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Negative - Williamstown, Victoria, 1923 Image Reg. No: MM 7743

Description Of Content:
A group of students from the Melbourne University Rifle Club at the Williamstown Rifle Range.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Ian Dickson, 1988
Acknowledgement:
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: rifle ranges, rifles, sport, sporting clubs, students, universities
Themes this item is part of: Arms Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Leisure Collection, The Biggest Family Album in Australia Collection
Primary Classification: SPORT
Secondary Classification: Shooting
Organisations Depicted: Melbourne University Rifle Club; Williamstown Rifle Range
Format: Negative: Black & White; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Williamstown, Victoria, Australia, 1923

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Ellen McDonald Posted on 08 May 2010 9:42 AM
I am trying to find out something about John Herbert Williams b. 1873 who was a member of the Williamstown Rifle Range during WWI. He won the Bisley/Queens rifle several times. Do you know where the archives of this club may be?
Discovery Centre Posted on 16 May 2010 2:05 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Ellen,

Perhaps you could try contacting the Hobsons Bay Council or the Victorian Rifle Association - they might be able to help if these archives are still in existance.
Ray McMahon Posted on 01 Aug 2010 3:02 PM
Sorry for a belated response, but I've only looked at this on August 1st, 2010.

"J.H" as he was known as, was a prominent rifle shot of the early 20thC. He was a member of my old rifle club, the Melbourne rifle Club, but was deceased well before I joined in 1958. To my recollection,and according to the older members who knew him, he was the only competitive rifle shooter who MADE money out of the proceeds of cash prizes that he won over the years. Without being too crude, he produced a barrel cleaning product called "Panther P*ss", which he sold to the gullible on the premise that it was this concoction which made him the good shot that he was. It turned out to have a very large alcoholic content, as one member subsequently caught "J.H" having a swig out of the bottle, rather than flushing out his barrel! Another invention was a puffer filled with graphite that he "Puffed" into his rifle's chamber before firing a shot. Once again, the gullible rushed this product. In all fairness to this "invention" it did have some value in reducing barrel wear. All of the above aside, J.H. was a BORN shooter, and did his club, the Melbourne rifle Club, proud over a successful shooting career of perhaps some 30 years.

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