David Roberge’s interest in antique arms started in his earlier life in the USA. Raised in the San Francisco Bay area, David started collecting flintlocks after being introduced to big time collector, Don Euing who had an amazing collection of early American arms.
After moving to Australia David and Don stayed in touch with Don supplying David with antique swords and other collectables. This helped David to widen his horizons by gaining access to many other collectors.
After David’s arrival in Australia, he joined the Australian Antique Arms Society where he has been a member since 1978. His collection expanded to include early European swords, armour, militaria and Ethnographics – mainly Australian Aboriginal tools, weapons and hunting items.
David’s interest took a twist in the 1990’s after meeting the late Ken Luker of Pioneer Gun Works who researched and restored antique cannon and was held in high regard by fellow members of the Australian Antique Arms Society. Ken was instrumental in getting David started in doing restoration work, researching and authenticating British Cannon as well as casting replicas and carriage building work.
David went on to set up Newcastle Gun Works. He has since restored 18th and 19thcentury ordnance for Newcastle City Council, Silent World Foundation, Fort Scratchley Newcastle as well as other guns for many private owners. He has also acquired his own important historical pieces of ordnance and has faithfully restored them to their former glory!
Keep an eye on our website going forward for more items for sale from other private collectors and to share and discuss our common interest!