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Club History


Oct. 18, 2019
Buckley Park Tennis Club History of club - 1957 - Dec 16 1957 A meeting of 28 people was held at the civic hall to discuss the forming a new Club at Buckley Park as part of the Buckley park Civic Association. They had indications from over 70 people who were interested in joining the club. At this meeting a foundation committee was formed and included President: CJ Richards Esq. A.W. Graham E.T. Millar S.O. Haywood JF Russell J.E.L Jeffrey NK Smyth J.P Knight Mrs A Selby Miss G. Walker 5 porous courts were installed - 1958 Competition started - A Small weatherboard building was erected on the site to be used as the clubhouse - 1975 A 6th porous court was added. This was done by raising funds through the the issuing of Debentures to members, to a total value $6,850 to help pay for the new court. This money was paid back to the debentures holders over the next few years. - 1979 New brick club house built. Frank Crowe was the driving force behind its construction During construction period, an old prefab tent was provided by Jim Thompson, (Colin’s Dad), to be used as temporary clubrooms - 1982 All courts were changed to a more low maintenance synthetic grass courts surface - BPTC was the first club in northern suburbs to use the synthetic grass on it's courts - 1984 Peter Hubble commenced as the club coach - 1985 Lights were installed on courts 4-6 by Baxter Electrical - 1990 Lights were installed on the top courts 1 to 3 DNA Lighting - 1993 An application was made to obtain a liquor license, however this was defeated at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) - it was decided to keep the club a "dry club" - 1994 A new application for a liquor license was made and this time commonsense prevailed - it was approved at the AGM - 1997 Extensions were made to the clubhouse which included new toilets, the Bar and committee room Wilfred Brooks was a big driver in this extension getting completed. - 2007 50th birthday celebration was held with a big function held at Ultima Receptions with over 300 people attending. - 2009 An application was made to the council to install a further 7th court to the club and this was approved, the club also provided funds for the construction of the court - 2010 The new 7th court was constructed and completed in early January by WM Loud - 2010 Feb: Courts 1 to 3 were resurfaced by Tiger Turf using "Tournament 1000" synthetic grass, - 2011 Nov. Courts 4 to 6 were resurfaced by Tiger Turf using "Tournament 1000" synthetic grass. all the net post were replaced and low areas leveled - 2018 Courts 4-7 had LED lights installed by D & A Lighting - 2018 December - Storeroom rebuilt - 2018 December - Clubhouse re-roofed - 2019 Courts 1-3 had LED lights installed by ELA Tennis Court lighting - 2019 All clubhouse lighting upgraded to LED - 2019 October - Pergola upgraded and new roof installed - 2019 October - Exterior of clubhouse rendered and painted SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER INFORMATION OR DETAILS TO ADD TO THIS LISTING OR FIND ANY MISTAKES, OR HAVE ANY OLD PHOTOS PLEASE EMAIL YOUR INFORMATION OR PHOTOS TO INFO@BPTC.COM.AU OR CONTACT MARK CHANDLER ON 0418 529 666

Life Membership

Oct. 18, 2019
BPTC Life Memberships AS AT SEPTEMBER 2019 Life membership is granted to those who have served 10 years or more on the committee or have provided exceptional service to the club over a long period of time Members Name Issued Contribution to club Colin Thompson 1988 Current Treasurer for over 40 years, former Junior Convenor Bev Harris 1990 Club house construction and Secretary Jacqui Teal 1991 Various roles on committee including President Ian Izzard 2001 Various roles, including President, on committee for over 30 years Colin Smith 2001 Various roles on committee, including maintenance convenor Julie Thompson 2005 Currently at 36 years as junior convener Carol Munro 2008 Currently 25 years as Night comp convenor Steve Munro 2008 25 years as Bar manager Colin Durand 2017 Maintenance convenor for over 10 years Peter Hubble 2017 Club coach for over 35 years Mark Chandler 2019 President for 10 years, currently maintenance convenor