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Lot #322 - THE PRINCE OF WALES VICTORIAN VOLUNTEER LIGHT HORSE REGIMENT 1884 - Composite albumen paper photograph

  • Auction House:
    Leski Auctions
  • Sale Name:
    Australian & Colonial
  • Sale Date:
    24 Nov 2019 ~ 12noon (AEDT)
  • Lot #:
    322
  • Lot Description:
    THE PRINCE OF WALES VICTORIAN VOLUNTEER LIGHT HORSE REGIMENT 1884 - Composite albumen paper photograph
    of 29 military portraits, inscribed and dated in ink on backing below image, 37.5 x 29.1cm. laid down on original backing. Inscription reads: “Presented to Surgeon Beaney with kind regards, Caleb Anderson. Major Com’dg Reg’t P. of W V.V.L. Melbourne 29th February 1884.“
  • Notes:
    In 1862, the units of the Mounted Volunteer Corps in Victoria were formed into a single regiment known as the Victorian Volunteer Light Horse. This title changed in 1863, to the Prince of Wales Victorian Volunteer Light Horse (Hussars). Troops were based at various times at Geelong, Ballarat, Kyneton, Bendigo, Castlemaine and Dandenong, as well as metropolitan Melbourne. The Victorian Volunteer Light Horse Regiment was disbanded in 1884 and in 1885, most of the Cavalry were incorporated into a newly formed Victorian Mounted Rifles. James Beaney was a surgeon at the Melbourne Hospital from 1860 to 1891. Known for his medical boldness and notorious for his self-promotion and lavish lifestyle, his every step invited controversy and divided public opinion. The conduct of a surgeon who drank and served champagne to guests he invited to watch as he performed operations with hands adorned with jewellery is something that would be condemned today as outrageous and unacceptable. But from 1860 that was the common practice of Melbourne surgeon James George Beaney – a practice that was to earn him the dubious nickname of Diamond Jim and guarantee him a place in the city’s history as one of its more controversial and colourful celebrities, loved and despised in almost equal measure.
  • Estimate:
    A$2,500 - 3,000
  • Realised Price:
    $0.00
  • Category:
    Militaria & Weapons

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