Moorebank’s heritage

One of the main AIF training camps in the state. 1914. (Australian War Memorial)

One of the main AIF training camps in the state. 1914. (Australian War Memorial)

The site of the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal has been significant for tens of thousands of years of Australian history and is part of the stories of many thousands of people – Aboriginal people who have lived in the Moorebank area for more than 20,000 years; Thomas Moore, after whom the area was named; and tens of thousands of people who were associated with the military activities at Moorebank.

Moorebank became a military site in the early 1900s, and through the World Wars it was a temporary home to many thousands of new recruits being trained for battle, as well as military industrial workers and engineers. The Moorebank area was also the site of World War I and II internment and prisoner of war camps that held thousands of German and Italian prisoners. Archaeological investigations prior to the construction of the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal shed light on the lives of these various groups of people and help us to understand their stories.

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