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Robert Richards-Mousley (1930-2019)

Oct 1, 2019 | Obituaries

Vale Rob Richards-Mousley. Born in Thebarton. 6/8/1930 – 16/9/2019 For many of us the years are a lifetime, but for…

Vale Rob Richards-Mousley.

Born in Thebarton.

6/8/1930 – 16/9/2019

For many of us the years are a lifetime, but for one man, the years are just some and a few more.

Robert Richards-Mousley, a young Sheep Station Manager, loved shooting.

In May of 1958, he decided to join his local long-range target shooting club of Menindee, a small town east of Broken Hill NSW.

During the shooting calendar of 1958 to 1961, Rob was their club champion.

He also took on leadership rolls and was the Club Captain in the years 1959 to 1962.

In October 1961, Rob travelled to Adelaide, SA and entered the S.A.R.A Queens Prize shoot. As an unknown from the bush, Rob entered as a ‘B’ grader and won a tidy sum of one pound, (which would equal $32 today). This win automatically had him upgraded to ‘A’ grade.

Rob relocated from Menindee NSW to Adelaide SA in 1962 and joined the Adelaide Rifle Club, one of ten clubs residing at the Dean Rifle Range in Port Adelaide.

In 1962, Rob was able to shoot the HEASLIP lead up match, (as it was known then) and also the 1962 SARA Queens. That year he was victorious and won the HEASLIP Lead-up event.  Rob also won this event in 1980.

Competing in the HEASLIP lead-up events, Rob won 2 x first places, 2 x seconds, 1 x third place plus 15 HEASLIP spoons.

Over the years as a Target Rifle shooter, Rob was presented with SARA Queens 3rd place plus 17 other numbered SARA Queens badges.

Rob has participated and shot at an ‘A’ grade level for 58 consecutive years, even after changing disciplines to F Class Standard in 2006 -2007. We feel this is a very rare and unique milestone.

Rob was also one of SARA’s oldest competing members, at the age of 88.

We knew that Rob intended to shoot the 2019 SARA Queens as he had all his ammo loaded and prepared.  Due to a hiccup with his health in June 2019, sadly Rob was unable to take on the challenge.


  • Robert Richards-Mousley represented Australia in Team Shooting 7 times – Bisley, Palma Match USA, Canada, South Africa x 2 and New Zealand x 2.
  • SARA TR State Teams & F-class State Teams 26 times as shooter, Captain or Coach.  Of those, he was Captain 6 times
  • 1967 Winner of the Hahndorf KINGSHIP
  • 1972 Winner of the very first National NRAA QUEENS in the ACT
  • 1989 Winner Broken Hill Rifle Club Centenary Shoot with a perfect score
  • 1972/1973 SARA Rifle Man of The Year
  • 1973 News-Caltex Sportsman of the Year
  • Approx. 45 Queens Badges including Dominion of Canada Rifle Assoc. Badge
  • Rob competed on more than one occasion in every Australian State’s Queens over his shooting careerSA, QLD, NSW, VIC, TAS, WA, ACT, NT.
  • Australian Institute of Sport Level 3 Coach
  • SARA President
  • F-Class Association of S.A. President for 8 years
  • SARA Council
  • SARA State Selector
  • No1 DRA Grading Selector for 35 years

Away for the Movement

Rob worked for some time with the South Australian Film Corporation. During this time, he made a working gatling gun for the 1985 movieRobbery under Arms”, which is now displayed in the SA Police museum.

Rob made his famous leather bolt bags of which I’m sure thousands were made and owned by people all over Australia. Rob also crafted timber rifle stocks and did some armoury work.

Rob spent many a year assisting Rostrevor College on bush expeditions.

His skills were needed on some of the excursions as he assisted constructed monuments to early explorer in Arkaroola and on Mt Woodroffe in the Musgrave Ranges.

A member of ARPA 4WD Group for over 20 years.

An avid ornithologist, Rob was a member of BIRDS SA for 30years.

Life Memberships

  1. SARA
  2. No1 DRA
  3. Veterans Assoc.
  4. Father & Sons
  5. SA F-Class Assoc.
  6. Adelaide Rifle Club
  7. Phoenix Target Rifle Club

The Mouse was still shooting perfect scores
at 700 metres in August 2019 before he retired from life.

The friendship chain is broken now,
but your sporting memories will live for ever.

Now, legend of our sport.

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