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Another new tailor’s button from Helen:
Thomas Bourke (1846-1924) had a tailors, mercers and hatters establishment in Brisbane Street, Launceston from 1881 through to 1952.
New find: Officer Cadet School, Portsea
The Officer Cadet School was set up at Point Nepean on the site of an old quarantine station. The school started in January 1952 and continued until 1985 when officer training was transferred to the Royal Military College, Duntroon. The land has been incorporated into a national park.
Published in the Argus on the 6th April 1872:
A button for my wish list! I have not been able to find a photo of the uniform or the buttons described in the story:
Cakobau was the self-proclaimed chief Warlord of the short lived Kingdom of Viti (from which we get the name Fiji). In 1871 the British consul convinced Fijian Chiefs to become a constitutional Monarchy with Cakobau as King, but the real power lying in a legislative assembly dominate by Australian ex-pats. A period of economic mismanagement, political and social unrest eventually lead to the Annexation of Fiji as a British colony in 1874.
New find: Army Apprentices school uniform buttons.
The Balcombe Army Camp at Mount Martha, Victoria was opened on 2nd June 1948 for boys from 15-17.5 years as a live-in school to undertake a 3 year Army trade qualification. In 1982 it was relocated to Latchford Barracks in Bongellia, near Wodonga. It closed in 1995.
From the web page of the Army Apprentice organisation:
New finds: The Royal Army Service Corps.
Thanks to www.diggerhistory.com
In 1886 an “Ordnance and Commissariat and Transport Corps of Victoria” was raised. In 1889 the ordnance function of this corps ceased. A similar corps was started in New South Wales in 1891. In both states the corps evolved into Army Service Corps then soon after federation the Australian Army Service Corps (MSC) was formed.
The Corps served in WW1, WW2, The Occupation of Japan, the Malayan Emergency, Korea and Vietnam. Despite the importance of supply to an Army in the field, after WW1 the Corps was neglected, with lack of training, men and resources. During WW2, they played an active role in the defense of Tobruk. The Royal prefix was bestowed on 31st December 1948. The Corps was disbanded on 31st may 1973 with a new corps taking over road, transport, air dispatch and postal duties; the Royal Australian Corps of Transport. The Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps took over provision of foodstuffs and fuel.