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The silver shield presented by King Edward VII to the 1st Battalion, Australian Rifle Regiment (formerly the 6th New South Wales Infantry Regiment) in recognition of services rendered during the South African (Boer) War.

The shield is located in a glass case which contains a King Edward Banner which was also presented to the regiment for service in the Boer War.  According to church information, the banner was deemed too fragile to be relocated to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra for preservation. 

A plaque located on a wall above the case commemorates the presentation of the colour (Banner) to the church by the 4th Battalion on the 17th December 1939. 

Note: The 1st Battalion Australian Rifle Regiment, formerly the 6th New South Wales Infantry Regiment, later became the 4th Battalion. 

A ceremony rarely seen in Australia was performed yesterday, when the King Edward Banner of the former Australian Rifles was "laid up" at the foot of the nave of St. Anne's Church, Strathfield. The King Edward banner was presented to the Australian Rifles (whose successor is the present 4th Battalion at Homebush) by the late King Edward VII. in recognition of services rendered by members in the Boer War. The ceremony was arranged at the request of the Old Comrades' Association of the Australian Rifle Regiment, who have done much to preserve the tradition of the regiment. In the presence of a colour party, Brigadier General J. Heane carried the banner from the chancel to the altar, where he handed it to Lieutenant-Colonel J. W. Crawford, the commanding officer of the 4th Battalion, who in turn presented it to Colonel A. P. Parsons, of the 2nd A.I.P.. The rector, the Rev. W. G. Nisbet, then installed the colour in its permanent repository, where a commemorative tablet provided by the citizens' committee of the 4th Battalion was already in position.
Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), 18 December 1939.



Address:Homebush & Beresford Roads, St Anne`s Anglican Church, Strathfield, 2135
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.870903
Long: 151.087497
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:11-October-1899
Approx. Event Start Date:1900
Actual Event End Date:01-June-1902
Approx. Event End Date:1902


Front Inscription

Plaque On Wall:

This Colour Was Presented By 
His Most Gracious Majesty Edward VII
       To The
4th Battalion Australian Rifle Regiment
In Recognition Of Services Rendered To The Empire
In South Africa 1900 -02, 
And Was Presented By Lt. Col. W. Crawford
On Behalf Of The Battalion
To The Rev. W. G. Nisbet, Rector Of St Anne`s, Strathfield,
On Sunday December 17th, 1939,
To Be Permanently Placed In This Church. 

Plaque In Case:

Presented By 
his Most Gracious
The King Emperor
  To The
1st Battalion The Australian 
Rifle Regiment
Formerly The 6th Infantry 
Regiment (New South Wales)
Australian Rifles
in recognition of services rendered to the Empire
South Africa
1900 – 02

Source: MA,NRWM
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