Uniform - Victorian Scottish Regiment, 1898 or later Object Reg. No: ST 043230

Complete other ranks Victorian Scottish Regiment uniform including rifle. The rifle (with bayonet) is a Martini Enfield rifle .303 calibre, with regimental marking vsr 86. Martini Enfield bayonet pattern '95. Mk11 scabbard no 628.

According to the Australian War Memorial, the Victorian Scottish Regiment was formed in 1898 as a volunteer unit of the Victorian Military Forces. It originally comprised only Australians of Scottish origin. Uniforms were not provided, and Regimental members had to provide their own uniforms until the end of 1899, when 100 uniforms were made available for purchase. The first doublets were khaki; red doublets were introduced in 1901, in time for the review held to mark the opening of the Commonwealth parliament. In 1912 the Regiment was re-designated the 52nd Hobson's Bay Infantry. Four of the volunteer companies, A,B,C and D were located in South Melbourne. They continued to wear Scottish dress. The Regiment continued in different guises for several more decades.
Uniform comprises black glengarry with red, black and white tartan band and regimental badge, scarlet doublet with yellow facings and collar badges, kilt, sporran, hose tops, garter tabs, boots, gaiters, pattern '82 buff waist belt, bayonet frog, buff rifle sling.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Major Edward (Ted) Millett
Discipline: Technology
Dimension Comment: Various sizes - see part records.

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Tagged with: militaria australian, colonial military forces, defence forces, uniforms, scottish communities, scottish textiles, tartan
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Victorian Volunteer Forces, 1854-1884, Clothing & Textiles Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: uniforms
Organisation Symbolised: Victorian Scottish Regiment, 1898-, Victoria, Australia, 1898 or later
References: Information on the Victorian Scottish Regiment from the Australian War Memorial web site http://cas.awm.gov.au (details of Regimental uniforms held by Memorial), accessed 12/6/2009.


Frank Woodhams Posted on 19 Nov 2013 11:16 AM
The uniform is of the NSW Scottish Rifles. The Sporran wih the five black tassles in the Balck Watch one tassle for each letter.
The Kilt is Black Watch the Victorian Scottiash were affiliated to the Gordons and wore the Gordon Tartan. The hose is BW. The Victorian Scottish wore red and white iced hose and the spats had black buttons. The Jacket is from the NSW Scottish Rifles.
I am the President of the NSW Scottish Regimental Association that is the reason I am familiar with that uniform. We never wore that jacket or
the Glengarry but the rest of the uniform we did plus carry our rifles to parades.
Regards Frank Woodhams
Mr Pseudonym Posted on 26 Feb 2014 12:47 PM
Frank you are incorrect.
Both NSW and Victorian Scottish Regiments had very similar uniforms at that time. See Australian War Memorial and search collections and 'doublet' for comparative examples from all over Australia.
Keep in mind, VSR were not aligned with the Gordon Highlanders until 1930. So couldn't wear Gordon uniform until after then. They had their own official tartan, the Victorian Scottish Regiment Tartan. It looks very similar to NSW Scottish tartan due to the red stripe.
You will see when Museum Victoria adds better quality photos that the buttons of the uniform, sporran badge and belt buckle will all bear the logo of the Colony of Victoria.
Tracy Brown Posted on 31 Mar 2014 2:05 PM
I recently purchased a beautiful painted photograph of a soldier who I am sure wears the uniform of the Victorian Scottish (using your descriptions). Is there any way of finding out if this is so as the glengarry has a split feather that is not described in your descriptions however is clearly visible in the photo/painting. I am very happy to forward a photo of it to you if you wish.
Discovery Centre Posted on 10 Apr 2014 1:14 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Tracy,
We suggest you try contacting the Australian War Memorial (www.awm.gov.au) who hold regimental uniforms of this type. Their Research Centre is the major body for research on Australia’s military history. Good luck with your research.

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