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Ingleburn Military Heritage Precinct

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.

[*Apparently It was at some time known as 'Balikpapan Barracks'. I am not sure exactly when. If anyone knows please let me know by email.  hammernaylor@gmail.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