Sewing the seeds of history

Sisters Vera Armbruster (left) and Greta Bone with their father Otto Armbrusters Boer War jacket and Richmond River Historical Society project manager Geoff Foley.

A rare ceremonial jacket worn by Otto Armbruster in the Boer War will be given a facelift and housed in a special cabinet at the Richmond River Historical Society in Lismore following the announcement of two grants to restore the century-old garment.

The Australian Government has given the Richmond River Historical Society $3,000 to professionally restore the jacket while Museum and Galleries NSW chipped in with nearly $5,000 for a glass display case so it can be enjoyed by the community for many years to come.

Richmond River Historical Society president Bernie Childs said the jacket has significant historical value and it was very special to have one its kind in the Northern Rivers.

Otto Armbruster was a member of the NSW Lancers, which was a voluntary military organisation that later became the Australian Light Horse, Mr Childs said. There are only three other jackets like this at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and they are in a very poor condition, so to have this one here is very important because they dont make them any more.


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