Victorian Colonial Infantry  Association Inc. <ul><li>Re-Enactment of  Victorian Era Infantry Companies. </li></ul><ul><li...
VICTORIAN COLONIAL FORCES 1854 - 1901 A Brief History Of
 
THE VOLUNTEER PERIOD 1854  -  1883 <ul><li>First Unit formed – Melbourne Volunteer Rifle Regiment - 1854 </li></ul><ul><li...
Bendigo Volunteer Rifles Circa 1861
 
<ul><li>ARTILLERY </li></ul><ul><li>East Melbourne </li></ul><ul><li>Metropolitan </li></ul><ul><li>Williamstown </li></ul...
<ul><li>CAVALRY </li></ul><ul><li>Metropolitian </li></ul><ul><li>Geelong </li></ul><ul><li>Bacchus Marsh </li></ul><ul><l...
<ul><li>RIFLES </li></ul><ul><li>Melbourne & North Melbourne </li></ul><ul><li>Prahran & South Yarra </li></ul><ul><li>Car...
<ul><li>NAVAL BRIGADE </li></ul><ul><li>Williamstown </li></ul><ul><li>Sandridge </li></ul><ul><li>ENGINEERS </li></ul><ul...
1865 Melbourne
1870 <ul><li>Imperial Troops Withdrawn </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers take over Defence of Victoria </li></ul><ul><li>CAVALR...
<ul><li>Permanent Paid Artillery Corps formed </li></ul><ul><li>If otherwise eligible, these Artillerymen were drafted int...
1870 Defence Map
1876 <ul><li>Reccomadations of 1875 Royal Commission implemented. </li></ul><ul><li>Sea and Costal Defences Commenced: eg ...
<ul><li>1883 – New Militia Act.  Volunteers are now paid. (Same as today’s Army Reserve) </li></ul><ul><li>Department Of D...
1899 Defence Map
1887
Rifle Clubs <ul><li>Established 1883 </li></ul><ul><li>Came under control of Defence Dept. </li></ul><ul><li>Able to buy r...
Cadet Corps <ul><li>Formed 1884 </li></ul><ul><li>Govt. supplied rifles & discount ammunition </li></ul><ul><li>Trained by...
Mounted Rifles <ul><li>Formed in all districts </li></ul><ul><li>Government supplied all accoutrements except saddles </li...
New Zealand: Waikato Militia. Article from “Bells Life 22 August 1863” Waikato Militia Index available at: http://users.bi...
Anglo Boer War  1899 - 1902 <ul><li>Index on the web at: </li></ul><ul><li>http://members.pcug.org.au/~croe/ozb/oz_boer.cg...
Victorian Volunteer Forces Long Service Medal, 1883 <ul><li>This example of the Long Service Medal was awarded to A Geddes...
Further Information <ul><li>Victorian Military Force List  -  Only lists Officers : SLV has the following years: 1874, 188...
V.C.I. A. Index’s  <ul><li>Victoria Review – All members in 1861 </li></ul><ul><li>Victorian Government Gazette – All V.D....
Further Reading <ul><li>Victorian Land Forces 1853 – 1883.   By George F. Ward </li></ul><ul><li>Portland’s Volunteer Rifl...
