History & Heritage


The Royal Australian Engineers Association (Vic) Inc. and 22 Engineer Regiment have a Memorandum of Understanding in place to collect, catalogue and preserve the memorabilia of Victorian Sappers both past and present for the Sappers of the future to enjoy.

Victorian Sapper Origins

Dozer with the SME Chapel in the background
Fort Queenscliff

Oakleigh Engineers Room

The Royal Australian Engineers Association (Vic) has use of a room that was previously occupied by the Old Sapper Association at the Oakleigh Barracks.

The room was built at the same time as the depot and was totally paid for by the Old Sapper Association for their exclusive use after the Swan St Depot was closed and relocated to Oakleigh on 3 November 1991

The photos shown here are of the Engineers room that has been formed since the amalgamation of the Old Sappers Association into the Royal Australian Engineers Association (Vic) Inc



Combined Collections

The collections are very much a work in progress. We are always adding more items to the collections and currently we have over 3,140 items spread across the three depots, Oakleigh, Newborough and Ringwood, most have been photographed, numbered and catalogued along with their description, acquisition details and current location then have been uploaded for viewing below.

Photo Gallery

Our photo collection is extensive there are over 37,348 photos and 74 videos available as at 1 December 2022 for viewing below and more being constantly added.

Projects and Plaques

Over the years the Royal Australian Engineers Association, their predecessors and representatives have, as part of their constitution and objectives, carried out a number projects including installation of plaques, writing of History Books, restoration of heritage items, etc. These projects are on going and we will be adding to this list as they are completed.

Heritage Trail

We are currently erecting Heritage Markers throughout Victoria to form a Heritage Trail to showcase the work the Royal Australian Engineers have done for the community of Victoria

The Engineer room is only open by appointment.

Mel Constable, Curator

P.O. Box 246
East Ringwood, Victoria 3135

The Hall of Memory, Canberra

This is a powerful documentary paying homage to the Australian War Memorial’s Hall of Memory with its stained glass windows, mosaics and Byzantine dome has been released by the Memorial.