Officer's full dress tunic : Victorian Rangers

Place Oceania: Australia, Victoria
Accession Number REL/18985.001
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Bullion thread, Cotton, Gilded brass, Gold bullion braid, Patent leather, Superfine wool, Wool, Wool twill
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made c 1889-1893
Conflict Australian Colonial Forces, 1854-1900

Khaki brown wool twill tunic with scarlet superfine stand collar and pointed cuffs. Collar edged all round with gold Russia braid. Special pattern gold bullion shoulder straps lined with brown wool, each with an embroidered silver and gold bullion star for the rank of lieutenant and a single small gilt Victorian Military Forces button. Pointed scarlet cuffs traced with gold Russia braid forming an Austrian knot above the point and a separate figured eye decoration below. Five gilded brass Victorian Military Forces buttons made by 'GREEN & BAKER BIRMINGHAM' at front followed by three embroidered eyes and corresponding brass hooks on the left front facing to completely secure the square fronts of the tunic. Tunic and collar fully lined with brown wool and cotton mixture in satin weave, partially quilted around the upper body. Concealed pocket inside left breast lined with brown cotton twill. Sleeves lined with striped white cotton twill. Black patent leather neck tab stitched to right edge of collar lining and neck edge fastened with two brass hooks and eyes.

History / Summary

Khaki wool tunic reputed to have been worn by Lieutenant A E Bilton of the Victorian Rangers. 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.