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HFB Recreation Club

History

On May the 16th 1910, the Hobart Fire Brigade Board agreed to the following request from Superintendent Trousselot:

That he be granted permission to start a Recreation Fund in connection with the Hobart Fire Brigade. With both permanent and part time staff making a small contribution from their weekly wage. On the 20th August 1912 this initiative took flight and marked the establishment of our “Hobart Fire Brigade Recreation Club”.

The Club’s initial president was permanent Fireman A.J. Walker 1912 - 1916, followed by part time (retained) Fireman J.A. Large and then A//Dep. Supt. C.F. Campbell. Other names which would be familiar to you all are: former DO Bill (WJ) Burke, Len Dodge, Rupe Lowe, former HFB Deputy brigade Chief Tom Klug to name a few.

The Club had a membership of 33 employees who all shared equal shares in the Club.

Today we have a total of 161 current members who pay a fortnightly membership.

The funds from the Recreation Club have been used to provide recreation and social items that benefit its members while not on duty or awaiting alarm and fire calls. These purchases have changed from paying for upkeep of the Club’s billiard table (which stands upstairs in the billiard room today) to the purchase of sporting equipment, assisting in the funding of sporting teams, helping out fellow colleagues in times of hardship and funding farewell functions for retiring members.

Over the past 100 years the Club has arranged a variety of social activities such as: billiard tournaments, football and cricket matches in which the books are still at the station to prove who were the best batsmen and fielders, cabarets and social occasions which still to this day are spoken about with a smile.

The HFB Recreation Club is very much a proud piece of historic tradition and reminds us of the firefighters that were once here before us protecting our community, the firefighters here now and the future firefighters to follow, who I am sure will be as proud to be a part of such a dynamic tight-knit club.

The Club has played a vital role in shaping the people we are both operationally and socially and has allowed us to create rapport with our fellow employees and strong friendships have formed as a result of this.

 

Office Bearers

  President: Barry Bones
  Vice President: Michael Goldsmith
  Secretary: Emma Weitnauer
  Steward: Adam Meredith

 

 

Up and Coming Events / Farewells

This year's annual function will be a Backyard Bash at 7pm on Saturday 5th November 2016 in the courtyard of the Hobart Fire Brigade Clubrooms. Come along for a great night of music, food and drinks. And help us farewell this year's retirees.

From 2015 onwards our annual function will always be on the 1st Saturday in November.

 

Honorary Members

Justin Young

Life Members

  P. Alexander *R. Johnstone *A.C. Telfer
  B. Baker J. Kean D. Tennant
  B. Burke T. Klug *W.F. Warren
  *A. Butters W.C.H. Manton  
  G. Butters *A.G. Medbury  
  *D. Corker S. Peters  
  *C.E. Crisp D.Petersen  
  T. Davidson G. Pollard  
  L. Dodge *C.B. Powell  
  D. Doran C.A. Robertson  
  L.M. Fisher R. Sherrin  
  I. Fulton *N.A Skinner  
  *J.J. Gannon *F.C. Smith  
  J.R. Gates P. Tavasz  
  *A.Hanacek J. Taylor  

* = deceased

Contact

Any concerns please email our current President Barry.Bones at Barry.Bones@fire.tas.gov.au