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Colony of Western Australia, Volunteers.
Albany Rifle Volunteers 1878- 1885
The button on Cossum page 28 has the initials ‘ARV’ in very ornate gothic script surmounted by the QV crown.
In 1884 only 28 out of a possible 54 men presented for inspection by an unimpressed Colonel Angelo. On March 31st 1884 they disbanded.
Albany Defence Rifles
This unit was raised in 1885 very shortly (approx 5 weeks) after the Albany Rifle Volunteers was disbanded. It started with 73 men all ranks but quickly dwindled. In May 1888 it was disbanded, re-raised and renamed on the same day, which must have left everyone dizzy!
The Plantagent Rifles continued, although it was a small force, until 1897.