Posted on 2015
The SAS Historical Foundation is planning to erect a replica of a SAS Company Building to house exhibitions relating to the history of: Australian World War II Special Operations units; Campbell Barracks; and the SAS Company.
The last of the original buildings that housed the SAS Company were removed from Campbell Barracks in the mid-1990s. These same types of buildings were still located at Northam Army Camp but many have been demolished to make way for the Refugee Detention Centre. The Northam Army Camp Historical Association is endeavouring to save some of the remaining buildings for heritage purposes.
Refurbishment of the old buildings is not an option due to their state of decay and issues with termites and asbestos. A replica building is the only viable option but to construct such a facility to museum standard costs in the order of $500,000.
The SAS Historical Foundation hopes to have the replica building completed for an official opening as part of the SASR Golden Jubilee Anniversary celebrations and is seeking financial donations to assist with this project or the support of a building construction company. The planned exhibitions are an important part of Australia’s and Western Australia’s military heritage.