1st/19th Battalion, Royal New South Wales Regiment
1st/19th Battalion, New South Wales Regiment (1/19 RNSWR), was raised in 1971 with the amalgamation of the 1st Battalion and the 19th Battalion. These two units were previously linked between 1930 and 1939, although they can trace their lineage back to 1854 with the formation of a number of Volunteer Rifles units as part of the New South Wales colonial defence force.
Since formation, 1/19 RNSWR, as part of the 5th Brigade, has continued to cater for the training needs of Army Reserve personnel in regional areas of southern NSW.
In 1996, 1/19 RNSWR was decentralised and moved from Ingleburn to four regional depots at Orange, Wagga Wagga, Bathurst and Dubbo.
During the 2000 Olympic Games, 1/19 RNSWR provided personnel to undertake search tasks as part of the Australian Army's security operations.
In 2006, as part of Operation Acolyte, 1/19 RNSWR performed a similar role in support of the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
Other recent activities undertaken by the battalion include a company-sized deployment to New Zealand to take part in exercises with other regional Reserve forces, various ceremonial duties and a continued commitment to contributing to Rifle Company Butterworth in Malaysia.
In May 2010, 1/19 RNSWR provided a platoon-sized element to Operation Anode Rotation 21 for service in the Solomon Islands as part of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands. This force returned to Australia in August 2010.
The motto of the 1st/19th Battalion, Royal New South Wales Regiment, is ‘Primus agat primas’, which is Latin for ‘Let the first be foremost’.