Memories of a few good men

The Richmond River Historical Societys Geoffrey Foley with the rare Lancers uniform that is part of the Societys latest exhibition.

Corporal Otto Robert Armbruster was apparently as good as any man, hence the title of the Lismore Regional Museums new exhibition, featuring the Corporals Lancers uniform as its show piece.

Corporal Armbruster was a member of the NSW Lancers unit in Lismore from 1895-1903 and his ceremonial jacket is one of only five or six on exhibition anywhere in Australia.

This uniform is regarded by experts as one of the finest surviving examples of a Lancers uniform, and is of particular interest because we know a great deal about the man who wore it, said Lancers project manager, Geoffrey Foley. For one thing we know he was deafened by gun fire during the Boer War.

All 19 of Corporal Armbrusters descendants attended the launch of the As Good As Any Man exhibition, including his 93-year-old daughter, who promptly handed over a valuable photograph of her father to the Richmond River Historical Society.

She also gave us her fathers service medal, which will be added to the display and make it even more significant, said Mr Foley.

Along with the uniform is an original lance, a sword, and a pith helmet with a bullet hole, all belonging to members of the local Lancers who fought in the Boer War from 1899-1902. The exhibition also features interpretive panels, photographs, documents and other memorabilia.

As Good As Any Man is on display at the Lismore Regional Museum, 165 Molesworth Street. For more information phone 6621 9993.

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