Enthusiasts descend on militaria show

STAND FAST: American Civil War actors The Shenandoah Crew's Stuart Duff, William Willett and Owen Clark at the annual Eureka Arms and Militaria Fair. Picture: Kate Healy

STAND FAST: American Civil War actors The Shenandoah Crew's Stuart Duff, William Willett and Owen Clark at the annual Eureka Arms and Militaria Fair. Picture: Kate Healy

The annual Eureka Arms and Militaria Fair played host to an eclectic collection of military valuables at the Wendouree Sports and Events Centre on Sunday.

From uniforms, to helmets, old shells, Japanese swords,18th century muskets and an American Civil War cannon, there was a wide range of interesting items on display and for sale.

Some of the most expensive items were Second World War Japanese NCO swords.

Ballarat Arms and Militaria Collectors Society secretary Nick Smith said the swords could not be matched.

“You would not see a collection of swords this valuable, possibly anywhere in the world,” he said.

“They range from 1937 to 1945 and some of these swords are maybe one of only half a dozen of their type in the world.”

Mr Smith said the fair’s attendance had been slowly on the rise, with more younger people taking a look in 2017.

“The show is increasing in size, but also the size of the fair is increasing,” he said.

“There is interest among the younger generation.”