The Infantry Museum is located at Singleton Army base and has been located inside the base since 1973 when it moved there from Ingleburn.
The museum is currently undergoing a total re-build at the cost of ten million dollars. This includes a new building just outside the front gate to the School of Infantry.
So, why is this appearing on the School website’s Latest News? Well Rod Wicks, whom most of you have seen walking around the School with the Cadets, is the Officer commanding the Infantry Museum. Rod’s rank in the Army is Captain, and he was posted to the museum at the beginning of the year, a posting he requested. Rod holds a BA double major in History from Newcastle University, and a Cert IV in Museum Practices. Rod was posted to Sydney University regiment from 2011-2005 as the unit historian.
The new museum will consist of two floors and will include a coffee shop, theatre for groups of up to fifty, a research area and displays covering the wars from Sudan to the present conflicts. The museum will also provide a children’s change area were children may try on uniforms from throughout Australia’s Infantry history. The museum’s biggest challenge at present is getting a Huey helicopter (Vietnam vintage).
The official opening will take place on Thursday, 1 September 2011 at 11:00am, with the Commander of the Defence Force, GEN Hurley, cutting the ribbon. Also present will be the three VC winners from Australia.
photo is courtesy of The Infantry Museum