Service dress tunic : Victorian Mounted Rifles

Place Oceania: Australia, Victoria
Accession Number REL/18591.001
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Brass, Cotton tape, Cotton twill, Gold bullion lace, Wool twill
Maker A Bowley & Co
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made c 1885-1893
Conflict Australian Colonial Forces, 1854-1900

Khaki drab wool twill tunic with crimson stand collar and pointed cuffs. Front edge of collar rounded with no decoration. Khaki wool twill shoulder straps lined with khaki cotton twill and each with brass 'A' and 'VMR' shoulder titles and single small brass Victorian Military Forces button. Left sleeve has three gold lace sergeant's chevrons on crimson wool ground above elbow. On the lower right sleeve above cuff on a khaki wool ground, is an upward pointing good conduct chevron of white cotton herringbone tape with central woven magenta stripe. Front of tunic has two breast patch pockets without pleats, rounded flaps, and single brass military forces buttons. Five small Victorian Miltary Forces buttons down front made by 'BRYAN BROTHERS LONDON', 'H.W. MARTIN LONDON' and 'BECKWORTH'S LTD LONDON'. Brass belt hook at left waist. Tunic fully lined with khaki cotton twill with concealed pocket inside the right breast lined with brown cotton twill. Lining slightly padded around back armholes. Sleeves lined with white striped cotton twill. Collar lined with same khaki twill. At back neck an embroidered maker's label. Neck fastened with single brass hook and eye.

History / Summary

Custom made tunic probably from the early 1890s period as the patch pockets have no pleat. The concealed breast pocket is on the inside right front rather than the usual left. The Victorian Mounted Rifles were formed in 1885 and forty five detatchments were organised into nine companies. 'A' company was located over a wide area around Melbourne encompassing Geelong in the west, Gisborne in the north and Dromana in the South. By 1903 the VMR together with the Victorian Rangers and Melbourne Cavalry contributed to the regiments of Australian Light Horse in Victoria.