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TRANSCRIPT OF THE ORIGINAL PROGRAMME FOR THE PRESENTATION OF NEW COLOURS TO MUR.

Source: Stephen Livingston


MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY REGIMENT

PRESENTATION OF

QUEEN’S AND REGIMENTAL COLOURS

SUNDAY, 23rd. MAY, 1965

MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY REGIMENT

CEREMONIAL PARADE

On the occasion of the presentation of The Queen’s Colours to

Melbourne University Regiment

By

His Excellency The Governor of Victoria

Major-General Sir Rohan Delacombe, KCMG, KBE, CB, DSO,

KStJ.

Melbourne University 23rd. May, 1965.

THE COLOURS

The Colours embody the history, spirit and traditions of the unit

to which they belong. They are highly valued, carefully guarded

and treated with great respect.

The custom of carrying Colours has its origin in ancient and

medieval times when, during battle, warring factions carried flags

bearing family badges or amorial bearings to show the positions

of commanders and to serve as rallying points.

Since 1751, regiments have been allowed two Colours only,

the Queen's (or King's) Colour and the Regimental Colour. Although

no longer carried into battle, Colours remain a symbol of the

Regiment, for on them are borne the battle honours granted in

recognition of gallant deeds performed by its members. Because

of their historic and symbolic significance, Colours, before being

presented, are always consecrated at a special religious ceremony

when God's blessing on them is asked.

Thereafter, the Queen's and Regimental Colours serve as a

constant reminder to al! who follow them of their duty to their

Sovereign and their Country.

THE MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY REGIMENT

Military sub-units were associated with the University of Melbourne

as early as 1884, but it was in 1910 that the "Melbourne University Rifles

was established with a headquarters and two companies at the University

and two companies formed from the students of ma]or metropolitan and

Geelong schools.

In 1929 the unit was retrenched to two rifle companies and a machine

our company as a result of the cessation of compulsory training In

that year a company was raised, which was manned by Old Boys from

Victorian Public Schools, who were not University students.

The unit badge incorporates that of the University itself and carries

the motto "POSTERA CRESCAM LAUDE" (translated “I shall grow in the

esteem of posterity"). The Regimental March is "The Thin Red Line” .

Melbourne University Regiment is proud to be affiliated with the

3rd Green Jackets, the Rifle Brigade, with Headquarters at Winchester,

England, and wears bottle green felt bordering to its badges as a mark

of this affiliation

Melbourne University Rifles was disbanded in 1942. and reformed in

1948 under the new title of "Melbourne University Regiment” to enable

elements of arms other than Infantry to be included in the establishment.

On 21st March, 1928, The Right Honourable Lord Summers, KCMG

DSO MC, then the Governor of the State of Victoria, made formal

presentation of Kings and Regimental Colours to the unit. These Colours

were the gift of T. Baker, Esq.

The Melbourne University Regiment Colours carry no Battle Honours

.s the unit is not mobilised for service in war. The Battle Honours are

the individual efforts of the many hundreds of officers and men supplied

by Melbourne University Regiment to the three Armed Services in both

World Wars.

Until 1964 the Regiment was located in the University Grounds, but in

that year moved to a new depot at 65 Grattan Street, Carlton.

Melbourne University Regiment nevertheless remains an integral part

of the University community and the ties binding it to the University are

as strong as ever.

THE MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY REGIMENT

Honorary Colonel:

Lieutenant-General Sir EDMUND HERRING,

KCMG, KBE, DSO, MC, ED. KStJ

Commanding Officer:

Lieutenant-Colonel J. McNALLY, ED

Adjutant:

Captain P. L. BELT

Officers of the Colours:

Lieutenant F. LIVINGSTONE    Lieutenant J. DREWITT

Lieutenant A. ZAMURS         Lieutenant B. CHAMBERLAIN

R.M.O.:

Major I. HOGAN

Regimental Sergeant Major: W01 L. A. REID

Bandmaster: W01 J. PARRY

Drum Major: Sergeant L. WILKINS

Majors:

