Very Light Magazine is a magazine of The Antique & Historical Arms Collectors Guild of Victoria, Inc                                                                              No 88 June 2017



The Annual General Meeting of the Guild will be held at 7.30 PM on Monday the 28th of August 2017 at the Eley Park Community Centre, Eley Rd., Blackburn South, Victoria.




                                     (Supper will be served after the meeting)


Any notice of motions and nominations for committee positions must be in the hands of the Secretary seven days prior to the date of the Annual General Meeting. All Committee positions will be declared vacant and nominations are called for the position (s) of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Media Officer/Editor of Caps & Flints, and seven other officers.


Ordinary Business (as required by Rule 9 (4) of the Guilds Rules):


  • To confirm the minutes of the last preceding annual general meeting and of any general meeting held since that meeting;


  • To receive from the Committee reports upon the transactions of the Guild during the last preceding financial year;


  • To elect officers of the Guild; and


  • To receive and consider the statement submitted by the Guild in accordance with section 30 (3) of the Act;


  • To appoint an Auditor.


The annual General Meeting may also transact special business of which notice is given in accordance with the Guild’s Rules.


Please do attend the AGM (and enjoy the supper). We need a quorum of 20 members which means we need you to come along!


After the AGM we will announce the results of the Major Noel Hall Award. This has been very successful and has resulted in really excellent displays. Our grateful thanks to all those who participated. We have all enjoyed these evenings.


Dear Members – A Call for Member Involvement


I am taking the opportunity in this copy of Very Light to renew my and the committee’s request for someone to step into the shoes of the Secretary. As announced previously, Dr Malcolm McKay wishes to step down from a role he has faithfully, and extremely well, filled for many years. Malcolm is willing to stay on until a replacement is found and will mentor the replacement for as long as the new Secretary wishes. The role would be ideal for a retired member and comes with a reasonable emolument.


Also, I would encourage members to consider Committee membership. The role of a Committee member is not an onerous one. Any interested current member is more than welcome to attend a Committee meeting as an observer, to see if he/she would enjoy participating on a more permanent basis.


Monday night meetings are an example of how their success has fallen upon the shoulders of a few members who make the effort to provide displays. We all have items of interest to show and discuss with our fellow members. Displays do not have to be restricted to the theme of the night. The aim is to make our monthly meetings as interesting as possible. It would be great if more made an effort to participate – bring out some of the treasures hidden at home.


The ongoing future success of the Guild rests entirely in the hands of the membership. I sincerely urge all to consider how each of you can contribute to our Guild’s well being.





Follow-up on Reported Meeting with Victorian Shadow Attorney General


As outlined in Very Light No. 87, the President and Secretary met with the Liberal MPs Pesutto and Watt who promised to consider our concerns and contact us again.


The meeting took place on 28th March. Not having received any contact, your President wrote to Mr. Pesutto on 20th April to ask whether he had any comments on the matters we had discussed. To date there has been no reply and, at this stage, there probably will not be. A most disappointing outcome – but thankfully, not repeated by his leader. Matthew Guy was far more supportive, and expressed an understanding of the feelings of law-abiding firearms owners.


In contrast to the lack of support from our State MPs, Kelly O’Dwyer, Federal Member for Higgins has worked hard. Kelly has contacted the Hon. George Brandis who, in turn passed our concerns onto the Federal Minister for Justice Michael Keenan. The Minister responded that “...if Mr Estlin has further concerns with the updated Agreement in Victoria, he should raise these with the Victorian Minister for Police.” Kelly O’Dwyer has, on my behalf, contacted the Hon. Lisa Neville. As soon as she receives a response Kelly will contact me again.


Best wishes,


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. The remaining dates in 2017 are; 9th of August and the 8th of November. Venue, as usual, is the German Club, 291 Dandenong Road, Windsor.


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



Monday Night Themes for 2017



26 June – Small things of interest, any category – This is a Noel Hall Award night.


31 JulyA Story to Tell, arms & militaria with known provenance – This is a Noel Hall

                Award night.


28 August – Annual General Meeting and presentation of the Noel Hall Award. A supper

                     will be served.


25 September – Buy and sell night, books, parts, odds and sods – anything except reg.



30 October – General unthemed display night with buy and sell.


27 November – Vintagers Night – theme to be announced. Supper will be served.





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.


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