GERMAN CLUB CAIRNS HISTORY
The first meeting of German people interested to form a club to cater for the needs of German speaking migrants who wanted to communicate with other German migrants in Cairns was held on the 27th June 1971. Nine people attended. It was resolved to form a club and name it Cairns Germania Club.
The same nine people met again on 4th July 1971 and formed the Cairns Germania Club, elected their first President and formulated the club’s constitution.
The names of our founding fore bearers
- Mrs E. Knobloch
- Ferdinand Knobloch
- Gitta Douw
- Ferdinand Douw
- Ursula Schaefer
- Wolfgang Schaefer
- Alois Hoffmann
- Johanna Liebnau
- Gerhard Liebnau (the only founding member celebrating with us the 43 anniversary)
Many new members joined the club and soon a folk dancing group was formed by Alois Ettinger, who many years later became one of the Presidents.
Ten years after the formation of the first ever German Club in Cairns the need for own club premises made the members through their committee and some individuals within the club buy an old unused church hall in Winkworth Street Cairns.
A lot of work had to be done to transform a church hall to our club house. Since over 30 years of ongoing restorations and maintenance the German Club Cairns has one of the ‘greatest little club houses’ in Australia.
At the beginning of 1990 the name Cairns Germania Club was officially changed to German-Austrian-Swiss Association trading as Germania Club. The change came because many Austrian and Swiss people joined the club.
To move with the modern times, the old fashioned name ‘Germania Club’ is now officially changed to GERMAN CLUB CAIRNS.
The 43rd Anniversary celebration was held on the 5th of July 2014 at the German Club Cairns, 57 Winkworth Street, Westcourt