Summary

Australia
(AD)
Mint: not recorded
Other Details: West Melbourne Senior Cadets silver medal for rifle shooting awarded to Cadet Garbutt in 1889. Cadet companies could be formed after 1884 in any Victorian school in detachments of not less than 20. Armed with the breech loading rifle, the cadets were supplied with ammunition at half price by the government. A trophy shield for shooting was keenly contested. A battalion of senior cadets formed the recruitment link between the cadet movement and the militia. Former senior cadets helped provide soldiers for Victorian contingents in the Boer War. West Melbourne, where this medal was awarded, was a largely industrial suburb which had recently benefited from the arrival of the railway, servicing new flour mills and wool stores and providing a significant local employment.

Obverse Description

Engraved image of a man rifle shooting in an inner circle, set within a star arrangement

Reverse Description

Impressed:W.J.D within a rectangle/engraved:WEST/MELBOURNE SENIOR CADETS/ RIFLE SHOOTING/CADET GARBUTT/18 89

Edge Description

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Significance

West Melbourne Senior Cadets silver medal for rifle shooting awarded to Cadet Garbutt in 1889. Cadet companies could be formed after 1884 in any Victorian school in detachments of not less than 20. Armed with the breech loading rifle, the cadets were supplied with ammunition at half price by the government. A trophy shield for shooting was keenly contested. A battalion of senior cadets formed the recruitment link between the cadet movement and the militia. Former senior cadets helped provide soldiers for Victorian contingents in the Boer War. West Melbourne, where this medal was awarded, was a largely industrial suburb which had recently benefited from the arrival of the railway, servicing new flour mills and wool stores and providing a significant local employment. -Defending Victoria web site http://users.netconnect.com.au/~ianmac/volunt.html; Australian Places web site, Monash University, http://arts.monash.edu/ncas/multimedia/gazetteer/. -D. Tout-Smith 28/1/2004.

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