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Records exist of the existence and/or distribution of historic guns but over time some have disappeared or been moved. Those records are shown in Categories 2 to 5 and known existing guns shown in Category 1.
 

Category 1. Guns on Display. To identify a gun that is on display in a community park, at the front of an RSL or in some other public domain then use either the Search Box below or the link to the Sates and Territories. We have listed all known guns by their location and you can search for them by entering the town or if looking for a particular type of weapon by entering its description. When using the Search Box please be aware that a listing of all webpages and documents that contain your key words will be listed in a new window with links to all those webpages/documents. Alternatively you can search each State/Territory/Island whereby a complete listing will be provided on a location basis.

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Note, only those guns located in New South Wales, Norfolk Island and those held by Private Collectors are available for searching to date. The remaining states will become available online over time. Should you have information relating to a gun not yet listed (regardless of the State) then please visit our Help Us Record Our Gun History webpage.
 

Category 2. Directory of Allocated War Trophies - World War 1. Following World War I weapons captured from German, Austria/Hungary and Turkish forces were distributed amongst the allied nations as reminders of the bravery and sacrifice of the soldiers involved. In Australia Committees were set up in each state to manage the distribution. Some were retained for what would become the Australian War Memorial, others distributed to Army units to which the guns capture was linked and others to communities and schools. The type and size of the weapon allotted depended on the size of the town and conditions for allocation varied between States. Generally the community accepted responsibility to display the trophy, pay the cost of its transportation, arrange a ceremony to unveil the trophy and accept responsibility for its maintenance. This document is a list of the war trophy guns distributed throughout Australia in the 1920s and has been compiled from cards held by the Australian War Memorial. It identifies the nation wide listing, on a State by State basis, of all artillery pieces allocated as war trophies from World War 1. Presently the information is available for viewing in document format only and will become available online over the next few months.

         

Category 3. Allotted Minenwerfer War Trophies - World War 1. Following World War I weapons captured from German, Austria/Hungary and Turkish forces were distributed amongst the allied nations as reminders of the bravery and sacrifice of the soldiers involved. Committees were set up in each state of Australia to manage the distribution. Some were retained for what would become the Australian War Memorial and others to communities and schools. The type and size of the weapon allotted depended on the size of the town and the conditions may vary between States. However, the community accepted responsibility to display the trophy, pay the cost of its transportation, arrange a ceremony to unveil the trophy and accept responsibility for its maintenance. This document is a list of the war trophy mortars (Minenwerfer) distributed throughout Australia in the 1920s and has been compiled from cards held by the Australian War Memorial.

         
Category 43. Distribution of Guns 1901.  When Australia became a Commonwealth in 1901 Defence became the responsibility of the Commonwealth Government. A review of all guns then in-service throughout the  States was conducted and  the results compiled in the Distribution of Guns Report. Each gun is listed by its location and type. Guns which had previously gone out of service were not included.   It provides an accurate record of guns existing in service at the time and the information is provided here  listed by States and Territory. Presently the information is available for viewing in document format only and will become available online over the next few months.
         
Category 5. Distribution of Obsolete Smooth Bore Guns in NSW - 1904. Following the review in 1901 of guns held within each of the old Colonies a number of smooth bore guns were identified as being obsolete and it was agreed they should be disposed of by offering them to interested communities and organisations. The gun would be provided at no cost but applicants would be responsible for the cost of transportation and display of the guns. This list has been compiled from the letters contained in National Archives of Australia B168 1902/1344 file.  The file contains some 360 pages. Unfortunately the file is not complete. It appears that the allocation of some guns did not proceed. In Western Australia no guns were allotted as the only two available were considered too heavy to be moved but advice is given  a number of field guns were to become available in the near future.  
         
         
         
         
 

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