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accounts book

From the Collection of Orbost & District Historical Society Ruskin Street Orbost Victoria

Description
A grey covered bookj with a light brown fabric spine. The front has a white sticker label with "Orbost Rifle Club" handwritten in ink. It contains accounts and a trophy list.
Size
H-312mm W-204mm D-14mm
Object Registration
1356
Keywords
orbost-rifle-club accounts-book
Historical information
The Orbost Rifle Club existed in the early 20th century. (There are records from 1900). It folded in the late 1970's.
When Made
June 30 1956
Made By
Orbost Rifle Club (Maker)
Significance
Target shooting is one of the oldest organised sports in Australia. Records date back to the British Marines at Sydney Cove in 1788. The Victorian Rifle Association (VRA) was formed in 1860.
One of the most important adjuncts to the militia system from 1903 to the re-organisation of 1912 was the role played by the Rifle Club movement in Australia. At the time, these clubs were seen as the reservoir of manpower for a potential guerrilla force should any invasion occur. For Australia, the invasion fear was uppermost in the minds of the population.
So important were the rifle clubs for the defence of Australia that the Commonwealth provided the training staff, rifles and ammunition so the clubs could function. Members were drilled, wore uniforms and practised all the basic skills of soldiering as well as target shooting. The Orbost Rifle Club was active during this period.
Last updated
10 Oct 2019 at 12:49PM