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'A Most Promising Corps': Citizen soldiers in colonial Queensland, 1860 – 1903

by: Geoff Ginn, Hilary Davies and Brian Rough, editors
published by: Geoff Ginn, Hilary Davies and Brian Rough


The The Colonial Forces Study Group (Qld.) has released its flagship publication, 'A Most Promising Corps': Citizen soldiers in colonial Queensland, 1860 – 1903, written collaboratively by historians of the Study Group and edited by Geoff Ginn, Hilary Davies and Brian Rough.

This 300-page illustrated book tells the stories of Queensland's colonial military, ranging from the establishment of the first volunteer force at Brisbane’s police station in February 1860 through military units formed in more than forty towns across Queensland. An estimated 20,000 citizens undertook some form of military service in Queensland between 1859 and 1903, when the remaining units were absorbed into the new Commonwealth Military Forces.

The citizen soldiers of Queensland’s colonial army were called out for service a number of times, including the ‘Bread Riots’ of 1866, the Russian war scares of 1878 and 1885, the annexation of New Guinea in 1884, and the shearers’ strikes of 1891 and 1894. They also assisted with flood rescue operations in 1893, and some served in Queensland contingents to the Boer War from 1899.

'A Most Promising Corps' examines in detail the history of Queensland’s colonial military and naval units on a town by town basis in alphabetical order, providing where possible lists of officers who served in each location.

RRP: $35 + $10 P&P
Contact: CFSG(Q), GPO Box 1226, Brisbane, Qld 4001.
Website: www.qldcolonialforces.org

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