Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 6, 2015 8:23:14 GMT 12
Every time in recent years that I have passed the Papakura Military Camp the place looks really run down and nearly derelict from the outside. If I was not aware this is the headquarters for the NZ SAS, I would assume the place had been abandoned.
Are there any other Army units still based there? Or is it purely an SAS camp now?
When you look on Google Earth at the camp something that strikes me is how few buildings there are. I know when the camp was established in 1939 most of the men there would have lived in bell tents, but did they not build barracks postwar for all the soldiers based there over the decades? There don't seem to be the traditional barracks visible, and if there are still some barracks now, have a lot of the older buildings been demolished? It's mostly a big empty space.
I'm also curious about training there. So close to the Papakura township, do they actually do any training other than drill and classroom work there? Or are all their live firing exercises and that sort of thing conducted elsewhere?
I have been copying my Grandmother's photos and memorabilia including a number of WW1 and WW2 photos in NZ. Among the memorabilia is a Christmas booklet produced by Papakura Camp. Unfortunately it is not signed or dated but almost certainly came from my uncle. On the back it has an aerial photo of the camp and inside a complete list of camp personnel.
Is there any interest in posting a copy? I suspect that it is well known.