Q. I have a relative who worked at the Factory. Can I access their employee records?
The Museum has gained access to the employee records up to 1942 and is in the process of scanning them with the help of Lithgow & District Family History Society. All enquiries about ex-employees are placed into a file and answered as the information becomes available.
Q. What sort of information does the Museum have on SAF commercial production?
The Museum's records covering commercial production are patchy. Unfortunately many records were destroyed when no longer needed by the Factory. There are managers reports, photographs, catalogues, production schedules, workflow sheets and blueprints for some items. We are still sorting the archives and gems occasionally pop up. As time permits and material becomes available we will be adding new fact sheets on various aspects of Factory production. If you have a special interest and cannot find any information on our website please send us an email and we will do our best to help.
Q. Can you tell me the history of my rifle?
The Factory kept no records of rifles after they left Factory store and we can give no information on their service history. Sometimes the various military markings stamped onto a rifle after it left the Factory can give you some idea of its history. (See the question below).
Q. Can you tell me what the markings on my rifle mean?
You can download a fact sheet on the common markings found on Lithgow manufactured SMLE rifles here (requires Adobe Acrobat). If your rifle has markings other than these you will need to send us a clear photo of the markings and showing where they are on the rifle. "The Broad Arrow" by Ian Skennerton is available in the Museum shop and contains a wealth of information on British and Commonwealth military markings.
Q. Can you give me information on my Lithgow Slazenger rifle?
The Museum holds some records of when the Slazenger rifles left the Factory. If you give us the serial number of your Slazenger we may be able to tell you when it left the Factory. Due to the void of information available on the Slazengers we are considering producing a booklet on them in the near future. If you would like to register your interest in this book please email us with your contact details. We are commonly asked if we hold spares for Slazenger rifles - we don't.
Q. Can you supply spare parts for my rifle or tell me where I can get them?
The Museum holds no spares for sale. You might like to try one of the gun shows held around the country or your local gun shop. There are also a number of web sites that sell guns and spare parts.