Scan-a-thon day at the club, Saturday 30 August 10am – 4pm.
The research I have conducted so far, through old newspapers, sailing magazines, programs and several catch-ups with members past and present, has so far provided a wealth of information about the Club.
Additionally, a rapidly growing set of the Club’s Annual Reports is providing me with details of champions, board members, finances, point scores and best of all – Frank Bonnitcha’s historical features through the years. (Great thanks to Bill Fletcher and Tom Aplin for providing most of the issues I have scanned so far).
I get the feeling, however, that I’ve not even scratched the surface yet.
To save some petrol and create an opportunity for a catch up – we’re holding a scan-a-thon day at the club. If you have old slides, film footage, photographs, programs or anything relating to the history of the club – please bring it along for us to scan!
At the end of the day we’ll hopefully have an eclectic digital archive of material not just for this historian – but for the next one, and the next, as the club reaches its 125th anniversary, its 150th anniversary and beyond…
Having scanned and worked my way through nearly four decades of Annual Reports (with several more still to go), a few points stood out to me; that this a club that has withstood two world wars, depressions and the rapid change of a bustling suburb; and that volunteers and forward thinking management have been crucial to allowing the Club to thrive, becoming a hotspot for the community and a hub for generations of families.
The history of any sporting club is always more than lists of champions – it’s also the personal and the social. I’ve heard tales of many happy childhood hours spent in the Club and its surrounds: stories of names carved in trees, picnics, sunburns (and headaches), regattas and championships and world-class tea and scones. Stories that seem to draw out just what this club means to people, memories that are all important elements of a much wider story. If you have had an affiliation with the club, have slides, film, photos, programs, pennants (even t-shirts!) bring along your memorabilia and come down for a catch up.
Hope to see you there,
Missing Annual Reports between the 1958 and 2013 editions:
If you have copies of any of these – or earlier than 1958 – please leave a comment below.