This is the story (so far) of one of the most surprising
finds in the
history of Canberra – a World War I trench system, within sight of
Through 1916-17, hundreds of Army officers and senior NCOs
across the country participated in the Trench Warfare and Bombing
Duntroon, where a model trench system enabled practical
new technologies and ‘scientific warfare’ that were then in use at the
engaged with complex trench designs, grenades, machine guns, bomb
throwing machines, mortars, underground saps and tunnels, and barbed
wire. Most then went on to train tens of thousands of troops in
trench systems constructed at major Army camps in six States.
The Duntroon system came in for particular praise - being the
last major system to be built, it included new technological and design
developments. In 1916 the Governor-General described it as ‘The
of trenches in Australia’.
This previously untold story explains
why it was not the only instructional trench system in the nation and
indeed ‘the best’.
Released for Remembrance Day 2017, the book marks the
centenary of the Duntroon instructional trench system, describing how a
long-forgotten place has been revealed and has come to be recognised as
an important part of the heritage of the nation and its capital.