Townsville Rifle Club Archive
On 18 April 1885, the Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser reported that a “meeting was held, tonight, to form a rifle club under the Defence Act and forty-three men signed the roll. Mr. Edward Bevan was elected president.” The same newspaper reported on 7 January 1986 that “amongst the prizes competed for at a recent shooting match under the auspices of the Townsville Rifle Club were a case of beer, a bar of ‘Separation’ soap (whatever that is), bottles of ‘Timla’ and whiskey, silver-mounted pipes, white flannel suits, &c.”
Club activities included championships, ladies' and children's shoots, interclub competitions, picnics and Donors' Dinners. In early days the club arranged health insurance for members. At the Annual General Meeting on 5 November 1976, it was resolved that due to the small attendance and uncertainty of the future of the Club, there would be no election for office-bearers and that all club championships be left in abeyance.
Archive Location: 288L
This is a ledger of membership fees from May 1899 to December 1900. The ledger also contains details of the Management Fund, Furniture Accounts, Sick and Financial Fund and the Loyal Townsville Lodge Account. An index to these funds and members' names is at the front of the ledger.
TRC/LEDGER/1 1899 - 1900.
The minute books contain handwritten and typed records of committee and annual general meetings between 1919 and 1976. Included in the minute books are statements of receipts and expenditure, newspaper clippings reporting the AGMs, Club By-Laws and championship programmes and results.
TRC/MINUTES/1 March 1919 - May 1935.
TRC/MINUTES/2 August 1935 - June 1951.
TRC/MINUTES/3 July 1951 - June 1961.
TRC/MINUTES/4 July 1961 - 5 November 1976.