Northam Army Camp Heritage Association Inc.

View of the corrugated-iron buildings at Northam Army Camp. Building H8 at Northam Army Camp. View of a group of corrugated-iron buildings at Northam Army Camp. The sentry box at the entrance to Northam Army Camp.

What is Northam Army Camp?

As part of the overall build-up of Australia’s defences in 1934/35, the Department of the Army selected the Northam Army Camp site, which was located near an existing rifle range, for use as a training camp for Citizen Military Forces. Following the outbreak of World War II in September 1939, the camp became an important military training base for Western Australia - a role which has continued up to the present time.

Located about five kilometres south-west of Northam, the camp comprises about 70 accommodation huts and other ancillary buildings including a mess hall and a parade ground built by Italian POWs in 1946.

About This Website

This website has been developed by the Northam Army Camp Heritage Association Inc (NACHA) with funding assistance from Lotterywest’s Interpretation of Cultural Heritage grants program.

We are a non profit organisation whose aims include sharing the military, POW and migrant history of the camp with the broader community.

We hope you enjoy the Northam Army Camp experience and encourage you to contact us to tell us your stories about this important place.