No.31 - October 2006

Special Colonial Theme Display Night and Supper - November Meeting (27/11/06)

For the last few years it seems that the political attacks on us have taken a lot of the fun out of collecting. Part of that fun was the informal and interesting displays presented at our Monday meetings by members.

To encourage a return to that spirit the Guild will hold a special Colonial Theme display night on the last Monday of November for which we encourage all members to bring along arms or related items with some sort of colonial theme or connection (for example, any pre Federation firearms used in Australia). This is not a competition but simply a pleasant social evening, providing a chance to show one or more of your items (no need for a table-full) and see those of others. Every contribution will be welcome. No need to fill a table, we will provide general tables to share for those who do not need one to themselves.

Anyone who would like to present a display which will need its own table is asked to contact the Secretary on 9584 2907 so that we will have a clear idea of the number of tables needed.

Supper will be provided.

Cancellation of November Arms & Militaria Fair

Roger Mowbray who has taken over the arms fairs from Roly Martyn has advised us that the November Arms & Militaria Fair which was renamed the Australian Outdoor Life Expo has been cancelled. As a result the Henry Scott/Maurie Albert Award display will not be held.

AGM and the New Committee

The Annual General Meeting of the Guild was held on the 31st of July. With regret we accepted the resignations of our President Gordon Morgan and our Liaison Officer Ted Clarke.

In his term as President Gordon had steered the Guild through some very difficult times and his contribution to the gains we are making are of great significance.

Ted Clarke had served the Committee and the Guild in many ways during his long involvement. The role of Liaison Officer was created for him to make best use of his unparalleled knowledge of the Firearms Act and his contacts with other firearms owners groups.

The new committee is - President - Ian Turner; Vice-President - Noel Hall; Secretary - Dr Malcolm McKay; Treasurer - John Burke; Assistant Secretary - Steve Tuck; Liaison Officer - Ben Thomas; Committeemen - Adrian Roads, Chris Cosopodiotis, Tim Parker, Roly Martyn, John Fay, Graham Waddingham

Submissions to Government

We have presented four submissions to the Minister for Police & Emergency Services:

  • The cost of the Antique Handgun Collectors Licence, and being asked to pay twice.
  • Simplification of the Permit to Acquire Process for antique handguns.
  • Excessive security requirements for antique handguns.
  • Multiple licences - the case for a single licence for collectors, extendable by endorsement.

  • A fifth submission about the excessive and irrelevant formalities applying to the admission of new members is being finalised.

    Guild Web Site

    Due to the efforts of Ben Thomas our website is getting bigger, better and more informative -and attracting lots of visitors - it can be found (right here!) at

    Survey: Your Guild - Your Views -- please complete and return.

    Please do take the time to complete this survey which is herewith and return it to us by the deadline. We need to know what you want.

    New On-Line Research Service: The Firearms Technology Museum

    We draw our members' attention to this new on-line service. This is an extract from their information sheet:

    "The Firearms Technology Museum is based in the Central West of NSW. It is an on-line non profit reference service and museum dedicated to antique firearms research. Our web address is www.firearmsmuseum.org.au and you are welcome to browse and use the site.

    Our latest project is a database of Australian colonial gunsmiths, ironmongers and others that sold firearms. This list is based on the excellent work carried out by Robert Shannon in the late 1960's and with your help will be expanded to include all known dealers of the period up to the beginning of World War 1. Histories of the various gunsmiths will hopefully be added in the near future.

    We are seeking advertisements, newspaper clippings and other information of interest including directory listings of local gunsmiths, ironmongers and others that sold firearms during the colonial and pre-WW1 periods. It is interesting to note that some of these businesses had their primary listings as jewellers, tinsmiths, watchmakers, blacksmiths and even grocers.

    The site has extensive information on the Birmingham gunmaker William Tranter (1818 - 1890), famous for his double trigger percussion weapons. It has details of his weapon production, images and descriptions of the various weapons he manufactured, a list of the patents registered a list of retailers that are known to have sold Tranter weapons and a database with information on approximately 2000 individual guns. We also have information on related subjects including stories about people who used Tranters, a comprehensive list of written references to Tranter and a glossary of general firearms terms.

    It is hoped that this site will become a valuable tool for researchers in the future, but to achieve this we need your help and backing. We are seeking your assistance and will be very grateful for any information you may be able to provide. Privacy is guaranteed as owners' details are not recorded on the site.

    Please send any information to our e-mail address:guerin@nsw.chariot.net.au or post to: 180 Broken Shaft Close, Summer Hill Creek NSW 2800"

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