Very Light Magazine is a magazine of The Antique & Historical Arms Collectors Guild of Victoria, Inc                                                                      No 91 December 2017





A Presentation to the Guild, by Brad Manera


At the beginning of each year we strive to bring Guild members a talk on a subject of interest.

In February 2018 we are proud to announce that we are flying down one of Australia’s most qualified and highly regarded historians, Brad Manera, Senior Historian/Curator at the Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park, Sydney.


Mr. Manera has enjoyed a long career as curator and historian in some of Australia’s pre-eminent museums, including the Australian War Memorial (1990s – 2007). Brad is a member of the editorial team writing the official history of NSW in the Great War. Just a few of the many projects he has been involved with are: As a historian for the award-winning documentary Gallipoli; The Front-Line Experience (2005), Brad Manera advised on events, weapons, uniforms and sets. He is also historian for Waler; the Great Australian War Horse and the International Gallipoli art exhibition Our Friend the Enemy; Gallipoli landscapes 1915 – 2015. For 30 years, Mr. Manera has also been leading tours to the places where Australian history was made. Since attending the 75th anniversary of the Anzac landing with the last surviving Anzacs he has been a frequent visitor to Gallipoli. His knowledge of Australia’s military history is extensive and profound.



Brad’s presentation to the Guild is at 7.00pm on February 26th and is as follows:


THE RUM REBELLION (a 210th Anniversary special presentation)


The Arrest of Governor Bligh, a Soldiers View


At school we learnt about the mutiny that became known as the Rum Rebellion. We looked at the colonial politics that triggered it and the social implications and consequences that followed in its wake. Two centuries and one decade later it is time for military historians to re-examine the evidence and propose a soldier’s view of the events of 26 January 1808. There can have been few more serious acts for a British soldier than to have participated in a mutiny in time of war. What was it like for an enlisted soldier or an NCO in the NSW Corps to march from the George Street barracks to Government House, Sydney, that humid summer’s evening to depose a governor? What can the subalterns and company commanders of the Corps have been imagining their actions were going to do for their careers and reputations at home? With hindsight we can see that one of Australia's most serious political uprisings ended with a whimper rather than a bang but the soldiers at the time were not to know that so let's ask ourselves - what can they have been thinking?




We request that Guild members make an extra effort to attend this unique evening and to bring and display relevant items from your collection; such as convict and early colonial and military arms and items: convict irons, muskets, small arms, edged weapons, duelers, miscellanea, the scope is vast. This is also an excellent opportunity to have an expert of Mr. Manera’s standing to comment on items that you have.


Your committee has worked hard to secure Mr. Manera for this special presentation and now it is up to Guild members, you! to ensure that the evening is a success for all.


Following Brad’s talk and presentation and viewing of your display a light supper will be served.




Monday Night Themes for 2018



29 January - Display Night “A Touch of Class”. Those special arms and militaria items with ivory, bone, gold, silver, inlaid decorations etc. Noel Hall Award night.


The displays will be judged by everyone – forms provided at door.


26 February- Talk, The Rum Rebellion – a soldiers’ view. Supper provided.


26 March – Accoutrements and Accessories, Noel Hall Award night


30 April – Australian Arms and Militaria, Colonial/WW1/WW2, Noel Hall Award night


28 May – “My Other Hobby”, we think our members also have other interests so here’s a chance to display them. Noel Hall Award night


25 June – “A Mystery Object”, something from your collection that will have everyone guessing. Noel Hall Award night


30 July – The earliest item you collected and still have. Noel Hall Award night


27 August – The Annual General Meeting, supper provided


24 September - Buy & Sell Night - Books, parts, odds & sods. (no registered firearms).


29 October - Show us your junk. Bring along a battered relic (that doesn’t include yourself).


26 November - Hunting & Foraging. Supper provided.







TENURE; Position offers security and chance of advancement.


JOB SATISFACTION; Offers potential of achieving aspirations.


At the risk of sounding like a cracked record – I again ask that Members consider joining the Committee.


Our achievements to date include success in putting a strong case forwards in ameliorating the onerous elements of the N.F.A. affecting Collectors.


The current challenge ahead of us is to have antique multi – shot percussion pistols removed from the requirement to be registered under the Firearms Act.


My concern is that the Guild’s efforts fall upon too few shoulders. Even more concerning is the potential for the future, as current Guild Officers “fall off the twig”.


Apart from success in the multiple-shot percussion area; I would feel very heartened if my tenure also saw a strong Committee, supporting a vibrant Guild, going forward.


To echo Lord Kitchener’s call:-“Your Guild Needs You!”.


Kind regards to all,


Eric W. Estlin.





Quarterly Guild Lunches


Lunches are being enjoyed by a regular convivial group. The dates chosen are the second Wednesdays in the month – quarterly.


Venue is the Malvern East RSL, Stanley Grose Drive, Malvern East.


The dates for 2018 are – 14th of February; 9th of May; 8th of August and the 7th of November.


No need to book – just turn up 12.15 for 12.30 sit down.





Name Badges


Members are reminded that the Guild is taking orders for name badges for members. The cost is $15.00. The badge is depicted below



If you want one and haven’t ordered it please contact the Secretary by telephone on 9584 2907, or by email at – cupfire1@ozemail.com.au




Advertisements in Very Light


Members are reminded that they can place advertisements in Very Light if they have items for sale. There isn’t any charge but people offering registerable firearms are reminded that the actual transaction must be carried out through a licensed dealer. We suggest that for security purposes anyone wishing to advertise items for sale should keep their contact details brief such as just first name and land line or mobile number.


Also if you are seeking a particular item then you may run an advertisement free of charge. Again we suggest for security that you restrict the contact detail to your name and a landline or mobile number.



Licensing & Registration Division - Phone Access.


We have been advised by Licensing & Registration Division that due to their increasing workload, which is causing delays in processing licence applications and PTAs, they will be introducing a pilot plan to turn off the 1300 number on Wednesdays.


It is proposed that this trial will last 3 months and at the end of it the results will be assessed. The remaining 4 days of the week will be business as usual.


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