 5:30pm–7:30pm
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Savanhdary Vongpoothorn with Noriko Tanaka, Footsteps to the Nigatsu-Do 2017–2019. Image: Brenton McGeachie

07
Sep

Book launch: Toni Hassan – Families in the digital age

7 September 2019, 3:00pm–5:00pm
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

18
Oct

Steven Harvey: Unrendered room

18 October — 15 December 2019
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Steven Harvey, Magneto Receptor -Rock Paper Scissors Lover, 2018. Acrylic on compressed cement 180 x 180 cm Courtesy the artist and Liverpool Street Gallery

26
Jul

Friends’ Night with special dance performance by Canberra Dance Theatre

26 July 2019, 5.30 pm–7.30 pm
ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: REVEL, Canberra Dance Theatre performer in The DNA of Colour: Ildiko Kovacs at The Drill Hall Gallery.

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