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The Lancers

Website of the Royal New South Wales Lancers Lancer Barracks and Museum
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The Royal New Southy Wales LancersMilitary History ToursThe Royal New South Wales Lancers were formed as the New South Wales Cavalry Reserves in 1885, designated the New South Wales Lancers in 1894, and created Royal in 1935, the Regiment sent a squadron to fight as mounted lancers in the South African War, takes the traditions of the 1st Light Horse formed from its peacetime members to fight in the First World War at Gallipoli and Palestine, and fought as a Tank Regiment in World War II in New Guinea and Borneo.  The Regiment with 21 Honours is Australia's most decorated unit, it is currently an Light Cavalry Regiment in the Australian Army Reserve.

Lancer Barracks were built in Parramatta, now a suburb of Sydney between 1818 and 1820 to house the British troops who garrisoned the then colony of New South Wales.  The Governor, Lachlan Macquarie recognised he was building the infrastructure for a future nation and had them built to last, eventually they were occupied by the New South Wales Lancers, becoming an integral part of Australia's Military history, and the history of the Parramatta Community.

This website was established by those former Lancers who operate the Museum within Lancer Barracks dedicated to preserving the heritage of the Regiment and the Barracks.  All of the material is copyright, if it is used in any publication, please obtain permission from the webmaster and credit the source.  A recent study of collection's significance (by Tierney and Mason) emphasises its substantial place in our nation's heritage.  CLICK HERE to view the report (7 mb .pdf file).  This report covers the scope of the collection identifying it as a major Boer War research tool, including original poems by AB (Banjo) Patterson.

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Lancer Barracks and Museum are open for inspection Sunday 23 December 2018 10:00 - 16:00 hrs. We are open almost every Sunday.
Tour groups catered for on any day with a prior booking see details below.
Note: The Museum will NOT BE OPEN Sundays 16, 30 December 2018 and 6 January 2019.
Tour groups of 5+ (with fewer, premium pricing applies) catered for on any day with a prior booking (please allow a week to process).
Individuals and small groups <5 can visit any day with prior booking, premium pricing applies
Entry: $10 (adult), $8 (<12 yo/Concession), $20 (family)
Group bookings $8 per head. Individual or small group (<5) premium pricing $40 per individual or group
Call or email for a non-Sunday booking

New South Wales Lancers Memorial Museum Incorporated
ABN 94 630 140 881 - - - Site Updated October 2018
Lancer Barracks, 2 Smith Street, Parramatta NSW 2150, Australia
Telephone +61 (0)405 482 814, E-mail:
For Regimental enquiries call: +61 (0)2 9635 7822