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Disappearing man shooting trophy donated by Lt Col ER Drury to the Queensland Rifle Association, 1890

Disappearing man rifle shooting trophy 

Type:   Trophies and awards

Current Location: Queensland Military Memorial Museum

Period: c.1890

Where Made: Brisbane

Description: Silver goblet-shaped trophy c.30cm high, ornately decorated, and engraved " Lance Corp.M.E.Mills. 1890/Mr. A. Morrison. 1891/Sergt. Major Rigby. 1892/Finally won by/Sergt. Major Rigby. 1893"

A "disappearing man" target is available for firing at for only a limited period. This trophy for the "Disappearing Man" Target Prize was presented to the Queensland Rifle Association for competition in 1890 by Lieutenant Colonel E.R. Drury, Queensland Artillery (later Colonel). But it was only ever competed for four times. A condition of competition was that if the same man won it twice in a row he retained it permanently. It was won in the fourth year of competition for the second time by Sergeant Major Peter Rigby, 2nd Battalion Scots Guard in 1893.

Tunic from the uniform of a colonel in the Queensland Permanent Artillery, c.1886, which may have been owned and used by ER Drury

Uniform tunic, Queensland Volunteers 

Type:   Costume

Current Location: Queensland Military Memorial Museum

Period: c.1886

Where Made: Brisbane

Description: Uniform tunic of a full colonel in the Queensland Permanent Artillery, c.1886. The collar features the gold lace of a full colonel and the silver "bursting bomb" badge of the Permanent Artillery. The shoulder boards bear the Artillery pattern with the crown and stars of the Order of the Garter of a full colonel, and a "Q" for Queensland. The buttons are of Royal Artillery pattern and the cuffs carry the gold lace of a full colonel. The belt is of Artillery/Engineers pattern with a snake clasp, with "Queensland" on the snake.

The tunic is part of a the uniform of a full colonel in the Queensland Permanent Artillery and may have been owned and used by ER Drury, Pat Marks's maternal grandfather. Drury had a longstanding interest in military matters and joined the New South Wales Volunteer Rifles in 1854, five years before Queensland's separation. He was gazetted major in the Queensland artillery, rising to lieutenant colonel and then colonel. He was appointed CMG in 1885.

Espie Dods Savage .32 pistol and holster which he took to World War 1

.32 Savage semi-automatic pistol 

Type:   Arms and armour

Current Location: Queensland Military Memorial Museum

Period: Between 1907 and 1914

Creator: Savage Arms Company, Utica, NY, USA, c.1914

Where Made: Utica, New York, USA

Description: Engraved "CAPt ESPIE DODS 5th L.H. A.I.F." Semi-automatic pistol with 10 round magazine. There is a safety lever on the left side of the pistol, at the upper rear of the grip. The pistol is prepared for firing by pulling back and releasing the slide, thereby inserting a cartridge into the chamber and cocking the pistol. When the weapon is fired, the recoil automatically extracts and ejects the empty shell,cocks the firing pin and loads another cartridge into the chamber.

This pistol was used in service in the First World War by Joseph Espie Dods, third son of Pat Marks's paternal grandmother, Elizabeth (nee Stodart). The .32 Savage semi-automatic pistol had a 10-round magazine and was made by the Savage Arms Company of Utica, New York, from 1907 until about 1920. Designed primarily for civilian use, some 20,000 of them were nonetheless purchased by the French Army between 1914 and 1917.