A group of volunteer soldiers of the 1st Regiment New South Wales Rifle Volunteers, also known as ...

Accession Number P02849.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white, Landscape
Physical description Black & white, Landscape
Maker Wingate, Thomas W
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made 24 May 1861

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


A group of volunteer soldiers of the 1st Regiment New South Wales Rifle Volunteers, also known as the Sydney Battalion, formed up in a hollow square on the Victoria Barracks parade ground. The soldiers are all wearing uniforms of Melton Stone Grey Cloth and Infantry Shako's (hats). The colour of the facings on the sleeves of the jackets identified individual companies. The soldiers are holding the Enfield Pattern 1853 rifle, Third Model, with the Pattern 1853 socket bayonet fitted to the rifle. Inside the hollow square the officer on the left is holding his sword, an 1827 Pattern Rifle Officers Sword which has been drawn from the scabbard. The mounted officer, who is obscured as his horse has moved, is probably the Commanding Officer Major Thomas W. Wingate, and the officer on the right is holding the Regiment's new colours. The colours were presented to the Regiment by Lady Young, the wife of the newly appointed Governor of NSW, on 18 May 1861, five days before this photograph was taken. The soldier on the end of the right hand arm of the hollow square is a Sergeant Major in the British regular Army, he is wearing a red jacket over blue trousers and a British Infantry Shako. He is probably attached to the Regiment as an instructor. Behind and to the right can be seen a small section of British regular soldiers, possibly the 12th Regiment of Foot.. This albumen print is signed and dated by the photographer, "T. Wingate fecit, May 24/61". The photographer is probably also the Commanding Officer of the Regiment, and an acknowledged amateur photographer. (Original print held in the collection of the AWM)