Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Long-Lived Club Celebrates

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Long-Lived Club Celebrates

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LOOKING BACK

GEORGE SEYMOUR

MARYBOROUGH is very well known for the success of its different clubs catering to all manner of sporting codes.

Olympians and national champions have trained at the fields, pools, courts and grounds of our city.

These organisations and the men and women who have built them up have greatly contributed to ensuring our community is healthy, active and connected.

One of these clubs in our community, the Point Lookout Croquet Club, celebrates its 120th birthday this week.

As the oldest croquet club in Queensland, this Maryborough organisation has a proud history and a strong future.

When the club was formally opened on September 21, 1898 under the leadership of its president, Mrs JH Baynes, the Maryborough Chronicle stated:

"The Point Lookout Croquet Club was formally opened last Wednesday at their grounds in North Street. The affair proved a pleasant one and went off very successfully, there being a large gathering of over 100 ladies and gentlemen present. A number of the former had provided light refreshments in the shape of tea and cake, which were partaken of by those present and altogether the club promises to have a successful career."

For its first four years, until 1902, the club's home was in the grounds of the large residence "Stirling". This attractive timber home still stands near the river on North St, very distinctively painted yellow, backing onto the Brolga Theatre's carpark.

In 1902 the club took up an offer to lease their current site from the Bonarius family, a block further up the street, at 23-25 North St. The annual payment was set at [pounds sterling]5, and continued unchanged and unaffected by inflation at this rate until 1956 when the last of the family passed away.

At this point the club had to make a decision about its future and it was decided to purchase the land. …

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