Eureka Arms and Militia Fair to be held at Wendouree

IF there’s ever been a time to don your epaulettes it’s this weekend, with people in military uniform getting free entry to the 25th Eureka Arms and Militia Fair at Wendouree. 

Fair traders will show everything from German army helmets to new rifles, with both antiques dealers and firearms sellers taking part. 

Co-organiser and stallholder Dave Wright, who has a military antiques shop on Shepperd Street, said there was great interest in the military history of the 20th century because so many people had relatives fighting and records could be easily accessed online. 

“Computers have opened up vast hauls of information. People are doing family trees, and get stuck looking through all the war records,” he said. 

Re-enactors will also be at the fair, which Mr Wright said was an important part of the community. 

“Same as (the memorabilia), it’s keeping history alive. If someone’s dressed like your Granddad in WWI, it really comes alive,” he said. 

The Creswick Light Horse Troop will also attend.

alex.hamer@fairfaxmedia.com.au

 Military antiques collector Dave Wright is ready for the Eureka Arms and Militia Fair at the weekend. PICTURE: CRAIG HOLLOWAY

Military antiques collector Dave Wright is ready for the Eureka Arms and Militia Fair at the weekend. PICTURE: CRAIG HOLLOWAY

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