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Corporate entry Small Arms Factory (1912 - 1989)

Commonwealth of Australia

1 June 1912
Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia
4 May 1989
Defence Industries, Ammunitions and Explosives or Weapons Industries
Reference No
CA 26
Legal Status
Agency of the Commonwealth of Australia
Lithgow, New South Wales


The Small Arms Factory was opened in Lithgow, New South Wales, in June 1912 and by 1913 the first consignment of weapons had been produced for the defence forces. Production at the Factory increased greatly during World War One. During its lifetime the Factory was controlled by various Government Departments.

Published resources


  • Australia. Department of Productivity, Australian Government Small Arms Factory, Lithgow, Department of Productivity, Parkes, A.C.T., 1979. Details

Online Resources

See also

Ailie Smith