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minute book

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

Description
A light brown covered book with a brown fabric binding. There is a white sticker label on the front - "Single Cash" in black print. It contains minutes .
Size
H-325mm W-200mm
Object Registration
1357
Keywords
orbost-rifle-club minute-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.
The secretaries at the time of this book were D.Towers and ? Healey.
When Made
10.2.1950 - 11.5.1961
Made By
Orbost Rifle Club (Maker)
Significance
arget 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 12:57PM