Cap badge : 1st New South Wales Rifles

Place Oceania: Australia, New South Wales
Accession Number REL/02466.001
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Badge
Physical description Brass
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made 1854 - 1859
Conflict Australian Colonial Forces, 1854-1900

Brass cap badge in the form of a bugle slung by two tasselled ropes tied in a bow.

History / Summary

This badge was worn by an unknown member of the 1st New South Wales Rifles. The badge was worn on the unit’s forage cap alongside the numeral ‘1’.

The 1st New South Wales Rifles were a volunteer unit raised in 1854 with its first Commanding Officer being Major Thomas Wingate. The original uniform was a dark green frock coat with black velvet facings and black shoulder straps with trousers of similar material with a black bold stripe. Armament was a .704 calibre muzzle-loading with sword bayonets.

One of the first duties of the unit was to guard the Sydney Branch of the Royal Mint. It also formed the Guard of Honour for the Govenor of New South Wales at the opening of the railway to Parramatta.

The 1st New South Wales Rifles were reorganised in October 1860 and again in 1879 and redesignated the 1st Regiment New South Wales Infantry. In 1901 it was redesignated the 1st Australian Infantry Regiment now known as 1 Commando Regiment (RNSWR).