22nd January 2021


1st Victorian Metropolitan Rifles

The Victorian Rifles retained their scarlet tunics for full dress even after khaki was adopted for uniforms in 1892.

On the back: “The soldier’s uniform depicted here was based on those of the British Army. The shako (hat) was similar to those worn by the British rifle regiments, with the exception of the badge, a silvered one bearing the St. George’s Cross with the stars within a garter bearing the motto ‘Aut Pac Aut Bello’ Victoria.”

See  http://www.austbuttonhistory.com/defence-forces-uniform-buttons/pre-federation/


Victorian Mounted Rifles 1893

On the back: “First formed in 1885 it was raised from volunteers from rifle clubs in country districts, each member supplying his own horse. The Corps served with distinction in the Boer War and later many of its members served in World War 1. It was disbanded during World War II while under the title of 8th Australian Cavalry Regiment.”

See  http://www.austbuttonhistory.com/uncategorized/13th-august-2020/

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