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Our History

Before the Waterloo Bay Lapidary club was officially formed a small group of men and women used to meet up in Manly at a property in Mountjoy Terrace. The discussions were all about lapidary.

 

This group called for interested parties to join them and approximately sixty people in the local area expressed their interest. This made the small Manly based group realise there was a need for a club in the area.

Historical Timeline

1965

1966

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The 1st Inaugural meeting was in 1965 with 30 interested persons attending. The 1st Official meeting was in 1966.

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1967

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1st Meeting in Club Rooms 11th May 1967 

Yamboyna St Manly QLD.

The meeting opened with 33 persons attending. The President of the Gayndah club – Mr. King was introduced and then went on to take the chair and address the meeting. Mr. Stuart, also of the Gayndah club, was there to offer any assistance that was required.

Elections were held: President: Mr. Hasenkam.

                                    Secretary: Mrs. Higginson.

                                    Treasurer: Mrs. Campbell.

                                    Vic President: Mr. Higginson.

The name of the club to be decided at the next

general meeting.

 

Joining fee $2.00 - $4.00 subscription fee.

Nightly fee to be 30 cents – this covers all operations except Slab Saw and this is 5 cents per square inch.

1968

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13th February 1968 – Club colours to be blue and gold.

The name badge was designed by Mr. Crombie and accepted by the Committee. To be sold at 35 cents each.

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1970

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10th February 1970 – Field trips organized to Torrington, Lowood, Mount Tarampa, Gatton, Heledon, Kenilworth, Church Bank Weir

1976

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2nd February 1976 – Fuel and electricity cuts are affecting the work nights and field trips.

 

Working night fees to be increased from 10 cents to 40 cents. Membership fees to be increased by $1.00.

(Even in those days they faced issues with power)

1984

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Club fees to increase to $10 per year.

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1985

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The club show was held in the Baptist Church Hall in Manly.

1986

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A grant was obtained to build the club house under the existing Hemmant Community Hall. The building was an extensive job requiring walls, plumbing and electricity.

 

There were some hiccups when the windows and doors were fitted, there were two incidents of vandalism! Windows were smashed and the door broken twice.

 

There was nothing fitted internally at this stage however it did prompt the need to add further security measures including iron lockable gates to the front and back entry points.

Christmas party to be held at Wynnum wading pool.

1988

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Club fees to increase to $10 per year.

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1986

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A grant was obtained to build the club house under the existing Hemmant Community Hall. The building was an extensive job requiring walls, plumbing and electricity.

 

There were some hiccups when the windows and doors were fitted, there were two incidents of vandalism! Windows were smashed and the door broken twice.

 

There was nothing fitted internally at this stage however it did prompt the need to add further security measures including iron lockable gates to the front and back entry points.

Christmas party to be held at Wynnum wading pool.

1989

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Smoking was banned in the workroom!

1994

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Waterloo Bay Lapidary club obtained a Certificate of Incorporation. The first meeting of the Club under Incorporation was held 9th May 1994

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1996

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19th June – An extraordinary meeting was called to discuss the position of the clubrooms due to leakage of petrol from the garage above petrol bowser!

1997

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February 9th – Notice was given to Waterloo Bay Lapidary Club advising closure of the club rooms by the end of February giving a grand three weeks’ notice. February 3rd, 1997 was the last working session in the building. This was followed by cleaning and dismantling and packing of all machinery and other equipment. All items stored at the over 50s club on

Tingal Road

 

What was to become of the Waterloo Bay Lapidary Club?

 

Hemant Hall put out an advertisement in the local paper requesting help to keep the hall open.  This led to the building being built in and made for the sole use of the lapidary Club.

1998

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The building under Hemmant Hall began! Machinery was relocated from storage to the new home under Hemmant Hall. Club open day was held February 17th.

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