In 1992 an understanding was reached with the Caboolture Historical Society to build a small but significant military museum within the grounds of the Caboolture Historical village.
Since the 1860’s many young Australians have been introduced to military life and undergone military training in the navy, army & air force cadets.
Until recently there were not any organisations in Australia that catered for former cadets. In a first for Australia and in addition to its normal activities, the museum decided to extend its focus and now includes former navy, army and air force cadets in its membership. Former cadets are invited to join the 11th Light Horse Caboolture Military Museum.
Membership is available and benefits are numerous.
The petition led to a subsequent submission which was considered in August 2010 by the Joint Cadet Operations Committee which has the participation of the National Commanders (civilian), Chiefs of staff (regular) of the respective service-cadet organisations as well as Brigadier W.T.B. Sowry, the Deputy Head of Cadet Reserve and employer Support Division.
Brigadier Sowry has advised that the submission from The 11th Light Horse Caboolture Troop and Military Museum Association Inc. received considerable discussion and that there was no resistance to the creation of a suitable lapel badge recognising cadet service, and in fact it was positively recommended that a lapel badge be manufactured and made available for private purchase.
The executive of The 11th Light Horse Caboolture Troop and Military Museum Association Inc. have decided to act on the Joint Cadet Operations Committee’s recommendation and a small lapel badge based on the A.D.F. Cadet’s Emblem has been designed and manufactured.
For the first time in almost 150 years, former cadets will be able to acquire a badge which they can wear with pride and distinction and will tangibly identify themselves and their service with the cadet organisation. Like other association badges the ex cadets would be able to wear the badge at their discretion.
The badge is available from The 11th Light Horse Caboolture Troop and Military Museum Association Inc. for the price of ten dollars ($10) and may be obtained by placing an order accompanied by the required payment to:
11th Light Horse Caboolture Troop and Military Museum Association Inc.
102 Gleeson Rd