Celebrating 60 Years of Club Palm Beach
Club Palm Beach is going to celebrate the 1957 opening, its 60th anniversary.
We would like to get as many people from the past & present as possible to join us in a reunion here at the Club. This includes old friends, relatives, neighbours, local sports clubs, sailing mates, students from local schools, campers from the old camping ground near the Golf course, EVERYONE!
Leading up to the reunion we want to hear your old stories & share your photos from the good old days. Stories from the camping grounds, for example some families lived at the camping grounds while their family homes were built. John Oliver was one, he says the camping ground was a community in itself. Other campers such as the Trainor family loved the camping community so much they moved permanently to Palm Beach.
Palm Beach RSL started off as a shed, it was originally built in Lucinda Park, Nabilla Rd Palm Beach. The shed built from weather board by Dick Martin, Jack Martin & Fred Verrills was then moved to Barrenjoey Rd, the current Club site sitting approximately where the bistro dinner room in now. The land purchased in Barrenjoey Rd was instigated by Carl Gow. The little Club traded there from the very early 50’s until the current Club opened in December 1957. The original shed was removed by Peter Verrills & Bill Martin then transported by Bill’s semi-trailer to Wisemans Ferry and there it was used as a cabin for the Verrills family & friends for their water skiing holidays. In the early days the Club (shed) opened daily at 4pm and operated on an honour system, any purchases were fixed up on pay day.
The Club as it is today was built by R.Martin & sons. It was opened on the 14th December 1957. The president at the time of the opening was Alf Curtis and the secretary was Ron Vance. Some of the early committee members were Harold Richardson, Ken Wardrop, Fred Verrills, Jack Martin, Bill McTaggart, Ron Vance, Jack Henman, Brian Oxenham and Chic Whitchard.
Some old local family names were the Gonzalves, Martins, and Goddards. There were a big variety of local businesses including the chemist, butcher, bakers, doctors and the fruit & veg shop. Apparently there was two garages as well. To Peter Verrills recollection, the Palm Beach bottle shop is the only shop still operating as it was when opened. The original owners were the Goddard’s. Lola was their daughter who married Jack Martin.
The ferry service, fishing charter boats, builder’s ship wrights etc… We would love to share all this history before it is all lost.
Please start posting any stories, pictures or memories to our Facebook page Club Palm Beach. Put aside the date and tell us a bit about it. We can’t wait to see what you have in store for us!
This is a great time to catch up with that old Palm Beach friend of yours, you always say you will but never seem to get the chance.