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Royal Victoria Regiment  


The Royal Victoria Regiment was formed on the 1st July 1960, as an amalgamation of all Army Reserve Infantry Battalions in the State of Victoria. 

It inherits and embodies the traditions of the infantry in the State from the earliest units formed in 1854 to the present. 

To fully understand the heritage of the Regiment it is necessary to go back to the very founding of the Colony of Victoria.

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Officer, Victorian Volunteer Rifles, 1860 Ballarat Volunteer Regiment, 1874 1st Victorian Metropolitan Rifles, 1881 Victorian Infantry, West Melbourne Regiment, 1890 Officer, Victorian Mounted Rifles, 1893

Melbourne metropolitan units and Victorian regional units make up the Royal Victoria Regiment. The Metropolitan units traditions and histories are entrusted to the 5th/6th Battalion, the Royal Victoria Regiment. The regional unit's traditions and histories have now been passed on to the 8th/7th Battalion, the Royal Victoria Regiment, 5th/6th Battalion's sister unit. Table A shows a listing of the Battalions raised in the metropolitan and rural regions of Victoria.


1880s;  1st Militia Battalion (West Melbourne ) Infantry;

foreground: marching soldier with rifle, 

background: mounted officer and Bugler on foot,

These Infantry uniforms were based on British models



Battalions Raised in Victoria

Melbourne & Metropolitan Battalions

Regional Battalions

Melbourne Volunteer Rifle Regiment, 1854

Ballarat Volunteer Rifle Regiment, 1858

1st Militia Battalion, 1885

3rd Battalion, Victorian Mounted Rifles, 1885

2nd Militia Battalion, 1885

4th Battalion, Victorian Mounted Rifles, 1885

Victorian Scottish Regiment, 1898

Victorian Rangers, 1888

52nd Battalion  AIR (Victorian Scottish) .

5th Australian Infantry Regiment, 1903

7th Australian Infantry Regiment, 1903

6th Australian Infantry Regiment, 1903

8th Australian Infantry Regiment, 1903

5th Battalion, 1st AIF, 1914

7th Battalion, 1st AIF, 1914

6th Battalion, 1st AIF, 1914

8th Battalion, 1st AIF, 1914

14th Battalion, 1st AIF, 1914

21st Battalion, 1st AIF, 1914

22nd Battalion, 1st AIF, 1915

23rd Battalion, 1st AIF, 1915

24th Battalion, 1st AIF, 1915

32nd Battalion, 1st AIF, 1915

29th Battalion, 1st AIF, 1915

37th Battalion, 1st AIF, 1916

39th Battalion, 1st AIF, 1916

38th Battalion, 1st AIF, 1916

46th Battalion, 1st AIF, 1916

59th Battalion, 1st AIF, 1916

57th Battalion, 1st AIF, 1916

60th Battalion, 1st AIF, 1916

58th Battalion, 1st AIF, 1916

7th Battalion, NW Murray Regiment, 1919

5th Battalion, Victorian Scottish Regiment, 1919

8th Battalion, City of Ballarat Regiment, 1919

6th Battalion, Royal Melbourne Regiment, 1919

21st Battalion, Victorian Rangers, 1919

14th Battalion, Prahran Regiment, 1919

23rd Battalion, City of Geelong Regiment, 1919

22nd Battalion, Richmond Regiment, 1919

37th Battalion, Henty Regiment, 1919

24th Battalion, Kooyong Regiment, 1919

38th Battalion, Northern Victoria Regiment, 1919

29th Battalion, East Melbourne Regiment, 1919

52nd Battalion, The Gippsland Regiment, 1919

39th Battalion, Hawthorn/Kew Regiment, 1919

59th Battalion, Hume Regiment, 1919

46th Battalion, Brighton Regiment, 1919

2nd/7th Battalion, 1939

57th Battalion, Merri Regiment, 1919

2nd/8th Battalion,1939

58th Battalion, Essendon/Coburg Regt, 1919

2nd/21st Battalion, 1939

60th Battalion, Heidelberg Regiment, 1919

2nd/23rd Battalion,1939

2nd/5th Battalion, 1939

37th Battalion, 1939

2nd/6th Battalion, 1939

52nd Battalion,1939

2nd/14th Battalion, 1939

37th/52nd Battalion, 1939

2nd/22nd Battalion, 1939

7th Battalion (Militia), 1939

2nd/24th Battalion, 1939

8th Battalion (Militia) 1939

2/29th Battalion, 1939

58th/59th Battalion, 1939

2nd/32nd Battalion, 1939

60th Battalion, 1939

14th/32nd Battalion, 1939

8th/7th Bn, Nth West Victoria Regiment, 1948

22nd Battalion, 1939

38th Battalion, The Bendigo Regiment, 1948

24th Battalion, 1939

59th Battalion, The Hume Regiment, 1948

29th/46th Battalion, 1939

2 RVR, 1960

39th Battalion, 1939

2nd Battalion, RVR, 1965

57th/60th Battalion, 1939 

1st Independent Rifle Coy, 1965

5th Battalion, Victorian Scottish Regiment, 1948

8th/7th Battalion, RVR, 1987.