Major N. D. KELLY, Major T. R. HARWOOD

Major P. T. NATTRASS

Captains:

Captain I. C S. COX. Captain J. COULSON

Captain ]. L. DWYER

Lieutenants;

Lieutenant I. WHYTE           Lieutenant J. LONSDALE

Lieutenant G. STAUNTON       Lieutenant M. TWEEDDALE

Lieutenant D. MEAGHER        Lieutenant G. TAPLIN

Lieutenant G. GRONOW        Lieutenant D. TURNER

Lieutenant R. WRIGHT          Lieutenant D. YOUNG

Lieutenant C. A. STOREY       Lieutenant M. J. ARMSTRONG

Lieutenant I. J. WILSON         Lieutenant C. C. EKIN-SMITH

Lieutenant B. WAKEFIELD      Lieutenant ]. F. JENKINS

Lieutenant I. D. MURRAY       Lieutenant D. LUTTRELL

ORDER OF PARADE

On the occasion of the presentation of Colours to Melbourne

University Regiment, by His Excellency, the Governor of Victoria,

Major-General Sir Rohan Delacombe, KCMG. KBE, DSO, KStI-

Melbourne University Regiment will form up on the Inspection

Line.

The following Personages will be received by the parade as they

arrive:

The Honorary Colonel —

Lieutenant-General Sir EDMUND HERRING, KCMG, KBE,

CB, DSO. KStJ.

The Hon. Sir ARTHUR DEAN, LLD. LLM, QC.

The Commander Three Division —

Major-Genera! N. A. VICKERY, MBE, MC, ED, B.EC., LL.B.

The Citizen Military Forces Member of the Military Board —

Major-General P. A. CULLEN, CBE, DSO, ED.

The General Officer Commanding Southern Command -—

Major-General T. S. TAYLOR. CBE, MVO, MC.

His Excellency, The Governor of Victoria

Major-General Sir ROHAN DELACOMBE, KCMG, KBE, CB,

DSO, KStJ.

His Excellency inspects the Regiment and Band.

The Old Colours are Trooped.

The Old Colours are marched off the Parade.

The Regiment forms a hollow square.

The New Colours are consecrated, blessed, and dedicated.

His Excellency presents the Colours to the Colour Ensigns.

His Excellency addresses the Parade.

The Commanding Officer replies to His Excellency's address.

The Regiment reforms line,

The Regiment salutes the Colours and the National Anthem is

played whilst the Colours join the Ranks.

The Regiment marches past in slow and quick time in Column

of Companies, then reforms line.

The Regiment advances in review order and gives a Royal

salute.

His Excellency departs-

The Regiment marches off Parade.

PROGRAMME OF MUSIC

by

SOUTHERN COMMAND BAND

The Regiment marches on Parade - pride of Youth

Royal Salute - First six bars of the National Anthem

Inspection - Scipio

              The Garb of Old Gaul

Trooping of Old Colours - The British Grenadiers

March off of Old Colours - Auld Lang Syne

Salute to the Colours after presentation - General Salute

General Salute

Colours received by the Regiment

The National Anthem

March Past — Slow Time - Duke of York

March Past — Quick Time - The Thin Red Line and 95

Advance in Review Order - The British Grenadiers

Royal Salute - First six bars of the National Anthem

The Regiment Marches off Parade - The Thin Red Line and 95

THE CONSECRATION OF COLOURS

The Commanding Officer, The Melbourne University Regiment,

shall say:—

For as much as men at all times have made for themselves

signs and emblems of their allegiance to their rulers, and of their

duty to uphold those laws and institutions which God's providence

has called them to obey; we, following this ancient and pious

custom, and remembering that God Himself led His people Israel

by a pillar of fire by night and a pillar of cloud by day, are met

together before God to ask His blessing on these Colours, which are

to represent to us our duty towards our Sovereign and our Country.

May they never be unfurled, save in the cause of justice and

righteousness; and may God make them to be to those who follow

them a sign of His presence in all dangers and distresses, and so

increase their faith and hope in Him, Who is Kings of Kings and

Lord of Lords,

The Commanding Officer and the troops shall then say:

C.O.: To the service of God and the hallowing of His Holy Name;

All:  We dedicate ourselves afresh.

