Officer's khaki drill field jacket : Victorian Rangers

Place Oceania: Australia, Victoria
Accession Number REL/18984.001
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Bullion thread, Cotton drill, Ferrous metal, Gilded brass
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made c 1893-1901
Conflict Australian Colonial Forces, 1854-1900

Khaki drill jacket with square stand collar and plain sleeves. Shoulder straps of the same fabric each with a bullion embroidered star for the rank of lieutenant and a small 'PRO DEO ET PATRIA VICTORIA' button. Five large buttons of the same type at front made by 'STOKES & MARTIN MELB.' All buttons are attached with split pins not sewn. Two pleated patch pockets at the breast, each with a very shallow three-pointed flap and no buttons. The unlined jacket has a plain, three panelled back with side vents. Collar neck edge fastened with two ferrous metal hooks and eyes.

History / Summary

Khaki field jacket reputed to have been worn by Lieutenant A E Bilton of the Victorian Rangers. They were usually worn with khaki trousers with scarlet welt down the side seams. The Victorian Rifle Volunteers were renamed the Victorian Rangers in 1889 and were often made up of members of rifle clubs from various country districts. There were three battalions of Rangers, each made up of companies from surrounding areas. Members of the Rangers were provided with a rifle, bayonet, waistbelt and other leather accessories, but had to provide their own uniform made to the authorized pattern.