Stewart Ritchie.

The Golden City Collectors Association’s Annual Arms and Collectable Show gets under way at the Bendigo Major League Multisports Complex in Kangaroo Flat this weekend.

Following on from the association’s $1500 donation to the Bendigo RSL’s Militaria Museum appeal, organisers are hoping for a good turnout that will help preserve Australia’s military history for future generations.

This weekend’s show will feature more than 200 trade and display tables, that are sure to generate plenty of interest among local collectors, hunters and fishermen.

Local and interstate collectors and traders will be present, as will Kangaroo Flat’s Stewart Richie, with his display of hand-made aeroplane spinners (fishing lures), that he has been crafting for more than 50 years, since been taught the secrets of successful spinner manufacturing by his grandfather.

Also present will be local collector Leighton Rawlings with a collection of military hats and helmets, that always have a tale to tell.

And no annual arms
and collectable show would be complete without the added spectacle of two historical reenactment groups attending in full regalia.

The Blue and Grey will represent solders from the American Civil War, while the Shenandoah Crew complete with cannon, will bring to life 19th century naval action.

Entry will cost $10, $15 for families and $8 for concessions.