Metal badge - Royal Australian Regiment Cap Badge
From the Collection of Lara RSL Sub Branch McClelland Ave Next to railway station Lara Victoria
- The badge is anodized in gold and it is of circular shape with a crown at the top. At the center is a Kangaroo with two rifles behind it. At the base is a boomerang with inscriptions and Laural's around the exterior.
- 4cm in width and 4.5 cm in height.
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- This brigade became the basis of the post-war regular army in 1947, and when the decision was taken in 1948 to withdraw two of the battalions to Australia attention turned to the status and designation of these regular infantry battalions. Brigadier Hopkins, commander of the brigade, was concerned that despite the unit prestige and regimental spirit developed since October 1945, it would be undesirable to have the regular units the highest numbered, without battle honours or colours, and with precedence after militia units. Consideration was given as to whether the battalions might be designated as separate regiments. For example, the 65th Battalion might have become 1st Battalion, City of Sydney's Own Regiment under one proposal or 1st Battalion, King George VI's Australian Rifle Regiment under another proposal. Instead the decision was taken to number the units sequentially as part of one large regiment and so on 23 November 1948 the 65th, 66th and 67th Battalions became the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the Australian Regiment. An application was made for a royal title, which was granted on 10 March 1949. The Royal Australian Regiment thus came into being as Australia's first regiment of regular infantry.
- At the base of the foot of the Kangaroo are the words "Duty first". Underneath on the boomerang are the words "Royal Australian Regiment".
- 21 Jun 2018 at 12:00PM