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PO Box 40452, Casuarina.  Northern Territory  0810
Secretary: Gwenda Smallacombe 8927 3005

Probus Club of Darwin Inc. is non-profit and non-sectarian. It is non-fundraising. It's objectives are to stimulate thought, interest and participation in activities at a time of life when it is easy to become complacent and self centred.
Our Patron is His Honour the Honourable John Hardy AO, Administrator of the Northern Territory


Correspondence and meetings to form the club

The first recorded move to form the Probus Club of Darwin came in an undated press release in 1985 from the Rotary Club of Darwin North, quoting the president of that club, Dr. Guan Yeo, as saying that;
"... the basic purpose of a Probus Club is to provide regular meetings and fellowship for those retired and semi-retired men who appreciate and value opportunities to meet others of a similar level of interest... "
The press release went on to issue a general invitation to those interested to attend a meeting in the Palmerston Room at the Don Hotel at 7.30 pm on the 8th May, 1985.
In addition to the press release, personal letters of invitation were sent to various prominent members of the community. Included in this list was Mr. Jim Gallacher who was elected convenor by the meeting.
In this role Jim Gallacher sent form letters to a number of people inviting them to attend a meeting to bring about the formation of the Probus Club of Darwin. This meeting was scheduled for 10 am on Wednesday 29th May, 1985 at the Darwin Bowls Club.
Fourteen people attended that meeting, including Mr. George Fyson who was the Director, Vocational Service with the sponsoring Rotary Club of Darwin North. In addition ten people sent an apology.
In attendance: G. Fyson, R. Chin, R. Eddy, N. Field, B. Hingson, S. Kennon, J. Larcombe, L. MacGregor, W. McLaren, L. Penhall, C. See Kee, T. Thamarajah, J. Wright and J. Gallacher.
Apologies: A. Clarke, T. D'ambrosio, J. Fisher, R. Franklin, K. Frey, H. Geise, H. Harrison, N. Lynagh, E. Milliken and E. Evans.
After an address by George Fyson, detailing the purpose and functions of a Probus club, the Probus Club of Darwin was formed on a motion put by Bill McLaren and seconded by N. Field.
Office bearers elected were: PRESIDENT: Harry Giese, VICE PRESIDENT: Bill McLaren, SECRETARY: Jim Gallacher, TREASURER: Noel Field
It was agreed that eligibility for classification as a foundation member would remain open for a period of three months.
Annual fees were set at $10, with meetings to be held at the Darwin Bowls Club at 10 am on the first Wednesday of each month. The first such meeting was scheduled for 3rd July, 1985.

The First Meeting

Dr. Guan Yeo, president of the Rotary Club of Darwin North, and Mr. George Fyson, Director, Vocational Services attended the July 3rd meeting representing their club as sponsors of the Probus Club of Darwin.
Dr. Yeo presented the president, Harry Giese, with the Collar of Office, and provided the members with Probus pins and stickers.
It was reported that His Honour the Administrator was happy to accept the position of Patron.
The meeting was advised that at that stage the club had 22 financial members.
It obviously had not taken long for the word to spread, for at that July 3 meeting there was a letter from the Marriage Guidance Council seeking assistance in the form of $1000! In reply, it was pointed out to that Council that the Probus Club was not a fund raising service club.

Foundation members

At the meeting of 4th September, 1985, the following people were declared to be Foundation Members of the Probus Club of Darwin.

Wilfred Arthur Ray Chin Alan Clarke Rex Eddy Ted Evans
Ed Ferrier Noel Field Joe Fisher Martin Ford Bob Franklin
Ken Frey Jim Gallacher Harry Giese Hunter Harrison Ben Hingston
Stan Kennon Jack Larcombe Ian MacGregor Bill McLaren Ted Milliken
Cedric Patterson Les Penhall Phil Purich Charles See-Kee Tam Tharmarajah
Jim Wight

Photo Gallery of Past Presidents

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Harry Giese
1985 to 1986

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Bill McLaren
1986 to 1987

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Noel Field
1988 to 1989

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Jim Gallacher
1989 to 1990

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Ed Ferrier
1990 to 1991

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Martin Ford
1990 to 1991

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Keith Thompson
1991 to 1992

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Dr. Alan Bromwich
1992 to 1993

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Eric Simmons
1993 to 1994

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Lionel Dennis
1994 to 1995

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Kenneth Frey
1995 to 1996

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Joe Fisher
1996 to 1997

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Richard Dimery
1997 to 1998

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Hugh Roberts
1998 to 1999

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Bernie Plew OAM
1999 to 2000

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Ashley Dally OAM
2000 to 2001

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Allan Thompson
2001 to 2002

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Doug Steven
2002 to 2003

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Bill Kerr
2003 to 2004

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Malcolm Scott
2004 to 2006

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Eean Thorne
2006 to 2008

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Ken Cohalan
2008 to 2009

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Neil Prosser
2009 to 2010

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Janet Elliott
2010 to 2011

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Bill Porte
2011 to 2012

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John Scott
2012 to 2013

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Jeanette Graham
2013 to 2014

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Bob Schulze
2014 to 2015

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Meryl Morilly
2015 to 2016

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Ian Dawson
2016 to 2018

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