Rough Riders – Image of the Week

Review of the New Zealand Rough Riders (3rd New Zealand contingent). 15 Feb. 1900.

Review of the New Zealand Rough Riders (3rd New Zealand contingent)

In 1900 the Government accepted an offer by the Mayor of Christchurch, William Reece (1856-1930), and prominent businessman George Stead (1841-1908) to organise a third contingent of New Zealand Mounted Rifles to be sent to the Boer War. The organising committee raised the funds, selected the troops and set up a training camp in Addington. Most of those enlisting were competent horsemen and marksmen. Shown here is a review of the troops in Hagley Park in front of His Excellency the Governor, Lord Ranfurly (1856-1933)

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