President's Despatch

August-September 2019

Welcome Members,
                                  
With our show done and dusted for another year I can’t help but feel a great sense of
pride in all we have accomplished. Numbers through the door were excellent and dealers reported good sales.
 
I would like to thank all the members who assisted across the weekend, from setting up on Friday, manning the box office to packing up on Sunday.
 
That said, a few more helpers to pack up on Sunday, would be greatly appreciated.
 
I thank Nick for his tireless work leading up to and during show weekend. Without his efforts the show would not be what it is, in fact, it probably would not run at all.

Being a collector means many different things to many different people. The range of what can be classed as a collectable within the firearms and militaria fraternity is staggering. One of the more unusual (to me at least) collectables I recently came across was duck decoys.
At a July auction in the United States a “Pintail Drake” by early 1900’s carver Elmer Crowell reached a price of $265,500.
Another offering in January 2007, a “Merganser Hen” by late 1800’s carver Lothrop Turner Holmes sold for $856,000.
This is serious business and well out of my price range, but fascinating none the less.

Still in the United States, the name Dillon Precision is synonymous with reloading machines. To promote their products they produce a catalogue/ magazine aptly titled The Blue Press. As well as being a sales vehicle, the magazine also has interesting articles and some great research pieces on some classic firearms, such as the Sterling Submachine Gun and the Mauser 98K.
 
Archived in PDF files at,
https://www.dillonprecision.com/blue-press-catalog.html is a lot of great reading.

The Golden City Collectors Association of Bendigo will be having their annual Bendigo Arms & Collectables Show on the weekend of August 24th and 25th in Golden Square. I encourage members to support our fellow collectors.
 
Finally, keep in mind our August meeting On the 28th is also our AGM  and will include elections of office bearers and committee for the next 12 months. Remember, this is your society so please make an effort to support those who make the effort to take on these roles. I look forward to seeing you there. 
All nominations for Exec and Committee have now closed.  We have enough people to run the club and there some new old faces up for election.
 
Some refreshments will be available on the evening.
We are always looking for speakers, within and outside the Society for our monthly meetings. You can help by dobbing somebody in, or pass a contact to Nick (our long-time Sec) to arrange.
 
Yours in Collecting,
Andrew Day.