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HMAS Rushcutter (naval base)

Coordinates: 33°52′22″S 151°14′06″E / 33.872762°S 151.234913°E / -33.872762; 151.234913
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HMAS Rushcutter
Rushcutters Bay and Darling Point, Sydney,
New South Wales in Australia
The drill hall at HMAS Rushcutter. This building has been used by community groups since it was handed over by the Government of Australia.
HMAS Rushcutter is located in New South Wales
HMAS Rushcutter
HMAS Rushcutter
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates33°52′22″S 151°14′06″E / 33.872762°S 151.234913°E / -33.872762; 151.234913
TypeNaval base
Site information
Operator Royal Australian Navy (1901 – 1979)
Site history
In use1 August 1940 (1940-08-01) – 1979 (1979)

HMAS Rushcutter is a former Royal Australian Navy (RAN) base that served as a depot, radar and anti-submarine training school located at Rushcutters Bay and Darling Point, in Sydney's eastern suburbs in New South Wales, Australia.



Originally the New South Wales headquarters of the Naval Brigade and naval artillery from 1901, the site was used as an administrative depot due to the demolition of Fort Macquarie as facilities for the compulsory peacetime training from 1911-1929. The site remained as the Naval Reserve Depot and the Anti Submarine School was opened there in 1939 and used by the RAN and newly formed Anti-Submarine Branch of the Naval Reserve.

On 1 August 1940, the depot was commissioned as HMAS Rushcutter. During World War II the site housed the Anti-Submarine School, the Radar and Gunnery Instruction School and served as a base for the mosquito fleet: Harbour Defence Motor Launches, the Fairmiles and the Naval Auxiliary Patrol Boats. The training of RAN Radar Operators transferred from HMAS Rushcutter to HMAS Watson in 1943. The technical functions of Radar operation remained at HMAS Rushcutter. At the end of World War II, the site became a training facility for the RAN Experimental Labs and Research Labs.[1]

HMAS Rushcutter 1901-1984 Memorial

Current use


In 1979 the Government of Australia transferred the site to the Government of New South Wales ownership for public recreational use.[2]

See also



  1. ^ Shalders, Russ; Chief of Navy (24 March 2006). AWM Plaque Dedication - HMAS Rushcutter (Speech). Royal Australian Navy. Archived from the original on 5 September 2007. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  2. ^ "The Studio at The Drill Hall". Woollahra Council. Retrieved 13 August 2017.