N.S.W. Volunteer Rifles 1870-80
The next major impetus for change occurred with the withdrawal of British troops from the Australian colonies in 1870.
The Sydney Battalion decided to make a change from the grey, to a British-looking scarlet tunic and dark blue trousers with scarlet pipings. The shako was retained but some years later it was replaced with a white helmet.
The NSW government decided to raise its first Permanent Military Force (i.e. career/paid soldiers) consisting of two infantry companies and one artillery battery.
The permanent infantry lasted little over a year as the government declined to continue funding; therefore the majority of NSW defence still in the hands of volunteers.
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