Militaria Collectors of Tasmania


The Club had its beginnings in the early 1970s when the current president who at the time was the Armourer in RAEME, at Dowsings Point was asked to provide a display of antique arms at the Annual December Army Fair at Anglesea Barracks. The display led to several other collectors connecting with him. The displays at following Annual Fairs up until 1980 grew to include Tasmania Police Ballistic Section, Sporting Shooting clubs, Archery Clubs and other groups. All to raise money for charitable organizations.

With the demise of the Annual Fair the arms collectors formed the Arms and Militaria Assoc. of Tasmania (AMAT) and held regular meetings at the HEC Theatrette and began conducting a regular Arms and Militaria Fair at the Hobart Police, Youth and Citizens Club in Hobart. The relationship with the Australian Army continued as our members participated in the Annual Beating of the Retreat Ceremony at Anglesea Barracks by forming a small drill section in period costume that fired muskets at the required points in the score of the 1812 Overture and included cannon firing and fireworks by the 16th Field Regiment at the finale of the Overture.

Connections were made with a group of collectors in northern Tasmania and AMAT amalgamated with the Arms Collectors Guild in Launceston under their name.. The Amalgamation did not work efficiently as there was no technology at the time to support interactions other than letters. A new entity was formed under the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia , the Militaria Collectors of Tasmania Inc. This new club continued to be involved in many historical events across Tasmania with both displays and re-enactments. The annual Arms and Militaria Fair had a few other venues after the Hobart PCYC before it found a home at the Royal Hobart Showgrounds where the annual fair is conducted.

More recently the club has expanded and now has a North Western Tasmania sub Branch with a combined membership of 70 members who meet on a monthly basis in both locations to share their learning and collections of medals, badges, uniforms, load carrying equipment, various items of military collectables, edged arms and firearms. Re-enactments still form a part of our activities in supporting Community events.