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Heritage German Club Modernises Their Constitution

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The Brisbane German Club was established in 1883 by a group of German immigrants to fulfil the longstanding desire to found a German Club in Brisbane. The Club soon became a popular socialising venue for both Germans and Australians, with their events, concerts and other functions becoming the talk of the town. A choir, theatrical group, bowling team and library were established for the enjoyment of Club members.

German Club Crew
Left to Right: John Melenewycz – Secretary Manager, Paul Alldridge – Club Treasurer, Michaela Sowden – Vice President, John Dickson, Monika Kortz – President

An allotment was purchased in Vulture Street and a new club house built with money donated by the then German Consul, Johann Christian Heussler. On 24 May 1890, a new Clubhouse was completed. The new building became a meeting place to cultivate the German language, customs and music, also holding benefit concerts and collections for members.

Plenty of event space for standing or fully seated.

In recent years, the kitchen and bar have had extensive renovations to cope with the sheer numbers of visitors to the Club. A beer garden was also established. Today, the Club offers over 70 different German Beers to members and visitors alike. Membership is open to everyone over 18 years of age. Visitors are encouraged to apply for Social Membership which grants them access to the Club.

As part of the club’s overall future strategies, modernising the constitution was a key element, prompting the Board to appoint John Dickson and the team at DWS to help them through this process.  Following several meetings with the Club’s Board and the members, a new constitution was unanimously approved at a special general meeting.

If you’re looking at modernising your constitution, get in touch with John Dickson on john@dws.net.au or mobile 0417 721 942.

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