On the 12th November 2016, Swan Canoe Club celebrated its 50th anniversary with two very special events: an afternoon tea for all past Club Presidents, Life Members, Club Members of the Year and other significant contributors to the Club over this period. And in the evening a party was attended mainly by current Club members.
The afternoon gathering brought back lots of wonderful memories. On display were a range of old Paddle magazines, clothing and four giant murals covering the years early years to 1979, 1980s, 1990s & the 2000s with historic photographs, Paddle articles and newspaper clippings. A slide show was running which also included archival movies of some of the first homemade wooden kayaks running rapids on the Avon!
Four speeches were delivered:
- Peter Dear recounted the birth of the sport of canoeing in WA which lead to the formation of the Club in 1966 (we hope to document his memories soon);
- Geoff Davies then recounted some his early paddling exploits and the huge effort involved in building of the new clubrooms which were completed in 1999;
- Rebekah Manley covered a more recent snippet of history from the 2000s which included the major building expansion project of 2012;
- Ron Norris, Mayor of Mosman Park, spoke about how important the Club is to this community.
21 Presidents came along and we managed to lined them all up in order of their service for a unique photo.
Lots of photos were taken at the afternoon tea – see the slide show below.
You can also enjoy most of the material displayed on the day:
- The historical murals (and still installed in the Clubrooms) – here;
- The historical slide show – here.
These events took a mammoth effort to organise, largely done by the Tuesday and Friday morning peer paddling group lovingly named The Ducklings – many many thanks for your efforts.
Also we need to thank the people who delved into their archives and lent us precious historical photographs, magazines and newspaper clippings, particularly Peter Dear, Colma Keeting, Geoff Davies and Colin Thorpe.
We hope to publish a commemorative book, so if you have material you think could be included please email us.