Andrew Kilsby and John FitzgeraldAndrew Kilsby and John Fitzgerald

A new book which chronicles the history of the oldest sporting institution in Australia was launched in Brisbane at the weekend (June 22).

The Riflemen traces the first 100 years of the National Rifle Association which was formed in 1888.

The book was written by Melbourne-based historian Andrew Kilsby with the research part of his PhD thesis.

It traces the story of the shooting movement through war and peace, detailing a unique and complex relationship with the military which was not formally severed until the 1960s.

The 42nd National Championships held in Brisbane proved a fitting venue to launch The Riflemen

Copies of The Riflemen are available from the National Rifle Association, PO Box 414, Carina, Qld 4152 or phone 07 3398 1228.