Late in 1962
it was decided that the Club's 40 years of existence warranted
recognition, even if only as a 'warm-up' for the 50th anniversary.
The then Vice-President,
Ron Keen, was coerced into the position of chief organiser, his
first task being to compile a register of members past and present.
With able assistance, this formidable task was soon accomplished.
were planned for a weekend in August, 1963. A get together was
arranged for the Friday night, and because the Dowling Street
Clubrooms were considered inadequate for the numbers expected
to attend, the Otago Cine Club rooms were hired. A fine selection
of colour slides was shown of notable Club trips, of members through
the years, and of some rather peculiar activities that trampers
indulge in from time to time.
was the collection of Club records and black and white photographs
arranged for display. Among these was a series entitled " The
Seven Ages of a Tramper -, featuring a well-known member of that
time, from his earliest days as a babe-in-arms to his debut as
a booted and bearded man of experience.
concluded with an excellent supper ably served by a bevy of the
Club's attractive young ladies.
The main celebration
was held on Saturday night at the Crawford Lounge, with a formal
dinner and dance. At the conclusion of the dinner itself, Horace
Tilly proposed the toast to the Club and was in turn followed
by the speaker for the evening, life member Jim Freeman. Jim regaled
the large gathering with stories of the local hills. One in particular,
told against himself, was of the occasion when he was mistaken
by a small lad for Ben Rudd. After the laughter died, the floor
was quickly cleared and dancing began, with the band playing everything
from a sedate waltz to hectic limbos.
interrupted for a special interlude provided by the "Committee
of '63 ". This (rather discordant) choir, accompanied on the piano
by Ian Smith, sang a selection of well-known tramping songs, the
feature song highlighting certain events of the Club's 1962 Rees
A Club picnic
was held at Ben Rudd's on the Sunday, this being attended by a
large number of family groups as well as those who hadn't succumbed
to the previous night's festivities. From the amount of noisy
chin-wagging and reminiscing that went on, there was no doubt
whatsoever that the celebrations had been a tremendous success.
1963 was printed as a 40th Anniversary issue and featured a number
of portraits of Club members active at that time; as well as serving
as a pictorial record of places and faces from Club trips of that