Melbourne University Regiment
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|Melbourne University Regiment|
Cap badge of the Melbourne University Regiment
|Role||Army Reserve Officer Training|
|Part of||2nd Division|
|Motto||Postera Crescam Laude|
|March||"The Thin Red Line" (Quick)|
|Unit Colour Patch|
MUR traces its origins to 1884 as D Company, 4th Battalion of the Victorian Rifles, also known as Mount Alexander Rifles, founded in Bendigo on 30 June 1958, at which time it was known as the University Company. General Sir John Monash was a Colour Sergeant of this unit before taking a commission in the colonial and later Commonwealth militia.
As a University Regiment the unit did not deploy with the AIF in either of the world wars and as such, it carries no Battle Honours on its Colours. However, many officers and soldiers of AIF units had received their initial military training or commissions with the University Rifles. In 1927, the regiment adopted the motto of Postera Crescam Laude.
During the Second World War the regiment was disbanded in 1942. In the post war structure of the Australian Army the University Rifles was reformed as the present Melbourne University Regiment, officially raised on 1 April 1948. In 1953, the regimental march – The Thin Red Line – was approved.
Currently MUR is a unit of 4th Brigade (4 Bde) which is located at Simpson Barracks, Watsonia, in the north east suburbs of Melbourne. MUR is a direct command training unit of 4 Bde and as part of the 2nd Division, responsible for training of ARes officer cadets (OCDTs) and other ranks (ORs). MUR conducts training at two separate facilities: OCDT training at the Grattan St Carlton depot and OR training at Building 6 at Simpson Barracks at Watsonia.
Prominent former members of MUR
- Sir Robert Menzies, the former Australian Prime Minister and founder of the Liberal Party
- Sir Ninian Stephen, the former judge of the High Court and Governor-General of Australia
- Sir Henry Winneke, the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria and Governor of Victoria
- Barry Humphries, the comedian
- Andrew Peacock, the former Minister for the Army, Liberal Opposition Leader and Australian Ambassador to the US
- Festberg 1972, p. 35.
- Festberg, Alfred (1972). The Lineage of the Australian Army. Melbourne, Victoria: Allara Publishing Pty Ltd. ISBN 978-0-85887-024-6.
- Peacock, R.K. (n.d). 'Outline of History of Melbourne University Rifles 1884-1936'