Title: Duntroon – The Royal Military College of Australia 1911 to 2001
Author: Moore, Darren
Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 2001
Cover: Hard Cover with Dust Jacket – 608 pages
Comments: The history of The Royal Military College of Australia from 1911 to 2001.
The Royal Military College, Duntroon is the Australian Army’s officer training establishment. It was founded at Duntroon, in the Australian Capital Territory, in 1911 and is situated on picturesque grounds at the foot of Mount Pleasant near Lake Burley Griffin, close to the Department of Defence headquarters at Russell Hill. Duntroon is adjacent to the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), which is Australian Defence Force’s tri-service military academy that provides military and tertiary academic education for junior officers of the Australian Army, Royal Australian Air Force and the Royal Australian Navy.
The Royal Military College, Duntroon was opened on 27 June 1911 by the Governor-General, Lord Dudley. Situated on the Campbell family homestead in Canberra, which had been named “Duntroon” (1833) after Duntrune Castle—their ancestral home on Loch Crinan in Argyll, Scotland – the college was one of the first Commonwealth facilities established in the newly created capital. The Australian Government first rented the Duntroon homestead for two years (November 1910 – July 1912) and finally acquired the freehold to the estate and 370 acres of land after the creation of the federal capital.
The first Commandant of the college was Brigadier General William Bridges, who later died on a hospital ship after being wounded by a sniper on the shores of Gallipoli. Under his recommendations the college was modelled on aspects from the Royal Military College of Canada and the military colleges of Britain, and the United States of America. Several British officers, including Lieutenant Colonel Charles Gwynn as Director of Military Art, were assigned as faculty to the newly established college. During Bridges’ frequent absences, Gwynn served as acting Commandant.