From horse and lance to armoured fighting vehicles, experience over 125 years of Australian military history at the museum of Australia’s oldest and most decorated surviving Regiment. Located in Lancer Barracks, mainland Australia’s oldest barracks built by Governor Macquarie in 1820, our State heritage listed collection includes military vehicles used by the Regiment during its history. We are one of the few remaining military museums dedicated to maintaining our historic vehicles in full running order.
A visit to the Museum could therefore include seeing the world from inside an armoured fighting vehicle (a VERY different view), hearing the engine (a modified WW2 Spitfire fighter engine) of “The Beast”, our 50 ton Centurion Main Battle Tank, start and run, or measuring your height against a 20 pound round of armour piercing ammunition.
Guided by a retired Lancer, you will see how uniforms, weapons, communications and other equipment have evolved from Cavalry, through the era of the Light Horse, introduction of machine guns and heavy tanks to the modern era of armoured reconnaissance and protected lift. You will hear stories and see unique items of pomp and ceremony from the Regiment’s many years as the Vice-Regal mounted escort, as well as its actions in war. In 1899 Lancers were the first British Colonial Volunteers, and therefore Australians, to fight in the Boer War, the first Australians ever to see serious military action; in WW1 as the 1st Light Horse it fought on Gallipoli and at Beersheba and in WW2 mounted Australia’s largest ever armoured assault at Balikpapan.
View in a Lancer’s diary first known versions of Banjo Patterson Boer War poems, written and signed by Banjo himself.