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  1. 1. Victorian Colonial Infantry Association Inc. <ul><li>Re-Enactment of Victorian Era Infantry Companies. </li></ul><ul><li>Research the Pre Federation Victorian Defence Forces. </li></ul><ul><li>Index of all members of the V.D.F </li></ul>Tom Corfmat: Secretary: vcia@iimetro.com.au PO Box 752 Ringwood 3134
  2. 2. VICTORIAN COLONIAL FORCES 1854 - 1901 A Brief History Of
  3. 4. THE VOLUNTEER PERIOD 1854 - 1883 <ul><li>First Unit formed – Melbourne Volunteer Rifle Regiment - 1854 </li></ul><ul><li>1860 – Volunteers take over Garrison duties when Imperial troops transferred to New Zealand. Strength of Volunteers 4002 </li></ul><ul><li>1863 – Re-Organisation of the Volunteer Force </li></ul>
  4. 5. Bendigo Volunteer Rifles Circa 1861
  5. 7. <ul><li>ARTILLERY </li></ul><ul><li>East Melbourne </li></ul><ul><li>Metropolitan </li></ul><ul><li>Williamstown </li></ul><ul><li>Emerald Hill </li></ul><ul><li>St Kilda </li></ul><ul><li>1 st Geelong </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd Geelong </li></ul><ul><li>Queenscliff </li></ul>
  6. 8. <ul><li>CAVALRY </li></ul><ul><li>Metropolitian </li></ul><ul><li>Geelong </li></ul><ul><li>Bacchus Marsh </li></ul><ul><li>Kyneton </li></ul><ul><li>Castlemaine </li></ul><ul><li>Sandhurst </li></ul><ul><li>Ballarat </li></ul>
  7. 9. <ul><li>RIFLES </li></ul><ul><li>Melbourne & North Melbourne </li></ul><ul><li>Prahran & South Yarra </li></ul><ul><li>Carlton </li></ul><ul><li>East Collingwood </li></ul><ul><li>Collingwood </li></ul><ul><li>Richmond </li></ul><ul><li>Pentridge </li></ul><ul><li>1 st Ballarat </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd Ballarat </li></ul><ul><li>3 rd Ballarat </li></ul><ul><li>Bendigo </li></ul><ul><li>Castlemaine </li></ul><ul><li>Maldon </li></ul><ul><li>Kyneton </li></ul>
  8. 10. <ul><li>NAVAL BRIGADE </li></ul><ul><li>Williamstown </li></ul><ul><li>Sandridge </li></ul><ul><li>ENGINEERS </li></ul><ul><li>STAFF </li></ul>
  9. 11. 1865 Melbourne
  10. 12. 1870 <ul><li>Imperial Troops Withdrawn </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers take over Defence of Victoria </li></ul><ul><li>CAVALRY – 6 Corps </li></ul><ul><li>ARTILLERY – 13 Corps </li></ul><ul><li>RIFLES – 15 Corps </li></ul><ul><li>NAVAL BRIGADE – 2 Corps </li></ul><ul><li>ENGINEERS – 2 Corps </li></ul><ul><li>STAFF </li></ul>
  11. 13. <ul><li>Permanent Paid Artillery Corps formed </li></ul><ul><li>If otherwise eligible, these Artillerymen were drafted into the Police and Penal departments. 190 men over 4 years. </li></ul><ul><li>Permanent Artillery – 119 all ranks </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Force in 1871 </li></ul><ul><li>OFFICERS – 136 </li></ul><ul><li>OTHER RANKS – 3663 </li></ul><ul><li>Total - 3799 </li></ul>
  12. 14. 1870 Defence Map
  13. 15. 1876 <ul><li>Reccomadations of 1875 Royal Commission implemented. </li></ul><ul><li>Sea and Costal Defences Commenced: eg Point Nepean & Fort Queenscliff </li></ul><ul><li>Total Strength = 3736 all ranks including 136 Permenant Artillery </li></ul>
  14. 16. <ul><li>1883 – New Militia Act. Volunteers are now paid. (Same as today’s Army Reserve) </li></ul><ul><li>Department Of Defence created </li></ul><ul><li>1887 – Total strength = 4189 all ranks including 208 permanent </li></ul><ul><li>1891-92 Establishment set at 7360 </li></ul><ul><li>1895 - Establishment set at 4901 </li></ul><ul><li>1899 - Establishment set at 5885 </li></ul><ul><li>Federation - 301 Officers, 6034 OR’s </li></ul>
  15. 17. 1899 Defence Map
  16. 18. 1887
  17. 19. Rifle Clubs <ul><li>Established 1883 </li></ul><ul><li>Came under control of Defence Dept. </li></ul><ul><li>Able to buy rifles & ammunition at reduced rates </li></ul><ul><li>Free railway travel to attend matches. </li></ul><ul><li>Allowance made to clubs for each effective member </li></ul><ul><li>1885 – 6540 members </li></ul>
