Light Horse Training Camp (Mitcham)

The Anzac Day Commemoration Fund has further assisted the Barossa Light Horse Historical Association’s goal to accumulate sufficient equipment and material to establish a living history display. The display is representative of the Mitcham Training Camp circa 1914-18.

During this period the Mitcham camp was the largest and main Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) training facility in South Australia. The camp was located south of Adelaide in what is now Colonel Light Gardens.

Although the Mitcham Training Camp trained both dismounted (infantry) and mounted units the Association’s display focuses predominately on the mounted aspects. However, it should be noted that these not only included the mounted infantry (light horsemen), but signals, medical, engineers and support units.

The display is mobile and has sufficient flexibility to focus on the needs and requirements of the audience. It uses mainly museum quality reproductions as they allow for greater audience interactions. Using reproductions permits people to touch, feel and smell the display and this greatly enhances the overall experience.

The Light Horse Training Camp display aims to have a living history that accurately portrays the routines and hardships of daily camp life.

Schools and rural agricultural shows have booked the display, but it is also available for memorial re-dedications, Reserve Force Days and commemorations throughout South Australia.