Summary

Lantern slide depicting a member of the Victorian Mounted Rifles (although inscribed 'Victoria' Mounted Rifles).

Formed in 1885, the Victorian Mounted Rifle companies were recruited in rural centres. Members of country rifle clubs formed a significant component. A small allowance was paid to members. Mounted Riflemen were required to provide their own mount. They were disbanded in 1901. Not to be confused with similarly named contingents to the Boer War.

Description of Content

Photograph of soldier in Victoria Mounted Rifles uniform. Small joey or wallaby at his side - perhaps a mascot. The soldier wears a buttoned tonic, leather belt at waist and across chest, sword in sheath on left side, long boots and cap with broad plaited band. A brick (?) building and two folding tables can be seen behind him.

Physical Description

Glass lantern slide, square, printed with black and white photograph. Slide has black edging.

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