7th January 2022

(Royal) Victorian Volunteer Artillery regiment

On Cossum pages 14 to 17 there are 13 versions of Victorian Artillery uniform buttons, dating from 1856 until 1903. In October last I shared one of my treasures, a 1856-9 VVAR button sporting a forward facing field gun under the Queen Victoria crown and over the initials VVAR.


Damaged no shank or back plate.

In 1859 the Royal title was bestowed, and button made bearing the letters RVVAR with both a forward and a left facings field gun; also a version with 3 stacked left facing field guns. I certainly would like these!

Courtesy Noble Numismatics: VVAR (far right) and RVVAR buttons,

Typical Artillery buttons from pre-Federal period.

Williamstown’s Volunteer Artillery had its own design with the letters W.V.A. There also exist ball-type buttons for the horse artillery units.

State Library Victoria: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/251026  St Kilda volunteers of R.V.V.A.


Williamstown Volunteer Artillery

This regiment existed from 1860-1884.

The Argus (Melbourne), 22nd March 1860 page 5.

The Argus (Melbourne), 22nd March 1860 page 5.

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