Home of the Soldier

Home of the soldier : Parade

The Army Recruit Training Centre (ARTC) is located within Blamey Barracks, Kapooka, just 9.5km South-West of Wagga Wagga. The name Kapooka is derived from the local Indigenous dialect meaning 'place of wind'. Major General C.S. Steele chose this site as it was close to Field Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey's birthplace at Wagga Wagga.

Kapooka Recruits 1RTB Historical Image


The 1st Recruit Training Battalion (1RTB) was established at Kapooka in November 1951, with Lieutenant Colonel V.E. Dowdy appointed as the first Commanding Officer. During 1952 and 1953, 1RTB was joined by 2nd Recruit Training Battalion in temporary buildings on the ridge south of the main camp.

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Kapooka Tragedy

Kapooka Tragedy Memorial

On a crisp, clear May afternoon in 1945 Australia suffered its worst military training accident. An explosion at the Kapooka Army Base killed 26 men.

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