Big centenary shoot at North Arm

North Arm Toolburra Rifle Club 1926North Arm Toolburra Rifle Club 1926North Arm Rifle Club which has endured as the home of shooting on the Sunshine Coast is celebrating its centenary with a big weekend prize meeting on October 25 and 26.

The club was founded by dairy farmer George Frederick Davison who moved to North Arm from Grafton in 1907.

The rifle range was built on his property near Yandina by the Australian Army in 1914. George was a tireless contributor to the early success of the club serving as Secretary and later Captain for a total 34 years.

The range was originally home to the North Arm Toolburra Rifle Club until the 1960s. It was officially named the Davison Range to honour the founder in 1980.

 

Clive SommerClive SommerThe colourful early years of shooting on the coast have been chronicled in a book Keen Eye, Steady Hand by Jasmine Sommer, a copy of which can be found in the QRA memorabilia collection at Belmont.

North Arm was one of many clubs which operated in country towns around the north coast under the banner of the Lilley District Rifle Association.

The Lilly District 94th Open Prize shoot will be part of the centenary celebrations on Sunday October 26th. The North Arm Club open will shot on the Saturday with a special dinner in the clubhouse that evening.

Unique gold, silver and bronze medallions have been struck for the special occasion.

The Sommer clan will continue their long tradition of sponsoring the Teams Fullbore Trophy at the centenary event.

Clive Sommer 88 and his brother Russell 85 are two of the club’s oldest members. Clive’s daughter Karen Cole and her husband Colin are among the state’s top representative shooters.