Essendon Camera Club

(2009-2018)

The Essendon Camera Club was founded  in 1956 by Gary Lewis.  It has always been located in the Essendon/Moonee Ponds area.  Since its inception, it has fared quite well, having around 50 members for many years. It peaked, in so far as membership is concerned, with 162 members, in 2016.

Since 2009, the  executives of the club have been as follows:

Year

President

Secretary

Treasurer

2009

Brian Basham

Sue Newton

Murray  Kissell

2010

Jenny Colson

Sue Newton

Norm Dench

2011

Jenny Colson

Sue Newton

Norm Dench

2012

Jenny Colson

Alan Wilson

Norm Dench

2012-13

Alex van Harmelen

Alan Wilson

Luke Peers

2013-14

Alex van Harmelen

Brian Basham

Allan Hines

2014-15

Alex van Harmelen

Alan Wilson

Kate Fletcher

2015-16

Alex van Harmelen

Alan Wilson

Kate Fletcher

2016-17

Carmen Caruana

Alan Wilson

Kate Fletcher

2017-18

Robyn Wannan

Alan Wilson

lneke Struk

These members have given very valuable service to the club.

For over 40 years, a 10-week introductory photography course has been conducted by the club each year.  There is usually room for 40 budding  photographers at each course.  Until about 10 years ago, the  course dealt with  film and slide photography.  With the advent of digital photography,  Brian Basham reformulated the course to incorporate digital photography.

For many years, the  course was run by long-standing  club members  Ian Cust and Neil Ross. Now

(2018) Matthew Wings is course co-ordinator.

In 2016, the  club celebrated  its sixtieth  year. There was a major display of members' works at The Incinerator Gallery in Holmes Road, Moonee- Ponds. We also had a 'party' at a club meeting, with a large cake in the shape of a digital camera.

A substantial grant was obtained  from  the Moonee Valley City Council as a consequence of an application  put in by Pam Kreuger. This grant funded  our birthday celebrations  and paid for new equipment.

Over the 10-year period, club membership  grew and grew.   In 2016, we had 162 paid-up members,  making us the largest club affiliated with  VAPS.

The club has undertaken many activities  since 2009. Carmen Caruana and Steve Sheddick had their estimable  photographic exhibition, 'Alchemy', at the Gallery Voltaire in North Melbourne in October 2015.

There was a car-rally won by Kate Fletcher.  And a visit to Werribee Mansion,  and so on.

VAPS long-service medals were achieved by Jean Hoffricther,  Leo McGuire, Allen Hilton,  lan Cust, Clem DeSilva, and so on.

Club stalwarts  inevitably died.  Last year, Ian Cust died.  He was club secretary for over 30 years and a wonderful photographer.  Neil Ross, a man of many talents, and club trophy-maker passed away last December. Lorna Pearce, Barbara Dunton and Victor da Costa have also passed on.

Overall, the club has had an interesting decade


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