Very Light Magazine is a magazine of The Antique & Historical Arms Collectors Guild of Victoria, Inc                                                                     No 72 September 2014

Monday Night Themes for 2014


29 SeptemberEdged Weapons, swords, knives, bayonets, daggers, pole arms, axes, etc. (Noel Hall Award night).

27 October General unthemed night plus buy and sell. This is not a Noel Hall Award night.

24 November - Combined Guild/Vintagers night. Ephemera from Vintage Years as well as Sporting Guns. A supper will be served. (This is not a Major Noel Hall Award night)

The Secretary realizes that he has said this before but he will repeat it.

The Guild welcomes displays of interesting firearms and items even if they don’t fall into the category of a particular night’s theme. So don’t complain about the themes just bring a display anyway. The more the merrier and it adds interest to our Monday meetings – and you win still get some points in the judging.

Guild Committee 2014 – 2015

At the Annual General Meeting held on the 28th. of July the committee was elected.

President, Ian Turner, Vice-President, Dr. Ben Thomas, Secretary, Dr Malcolm McKay, Treasurer, Tim Parker; Editor, David Kitchen; Committee Members; Chris Cosopodiotis, Graham Waddingham, Kevin Saunders, Peter Ruse, Winston Chandler, and Adrian Roads.

The Acting President Dr Malcolm McKay presented the winners of the Major Noel Hall Award with their prizes. The entries in the award displays have been of a consistent high standard and we hope that the award will continue to attract fine entries.

1st. Place and a prize of $500.00, Eric Estlin

2nd Place and a prize of $300, Adrian Roads

3rd. Place and a prize of $100.00, Steve Creati


Sale of Firearms at Guild Meetings

Any Guild member who has a Dealer’s Licence can bring items for sale providing they have the necessary Display Permit for the premises at Eley Park as required under Section 91 of the Firearms Act 1996, and adheres to the the security requirements for that display.

If the dealer wants to bring some items for sale they are quite welcome whether there is a themed display on or not.

The only night when that is not possible is the night of the AGM.


National Gallery of Victoria Exhibition


Way of the Samurai


Bushido explores the fascinating world of the samurai who were the warriors, rulers and aristocratic elite of Japanese society for more than 800 years. From the 12th century through to the end of the Edo period in 1868 the Shogun, regional lords and their warrior retainers (all samurai in their own right) ruled the country and lived to a strict code of ethics. This military aristocracy aspired to a life of spiritual harmony that not only perfected the art of war but also embodied an appreciation of the fine arts that established their life as an art form itself. Throughout these tumultuous times of war and peace samurai virtues of honesty, courage, benevolence, respect, self-sacrifice, self-control, duty, and loyalty combined with their passion for a cultural lifestyle not only established social stability, but also cultivated a legacy of art and culture in Japanese society that continues to this day.

 Bushido: Way of the Samurai will focus on samurai as both warriors and men of refined culture. It will showcase the attire of the samurai in the form of armour, helmets, swords and equestrian equipment. It will display the cultural pursuits of samurai in the form of Noh costumes, calligraphic scrolls, lacquer objects and tea utensils and re-live the legacy of bushido through representations of samurai in large screen paintings, dramatic woodblock prints and noble studio photographs.

04 JUL 2014 – 04 NOV 2014                     FREE ENTRY

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