Redbank Army Camp
Under the Defence Act of 1903, the Commonwealth developed rifle ranges to assist in creating a Reserve Defence Force. The Redbank site, which existed in the passage of land across from Redbank Plaza, opened in 1912 and closed about 1980. During World War II the site was used for military camps and as a training area.
In that time a large camp at Redbank was established. The first contingent of 400 men marched into the camp on 21 October 1939, with the initial quota of 2500 men being reached soon afterwards. The camp gradually developed into a small township with huts, hospitals, a post office and bank, along with the establishment of water supply and sewerage lines. At the height of the war up to 6000 Australian and American troops were based at Redbank.
(Ipswich Heritage Trails – Eastern suburbs Pictorial history, brochure)
With the commencement of the NRAA President’s match today and in lead up to the national Queens IDRC would like to wish all its members who make the pilgrimage to Belmont all the very best for the week of competition. To keep a keen eye on the results check in at the link below.
Join us in celebrating 160 years of rifle club history at our annual OPM. The event will span over two days with a sweepstake on Saturday afternoon and our regular prize meet program on Sunday. Details below, we hope to see you there.
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Please also note the minor detour to Ripley Range due to a Bridge upgrade on Ripley Road. The old Ripley Road Timber Bridge will be closed from Monday (29 April) until early 2020 while it undergoes urgent repairs.
Ripley Road temporary detour
Day 1 of Natives OPM proved to be ‘ray of sunshine’. Conditions were glorious with unseasonally warm weather. Wind was kind though proved challenging enough to spread the field by days end. Ipswich shooters performed well with David, Brian, Ivor, Rohan and Tim all taking range medallions on the day. The competition is primed for an exciting day 2 of the meet. We wish our Ipswich representatives all the best.
Day 2 commenced in calm conditions as the morning fog began to lift and the cloud cover allowed for a perfect sight picture, so scores were high at 800 and 900. At the 1000 the clouds cleared for a bright calm start at 12:45. However by 1:15 a tumbling offshore wind blew in and worsened as a westerly storm moved in on proceedings spreading the field widely and made its presence abundantly clear during the presentations.
Congratulations to Ivor who had a ‘golden day’. Ivor dominated the TR-B field on day 2 placing 1st at each range, securing 1st in Day 2 Aggregate and 1st in the 2 Day Aggregate as well. Rohan followed his 3rd in the Day 1 Aggregate with a 3rd placing at 1000 yards to secure third in the 2 Day Aggregate. Well done Rohan. Lester also nabbed a 3rd placing at the 1000 yards. David fought hard over the longs and was able to hold on to 2nd in the 2 Day Aggregate.
Follow the link for a list of the running results.