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SFSA History
A History of the S.A.D.W.F.C 1980-2001 -Print Email PDF 
Posted by zaphod 04/06/2005

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The South Australian Doctor Who Fan Club was founded on 1st of June 1980 by Brian Alford.
Brian was President of The South Australian Star Trek Fan Club, and during this time he discovered a lot of people who enjoyed Star Trek were also avid Doctor Who fans. Brian and his wife Elaine decided to start their own Doctor Who fan club, and incorporate many of the basic concepts used in SASTREK.
Brian ran the club on his own for a year assisted by a number of SASTREK members, building up the membership to about 50, enough to elect a committee. In the inaugural year he produced five newsletters and organized four meetings to be held at the Theosophical Hall, 338 King William Street, Adelaide, with $1 as the entrance fee. The meetings were held from 2pm through to 5pm. At these first meetings it was not uncommon for 150 people to attend.
The first official non-meeting event for 1980 was held over the weekend of 11-13th of October at the science fiction convention 'Triblecon', where advertising material, speeches, panels and merchandise was organised by Brian Alford. On November 23rd, 1980, in conjunction with the ABC - Adelaide the Club attended a promotional event at the Parks Community Centre, which rose the Club's membership dramatically.
In June 1981 the first committee was elected with Brian Alford as President, his wife Elaine as Secretary, Paul Snarskis as Treasurer, and Alan Hosie, Grant Hittingham, Barbara Medhurst, Carole Gibbs, Nick Baloglou and Derek Norton as committee members. At that meeting the club's constitution was voted on and accepted, which the Club is still run by today, with only a few minor alterations. The committee was formed at "The Black Hole bookshop" which no longer exists today.



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after a small time a way the great Jamie Stidiford came back to rule us all, as he is still doing to this very day. harrah harrah.
jestear

jestear  

date: 20/01/2006 16:36 GMT
also is Blake the longerst serving committee member?
jestear

jestear  

date: 20/01/2006 16:38 GMT
Sureley "Blake" is just a honorary title, passed down through the generations, from Father to Son? This could not be the same person who has been a committee member for vertually 9 consecutive years?
GodfatherFazama

GodfatherFazama WWW 

date: 27/01/2006 22:27 GMT
He is the Old Tom Parr of the club. Of course, future historians will dispute this, and claim we have muddled his records with that of his grandfather.
Martin

Martin  

date: 05/02/2006 02:19 GMT
Thanks for the trip down memory lane. It's been a long time since the old days in the Theosophical Hall...
ant-mac

ant-mac  

date: 22/02/2006 04:04 GMT
So SFSA hasnt always had there general meeting at Adelaide High and the Pub!!!!?????
clip

clip WWW 

date: 10/03/2006 18:47 GMT
No - the pub and the high school came along later. Not to mention all the namechanges...
ant-mac

ant-mac  

date: 12/03/2006 13:59 GMT
I would have liked to have seen all those early 80s fashions! (and I'd also like to be paying the prices they had back then) ......anyone found the club's TARDIS?????



  

date: 11/08/2006 02:28 GMT
I thought it had fallen apart in Brian Alford's backyard...?
ant-mac

ant-mac  

date: 12/08/2006 21:47 GMT
When will this history be updated? And who will do it?



  

date: 31/08/2006 13:10 GMT
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