The Ballarat Ranger Military Museum was opened in the old Ranger Barracks in Ballarat in 1989. One of the many pieces of memorabilia found in a recent search of the store of the museum was the fascinating poem: ‘Kirby DSO’.
At Federation, the former colony that had most to contribute to the Commonwealth Naval Forces which came into being on 1 March 1901 was Victoria.
Hugh Louis Zephyr Downey (1861-1922): NZ Field Artillery, NZ Armed Constabulary, 1st Victorian Regiment, Victorian Permanent Artillery, Victorian Rangers, Australian Instructional Staff Hugh Louis Zephyr Downey was born in Tasmania on 14 March 1861, the fifth child of Hugh Downey, a pensioned British soldier ex-99th Regiment. Downey senior enlisted in the 99th Regiment of Foot […]