Ladies' Miniature Rifle Clubs

Women were involved with the rifle clubs, often mainly in the social activities but by by 1914 small-bore “miniature rifle shooting” was seen as a sport women could readily participate in. In 1901 the QRA held the first full-bore Ladies Matches in Australia.

Ladies clubs like the T.C. Beirne and Co.’s Ladies Rifle Club, the Overseas Club Ladies Rifles (established in October 1914 with a ‘view to helping  to defend our country if ever the necessity arises’), the City Ladies Miniature Rifle Club (August 1914), and the Citizen Ladies Rifle Club – were not only connected with the QRA but also with the Queensland Women’s Recruiting Committee.

In May 1917, the Committee arranged for a team to travel from Brisbane to Melbourne to contest a miniature rifle match against a Victorian side. When peace made the Committee redundant, many ladies clubs vanished.

Lizzie Savage was the winner of Ladies Matches in 1901, 1902 and 1903. Lizzie Savage was also the first female member of the Queensland Rifle Association.

Reference – Home on the Range – available at the QRA!



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The Queensland Rifle Association fosters target rifle shooting and firearms training through our clubs.   Different classes of rifle shooting are conducted by our Clubs under the Standard Shooting Rules (SSRs) of the National Rifle Association of Australia (NRAA).

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Belmont Shooting Complex