  18. 20. Cadet Corps <ul><li>Formed 1884 </li></ul><ul><li>Govt. supplied rifles & discount ammunition </li></ul><ul><li>Trained by Militia members </li></ul><ul><li>1885 – 1850 Members </li></ul>
  19. 21. Mounted Rifles <ul><li>Formed in all districts </li></ul><ul><li>Government supplied all accoutrements except saddles </li></ul><ul><li>1888 – 54 units of Victorian Mounted Rifles </li></ul><ul><li>24 units of Infantry (Rangers) </li></ul>
  20. 22. New Zealand: Waikato Militia. Article from “Bells Life 22 August 1863” Waikato Militia Index available at: http://users.bigpond.net.au/hughesmob/waikato.htm
  21. 23. Anglo Boer War 1899 - 1902 <ul><li>Index on the web at: </li></ul><ul><li>http://members.pcug.org.au/~croe/ozb/oz_boer.cgi?setup_file=oz_boer.setup </li></ul><ul><li>Regt. No Name & Rank </li></ul><ul><li>Date Of Birth Occupation </li></ul><ul><li>Address N.O.K (Name & Address) </li></ul><ul><li>Religion Height </li></ul><ul><li>Chest Measurment Previous Service </li></ul><ul><li>Some Photos available </li></ul>
  22. 24. Victorian Volunteer Forces Long Service Medal, 1883 <ul><li>This example of the Long Service Medal was awarded to A Geddes in 1883. After Federation in 1901, this medal became obsolete. </li></ul>
  23. 25. Further Information <ul><li>Victorian Military Force List - Only lists Officers : SLV has the following years: 1874, 1883, 1887, 1888, 1889, 1897, 1899 </li></ul><ul><li>Muster Rolls – These list ALL members. National Archives has from 1863 to 1901. Not indexed. </li></ul><ul><li>Corfmat Index (SLV) has 1861 list of all members. </li></ul>
  24. 26. V.C.I. A. Index’s <ul><li>Victoria Review – All members in 1861 </li></ul><ul><li>Victorian Government Gazette – All V.D.F personnel listed from 1854 to 1901. </li></ul><ul><li>Waikato – All Victorians listed. </li></ul><ul><li>Boer War- All Victorian Contingents plus Victorians in Scotish Horse Regiments. </li></ul><ul><li>National Archives Muster Rolls – progresive… </li></ul><ul><li>Master Index – All of the above </li></ul>
  25. 27. Further Reading <ul><li>Victorian Land Forces 1853 – 1883. By George F. Ward </li></ul><ul><li>Portland’s Volunteer Rifle Corps.1859 - 63 By Gwen Bennett </li></ul><ul><li>Portland’s Historic Battery(1889) Including Western Artillery Corps (1866-1884) and The Portland Battery, Garrison Artillery (1888-1904) . By Gwen Bennett </li></ul><ul><li>Bold – Steady – Faithful. History of the 6th Battalion, The Royal Melbourne Regiment 1854 – 1993 By Ronald J. Austin </li></ul><ul><li>Australian Aldershot- A history of the Langwarrin Training Camp By Winty Calder </li></ul><ul><li>Victoria Barracks – An Informal History </li></ul><ul><li>Hero’s and Gentlemen, Colonel Tom Price & The Victorian Mounted Rifles By Winty Calder </li></ul><ul><li>Glimpses of Colonel Tom – by Winty Calder </li></ul><ul><li>The Colonial Volunteers – The Defence Forces of The Australian Colonies 1836 – 1901. By Bob Nicholls </li></ul><ul><li>Uniforms Of The Australian Colonies By Alfred N Festburg & Barry J Videon </li></ul><ul><li>Australian Military Uniforms By Monty Wedd </li></ul><ul><li>Australians In The Waikato War 1863 – 64 By Leonard L. Barton </li></ul><ul><li>Marching to the Waikato 1863 – By William Thompson </li></ul><ul><li>The Shire of Lilydale & its Military Heritage – Volume 1 The Colonial Years By A.J, Mcleer </li></ul><ul><li>Victoria’s Diggers By Allan Box </li></ul><ul><li>The Victorian Volunteer Long & Efficient Service Medal 1881 – 1901 By R.D. Williams </li></ul><ul><li>Marching On – History of The Bendigo Regiment By William E Thompson </li></ul><ul><li>The Victorian Volunteer Force on The Central Victorian Goldfields 1858 – 1883 by Bob Marmion </li></ul><ul><li>The Ham & Beef Battery – The defence of Westernport – by Bruce Bennett </li></ul><ul><li>Victoria’s Guns – by Major Bill Billett </li></ul><ul><li>Military Forces Of Victoria 1854 – 1967 – by GR Vazenry </li></ul><ul><li>To Occupy A Fool Paradise – by David W Spethmany </li></ul><ul><li>Country Victoria’s Own – by Neil Leckie </li></ul>

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