Back in August we held scan-a-thon day at the Club that neatly aligned with a reunion. Myself and the team from Panucci Graphics were kept busy all day scanning, chatting and organising the great variety of historical material that came in from members, past and present.
A few items in particular stood out to me, and I was surprised by the wonderful range of objects, photographs and records that came out of people’s closets for the day.
George Robson brought in a beautifully mounted propeller that holds a lovely mix of personal and club history. The propeller came from DSC’s rescue boat, Warramunga, which began life as a navy ‘captain’s gig’ with HMAS Warramunga. The boat was brought to the club and a new cabin fixed by Jim ‘Scotty’ Connon, a DSC Life Member who also worked for naval stores. The wood for the base, 100 year old cedar, was taken from the former post-office building at Waverton, owned by George’s mother.
Gail Kellam’s collection of membership cards was fantastic and completely unexpected. Gail has been a member since she was 8 years old and her kids are now 4th generation members. I love that her membership card collection, spanning 20 years, represents the club’s brand transition through the years – as well as Gail’s history (I note her name change to Kellam)!
Gail & Margy Sanderson’s personal photographs have also made a fantastic addition to the digital archive, demonstrating the club’s family-oriented nature through the years. Here’s one of my favourite images from Margy:
A great range of photographs showing the evolution of the clubhouse also came through, including a couple of the old Jnr Club house. You can check most of these images out on Flickr.
Several more Annual Reports came through, and between the Bonnitcha’s and Bill Fletcher I am only missing a handful between 1947 and the present day. As I wade my way through scanning decades of Annual Reports, making notes and finding new stories, I can’t emphasis enough how important these documents are as a resource and my thanks to those members who have lent me their copies.
With the recent celebration of Gladesville Bridge’s 50th birthday it was also great to see a souvenir booklet from the October 1964 opening, thanks to David Swales. At the time of its opening, the bridge was hailed as ‘the longest concrete arch span bridge in the world’.
The bridge is an iconic feature in the local landscape, and appears in many of the sailing photographs that have come through – including this image that appears to show it under construction but not long from opening.
A signed souvenir booklet from the club’s Golden Jubilee in 1963 was a great find (kindly sent in from Patricia Janes who has great childhood memories of DSC), as was a photo of Surprise, the first plywood moulded skiff to race at the club (image courtesy Ken McLeod).
Head to Flickr to see a selection of the scanned material and leave a comment if you know a place, a name or a date.