History

History 1892 – 2009

1892-1991 The Royal Port Pirie Yacht Club was inaugurated as a club in 1892 and occupied premises on a site west of its present lease until 1940.

The original Club House was built by voluntary efforts of the Members and their friends under the direction of the designer and Commodore A.C. Ball, Esq. M.I.E. (Aust). The work of erection was commenced in April 1940 and was completed in September 1942.

During the years of the Second World War, the Club’s premises were taken over by the Royal Australian Navy and were used as the headquarters of the local unit of the Navak Auxiliary Patrol in which the majority of the Club members and their boats were enlisted voluntarily.

The Clubhouse was officially opened by his Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester on the 6th September, 1946, during his visit to Port Pirie and in January, 1951, a Royal Charter was granted to the Club. The Clubhouse was again extended in 1981/82 to its present condition and this was achieved part by contract and part voluntary labour. This very brief resume of the highlights in the Club’s history is presented as an indication of the record of service and progress that has resulted from the efforts of members during the past years, in hope that it may offer some inspiration to the Members in the years to come to continue to build on the firm foundation that has been laid for them.

1991-2009 Over the past few years we have seen a lot of improvements around the club mainly upgrading of the external areas. This has consisted of paving around the perimeter of the club to reduce dust and mud, old boat sheds replaced with one new and larger unit. Grassed area to the west with shade and BBQ facilities overlooking the Fisherman’s wharf. We have just purchase an old Massey Ferguson tractor to assist with launch and recovery of our rescue and Safety boat.

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