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Colours of the 30th Battalion
 The heirs of the 30th Battalion AIF
  • 30th Battalion City of Sydney Regiment  1927 
  • The New South Wales Scottish Regiment   1935 
  • "In Omni Modo Fidelis" -------- "Loyal in Every Way"
Click to enlarge St.Stephens Church has a long history of connection to the Scots in Australia and is another of those great buildings in Macquarie Street opposite the NSW Parliament House.   

All photos by Alan Kitchen
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The Colours inside the Church Extract from the written history, section 1 Extract from the written history, section 2
The Wording on the Plaque: The Queen's and Regimental Colours are the Colours of the 30th Infantry Battalion, NSW Scottish Regiment on which are emblazoned the Battle Honours of the Scottish Rifles, 30th Battalion 1914/18 and 1939/45, 2/30th Battalion 1939/45 were Laid Up here at St Stephen's Church on 9th December 1962.

The 30th Infantry Battalion ceased to exist on 30th June 1960 upon re-organisation of the Citizen Army (CMF). This ended 75 years of Scottish history including 45 years known as the Scottish Regiment.

At a ceremonial parade and ceremony former members of the "Rifles", 30th and 2/30th Battalions who had served in all the wars of the Australian Military Forces,

South Africa-Egypt-France-New Guinea-Malaya

witnessed the Colours being Laid Up escorted by Officers and men of the descendant Company, A Company, NSW Scottish, 2 Battalion Royal NSW Regiment.

The Colours were Laid Up in this the Regimental Church, being handed to the Reverend Gordon Powell MA BD, Minister of St Stephen's by the last Commander of the 30th NSW Scottish Regiment,

Lieutenant Colonel W Crooks MBE

officiating with

  • Commanding Officer 2/30th Battalion, Malaya, Brigadier FG Galleghan DSO OBE SO ED

  • Commanding Officer, 30th Battalion, New Guinea, Lieutenant Colonel WN Perry-Okenden DSO

  • Officer Commanding A Company NSW Scottish  Major D H Playfair

In Omni Modo Fidelis

Webmaster's note. The plaque refers to the Queen's Colour. This is a mistake. The Royal Colour clearly bears the King's Crown and cannot have been awarded during the reign of Elizabeth II so should have been referred to as the King's Colour or the Royal Colour.
Click to enlarge <<< Memorial plaque to the CO of 30 Bn and Commander of AIF Prisoners of War in Malaya.
  • In 2004 the Colours of the 30th Battalion were encased. Mr. Kitchen re-visited the Chapel and provided these new photos. See below

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