Officer's full dress trousers : Victorian Rangers

Place Oceania: Australia, Victoria
Accession Number REL/18985.002
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Cotton twill, Gold bullion lace, Linen, White metal, Wool twill
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made c 1890s
Conflict Australian Colonial Forces, 1854-1900

Khaki wool twill trousers with gold lace and crimson central stripe extending down the side seams from the pocket edges. Sloping welt pocket at each front lined with white cotton twill. White metal buttoned waist and fly with buttons stamped on the obverse 'W. MONCKTON FITZROY'. Waist lined with striped white cotton twill and white glazed linen. Fly lined with the same linen. Straight legged trousers have scooped hems, higher at the front.

History / Summary

Khaki trousers reputed to have been worn by Lieutenant A E Bilton of the Victorian Rangers. Full dress trousers were of the same pattern as the Victorian Mounted Rifles with a gold and crimson stripe. 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.