THE Eureka Arms and Militaria Fair was held on one of the coldest weekends for the year but it didn’t deter enthusiasts, traders and collectors. Held at the Wendouree Sports and Events Centre last weekend, the fair attracted about 700 people to the 26th annual fair. The fair is run by the Ballarat Arms and Militaria Collectors Society, which held its first meeting in 1986, and is one of the largest firearm collecting organisations in country Victoria.
The Society has interests that include the collection of Military and Sporting Longarms, Black Powder firearms, Collectable handguns, Edged Weapons & Knives, Ammunition and Ordnance , Badges, Medals, Uniforms, Maps, Books, Documents and General History.
Last weekend’s fair was more than trading tables, although there were a large number of those, there were also Living History Groups, various displays and experts in their field who were more than helpful answering questions from the public. The living history unit, The Shenandoah’s Crew, had a display on the Unit of the American Civil War. Member Stuart Duff said the group exists for the purpose of portraying United States and Confederate, Sailors and Marines, of the American Civil War era 1861 1865.