Moorebank Heritage Group is researching Kitchener’s House | Liverpool City Champion

A humble 1900 cottage on Moorebank Avenue may be the last intact remnant of Liverpool’s WWI military camp, but also the last known contact with one of the country’s top military visits.

Kitchener’s House was dedicated to Lord Herbert Kitchener in the early 20th century. June 5th marks the 100th anniversary of Lord Kitchener’s death.

As part of the anniversary, the Moorebank Heritage Group is carrying out further studies on the property. It looks for additional information, including previous occupiers and pictures.

Group Secretary Philip Hurren said Lord Kitchener’s visit to Australia was vital to the development of the Liverpool Military District and the Australian Armed Forces.

“We are a group specifically researching the Moorebank area with a focus on the Liverpool World War I camp,” he said. “The camp was the largest in Australia and there is nothing left of it.”

Military camp: The cottage is used as Lord Kitchener's headquarters in January 1910.  Image: Australian War Memorial.

Military camp: The cottage is used as Lord Kitchener’s headquarters in January 1910. Image: Australian War Memorial.

Mr Hurren said the group would like the house to be treated with more meaning.

“We made a list of people who lived in the house when it was under military control,” he said.

“The last time I was inside was in 2008, when it was in good shape.

“It looks like we could be successful with funding and we hope to put together a brochure of information.

“The idea is to publish a brochure on the military aspect of the entire area.”

In 1909, Kitchener visited Australia at the invitation of Prime Minister Alfred Deakin to review the Commonwealth’s state of defense.

In January 1910, Kitchener spent two days at military facilities in the district, using the property as his divisional headquarters.

During his visit, Kitchener recommended the establishment of a permanent army facility now known as the Holsworthy Army Barracks.

At the end of Kitchener’s visit, he also submitted a report recommending the introduction of military training – conscription.

Kitchener’s House was owned by the defense and used it primarily as a residence for senior officers until it was sold to a private trading company in 2004.

Since then, the property has probably been empty.

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