Lantern Slide - Soldier, Victorian Mounted Rifles, 1885-1901 Image Reg. No: MM 035165

Summary:
Lantern slide depicting a member of the Victorian Mounted Rifles (although inscribed 'Victoria' Mounted Rifles).

Formed in 1885, the Victorian Mounted Rifle companies were recruited in rural centres. Members of country rifle clubs formed a significant component. A small allowance was paid to members. Mounted Riflemen were required to provide their own mount. They were disbanded in 1901. Not to be confused with similarly named contingents to the Boer War.
Description:
Glass lantern slide, square, printed with black and white photograph. Slide has black edging.
Description Of Content:
Photograph of soldier in Victoria Mounted Rifles uniform. Small joey or wallaby at his side - perhaps a mascot. The soldier wears a buttoned tonic, leather belt at waist and across chest, sword in sheath on left side, long boots and cap with broad plaited band. A brick (?) building and two folding tables can be seen behind him.
Acquisition Information:
Loan & Subsequent Donation from Australian Film Institute (AFI)
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 82 mm (Height), 82 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: victorian volunteer forces, military history, fauna, victorian colonial defence forces, soldiers, kangaroos, mascots, lantern slides
Themes this item is part of: Francis Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Victorian Colonial Military, 1854-1901, Victorian Mounted Rifles, 1885-1901
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: portraits
Original Caption: Victoria Mounted Rifles
Inscriptions: Text, on slide: Victoria Mounted Rifles.
Format: Lantern Slide: Black & White; Standard (3¼ in. x 3¼ in.)
Organisation Depicted: Victorian Mounted Rifles, 1885-1901, Victoria, Australia, 1885-1901

Date Victorian Mounted Rifles were in existence.

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