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On Monday the 27 March, 2006 the Guild held a special display night featuring some of the best items from the collections of our members. This display was intended to showcase our activities and the Minister for Police & Emergency services attended as our guest.
The Hon. Tim Holding MP being shown the 1851 Adams Dragoon revolver presented to Richmond Henty on his 18th birthday, 3 August 1855. The Henty family were prominent early settlers of Victoria's western district around Portland.
Sixteen displays were presented which had been selected and co-ordinated by our former Secretary Mr Neil Speed to whom the Guild extends its thanks for the exemplary range and balance of the displays. The exhibitors and their displays were -

Gordon Morgan, who presented a selection of firearms with Victoria Police and bushranging associations.
Guild President Gordon Morgan's informative exhibit of colonial Victoria Police firearms and documents.
Doug Mills provided a superb selection sporting arms and pistols from the famed English gun maker Joseph Manton.

Clyde Barden presented two displays. The first contained a beautiful selection of powder flasks and the second some of the very finest flintlock sporting arms imaginable.

Bruce Phillips and Frank Murnane combined efforts to present a selection of arms once owned by the pioneering Henty family.
Guild President Gordon Morgan with the Minister, the Hon. Tim Holding MP, viewing an exhibit of significant English sporting firearms by Doug Mills.
The Guild mounted a display called Firearms Curiosa, which contained various odd and unusual pistols. Clyde Barden, Neil Speed, Bob Higham, Dr Malcolm McKay and Bruce Rowland contributed arms to this exhibit.

Bob Higham presented a selection of fine cased English revolvers with a special emphasis on the pistols of William Tranter.

Jim Archbold displayed a fine selection of Remington rolling block arms, including a rare .22 cal. target pistol.

Barry Thomas and Colin McDonald presented a superb selection of Japanese swords.
Guild member, Barry Thomas, with a beautifully presented display of Japanese sword blades and related fittings. A selection of swords from Colin McDonald's collection are currently on display at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Serge Vercion who has a large collection of military rifles presented a display of Italian bolt action military rifles.

Dr. John O'Sullivan displayed 3 cased sets of duelling pistols by Wogden, which included a very early example which has a paper lined case.

Mike Royle provided a fine selection of 18th century British cavalry sabres.

Neil Speed added to his wonderful effort of co-ordinating the display by presenting two displays of his own. The first featured the revolvers of the Colt London Agency, and the second was the pistol, medals and other memorabilia associated with Charles Ross. Neil has published a biography of Ross - Born to Fight.

Roly Martyn presented a selection of 19th century Australian colonial militaria.
Victorian collector, Roland Martyn, with a 'selection from my collection': colonial issued Victorian and Australian arms and accessories.
Don Corcoran, author of The Target Rifle in Australia presented a display of target rifles, trophies and other items associated with target shooting.

When Mr Holding arrived he was welcomed by the Guild President, Mr Gordon Morgan, and the Minister made a short speech thanking the Guild for our invitation to attend and he commended the efforts of the Guild, in particular the President and the Secretary Dr. Malcolm McKay, to have the legislation affecting collectors amended. Mr Morgan escorted the Minister around the displays and he discussed each display with its presenters.
Guild Secretary, Dr Malcolm McKay (left), and President, Gordon Morgan (right), presenting the Minister with copies of the Guild's journal, Caps & Flints, and Neil Speed's publication, Born to Fight, a biography of Charles Ross.
Refreshments were served and the Minister spoke, again praising the standard of the items on display. He was presented with a Guild Boer War Commemorative Plate, a copy of Neil Speed's book on Charles Ross and a bound edition of Caps & Flints. With the conclusion of the relaxed formalities the Minister again circulated amongst the Guild members and also had a chance to revisit some of the displays.

It was a very successful night and further emphasised to the Minister the historical importance of arms collections held by private collectors.

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