Remembering the old Melbourne Gun Club
This club was founded in 1882 as a club for the shooting of live targets, namely sparrows, starlings, pigeons and gallahs, and was known as the Gun Club Association of Victoria.
During this time, a magnificent twostorey brick building was erected along with some outbuildings, pattern plates, bird aviaries, trap houses, a pullers hut and everything else that was needed.
It was built and established in Tottenham, being on the boundary of Footscray and Sunshine and only 10 miles from the city. The club went from strength to strength and survived for 80-odd years until live bird shooting was banned in 1959. It continued for a few more years shooting clay targets but it wasn’t a success and eventually closed down and was sold up in the 1960s.
Many memories still live with me, such as my first visit in 1950. Every shooter was wearing a suit and tie and all rules relating to the shooting and the club had to be strictly adhered to. It sure was a pleasure to see such a club in operation.
I remember one day Fred Burns turned up to shoot with a Browning auto with a Cutts Compensator attached. The noise was deafening so (despite his champion status) he was quickly told never to come again with one of his autoloading shotguns.
Now, as modern day shooters, we should pay homage and thank the many members of the old Melbourne Gun Club for leaving us with such great memories.
… Every shooter was wearing a suit and tie and all rules relating to the shooting and the club had to be strictly adhered to. It sure was a pleasure to see such a club in operation.