Regiment marches on

Image of David Hurley

General David Hurley AC, DSC. Credit: Ted Sealey

Training future leaders for Australia’s Army Reserve and Citizens Military Forces has been a unique contribution to university life by the Sydney University Regiment (SUR) and its predecessors for over 113 years.

From 2014 SUR will have a new home, when it moves from its current City Road site to the old IXL Garage near Abercrombie Street next to the new business school.

Thousands of university students have completed their military training at the existing depot since 1962, wearing the distinctive black insignia on a red background.

Packing up the history and memorabilia will one of the hardest jobs confronting the SUR team led by Executive Officer and Sydney lawyer Gregory Burn (LLB ’84).

Friends and former SUR colleagues have formed a new SUR alumni group, spearheaded by Tim Castle, Karen Ewels, Paul Simadas, and Kim Turner, with Supreme Court Judge and Major-General, Paul Brereton AM RFD as Patron.

SUR memorabilia

SUR memorabilia. Credit: Ted Sealey

One of the first activities of the group was an inaugural SUR alumni lecture, delivered as part of the University’s Sydney Ideas program, by General David Hurley AC, DSC on the state of the defence forces in the Main Lecture Theatre in August, and also broadcast on the A-Pac channel.

General Hurley, who is now Chief of the Defence Force, has a strong link with SUR, having served as the unit’s Adjutant in the 1980s, and he now holds the post as SUR’s Honorary Colonel. His speech was both interesting and informative.

There is expected to be an inauguration celebration for the new depot next year and all will be welcome – Alumni can make contact and keep up to date with the alumni group through its LinkedIn group.