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More Photographs from the State Library of Victoria

Members of Sir William J. Clarke’s Battery Victorian Horse Artillery Rupertswood 1895.

# 1774734 1895


Ball button used by the Horse Artillery.

The Victorian Horse Artillery was a wealthy man’s project. Landowner and grazier Sir William Clarke founded the horse artillery and based it at his property Rupertswood, near Sunbury. His son Rupert commanded the battery. The Clarkes provided 60 horses for the horse artillery, at substantial cost.  The Regiment cost him nearly £2000 a year. This regiment lasted from 1885 until 1897, after Sir William Clarke had died and with the  Government not considering the expense justifiable.

The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic), 14th February 1885 page 3.

The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW), 29th May 1897 page 1135. Sir William Clarke 1831-1897.

Kalgoorlie Miner (WA), 4th August 1897, page 3.