Tuesday March 27, 2012
On March 27th 1915, the Inaugural General Meeting of the Mosman-Neutral Bay Rifle Club was held and the “Rifle and Training Corps” called for by the citizens of Mosman and Neutral Bay was born.
In the fervour of the early days of WW1, over 700 Mosman and Neutral Bay men joined the Rifle Club, and from those members who received their initial military training with the Club, more than 240 enlisted in the armed forces with 16 of those losing their lives in the conflict.
In the years following the war, the Club was able to continue with many members who had found comradeship within the Club and through their training finding that target shooting was a highly competitive sport they enjoyed. In a few short years the Club’s successes began to mount and today the Mosman-Neutral Bay Rifle Club enjoys a formidable reputation throughout Australia and the Commonwealth with many members having represented both their State and Australia in Competition.
In March of 2015, the Club will celebrate its 100th Anniversary.
The Club are calling on past members and descendants of members who would be interested in joining in celebration, to forward their contact details for a mailing list from which they can keep people advised of 100th Anniversary events.
If you were a member in the past or know someone in your family or a friend who was a member please contact Gary Somerville by email or phone 0419 142 653.
Visit the Mosman-Neutral Bay Rifle Club webpage at mosmanneutralbayrifleclub.com
Mosman Library holds a number of the Club’s documents including a written history of the Club that may be viewed in the Local Studies Area.
We would love to have copies of any old photos of your ancestors who joined the Rifle Club in 1915 or any images of the Club’s activities in and around Mosman.
The Club trained in 3 Sections, one at the Neutral Bay Public School, the others at Reid Park and Mosman Oval. The Club also practiced shooting in Neutral Bay Public School, Brady Street and Reid Park where they built and maintained Rifle Ranges.
Gary Somerville 29th April 2013