6th Battalion, Royal Melbourne Regiment, 1948


58th/32nd Battalion, Essendon Regt, 1948


1 RVR, 1960


1st Battalion, RVR, 1965


5th Battalion, RVR, 1965


6th Battalion, RVR, 1965


5/6th Battalion, RVR, 1982


Battle Honours

Many of the 1st Australian Imperial Force and the 2nd Australian Imperial Force units were raised directly from the skeleton of militia units after the declaration of war. For this reason, The Royal Victoria Regiment can earned more Battle Honours than any other Regiment of the Australian Defence Forces. Approved Battle Honours that emblazon the Colours are listed in table B. Go to the respective unit history to see the actual Battle Honours awarded to the various Battalions.

 Battle Honours emblazoned on the Colours

Regimental Colour

Queens Colour

South Africa (1899-1902)

Bardia 1941


Capture of Tobruk

Ypres 1917

El Alamein


Greece 1941

Mont St Quentin

South West Pacific 1942-45

Somme 1916,1918

Bobdubi II



Polygon Wood


Albert 1918

Hari River

Hindenberg Line


Landing at ANZAC


The Victoria Cross

Click here to view the names of Victorians who have been awarded the highest bravery medal in Australia / British Commonwealth - the Victoria Cross.  

Activity Report
The Dibb Report of the mid 1980's saw the 5th/6th and 8th/7th Battalions given the task of Vital Asset Protection of the Tindal Air Force Base in the Northern Territory as their primary role. Both battalion's participated in two large multinational Kangaroo exercises in 1989 and 1992; the battalions also sent smaller elements to the region subsequent exercises.

In 1988, it was decided to reintroduce Colour Patches for the first time since the end of the Second World War. The original 5th Battalion patch, as worn the day that the 5th Battalion, 1st AIF raised from Melbourne and landed at ANZAC cove on the 25th of April 1915 was adopted for the 5th/6th Battalion RVR. This patch, of a black rectangle on top of a red rectangle, is worn on the puggaree on the slouch hat. The original 8th Battalion patch, as worn on that day when the 8th Battalion landed at Anzac Cove on 25th of April 1915 was adopted for use by the 8th/7th Battalion RVR. This patch, of a white rectangle on top of a red rectangle, is worn on the puggaree.

A change of Government in 1996 led to a review of the Army Reserve which impacted directly on the 4th Brigade in general, and the 5/6th Battalion in particular. The Brigade was to be "revitalized" and recruitment was stepped up to increase the size of the Battalion. Concurrently, additional Regular Army Staff were posted to increase the readiness and training tempo of the unit. Training was well resourced and tested by independent observers at the Cultana training area in 1999.

East Timor
The 5th/6th Battalion supplied to Company Group to rotate through the Butterworth Air Force base, Malaysia, in Nov 1999-Jan 2000 becoming one of the first Army Reserve units to do so. The company group was drawn primarily from the 5th/6th Battalion. Additional strength was drawn from 8/7 RVR as well as other units within the 4th Brigade.

The events in East Timor during 1999/2000 resulted in the requirement reinforce Regular Army units, and members of the both the battalions volunteered for service. Most served with the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment. Some elected to stay with the regular Army on their return to Australia while others returned home to their Battalion.

In July 2002, the first Army Reserve Infantry Rifle Company to serve on peace keeping operations was raised from volunteers from both 5/6 RVR, 8/7 RVR and soldiers from 2/17th Battalion, The Royal New South Wales Regiment.

Today the 5th/6th and the 8th/7th Battalions, The Royal Victoria Regiment are proud to carry on the traditions, customs and experiences of Infantrymen based in Melbourne and Country Victoria that are enshrined within the Battalions and the various Associations. It remains very much a part of Victoria.


The following books are selected reading for further information about the various Infantry Battalions.

5th Battalion,1st AIF

Forward with the Fifth

2nd/5th Battalion

All the Kings Enemies

5th Battalion

Espirit de Corps - A history of the 5th Battalion and the Victoria Scottish Regiment

6th Battalion, 1st AIF

As Rough as Bags: Ron Austin

2nd/6th Battalion

Nothing Over Us: Sir David Hay

6th Battalion

Bold, Steady, Faithful - A history of the 6th Battalion and the Royal Melbourne Regiment; Ron Austin

2nd/14th Battalion

The 2nd/14th Battalion: W.B. Russell

22nd Battalion

Mud and Blood: P Share

39th Battalion

To Kokoda and Beyond: Victor Austin

39th Battalion

Those Ragged Bloody Heroes: Peter Bruhne

58th/59th Battalion

Militia Battalion at War: Russell Mathews

5th.6th,7th,8th Bn's

The White Ghurka's: Ron Austin

2nd/6th Battalion

Not as Duty Only: Maj. H Gullet MC

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