Outdoor portrait of members of the 58th Infantry (Essendon Rifles) Regiment standing to attention following the presentation of King's and Regimental colours. The Essendon Rifles was formed from ...
ID numberP09772.001
Collection typePhotograph
Object typeBlack & white - Print silver gelatin
MakerUnknown
Place madeAustralia: Victoria, Melbourne, Moonee Ponds
Date made16 August 1914
DescriptionOutdoor portrait of members of the 58th Infantry (Essendon Rifles) Regiment standing to attention following the presentation of King's and Regimental colours. The Essendon Rifles was formed from the 60th company, a unit which had been created when the Defence Act of 1904 formed an Australian Militia. All eight companies within 'The Rifles' were comprised of men from the Essendon area, including the nearby suburbs of Moonee Ponds, Ascot Vale and New Market. The 58th Essendon Rifles were commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Harold 'Pompey' Elliott. At the outbreak of the First World War, Elliott recruited many serving members of the 58th for his 7th Infantry Battalion, AIF, which he led on overseas service.
Credit lineDonated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by A Tubb