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Colonel Tom Price
Colonel Tom Price
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The plaque commemorates Colonel Tom Price (1842-1911) who was the founder of the Victorian Mounted Rifles.

Colonel Tom Price, was an Australian soldier, and acting commandant of the Commonwealth Military Forces in Victoria in 1902. Joining the British Indian Army in his early years, he served 20 years in India before returning to Australia. In 1885, he raised the Victorian Mounted Rifles, and was instrumental in establishing the concept of light horse units within the Australian Army.

In 1900, he led a Victorian contingent during the Second Boer War, and was the only Australian officer during that war to command a force of British regulars. He remained in the Australian military after the war, serving in Queensland until 1904 when he was medically discharged. He retired to Victoria again and died in 1911 at the age of 68.


Address:Flinders & Swanston Streets, St Paul`s Anglican Cathedral, Melbourne, 3000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.81716
Long: 144.967846
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 23rd September, 1913
Front Inscription

To the glory of God and in memory of Col. Tom Price C.B.
Dublin Fusiliers & Madras Staff Corps 1861 to 1863
Raised the Victorian Mounted Rifles and commanded the Regiment 1885 to 1902

Raised the Victorian Rangers and commanded the Regiment 1888 to 1889
Commanding Officer Victorian Rifle Clubs 1885 to 1900 
Commanding Officer Victorian Mounted Rifles S. African War Jan to Dec 1900
Acting Commandant Victoria Mar to Jun 1902
Commandant Queensland 1902 to 1904
Born at Hobart 21 Oct 1841   Died at Warrnambool 3 Jul 1911

This tablet was erected by members of the Victorian Mounted Rifles to perpetuate the memory of a brave soldier & faithful servant of his country


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