Peter Rosemond CSC, OAM

Solider and Volunteer
Inducted 15 December 2014  

Peter Rosemond was born in Mooroopna, Victoria.  He moved to Cessnock as a child and grew up in the Cessnock area. After leaving school, Peter spent time as an apprentice bricklayer, before starting his career with the Army in 1967.  

Peter served as a Corporal Tank Commander in Vietnam in 1969/1970 and was promoted to Sergeant soon after he returned home in 1971.  As Sergeant he served in a number of armoured positions and spent two years on exchange with the British Army in Germany.  

Peter was promoted to warrant officer in 1978, and enjoyed postings in a range of locations including at the Officer Cadet School in Portsea, Victoria.  In 1983 he was promoted to Warrant Officer Class One and served as a Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) for the next 19 years with the 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment, the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, the School of Armour, 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Australian Defence Force Academy.  In the Australia Day Honours in 1987, Peter was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service as the Regimental Sergeant Major of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment.  

Peter completed his Army career at Army Headquarters with his appointment in 1996 to his final role as Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army.  He concluded his service following the coordination and presentation of the Army Centenary Parade and Dinner in 2001.  Peter was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 2001.  

During his career, Peter was involved in organising the Army Tattoo in 1988 as part of the bicentenary celebrations, and also numerous battlefield historical events.  

Since leaving the Army, Peter settled back in Cessnock, taking up roles working with youth, specifically with a number of charity organisations and schools, conducting specialised programs addressing youth issues. He was also Director of Rock Up Adventures Pty Ltd, Director of Cessnock District Learning Centre and President of Cessnock PCYC.  

It has been under Peter’s stewardship that Cessnock PCYC has evolved into what is today.  Since the opening of its new state-of-the-art complex by the Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove in August 2014 and is one of the major sports facilities for young people in the region.  This project took nearly three years to complete, with Peter’s passion, tenacity and hard work being at the forefront at every stage of the task.   

The facility is a wonderful testament to Peter’s ongoing commitment to young people and to the wider Cessnock communities.

Plaque location
49 Vincent Street, Cessnock (garden bed)