Holden Retirees Club
Luncheons are held at 12:30 pm on the first Thursday of
March, June, September and December
each year, at
The Mulgrave Room,
The Mulgrave Country Club,
Cnr Wellington Rd and Jells Rd,
Melways Reference : Map 80, H1
The Club is serviced by buses from Dandenong and Chadstone.
Lunches are provided at a cost of $22.50 for a two course main meal plus tea/coffee, except for the December Lunch when a Christmas Pudding course is added, for $27.50. Meal costs may be reviewed from time to time.
Drinks are available at Bar prices.
Meeting Dates for 2017:
Thursday, June 1st, September 7th, December 7th.
June 1st Lunch
Our speaker this Lunch will be Club Member Norm Darwin, author of a number of authoritative books on Holden and the cars.
Norm’s interest in all things automotive perhaps can be traced to time spent in and around the Darwin BMC dealership in Adelaide as a lad and a love of history, fostered by a grandfather who collected history books, made scrapbooks and personally bound journals.
In 1969, Norm began at GM-H and worked there for 15 years in the engineering and finance departments. It was soon after leaving that he published his first book on Holden, "The History of Holden Since 1917" (1983). This was followed by "The History of Ford in Australia" (1986).
These studies, the first of their kind in Australia, were company histories that relied on archival research, company records and Norm’s own collection of automotive literature. In 2002 came "100 Years of GM in Australia" where Norm outlined a history of all GM products on sale in Australia between 1902-2002; and, in 2010, on a commission, he wrote "Eclipse Era", a history of Ford dealer, Eclipse Motors. In "Monaro Magic" and "Torana Tough", Norm’s last two books, he looked more closely at design origins, style and some of the people who were heading up the Holden Design studio, such as Leo Pruneau and Phil Zmood.
It was clear from this work that an understanding of Australian automotive design was limited, even though publications on the local industry run to hundreds of titles. Norm’s initial intention was to write a doctorate on GM-H design and the contribution to the first Holden; however, he soon realised that the car’s design origins could be traced back to 1923, and designers from this era were influenced by much earlier design practice. To clearly understand Australian automotive design history it was thus necessary to chart the development of the automobile in Australia from its beginnings in the mid-1890s. The result is a thesis, "The early development of Australian car design 1895-1953".
Norm will discuss some of his thesis findings as they relate to Holden Motor Body’s formation and the development of the 48-215 Holden.
For our June Lunch there will be two delicious courses for $22.50. Menu will be:-
- Zucchini and smoked bacon soup
- Spiced pork cutlets/ whole grain mustard sauce/ garlic mashed potato / green vegetables, or
- Grilled Salmon/ Pumpkin risotto/ cream Fennel/lemon
Tea and Coffee
Members are reminded that unless you are also a member of the MCC, you must sign in when entering the Club. You may do this at the front desk, or preferably, in the Mulgrave Room immediately after paying your Lunch fee. The Lunch fees will be collected just inside the door of The Mulgrave Room.
DOORS OPEN AT 11:30 AM; MEETING STARTS AT 12:30 PM.
If you arrive earlier, you may care to have some refreshment in one of the Club's other rooms while you wait.
Come along and enjoy a great meal in pleasant company!