Aiguillette : Lieutenant J B N Osborne, 1st Australian Horse

Place Oceania: Australia, New South Wales
Accession Number REL/04694.002
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Gilded metal, Gold bullion braid, Gold bullion lace
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1899 - 1901
Conflict Australian Colonial Forces, 1854-1900

Decorative shoulder cords of plaited gold bullion wire and crimson silk or cotton thread. Some sections of the braid are formed into chains and knots with the ends finished with gold netted caps and decorative gilt points. Part way along, the cords are stitched to small square of gold bullion lace with a buttonhole in the centre for attachment to shoulder strap on right shoulder.

History / Summary

Aiguillette worn on the right shoulder with full dress tunic, as Aide de Camp to Governor of New Zealand Lord Ranfurly, by Lieutenant James Bunbury Nott Osborne as a member of the 1st Australian Horse. Born in New South Wales on 14 May 1878, and educated at Rugby College in England, Osborne was commissioned into the 1st Australian Horse on 1 January 1898, when he joined a contingent of the unit raised at Bungendore by his father, Pat Hill Osborne. The unit's first Easter camp was held at Currandooley, the nearby Osborne property, where Pat Osborne provided free rations, transport and forage. He also entertained the officers, including his son James, to dinner. During the Boer War, the Australian Horse provided two contingents, in 1899 and 1900. Osborne served as second in command with the first contingent, arriving in Cape Town on 13 December 1899. He was present at the Relief of Kimberley and while there, left the Australian Horse and took up a commission with the British 16th Lancers. He was closely involved in the surrender of Bloemfontein. Osborne took part in operations in Orange Free State and Transvaal between January 1900 and November 1900 and saw action at Reit River, Klip Drift, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Poplar Grove, Dreifontein, Karee Siding, Belfast and Slingersfontein. He was awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal with five clasps. After taking ill, he was invalided to England. Osborne eventually returned to Australia and took up the family property 'Bowylie', at Gundaroo, NSW. He died in 1934.