Strathmore

Community History

logo




 

Home Page
History Home Page

Strathmore Tennis Club

Three tennis courts were opened at the Loeman Street site on 3 October 1953. The courts were officially opened by Broadmeadow's Shire President. Two hundred residents attended the opening of the courts. The En Tout Cas courts had been built at a cost of 15,000 Pounds. The fencing around the courts had been erected by club members.

The founding President was D. Johnson and founding Secretary was K. McDonald.

The longest serving holders of Executive positions on the Tennis Club committee, are as follows:

  • President - F. McBain, 1957-1967.
  • Secretary - Mrs. A. Hally, 1989-1997.
  • Treasurer - S. Lloyd - no dates available, but served approx. 10 years over several terms in office.
Executive officers serving dual roles at various times:
  • I. Johnson - President 1969-1971 and Secretary 1965-1967
  • F. Hocking - President 1973-1975 and Secretary 1967-1971
  • S. Lloyd - President 1975-1979 and Treasurer dates not at hand

Life Members, as follows:

1953 D. Eddy 1965 F. McBain 1969 Mrs G. Sleep
1971 I. Johnson 1975 Mrs B. Allenson 1979 K. Sullivan
1987 Mrs J. Stevenson 1994 R. Joyce 1995 S. Lloyd
1995 R. Dean

Other Major Highlights:

  • 1971 - honour boards purchased to record club's Executive officers.
  • 1973 - all club's debentures paid in full.
  • 1978 - court lighting installed, with assistance from City of Broadmeadows.
  • 1979 - annexure of Strathmore from Broadmeadows to City of Essendon.
  • 3rd July, 1986 - the club becomes an Incorporated Association.

Numerous capital works programmes have been conducted over the years in an endeavour to improve the club further. These include resurfacing the courts with en tout cas and the later upgrading courts 4 and 5 to mod-grass, upgrading court lighting and later installing new lights to courts 4 and 5, clubhouse alterations and landscaping club surrounds in an effort to beautify the club.

Most of these works have been conducted with funds obtained solely from club fundraising functions.

Sources:

  • Information from the Club; and
  • "Annals of Essendon", Vol. 2, R. Chalmers.