The Chauvel Campaign Chest An Anglo-Indian teak and brass bound campaign chest, circa 1870 property of Captain (later Major) C.G.T. Chauvel, 35th Regiment
Lot 103
The Chauvel Campaign Chest An Anglo-Indian teak and brass bound campaign chest, circa 1870
property of Captain (later Major) C.G.T. Chauvel, 35th Regiment
Sold for AU$ 3,660 (US$ 2,787) inc. premium

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The Chauvel Campaign Chest An Anglo-Indian teak and brass bound campaign chest, circa 1870 property of Captain (later Major) C.G.T. Chauvel, 35th Regiment
The Chauvel Campaign Chest An Anglo-Indian teak and brass bound campaign chest, circa 1870
property of Captain (later Major) C.G.T. Chauvel, 35th Regiment
the rectangular top with brass corners above four long drawers with reeded decoration and brass handles, with iron carrying handles to the sides, in two sections, on iron castors, the top section inscribed 'Capt. CGT Chauvel 35th Regiment, No 10', the lower section inscribed 'Capt Chauvel, No 11', 75cm wide, 35cm deep, 91cm high (29.5in wide, 13.5in deep, 35.5in high).

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  • PROVENANCE:
    Private Collection Sydney

    NOTE:
    This important campaign chest with direct links to Australian military history was sourced from the property of Captain C. Chauvel, an old Indian army man, whom along with other members of the Chauvel family settled at Tabulam Station on the northern rivers district of NSW in the 1880's.

    In 1885 the Chauvel family responded to potential Russian threats and in true patriotic fervour formed the two troops of the Upper Clarence Light Horse, No 1 (Tabulam) and No 2 (Border). On 1 January 1886 celebrations were held at McLeans Hotel Tabulam with the swearing in of 129 men and subsequent banquet toasting the Queen, with the Chauvel family presiding.

    This was to form the nucleus of what was to become the famous Australian Light Horse, which first served during the great Shearer's and Barrier Miner's strike of the 1890's, with later service in the Boer War (1889-1902). It was the sport of these horsemen to engage in Emu chasing on the western plains with the trophy emu feathers being worn in their hats. This is the image that is now synonymous with the Anzac legend.

    The Chauvel family continued to have important links with the Australian Light Horse. Harry Chauvel was to become General and president over the last great cavalry charge in military history with the taking of Beersheba in 1917 during the desert campaign in Palestine. A nephew of General Chauvel, Charles Chauvel, was to become the filmmaker who directed "Forty Thousand Horsemen".
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