Emu plume : Private S J Cossart, Queensland Mounted Infantry

Place Oceania: Australia, Queensland
Accession Number REL35827
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Headdress
Physical description Emu feather, Leatherette
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made c 1899-1902
Conflict South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)

Emu feather plume gathered at the base and secured with a piece of black leatherette and a short strand of wire.

History / Summary

Sidney (also spelt Sydney) Joseph Cossart was born on 24 June 1878 He joined 3 Queensland Mounted Infantry (3 Queensland Bushmen), as a Private, service number 47, in January or February 1900 when the regiment was formed as part of the third Queensland contingent to be sent to South Africa. The Queensland Mounted Infantry left Brisbane on 1 March, 1900 onboard the transport ‘Duke of Portland’ and arrived at Cape Town on 2 April, 1900. On its arrival in South Africa, 3 Queensland Mounted Infantry was incorporated into the Rhodesian Field Force becoming the 2 Regiment, Private Cossart participated in operations in Rhodesia, the Transvaal, and Orange Free State. The most notable action being the Relief of Mafeking. During his service in Africa he served as Acting Corporal. During May 1901, 3 Queensland Mounted Infantry was relieved from further service in South Africa. Private Cossart returned to Queensland.