"Kangaroo feathers" and the Australian Light Horse

Throughout history, mounted troops have been known as elite men of arms. The Australian Light Horse was no different and wore a decoration worthy of their distinction.

Originating from the Queensland mounted troops, the tradition of wearing an emu plume became synonymous with the light horse and inseparable from its legend. Appreciating a practical joke, when asked about their plumes, First AIF light horsemen pulled many legs by replying that they were, in fact, "kangaroo feathers".

Army recruit wearing a hat with light horse feathers
This photograph of an Army recruit at Seymour Camp shows clearly the feathers of the light horse in his hat.
AWM 158668

 

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