Cabinet Photograph
Adelaide Photo Company - Photographer
Corner of Pith St and Park Street, Sydney, Australia
c. 1910

Although he inscribed his portrait on its reverse side with a Christmas and New Years sentiment, this trooper of the New South West Mounted Police failed to identify himself beyond
simple initials which makes further personal research almost impossible. None the less this image is a outstanding study of an early Edwardian era member of the worlds oldest
continuously operational mounted police force having been founded by New South Wales Thomas Brisbane in 1825.

This trooper wears a simple dark blue six button frock, reinforced riding pants and hussar styled riding boots. The unit's distinctive dark blue helmet with white pagri is visible on the
studio table next to him. The helmet badge bears a post Victorian, King's Crown at it's top.
Below: The inscription on the photograph's reverse side describing his uniform and wishing an unknown recipient "...a merry x-mas & a happy new year.". The trooper signed the
inscription with his initial which appear to be "W R". He also added a small "x" to each corner.