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The Ingleburn Military
Heritage Precinct and Mont St Quentin Oval are of heritage significance
as the entry point and command precinct of the first purpose built
military training camp for WWII. The camp became known as
Ingleburn Defence site and in 1951 was renamed Bardia Barracks*.
The first Australian troops to see active service in WWII at
the town of Bardia were formed up at the barracks. It is
of significance as one of the States key defence sites which
coordinated the formation, training and dispatch of troops for most
theatres of warfare during the 20th century.
It is of State heritage
significance for its association with generations of ex-servicemen who
have passed through the site either en route to active service in
overseas theatres of war or for National Service training. Items within
the precinct and the Mont St Quentin are imbued with symbolic meaning
for those associated with the place.The Bardia Barracks Entrance Gates
symbolise the entrance to army life and the brick sentry boxes are
symbolic of the long term military presence on site.
It was at some time known as 'Balikpapan Barracks'. I am not sure
exactly when. If anyone knows please let me know by email. email@example.com.]
The site's heritage
significance is enhanced through its association with many military
units which gave distinguished service in WWII such as the 16th Brigade
of the 6th Division of the Second AIF, the first Australian unit to see
armed conflict and the 2/13th Battalion variously known as the 'devils
own' or the 'rats of Tobruk' for their determined fighting during the
siege of Tobruk. It also has historic associations with units fighting
in the Korean War and the Vietnam War as well as with other social
trends during the Vietnam War such as the anti war lobby.
Five memorials have been relocated in
the Military Heritage Precinct of which the most imposing is the
memorial wall, located west of the guard house. This memorial was
constructed concurrently with the establishment of the precinct and is
in memory of all infantry and training groups that were posted to the
Defence site. This memorial is a sloping, semicircular rendered
concrete wall with a central flagpole and granite base. The interior of
the wall is lined by marble plaques citing the names of all units
identified as having served at the Defence site.
Text Source: www.environment.nsw.gov.au