British Regiments in Colonial Australia
96th Regiment of Foot
This button is described as an officer’s coatee button pre-1830. Apparently officers’ buttons were changed from silver to gilt in 1839. Whilst it is often claimed that the POW plume was only used by Jennens from 1860, this is disputed amongst collectors. As detachments of the 96th were being shipped from 1839, they would not have necessarily had the latest uniform buttons!
Detachments of the 96th were sent guarding convicts, arriving from December 1939 until August 1841, to New South Wales, Van Diemen’s Land and West Australia.
In 1843 a detachment sailed to New Zealand to take part in the Maori Wars.
In 1849 they debarked for India.
In 1874 it was linked to a previous regiment of the same number, the Queen’s Own Germans. It was merged with 63rd Regiment and renamed The Manchester regiment in 1881. It was disbanded in 1818.
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