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AVID COLLECTOR: Otorohanga military memorabilia collector John Hart with a rare re -
volver from his extensive American Civil War Collection displayed at the Antique and Histori-
cal Arms Association’s central branch show in Otorohanga on February 28.
IT was promoted as a gun show, but was so
The Otorohanga Club became an historical
military depot on February 28 with 450 amateur
historians, each with their own passion for keeping
alive the memories of those who sacrificed their
lives in wartime.
Members of the Antique and Historical Arms
Association mounted 20 displays of collectors’
treasures, memories and memorabilia from con-
flicts dating from the New Zealand Land Wars and
throughout the past century.
With ANZAC Day on the horizon and current
World War I centenary events, there was a focus
on The Great War (1914-18).
Collectors from Whangarei to Wellington came
to see intricate displays of guns, ammunition,
uniforms, models, medals, books and weaponry,
some of which was on sale.
A military vehicle collector parked his person-
nel carrier and Army truck, while World War ll
Historical Re-enactment Society members in full
uniform stood guard in a sand-bagged defensive
position at the main entrance.
“Members are really amateur his-
torians with a huge knowledge of
what they collect,” says Kath Arnold,
secretary of the central branch which
hosted the annual show.
Mrs Arnold collects Marlin lever-
action rifles used to shoot buffalos
and other game in the American west.
“People love to hear the stories
that come with individual pieces of
military memorabilia,” she says.
“There were weapons from France,
Germany, England, New Zealand . . .
even the American Civil War. The
people’s choice winner was a wonder-
ful display of WWI saddlery, harness
and gear used by the New Zealand
Mounted Rifles Brigade.”
Otorohanga collector of die-cast
military models Leo Parkes showed
some of his 100 mainly matchbox-sized WWll
trucks, aircraft, tanks and jeeps.
Mr Parkes has collected military models for
more than 50 years and has originals dating back
to the vintage British Lesney matchbox models of
the 1950s and ‘60s.
“I got into it after seeing them at car shows and
swap meets and buying up as many as I could af-
ford,” he says.
CIVIL WAR MEMORABILIA
John Hart, also of Otorohanga, displayed his
American Civil War memorabilia from 1861-65
which included guns, cap boxes, ammunition boxes,
a rare Confederate sword, a copy of an infantry
sergeant’s uniform and a battlefield relics such as
buttons, projectiles and badges.
He also collects American-Indian War (1860-90s)
relics and owns a cap and ball revolver made in
1863 and a Colt revolver issued to the 7th Cavalry
for the Battle of Little Big Horn.
Phil Creegen from Whangarei, who collects
British and Commonwealth military firearms, was
greatly impressed by the Otorohanga show.
He’s been interested in firearms for about 60
years and says the hobby is “huge” in NZ.
“People often get started after hearing their
father’s or grandfather’s war stories about their
service in the Army, Navy or Air Force,” says Mr
“That gets them interested in military history, so
they want to find out about Gallipoli or wherever
their grandfather served.”
ON GUARD: World War ll Historical Re-enactment Society members Mike Hughes (left)
of Huntly manning a Vickers machine gun and Mike Bourke from Hamilton with a 303 Lee
Enfield rifle greeted visitors to the Antique and Historical Arms Association’s central branch
show in Otorohanga on February 28.
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