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Don Lawrence Trophy at Yarra Yarra Golf Club

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Don Lawrence Trophy

Monday 30 May at Yarra Yarra Golf Club

4BBB Stableford

Open to Men’s ,Women’s  Mixed pairs

Cost $127 Golf & snacks   Members $27

Multi Tee start 12.30 pm Groups and holes to be advised closer to the event

Hot snacks provided with the presentations

Please send your entry to the Honorary Secretary at

Payment direct the Golf Society account is preferred


Handbook and Member Name Badges

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The 2022 Member Handbook is out now.

If you don’t wish to receive a Hardcopy, please advise the Secretary.

It can be emailed to you as a PDF document or view it on the Home Page.

Name Badge All members are provided with a resin magnetic Name badge.

To assist us please remember to wear it when attending one of our events.

Vale Weston Arthur Bate OAM FRHSV

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Prof Weston Bate enjoying a coffee during the 2016 Australian Amateur Championships at the Metropolitan Golf Club. On display were some Louis Whyte clubs from 1894 put together by Cliff George our Collections Curator

The Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV) and the community History movement in Victoria is saddened by the passing of one its greatest sons, Professor Weston Bate on 31 October.

Weston Bate was born in Surrey Hills Melbourne, son of Mary Olive Akers, a Californian and Ernest Bate an English-born engineer. He attended Surrey Hills primary for three years before moving to Scotch College. He then served in the RAAF and flew Lancaster bomber missions from England.

After the war he enrolled at the University of Melbourne under a serviceman’s tertiary scholarship and was captivated by History under the tutelage of Max Crawford and his few staff. Weston began teaching at Brighton Grammar in 1949, under the headship of Philip Wilson his future father-in-law. taking teacher training classes each afternoon. He began a part time MA in 1950, while teaching. His marriage to life-long partner Janice Wilson in 1955, and their four of six children being born before 1962, delayed the MA. It then became the ground breaking A History of Brighton (1962, 1983).

After fifteen years of teaching at Brighton Grammar and Melbourne Grammar, Weston was appointed to the History Department at the University of Melbourne, where he became a passionate and captivating lecturer. He became Professor of Australian Studies at Deakin University in 1978 before retiring in 1989.

If his History of Brighton set new standards in local history, Lucky City (1978) and his second volume of Ballarat’s history, Life After Gold (1993) set new heights in goldfields community history. This writing assisted the creation of Sovereign Hill, which honours him with the Weston Bate annual lecture. In retirement he wrote histories of Geelong and Melbourne Grammar, of the Metropolitan and Barwon Heads golf clubs (for he was a skilled player into his nineties), a wonderful book on Melbourne laneways and other publications. He also published a chat book of love poems to the Mornington Peninsula, Haphazard Quilt (2006).

Weston Bate served on the Museum Advisory Board in the 1980s. He was a long-serving member of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria and was awarded a fellowship of the Society in 1991. Weston served on the RHSV Council for fifteen years from 1990 and as President of the RHSV from 1991-97 and 2002-05. His greatest gift was to energise all those he met and to inspire historical societies across the state to pursue history with more skill, passion and tenacity.

The RHSV sends its deepest sympathy to his wife Janice Bate, their children James, Rosemary, Tristan, Nicholas, Linden and Christopher, their partners and their families. His last days were spent peacefully at Cabrini Prahran with close friends and his much loved and loving family by his side. A passionate lifeforce finally quelled.

2013 Australian Amateur Championships

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14 January 2013 – Commonwealth Golf Club

A feature event of the recent Australian Amateur championships held in Melbourne was a demonstration of golf played with hickory clubs.

A four comprising two Australian National Squad members and one from the Victorian Institute of Sport joined a four from the Golf Society to play with hickory clubs over 3 holes. Players for the Golf Australia ‘team’ were: Cameron Smith and Lucas Herbert, members of the Golf Australia National Squad, Grace Lennon, Victorian Institute of Sport, and Brad James, High Performance Program Director with Golf Australia. The Golf Society team comprised Max Findlay, Cliff George, Luke McDonald and John Surridge. Clubs used by the players were provided by the Golf Society.

The event was an initiative of Golf Australia championships department and all involved were thrilled at the way in which the young golfers embraced the event – several sourcing their own outfits and props and clearly enjoying taking part in recreating history. It was wonderful to hear them talking about golfers of the early 1900’s such as Frances Ouimet and the intricacies of the stymie for instance and to see them building tees of sand. Their form showed promise, too!

It is hoped that an event of this nature will become a regular feature of the Australian championship meetings.

Grace Lennon shows her style

The players on the tee