The President's Dispatch
With the Victorian election held on the last Saturday in November, there appears to have been a landslide victory for the incumbent Labour government. Despite this there are still a number of seats that are in doubt, with margins as low as 73 votes. Definitive results may not be known until sometime in December. Whilst the Shooters, Fishers & Farmers Party had a significant primary vote, the murky world of preferences may have robbed them of well-deserved seats. There is still hope seats may yet be won. Quite frankly, attempts to understand the process have given me a headache. One positive we can take comfort in is that the Greens Party looks likely to lose a number of seats.
Recently I became aware of what has been claimed to be the most expensive pair of firearms ever to be offered for sale. Based on the timeless design of the Colt 1911, crafted by Cabot Guns in the USA is a matching pair of pistols made from a meteorite. Notwithstanding these handguns are made from a piece of space-rock, they are a visual work of art. I encourage everyone to visit www.cabotgun.com and see for themselves. Alternatively do a web search for “The Big Bang Pistol Set”. If you have a lazy $4.5 million this could be the most unique Christmas present you could treat yourself to.
In November, whilst in Sydney I took the time to head out to Penrith, to the Sydney Antique and Modern Arms and Collectors Expo. It was good to see a number of familiar faces had made the journey interstate. It was also a quite enjoyable to peruse the wares of a whole new group of vendors. All in all a very well presented show. Congratulations to the organisers. Next year I am hoping to head up to Queensland for a look see.
On November the 28th a number of members and their partners attended the Golf House Hotel for our Christmas break up. A good time was had by all with tall stories and laughter in abundance. Medal presentations for the annual black powder shoot occurred with 1st place going to Matt Kay, 2nd place going to John Doodt and 3rd place going to John Becker. Congratulations to our winners and all who participated.
I will take this opportunity to remind all members of the declaration made on application for membership of the Society. Item 6 states; ”I will do nothing that will bring the name of the Society into disrepute.” With this in mind it is expected that members will conduct themselves in a respectful manner when dealing with each other and guests, at Society functions or when representing the Society.
Finally, I wish all members and their families a merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year. I encourage everyone to enjoy the festive season and spend their time with friends and family. I look forward to catching up in February.
Yours in Collecting,