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


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During 1983 we held a party, and all the SF clubs in Adelaide attended, which included people from Aftermath (a Blakes' 7 club which Rosie Peck and Ron Putnins formed), SF Media Society and Sastrek. 250 people turned up and the club grew drastically.
Between 1983, and 1985, the Club went on various camps to Berri and Loxton. In April 1983, Peter Davison visited Adelaide to promote Doctor Who, sponsored by Myers. The Club was allowed to tour with Peter Davison in order to promote the Club. Membership was raised by 120 members, and the event was organised by Brian Alford, Brian Cotter, Rosie Peck and Grant Whittingham. "Brian (Alford) ~ suffered health problems in 1984 and he dropped out of Fandom completely." (Kerrin White et al, 1991,Jethrik 3)
October 1985, saw the Club's first venue change, from the Theosophical Hall to the Union Hotel Function Room, 70 Waymouth Street, Adelaide. The Club teamed up with another local Doctor Who club - Mandragora, and decided to hold joint meetings which benefited both.
Also 1985 saw the Club adopt the title 'Exxilon' as a specific name for the Club, rather that the mouthful of The South Australian Doctor Who Fan Club. The name continued to be used until it was slowly phased out by the end of the eighties. During this period the Club boomed, and was able to hold meetings every three weeks at a time.
During October 1985, CHAMELEON FACTOR saw a facelift with issue 28, when the format was changed from the pocket size A5 type to full A4 size, and a new heading style was used.
From now on the committee decided to hold meetings bi-monthly, to have enough time to organise them properly. Meetings eventually returned to being held every month, but in 1992 reverted back again to bi-monthly as it is today.
The last meeting at the Union Hotel was held on May 24th, 1986 due to the construction work taking place on the Hotel. A third venue for the Club had to be found, and eventually it was decided to hold meetings at Secretary; Rosie Peck's flat at 3c/ 3 Wainhouse Street, Torrensville. Unfortunately at this time, membership and meeting attendance were diminishing and this resulted in long gaps between meetings. After the May 1986 meeting, another was not held until February 21st, 1987, at Rosie Peck's new residence. Her house at 64 North Parade, Torrensville, and continued on at 12 Hindmarsh Avenue, West Hindmarsh.

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.


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


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?

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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.


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...


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

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


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...?


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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