In 1870, the English Regiments garrisoning the Colonies of the Australian continent were being withdrawn and the defence of these Colonies was left to the respective Colonial Governments such that prior to Federation, each Colony had its own defence force. As part of the nucleus of these Colonial Forces, there were tradesmen, artisans and artificers who previously, were craftsmen of English Regiments. Rather than return to England, they
decided to stay in the Colonies...
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