|Object type||Black & white - Print silver gelatin|
|Place made||Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Moonee Ponds|
|Date made||16 August 1914|
|Credit line||Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by A Tubb|
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 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 amalgamated the Essendon rifles into the newly formed 7th Battalion, which he commanded.