RICHARDWhen Stix became Chairman in 2006, he sent out an email requesting anyone who had any information on the Club's history to provide him with such, as, regrettably, the records were almost non existent or in a very bad condition. At the back of my mind, I thought that when I retire I would put together perhaps just a Chairman's honours board as this kind of display has been sadly lacking for a club our size. What remained of our records and photographs in the storeroom was a very sad state of affairs. So the first step was to restore the club's photographs and hang them up in their rightful place in the club house for all to see. Tracing the names and tenure of our 27 chairmen during the one hundred years was not straight forward and much debate was had by all and much contradiction!. Finally with the assistance from Rob Louw of TWP, an accurate base was established although there is a shade of doubt over the first two chairmen's dates due to no available records. Having the base sorted, I decided to add where ever possible, a photograph so that faces could be put to names. It then became logical to add some notes of history and interest to each period of their tenure. This information came mostly from minute books for the period 1926 to 1979.

These books were kindly returned to the club by Lilian Bosman, daughter of Dave Scott. Thanks so much Lilian. It is a great shame that the minute books from 1908 to 1926 and from 1957 to 1967 are lost forever. Records from 1979 to 1992 have also been carelessly lost by person or persons unknown. For this reason I have arranged  that the Cape Town archives in Roland Street will in future store our available records 1926 - 1979 on our behalf. They will of course be available for inspection by any member of our club or by members of the public.  

As another off shoot of my research, I  have also pieced together an Honours Board for our Club Champions and the major positions on the committees over the years. Although I cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, I am confident of 99%!  Finally, the importance of our league history did not get overlooked. This was the final spin off of my research. Of interest, there have been over 4,000 members, inflation has been 28,504%!. The biggest problems to the Committees have been subscription collections, burglaries and vagrants!  My apologies to the many, many members I have not mentioned by name who have contributed in making our club so successful. There are just too many. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I have had in compiling it. There are some wonderful anecdotes for a truly great club that has flourished for a century.

Here's to the next one hundred years!

Richard Prosser
May 2009

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