GOLDEN FLEECE SWAP CARDS
S.A. Volunteer Infantry
Late in 1864 an alteration to the volunteers uniform was being discussed. The previous coat was too tight for comfortable drilling, and some suggested scarlet instead of grey, to be the same as the Regulars. Many of the volunteers were not keen on scarlet, however, they were to get it whether they liked it or not.
Perhaps they didn’t mind, once they realised how comfortable they were (which was part of the reason for the design), and when all and sundry started complementing their appearance! I’m not sure the trousers were blue; there is no mention of this but the previous uniform had grey trousers and coat.
N.S.W. Volunteer Rifles
The 1st Regiment, NSW Volunteer Rifles were also known as the Sydney Battalion of Volunteer Rifles. It was formed in 1854, disbanded, then reformed in 1860. They were called upon to support the regular troops during the lambing Flat riots, and the attempted assassination of Prince Alfred (Queen Victoria’s eldest son) in 1861. Their uniforms comprised ‘Melton Stone Grey Cloth’ and Infantry Shakos (hats). The colour facings on the sleeves (green in the above illustration), identified the individual companies.