Gal­ston Club Cel­e­brates 50 years

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Front Page -

The Gal­ston Club cel­e­brated 50 years of com­mu­nity ser­vice on Satur­day 16th March. A Golden Ju­bilee Din­ner was held for orig­i­nal found­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers up to the cur­rent com­mit­tee plus staff and oth­ers who had been long term sup­port­ers of the club.

Fifty years ago, a group of lo­cal res­i­dents de­cided that they would like to sup­port the lo­cal ser­vice per­son­nel and help con­trib­ute to the lo­cal com­mu­nity. Those found­ing mem­bers set the foun­da­tions for the great club we have to­day.

The Gal­ston Club started in the premises of the Gal­ston Unit­ing Church Hall. The Union Church Hall was es­tab­lished in 1894 in Ar­ca­dia Road. The hall grad­u­ally fell into dis­use un­til Novem­ber 1952 when Hills District Sub Branch ap­proached Hornsby Shire Coun­cil to ob­tain use of the hall. The new club­house was built on and around the foun­da­tions of the old Unity Hall by lo­cal vol­un­teers. In Oc­to­ber 1956, the build­ing was ready for use. By the mid­dle of the 1950s, the Ex­ec­u­tive formed a li­cenced club and a re­cruit­ing drive took place for mem­bers. The full li­cence was granted on 27th Novem­ber 1967, with the new club open­ing on 2nd De­cem­ber 1967. An in­au­gu­ral com­mem­o­ra­tion was held on 16th March 1968 to cel­e­brate the of­fi­cial open­ing with the new name of the Hills District Memo­rial Club.

The first com­mit­tee mem­bers were Ted Burgess (Pres­i­dent), Ernie Wick­son, Jack Bar­rett, Les King, Elly El­sholz, Kevin Banks, Maxwell Wey­mouth, Louis Heather, Leonard Ether­ing­ton and Henry Black (see im­age on front page).

Photo of first comit­tee mem­bers (1968)

Photo of past and cur­rent com­mit­tee mem­bers and staff

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