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February 14, 2013
School (CFS) will cel-
ebrate its 100th anni-
versary on March 8
with a reunion dinner
and other activities.
Former members of
CFS who wish to be
included on the invi-
tation list are asked
to send their name,
rank, dates of tour,
position held, email
and mailing address
to Fiona Jazownik
reunion will be held
on June 29 at the
Ipswich Jets Rugby
League Football Club
in Ipswich from 7pm.
All current and former
RAAF personnel who
served in any GEM
squadron or flight are
invited to attend. For
contact Ken McLeod
au, Gary Cochrane
Greg Lyons at jacko@
0413 700 298.
AN AIR Force unit is laying claim to
an unusual record.
Hobart's 29SQN is housed in the
Tap Room at Anglesea Barracks, which
celebrated its 200th anniversary in
2011, making it the oldest occupied
military establishment in Australia.
Squadron CO WGCDR Andrew
Layton said that not only was the
squadron located further south than
any other Air Force unit, it had another
"No other unit is housed in an older
building, either," WGCDR Layton said.
The Tap Room has had a varied
career. Commissioned as a Tap Room
or soldiers' canteen in the time of
colonial Governor MAJGEN Lachlan
Macquarie, it became a school house,
then a residence, then a meteorologi-
cal office before finally becoming the
Defence offices at the barracks.
The garrison Tap Room was
designed in 1831 for the 21st Regiment
of Foot, Royal North British Fusiliers.
It was intended to encourage the
soldiers to socialise at the barracks
rather than drinking alcohol with
convicts, sailors and other 'undesira-
bles' in the dubious pubs of Hobart.
Excessive tender prices caused delays,
so the building was completed in 1835
as the last convict-built brick construc-
tion at the barracks.
"According to a Defence mainte-
nance program report, this is the sole
remaining tap room in Australia, and is
believed to be one of only two remain-
ing British colonial tap rooms in the
world," WGCDR Layton said.
Air Force assumed the his-
Age no barrier for 29SQN
toric building in 1992 when the RAAF
Support Unit -- Hobart moved in and
AVM Frank Cox, then Assistant
Chief of Air Staff Personnel, official-
ly opened the RAAF HQ in Tasmania
on the 72nd anniversary of the RAAF
The Hobart Mercury newspaper report-
ed that "the move [of the Air Force unit]
to the Tap Room was part of a Federal
Government rationalisation program to
make the defence forces more effective
WGCDR Layton said the room had a
special and unusual inclusion for an Air
"There is a large cellar beneath my
office, which is a very rare feature for an
Air Force unit," he said. "It is good that
this original part of the Tap Room is in
"However, the racks for the barrels of
alcohol (where the 29SQN orderly room
is now situated), which were initially in
the building, are, understandably, no long-
HISTORIC PAST: CDR CSG AIRCDRE Tim
Innes, CO 29SQN WGCDR Andrew Layton and
Group WOFF CSG WOFF Kylie Willmot with the
new heritage sign for 29SQN at the Tap Room at
Anglesea Barracks. Right, the Tap Room as the
Tasmanian Meteorological Bureau before 1969.
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