Description: Melbourne University Regiment – Brass Hat Badge (1948-53)
Maker’s Name: N/A
Condition: Very Good
Comments: Melbourne University Regiment – Brass Hat Badge (1948-53). Complete with two lugs and original green felt backing.
The Melbourne University Regiment (or MUR) is an officer training unit in the Australian Army Reserve. It has a depot at Grattan Street, Carlton, Melbourne, Australia.
MUR traces its origins to 1884 as D company, 4th Battalion of the Victorian Rifles, at which time it was known as the University Company. General Sir John Monash was a Colour Sergeant of this unit before taking a commission in the colonial and later Commonwealth militia.
The unit became the Melbourne University Rifles in 1910, providing military training for members of Melbourne University and the public schools of Melbourne and Geelong.
As a University Regiment the unit did not deploy with the AIF in either of the world wars and as such, it carries no Battle Honours on its Colours. However, many officers and soldiers of AIF units had received their initial military training or commissions with the University Rifles.
In the post war structure of the Australian Army the University Rifles was reformed as the present Melbourne University Regiment, officially raised on April 1948.