Officers and Constables 1902

In this photo, which was published in the Navy & Army Illustrated, the Fiji Armed Constabulary are on parade in Melbourne Australia for the Royal Visit in May 1902. The British officer is Lieutenant-Colonel C Francis commanding, and next to him is one of the three native officers, Lieutenant Ratu Ifremi Quasiva Katini.

The other ranks behind them are dressed in short blue collarless jackets with red piping and red kummerbunds round their waist. Their waistbelts are black leather, supporting a bayonet at the back and a leather ammunition pouch at the front. The sulu (kilt) is white with a vandyked edge and they are bare-headed and barefoot. On the left of the picture is the bugler and next to him is a sergeant with a red sash over his right shoulder.

Lt Katini wears a tunic which is longer than the mens' jackets and here he has a dark coloured sulu. Lt-Col Francis is in khaki tunic and breeches with a Sam Browne belt for his sword, and a dark coloured strap over his left shoulder which holds a neatly folded haversack. He has a white helmet with gilt spike on top.

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