New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory . . . Northern Territory . . . Queensland . . . South Australia . . . Tasmania . . . Victoria . . . Western Australia 4 RARASSOCIATIONS OF AUSTRALIA THE FIGHTING FOURTH
MALAYSIA/BORNEO - SOUTH VIETNAM - EAST TIMOR/TIMOR LESTE - IRAQ - AFGHANISTAN
The 7th Brigade Defence Work Experience Programme
4 RAR Colours
RAR Cap Badge
the motto of the Royal Australian Regiment
7th Brigade is a multi-role combat brigade of the Australian Army based at the Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera Qld.
7th Brigade currently consists of the following units:
• 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry)
• 1st Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery
• 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment
• 7th Combat Signal Regiment
• 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
• 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
• 7th Combat Service Support Battalion
7th Brigade was first raised in 1915 as part of the First Australian Imperial Force and saw action at Gallipoli and on the Western Front during World War I.
Following the end of the war the brigade was disbanded before being re-raised in 1921 as part of the Citizens Force (later known as the Militia). During World War II the brigade took part in the fighting against the Japanese in New Guinea and on Bougainville.
Today, the 7th Brigade is part of the 1st Division and is based in Brisbane, Queensland. While 7th Brigade has not deployed as a whole unit since World War II, component units have deployed on operations to Timor-Leste (East Timor), Solomon Islands, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Each month the Brigade conducts a Defence Work Experience Programme (DWEP) for those senior high school students who show an interest in joining the Army and each month either Ted Chitham the immediate past president of the RAR Association, Dave MacDonald the Administration Officer of the Memorial Walk and Alan Price, the President of the 4 RAR Association, Qld Inc take turns at proudly showing the selected students the aspects of the RAR National Memorial Walk and explaining the history and roll of it in keeping alive the spirit of the RAR.
Alan Price reports:
On Tuesday 29 August I was privileged to host 29 senior school students who attended the 7th Combat Brigade, Defence Work Experience Programme. The students visit the Gallipoli Barracks and are shown the life of a soldier at various units within the barracks over a period of three days. They are issued a shirt, cap and water bottle and are escorted from place to place to enjoy the experience.
After they were guided through the 9 RAR museum by Mal Black the 9 RAR museum curator, my pleasant task was to introduce them to the Royal Australian Regiment, National Memorial Walk. That started with a description and the history of the Walk, then a description and explanation of the contemplation building, its relationship with the memorial grove, the Diggers Rest, the pathway system, the garden beds and the war dogs memorial rock and how it all ties together to honour those that died serving the RAR overseas.
After asking many pertinent questions, the students were walked through a section of the Walk and were then asked to select a plaque dedicated to a warrior and to stand before it.
The students were then asked if they had a relative who died in war in any campaign, service or unit. All students were asked to state out loud and together the name of the soldier honoured by the plaque before them. Those with KIA relatives were asked to state the name of that relative.
We all returned to the Contemplation Building for final questions, a summary and a group photograph. I thanked the students after ensuring that all wished to join 4 RAR or a like battalion of the senior Infantry Regiment in the Australian Army, they thanked me and those of the RAR, then they were off to the next unit display and activity.