27th January 2022

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Colony of Western Australia, Volunteers.

Pinjarra Mounted Rifle Volunteers: 1862-1882

This uniform, a replica of the 6th Dragoons, sported cloth covered buttons. They started in 1862 with 18 men, and peaked at around 88 in 1873. After dropping to a strength of only 26 in 1882, the corps was disbanded.

WA Museum Collection item H2004.49: Jacket of the Pinjarra Mounted Volunteers.


Western Australian Troop of Volunteer Horse Artillery: 1870-1882

Originally called the Union troop of WA Mounted Volunteers and raised to form escorts for the Governor, it was renamed and repurposed in 1872. This uniform also sported cloth covered buttons. It became the Perth Volunteer Artillery in 1882.

State Library WA image # 021330PD: Lieutenant Haynes c.1879.


Perth Mounted Rifle Volunteers: 1894-97

Thanks to Colin Hornshaw.

The button shown on Cossum page 29 is very handsome, showing a mounted soldier with the name ‘Perth Mounted Rifles’ in a band around the circumference. The number enlisted dropped quickly from 44 down to 24 in the first 2.5 years. It was disbanded in 1897.

The West Australian (Perth), 11th May 1894 page 4.

The Daily News(Perth), 18th May 1894 page 2.


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