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Departure of the New South Wales Contingent to Sudan 1885

June 7th, 2013 by


This is another image taken by the Sydney based photographer Henry King of the parade of the New South Wales Contingent through Sydney on their departure for the Sudan on 3 March 1885. It is taken from the same vantage point as the previous image and shows  troops in dress uniforms with bayonets  gleaming, marching down Oxford Street alongside Victoria Barracks.  The contingent consisted of an  infantry battalion of 522 men and 24 officers and an artillery battery of 212 men.

The colonial government had declared a public holiday and the public crowed every vantage point to watch the parade. Men and boys can be sitting on top of the high stone wall around Victoria Barracks and well dressed men, women, children and even a dog are pictured lining the road.  At the time, the  send-off was described as the most festive occasion in the colony’s history.

Post by Lynne McNairn, Digital Media

Photography by Henry King studio (85/1285-461)
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Reference: Australian War Memorial, Sudan (New South Wales Contingent) March-June 1885




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