Our colonial defences: a company of the mounted rifles manoeuvring in Victoria
|Title||Our colonial defences: a company of the mounted rifles manoeuvring in Victoria|
|Medium||Hand-coloured wood engraving on paper|
|Measurement||Overall: 22.8 x 30.8 cm (image); 26.6 x 35.2 cm (sheet, varying)|
Depicts the company of VMR (Victorian Mounted Rifles) riding through bushland during training. It has been alleged that this work was based on a photograph sent to the Graphic by Lieutenant Colonel Tomkin. Formed in 1885, Victorian Mounted Rifles (1885-1901) companies were recruited in rural centres. Members of country rifle clubs formed a significant component. They were semi-professional and only a small allowance was paid to members. Mounted Riflemen were required to provide their own mount. They served as part of the Victorian Colonial Military Forces - the umbrella term for organized Victorian (non-British) pre-colonial military activity.