Country Victoria's Own: 150 Year History of the 8th/7th Battalion Royal Victoria Regiment and its Predecessors 1858-2008

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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 376 pages
Author: N. Leckie
Year: 2008
ISBN: 9780980475364
Other: b&w photos, appendixes, bibliog, index
Publisher: Australian Military History Publications

The history of the 8/7 RAR has its roots as far back at the Ballarat Rifle Regiment and the Bendigo Rifle Regiment, both formed in 1858.

In the following 150 years, the citizen forces of both cities have seen numerous changes and, in the case of Bendigo, changes in Army Corps. Through the years, Ballarat has maintained an infantry presence.

'Country Victoria's Own' traces the history of the Ballarat infantry and the units in major cities and towns that form the 'predecessors' in the sub-title.

Over the years, Ballarat has been linked with major Victorian military centres such as Geelong, Mildura, Bendigo, Shepparton and Warrnambool, along with smaller towns such as Ararat, Maryborough, Hamilton, Portland, Swan Hill, Echuca and Cobram, and southern New South Wales towns including Wentworth and Deniliquin. This book reveals the interconnection between those towns and the military history of northern and western Victoria.

List of Illustrations

Part 1: From the British Forces Until the Second World War
1. British Land Forces in Victoria
2. Victorian Colonial Forces
3. Post Federation
4. The First World War Battalions
5. Between the Wars
6. Country Victorians CMF Battalions and the VDC in the Second World War
7. The Second AIF Battalions

Part 2: The Battalon's Towns
8. Ballarat and District
9. Bendigo and Castlemaine District
10. Mildura and District
11. Shepparton and District
12. Geelong and District and Deakin University Company
13. Warrnambool, Hamilton, Portland and the Western District
14. The Smaller Towns

Part 3: The Last 60 Years
15. 8th/7th Battalion
16. 2 RVR Pentropic
17. A Country Battalion Again
18. Return to 8/7

Appendix 1. British Army Units that Served in Australia
Appendix 2. Country Victorian Volunteer, Militiam CMF and AIF Infantry Units and their Commanding Officers
Appendix 3. Regimental Sergeant Majors: 1948-2008
Appendix 4. Battlefield Experiences of the Country Victorian AIF Battalions
Appendix 5. Battalion Depots
Appendix 6. Colours
Appendix 7. Battle Honours
Appendix 8. Freedom of Entry to Victorian Country Cities
Appendix 9. Mottos, Marches, Mascots and Badges
Appendix 10. Alliances of Predecessor Battalions of 8/7 RVR
Appendix 11. Awards and Decorations

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Country Victoria's Own: 150 Year History of the 8th/7th Battalion Royal Victoria Regiment and its Predecessors 1858-2008

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