Officer's full dress trousers : Victorian Rangers

Place Oceania: Australia, Victoria
Accession Number REL/18984.002
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Brass, Cotton twill, Gold bullion lace, Linen, Wool twill
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made c 1890s
Conflict Australian Colonial Forces, 1854-1900

Khaki wool twill trousers with high backed waist and gold lace with crimson central stripe extending down the side seams from the top of the waist edge. Large welt pockets at the side seams lined with brown cotton twill. Back waist has adjustable twill straps and ferrous metal two pronged buckle. Brass buttoned waist and fly with buttons stamped on the obverse 'MOUBRAY ROWAN & HICKS'. Waist lined with striped cream cotton twill and unbleached linen. Fly lined with the same linen. Straight legged trousers have scooped hems, higher at the front and with a pair of small unmarked brass buttons stitched to both sides of each leg hem. Hem reinforced with linen behind buttons.

History / Summary

Khaki trousers reputed to have been worn by Lieutenant A E Bilton of the Victorian Rangers. Trousers are of the full dress pattern, but may have also been used in the field. Field dress trousers usually had a scarlet welt at the sides rather than gold lace with crimson stripe. There were three battalions of Rangers, each made up of companies from surrounding country 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.