|Identifying some of the more obscure Victorian colonial units can be very difficult. Documentation can be very sparse
and the usual avenues of research difficult to proceed along.
This carte de vsite is a case in point. No information other that the photographer's name is written on the card. Being
that the card was purchased from a seller in New South Wales, Australia helped to possibly localize it to that area of
Pursuing the identity of the photographer I have come across only one under the name of R. Duryea in Australia. He
operated out of Albany, Western Australia during the 1880-1900 period. Based upon that this soldier may have been
a member of one of Albany's volunteer units, probably a rifle volunteer unit. Possibilities include the Albany Defense
Rifles and Albany Rifle Volunteers.
I have not found a reference for the cap badge or uniform being worn in the photograph, although his patrol jacket and
peaked forage cap appear to be of then current pattern.
Carte de Visite
R. Duyea - Photographer
Albany, Western Australia