University of New South Wales Regiment

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University of New South Wales Regiment
UNSWR badge.png
Badge of the UNSW Regiment
Active 1 February 1952 – Present
Country  Australia
Branch Army Reserve
Type Training Unit
Role Training Army Reserve Officers and Soldiers
Part of 8th Brigade
Garrison/HQ Kensington, Sydney
Motto(s) Caveat Qui Me Traducit
"Let him, who traduces me beware" (Latin)
Colors Black and Gold
March Quick—Blue Blood[1]
Lieutenant Colonel Alain Dunand RAA
Colonel Commandant UNSWR / RNSWR Brigadier Paul Couch CSC RFD
Unit Colour Patch UNSWR UCP.jpg
Abbreviation UNSWR

The University of New South Wales Regiment (UNSWR) is an Officer training unit of the Australian Army Reserve under the command of the 8th Brigade.

Unit History[edit]

The University of New South Wales Regiment was founded as the New South Wales University of Technology Regiment in 1952, while Army Headquarters' approval to form the unit had been granted in July 1951. The new university and regiment were sensitive at the time to the standing it had in relation to the historic traditions of Sydney University, and thus the regiment was founded along the lines of the Sydney University Regiment. While the first regimental headquarters were in Mews Street, Ultimo from 1952, in 1954 the vice-chancellor of the university Philip Baxter, who had strongly supported the regiment's creation, provided it with a base on campus on High Street.[2]

The regiment was renamed the University of New South Wales Regiment (UNSWR) when the university changed its name in 1958. In 1959, the regiment moved to a new specially-built site on Day Avenue on campus.[3] The initial structure of UNSWR reflected an infantry battalion. The regiment affiliated with the university to attract candidates, who having served as privates, lance corporals, corporals and sergeants could be subsequently commissioned in the Army Reserve.

UNSWR became allied to a British Army regiment in 1964, through amalgamations this affiliation is now with the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (Queen’s and Royal Hampshires). On 18 November 1977 UNSWR affiliated with the Canterbury, and Nelson-Marlborough and West Coast Regiment, a Territorial Force unit based on the South Island for soldiers serving part-time in the New Zealand Army.[4]

In 1991, the structure changed to a training unit with the introduction of dedicated officer commissioning training. This ultimately became the First Appointment Course. In 2008, UNSWR transferred to under command of 8th Brigade and commenced delivery of soldier training for 8th Brigade. In 2011, the commitment to the First Appointment Course was reduced and UNSWR commenced delivery of training also to the soldiers of 5th Brigade.

Regimental colours[edit]

The regiment was first presented with colours on 27 October 1963 on the UNSW Oval at Kensington by the Governor of New South Wales, Lieutenant General Sir Eric Woodward. New colours were presented at a Regimental Colours Parade on 22 August 1998 at Victoria Barracks, Paddington by the Governor General of Australia, Sir William Deane. When UNSW declined to house the old Regimental colours on campus, the regiment gained permission to retire them in St Spyridon's Greek Orthodox Church, Kensington.[5]

Key personnel[edit]

The University of Technology Regiment honour guard being inspected by Governor Sir John Northcott at the first graduation ceremony of the university, 16 April 1955.

Commanding officers[edit]

The following officers served as commanders of the regiment:[6]

  • Lieutenant Colonel W. R Blunden (23 June 1952 – 11 February 1953)
  • Lieutenant Colonel W. M. McGilvray ED (14 February 1953 – 23 September 1955)
  • Lieutenant Colonel S. L. M. Eskell ED (24 September 1955 – 1 July 1958)
  • Lieutenant Colonel J. McCarty MC, ED (2 July 1958 – 2 July 1959)
  • Lieutenant Colonel K. L. Kesteven MC, ED (3 July 1959 – 31 August 1960)
  • Lieutenant Colonel J. S. Whittle MBE, ED (1 September 1960 – 30 November 1962)
  • Lieutenant Colonel K. W. Bromman ED (1 December 1962 – 1 December 1965)
  • Lieutenant Colonel P. C. Parsonage ED (1 January 1966 – 28 September 1968)
  • Lieutenant Colonel K. H. F. Fargher ED (30 September 1968 – 30 September 1970)
  • Lieutenant Colonel B. N. Nunn ED (1 October 1970 – 31 March 1972)
  • Lieutenant Colonel The Hon. M. F. Willis ED, MLC (1 April 1972 – 9 March 1975)
  • Lieutenant Colonel W. B. Molloy ED (10 March 1975–1978)
  • Lieutenant Colonel A H MacGregor MC, RFD (1978–1981)
  • Lieutenant Colonel M J Hough AM RFD ED ( 1984-1986)
  • Lieutenant Colonel C. Dunston RFD (1 January 1988 – 1991)
  • Lieutenant Colonel G M Tamsitt RFD (1991–1995)
  • Lieutenant Colonel D J Deasey RFD (1995–1997)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Ian A. Lalas RFD (1998–2000)
  • Lieutenant Colonel John E. Fielding RFD (Feb 2000 – Feb 2002)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Michael Abrahams (2004–2006)
  • Lieutenant Colonel David Connery (2006– )
  • Lieutenant Colonel Peter Docwra CSM
  • Lieutenant Colonel Alain Dunand

Honorary colonels[edit]

The following officers served as honorary colonel of the regiment:[7]

  • Colonel G. G. Hayman OBE, ED (24 December 1958 – 26 October 1961)
  • Major General J. R. Stevenson CBE, DSO, ED (10 January 1963 – 16 May 1969)
  • Major General A. D. Murchison MC, ED (10 January 1963 – 16 May 1969)
  • Lieutenant General Sir Mervyn Brogan KBE, CB (4 October 1975–1979)
  • Major General J. MacDonald AO, MBE, RFD, ED (5 October 1979 – 4 November 1985)
  • Brigadier RSP Amos RFD, ED (1965–1991)
  • Brigadier P. C. Parsonage RFD, ED (1991–1997)
  • Lieutenant Colonel J C Southwell RFD, ED (1997–2000)
  • Major General B A McGrath RFD (2000–2003)
  • Major General the Hon Justice Clifton Hoeben AM, RFD (2003–2007)
  • Colonel Sandy McGregor MC, RFD (2007–2013)
  • Brigadier Paul Couch CSC RFD (1 July 2013–16)
  • Major General Paul Brereton, AM RFD (2016 – )

Notable former members[edit]

  • Ted Pickering – NSW politician
  • Darrell Duncan – Director General Health Reserves Army[8]
  • Brigadier Allan A. Murray CSM – Commander 8th Brigade 2012–2014


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "University of New South Wales Regiment History". University of New South Wales Regiment. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  2. ^ O'Farrell, Patrick (1999). UNSW, a Portrait: The University of New South Wales, 1949–1999. Sydney: UNSW Press. p. 54. ISBN 0868404179. 
  3. ^ Deasey 1978, p 17.
  4. ^ "University of New South Wales Regiment Affiliations". University of New South Wales Regiment. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Burman, Luke Stuart (June 2006). "The UNSW Regiment" (PDF). Origins – Newsletter of the UNSW Archives (10): 8. 
  6. ^ Deasey, David John (1978). The History of the University of New South Wales Regiment, 1952–1977. Sydney: Haldane Publishing Co. p. 49. ISBN 0959701109. 
  7. ^ Deasey 1978, p 40.
  8. ^ "RAMC – Director General Reserves". Royal Australian Medical Corps. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 

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