Bert Kearney was Guest Speaker at the Annual General Meeting of the Historical Society last month and related the amazing adventures he had when touring the International Tennis Circuit. Born in Murchison he played tennis from an early age and rose to compete in Victorian and Queensland Championships, playing at Wimbledon by 1958 and touring extensively that season including playing in the US Open. In 1961 Bert competed in the Australian Open where he was defeated by Roy Emerson. Bert also played in the 1965 and 1968 Australian Open tournaments. Bert still has contact with many of the big names in Australian tennis but relates these connections very humbly.
Although Bert is now in his eighty’s he continues to run the family Stock and Station Agency in Murchison, a business that has been going for over 100 years.
Bert Kearney is a thoroughly enjoyable and humorous speaker.
The Executive Committee elected for the coming year are Kay Ball – President, Margaret Lock – Secretary, Lyndon Gregory – Treasurer, Committee – John Ball, Janet Clarke, Warwick Finlay, and Gloria Polkinghorne.
Kay Ball delivered the Presidents Report that highlighted a very busy time setting up the Heritage Centre again after renovations with a willing team putting in many many hours of time to create a most impressive display in the Gallery and arranging the rest of the building in a way that makes it all most functional. The Society is now able to offer visitors a more meaningful experience. Tribute was also paid to the support from local businesses, community members and from the Lions Club.
The Historical Society is looking towards a rewarding year ahead with visitor numbers already increased since the opening of the re-vamped building.
Regular opening time is Saturday mornings 10am to 12.30pm and visits at other times by arrangement, groups very welcome. For enquiries please ring 0475 018 743 and leave a message. For group bookings ring Janet 5826 2363.