The history of 8/7 RVR has its roots as far back as
the Ballarat Volunteer Rifle Regiment and the Bendigo Rifle Regiment,
both formed in August 1858.
In the following 150 years, the citizen forces of both
cities have seen numerous name changes and, in the case of Bendigo,
changes in Army Corps. Through the years, Ballarat has maintained an
Country Victoria’s Own traces the history of the
Ballarat infantry and the units in major cities and towns that form the
‘predecessors’ in the sub-title: 150 years of 8/7 RVR and its
Over the years, Ballarat has been linked with major
Victorian military centres such as Geelong, Mildura, Bendigo, Shepparton
and Warrnambool, along with smaller towns such as Ararat, Hamilton,
Portland, Swan Hill, Echuca and Cobram, and southern New South Wales
towns including Wentworth and Deniliquin. This book reveals the
interconnection between those towns and the military history of northern
and western Victoria.