C.O-: To the love of our Queen and Country, and to the welfare of

mankind;

All:  We dedicate ourselves afresh,

C.O.: To the maintenance of honour and the sanctity of man's

pledged word;

All:  We dedicate ourselves afresh.

C.O.: To the protection of all those v/ho pass to and fro on their

lawful occasions;

Ali:   We dedicate ourselves afresh.

C.O.: To the preservation of order and good government-

All:  We dedicate ourselves afresh.

C.O.: To the hallowed memory of our comrades, whose courage and

endurance add undying lustre to our emblems;

All:  We dedicate our Colours.

C.O.: In continual remembrance of our Solemn Oath and in token

of our resolve faithfully and truly to keep it to the end;

All:  We dedicate our Colours:

The troops will be called to attention and the Commanding

Officer shall say —

Reverend Sirs, on behalf of The Melbourne University Regiment.

we ask you to bid God's blessing on these Colours.

Senior Chaplain J. B. Moroney, Church of England, laying his hand

on the Colours, shall say —

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy

Spirit, we do consecrate and set apart these Colours, that they may

be a sign of our duty towards our Queen and our Country in the

sight of God. Amen.

Senior Chaplain K. J, Broderick, Roman Catholic, blessing the

Colours, shall say—

Bless, 0 Lord, these Colours which we bless in Thy Name,

that those who follow them may be ever mindful of Thy Presence,

guided by Thy Will, and guarded by Thy Providence;

Making the Sign of the Cross over the Colours he continues:

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

Amen. The Colours are now sprinkled with Holy Water.

Chaplain-General M. McCullough. United Churches, laying his

hand on the Colours, shall say —

In the name of the Father, and of the Son. and of the Holy

Spirit, we do dedicate and set apart these Colours, that they may

be a sign of our duty towards our Queen and our Country in the

sight of God. Amen.

Spectators may now resume seats.

The troops will be stood at ease.

Then all on parade shall say together —

Our Lord our God: Who beholdest all the kingdom of the earth:

have regard unto our land: that it may continue a place and a

people: who serve Thee to the end of time.

Grant that all who live beneath our flag: may be so mindful of

its crosses: that they may work for the good of others: according

to the example of Him: who died upon a Cross in the service of men.

Let Thy gracious favour rest on all: who shall follow the Colours:

now about to be committed to our trust. May our courage ever

rest: on our sure confidence in Thee. May we show self-control:

in the hour of success: and patience: in the time of adversity.

May our honour lie: in seeking the honour and glory of Thy

great Name: through Jesus Christ: our Lord. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer will now be said:

CHAPLAINS

Church of England Senior Chaplain J B Moroney Assistant Chaplain

B W Brooker.    

Roman Catholic Senior Chaplain K J Broderick Assistant Father B

Donovan       

Protestant Denominations Chaplain General M McCullough Assistant

Senior Chaplain A Rothwell

PAST HONORARY COLONELS

General Sir JOHN MONASH, GCMG, KCB, VD

Major-General HAROLD WILLIAM GRIMWADE. CB, CMC, VD

PAST COMMANDING OFFICERS

Major S, F. McDONALD

Brigadier E. F. LIND, DSO. VD

Lieutenant-Colonel A. R. MacNEIL, MC, ED

Brigadier I. A. CLAREBROUGH, ED

Colonel W. S. ]. P. HESLOP. ED

Colonel F, N. BALFE, ED

Major I. BRAKE

Lieutenant-Colonel P, E. RHODEN. OBE, ED

Major-General N, A. VICKERY, MBE, MC, ED

Lieutenant-Colonel I. A. SUMMERTON, OBE

Lieutenant-Colonel N. S. THOMAS

Lieutenant-Colonel T. C. KEATING, ED

 

Lt. Frank Livingston receiving new Queen's Colours from Sir Rohan

The Melbourne University Regiment parades its new Colours before the Governor Sir Rohan Delacombe