Kyabram Free Press

Ky Club rises from ashes

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THE Kyabram Club was destroyed by fire in the early hours of Tuesday, December 18, 1984.

Firemen were called to the scene at about 2.45am soon after the manager, Steve Foley, made his final check of the building.

The firemen took about 90 minutes to contain the fire.

Nine days after the fire the club was back in business. A bar was set up in the partially damaged meeting rooms and was trading from 11am-8pm.

Contractor­s and voluntary helpers worked at removing debris and preparing the remains of the club for re-opening.

A huge marquee was set up in grounds for the New Year’s Eve celebratio­ns, which had been planned well before the fire.

In February 1985 150 members attended a meeting in the marquee and voted to rebuild the club on the same site and on April 19 a debenture scheme was launched to help furnish the Kyabram Club.

The new Kyabram Club building was officially opened on November 15, 1985 by Ray Greed. A large crowd attended the night, with entertainm­ent provided by Reg Poole.

To commemorat­e the 20-year anniversar­y of the fire, the Kyabram Club staged a small ceremony at midday on December 18, 2004 where the attendees were those representi­ng the club executives at the time of the fire, along with representa­tives

❝To commemorat­e the 20-year anniversar­y of the fire, the Kyabram Club staged a small ceremony at midday on December 18, 2004 where the attendees were those representi­ng the club executives at the time of the fire, along with representa­tives of the local fire brigade, police and emergency services who attended the scene.❞

of the local fire brigade, police and emergency services who attended the scene.

■ Compiled by Eileen Sullivan, Kyabram Historical Society voluntary librarian, from the files of the Kyabram Free Press.

 ??  ?? Ern Purdey, Kyabram Club life member, in front of the charred remains of the Kyabram Club, which was destroyed by fire in December 1984.
Ern Purdey, Kyabram Club life member, in front of the charred remains of the Kyabram Club, which was destroyed by fire in December 1984.

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