Topic: MilitiaRC - Rifle Clubs
Diamond Jubilee, 1897
Phil Fargher's Diary
Phil Fargher played a successful part in the team shooting in the competition at Bisley and finally securing the Kolapore Cup. During this time away from Australia Phil Fargher maintained a diary. From these recollections he wrote about his adventure upon arrival back in Australia. The book was called "To Bisley and Back with the Kolapore Cup", and was published in Melbourne during 1898. It is a most entertaining book written by one of the leading marksmen in Australia at the time. Fargher played a long and distinguished role in promoting the rifle shooting movement in Australia. Here is the transcription of the diary entry regarding the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of 22 June 1897.
Went to London by 7-5 train from Brookwood and managed to get a good position to view the procession in Trafalgar Square. Policeman allowed us to come through the crowd and stand in front. The turnout was very gorgeous and overlaid anything in processions the world ever saw. Dutch Princes in large numbers. Decorations very fine and people very enthusiastic. Cockneys a very loyal crowd and worship the Royal family. Came home early 4-10 train. Went to Ruaphill in evening and saw the fete. Finished up at the bonfire at Bisley. Went to bed dead tired.
Citation: Diamond Jubilee, 1897, Phil Fargher's Diary