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Post  Admin on Wed 02 Jul 2008, 2:35 pm

Received via email
the photo below was taken at Drury and Co Market Building Bay Street, Port Melbourne - I am told it is a Victorian uniform - Unfortunately I have no other information other than possibly a MacRae/McRae, McCrae?? You are quite welcome to have a copy. Would you know which unit or even what type of rifle he has. Hope the photo comes through OK for you Cheers Alan McRae
http://i42.servimg.com/u/f42/12/22/09/10/macrae10.jpg

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Re: Uniform in photo

Post  Admin on Wed 02 Jul 2008, 2:35 pm

Firstly thanks for the question.
It is certainly an infantryman or Private from the Victorian Military Forces, 1890s.
His tunic was adopted by the VMF in 1893 and worn up to federation in 1903.
It is likely that he belonged to the 1st or 2nd Victorian Rifles due to the white equipment he wears and the locale of the photographer. The unit identifier is the shoulder straps which aren't visible in the photograph. They bear a company letter over a battalion number overs VR, for Victorian Rifles.
The Glengarry cap is an undress item, a helmet with spike being worn on parade.
As the rifle appears to be a Martini Henry this probably dates the photo before 1900.

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Post  zipperheads9 on Wed 09 Jun 2010, 4:45 pm

Rifle looks like a Martini Henri ,but to dark for positive ID , think I see the Cocking lever

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Re: Uniform in photo

Post  Sean on Sat 19 Jun 2010, 1:39 pm

Yes it is a Martini Henry. Various marks of this rifle were used throughout the Australian colonies from the 1880s.
Skennerton has a very good book on Australian longarms, that will give the appropriate version for the period.

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