Colonial to 1899
Logistics Exercises like this, small in scale and time by Easter camp standards though it was, still required considerable logistics – rations had to be arranged and issued to the soldiers to carry in their haversacks or ration carts pre-positioned in the exercise area, medical arrangements had to be made in case of exercise casualties,...  
Introduction 1888 was a particularly busy year in the life of the nascent Militia forces in Victoria. Formed in 1885 to replace in large part Volunteer forces which had been in existence since the mid- 1850s, Militia involvement in the social, civil and military life of this wealthy colony was already comprehensive and well reported....  
The second ‘Report on the Defences of Victoria’ presented in March, 1879, motivated the Victorian government into immediately implementing an integrated system of gunboats, fortifications, and submarine minefields to defend Port Phillip Heads and the Southern Bay channels....  
In 1860 the Victorian Colony sought advice on suitable defences to protect Port Phillip from naval attack. An expert fortress engineer, Captain Peter Scratchley R.E., was assigned by the UK Government in 1860 to devise a plan....  
This substantial and impressive volume describes the service life of William George Monteith – the author’s late husband’s grandfather....  
This first biography was written by his grandson, Basil (Jika) Holmes Travers after his retirement in 1984, and was finally published in 2016 through the efforts of his daughter Philippa Holmes Hyles....  
The Diamond Jubilee and the Kolopore Cup....  
Part 1: The Quest for the Kolopore Cup, team selection and to England....  
The letterhead on the RUSI Victoria Newsletter shows one of the artillery pieces located in front of Victoria Barracks – a Turkish 5.9 inch howitzer....  
When you next walk down the Collins Street reflect on the man after whom the street was named....  
Sitting unobtrusively astride the front entrance stand two black beasts of war....  
I have unearthed information about Melbourne’s Crimean War trophy guns currently located outside Victoria Barracks on St Kilda Road....  
Alexander Bruce Tulloch was born on 2 September 1838 and educated at Sandhurst....  
The Eureka Rebellion holds an interesting place in Victorian history depending on who you talk to, or, who happens to be writing about it. For an event that took less than 15 minutes (the tourist re-enactment takes longer than the real thing), it’s interesting to speculate as to why the rebellion has acquired such iconic...  
Independence from New South Wales and the right to separate governance was granted to Victoria in July 1851. At the time of arrival of Sir Charles Hotham as replacement Lieutenant-Governor on December 6th 1853, the Victorian Legislative Council, his advisory body, was a partially appointed and partially elected group of thirty men. One of the...  
Sale is a city in the Gippsland region of Victoria with a population of around 14,000....  
In part 1 of ‘Fort Gellibrand – Understanding the Trace’ the fortification originally known as Williamstown Central Battery was examined through the gun positions and buildings which still exist on the Fort Gellibrand site. This essay will attempt to establish the initial trace of the fortification in 1860-1865, and the first redevelopment trace which took...  
Understanding the purpose and development of any fortification requires its ‘trace’ to be established (the outline of the fortification at a particular development stage)....  
Fort Gellibrand is located on Battery Road near Point Gellibrand at the southernmost tip of the Williamstown peninsula as it juts into Hobsons Bay and Port Phillip Bay. Fort Gellibrand is of historical importance to Victoria for its association with the development of defence strategies for the colony in the nineteenth century, and for its...  
Governor Captain Sir Charles Hotham KCB RN arrived in Melbourne on board the Queen of the South, commanded by Captain William Henry Norman (1812-1869), to assume the governorship of Victoria. Sir Charles, acknowledged as one of the ablest officers in the RN, was impressed by Norman and offered him command of Victoria’s new HMCSS Victoria,...  
Victoria, formed as a British Colony 161 years ago, was to become the ‘Cradle of the Australian Navy’, the base from which the Commonwealth Federation developed its formidable Australian Naval Force.  The ANF received Royal Patronage in 1911 and became known from that date as the Royal Australian Navy (RAN)....  
This is the story of, perhaps, an unspectacular man, a soldier who experienced both garrison posting and war, volunteering and public service. It is not an altogether new story, but a life that has been told in part previously though never in full. In the October-December 1980 edition of the MHSA journal Sabretache there was...  
In 1859 Britain was swept with an anti-French fever whipped up by the Press as a result of the construction of the French warship La Gloire, the first armoured steam warship to be built....  
When you next walk down the Collins Street reflect on the man after whom the street was named…...  
The Victorian Navy came into being in 1855 when Her Majesty’s Colonial Ship (HMCS) Victoria was manned for the delivery voyage to Australia. This article just scratches the surface of a fascinating aspect of Victoria’s naval defences....  
There was a proliferation of various types of rifles used by both the Volunteer Forces from 1860.  We can eliminate a few of these from this review, namely the short-barrelled percussion muzzle-loading carbines due to their lack of accuracy beyond 300 yards, as in those early days, all short range competition was carried out either...  
Quintessential cavalryman and Victorian Police Inspector Octavius Skinner Burton was born in Wales in 1823, the eighth (hence Octavius) of ten children.  Burton was a descendent of well connected and established families with Irish antecedents; his father had served as a Captain in the Royal Staffordshire Militia.  Little is known of Octavius Burton’s formative years....  
Sitting unobtrusively astride the front entrance stand two black beasts of war. There was time when they were prized weapons in chaotic massed infantry and cavalry battles of the 19th Century. They spewed out cannonballs that decimated the ranks advancing towards them. But these two guns were captured at great cost and now rest as...  
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