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New South Wales Rifle Association, Maroubra, New South Wales

Medal - 85th Anniversary of Settlement,1873 AD

Image: Medal - 85th Anniversary of Settlement,1873 AD

Source: Museum Victoria

The New South Wales Rifle Association was constituted in the nineteenth century as part of the Defence Act, when the nation's defence relied on civilian volunteers forming an army around a small professional core. Target shooting was seen as good preparation and was a popular and patriotic pastime. Even small country towns maintained a range, and businesses and suburbs formed rifle clubs.

References:
New South Wales Rifle Association website http://www.nswra.org.au/frames.html.

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