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The Official Magazine of Tattersall’s Club Brisbane

Volume 33. Number 01. Autumn 2017


Black Tie Boxing sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Toowong returns for a 13th year

+COMEBACK Could 2017 herald a Reds revival?




+QUEENSLAND An economic snapshot





Stoicism and rural mental health



Events Calendar ............ 23 Guest Sports Interview .. 28 Member Focus ............... 32

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The Official Magazine of Tattersall’s Club Brisbane

FROM THE PRESIDENT After a very busy finish to 2016, and a much-needed break for Tattersall’s staff, the Club has reopened for another wonderful year, starting with a new look Tattler. I trust you will enjoy the first steps taken towards a fresh approach of the official magazine of Tattersall’s Club Brisbane and welcome your feedback on the new format. On Wednesday 4 January, I witnessed a very special and traditional occasion as the Tattersall’s Backseaters presented the Queensland Schoolboys XI with their maroon caps prior to attending the interstate carnival. The presentation was made by former Australian wicketkeeper and Tattersall’s Life Member John Maclean, along with current Queensland Bulls keeper Chris Hartley. This was an inspiring moment for each member of the schoolboys team, and they went on to a well-earned victory against the Backseaters in an entertaining limited overs match held at the immaculate Brisbane Boys College Miskin Oval. Thanks to Andrew Deane and his Backseaters, along with umpire Tony McKinnon. The annual Australia Day Lunch coincided with the reopening of the Members’ Dining Room which is a special occasion to commence on Wednesday 25 January. Members also enjoyed an exclusive season preview with the Queensland Reds on Tuesday 7 February and the first of two New Members’ Expos on Tuesday 28 February. For news on upcoming events, take a look at the Club events calendar on page 23 or visit On Thursday 1 December, we saw the launch of the 2017 Membership Drive, Member Get Member, which offers New Members and their Proposers the opportunity to go into the draw to win luxury travel packages and quarterly prize draws throughout the year. Since the launch, the Club has received a total of 31 New Member Applications to date. I set a challenge to all Members to advocate the benefits of Membership of our wonderful Club and introduce New Members. For more information contact the Membership team

( and we will soon regain the Membership Cap of 5,200 Members. In February, we also launched the new Member Portal, providing you with the opportunity to update your details, check and pay your account, view the Club’s event calendar and make Club event reservations within a secure online platform. The majority of communication distributed by the Club is now electronic through the monthly Tattersall’s Mail and additional alerts. I encourage all Members to review their contact details and provide an email address where appropriate to ensure you are receiving the latest communication regarding Club events and Member services. Our Ladies Events Calendar also returns in 2017 with the first Ladies Morning Tea on Wednesday 7 March in the Healy Room. Members’ Partners are welcome to attend these events. Please contact the Membership team to arrange a Partner card, which affords independent access to our Club. We will return to Eagle Farm Racecourse for the first race meeting of the year on Saturday 4 March. One of the many privileges of being a Tattersall’s Club Member is the opportunity to attend each of the four Tattersall’s Race Days complimentary along with three guests. The hospitality packages have also been launched for our premier race meeting, the Tattersall’s Club Tiara Race Day on Saturday 24 June at Eagle Farm Racecourse. This is a major day of the Winter Racing Carnival to enjoy with fellow Members, family and guests.

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday evening 21 March. This event provides all Members with the opportunity to reflect on the Club’s performance and achievements over the last 12 months, and also have their say in the future of our Club. Leading up to the AGM will be the annual election for Committee positions with ballot papers being distributed by mail. Please take the time to consider the Club’s future and return your completed ballot paper in the envelope provided. As the Summer weather is likely to continue through March, we have extended the Tattersall’s Casual dress code in the Members’ Dining Room until Friday 31 March. From Friday 31 March, a jacket and tie will be required. This Tattler marks my final report before I retire as your President at the upcoming AGM. I feel honoured to have had the incredible opportunity to be invited to serve on the Committee, including three years as President. I thank my fellow Committee Members for their dedication and support and I wish the incoming Committee for 2017 great success. To my fellow Members, and the wonderful staff at Tattersall’s, it has been a privilege and I thank you all for your contribution to our great Club. Amicitia Vita Est. Des Whybird President




Publisher Wahoo Advertising Janine McMillan 07 3230 2800 Editorial Managing Editor – Sonia Cahill Writers – Melinda Halloran, Phoebe Tully Advertising Sales Jaye Coley 0419 724 073 Tattersall’s Club Brisbane Photography Alisha Musil Jared Vethaak Tattersall’s Club Brisbane President Mr Des Whybird Vice President Mr Stuart Fraser

+CLUB POLICIES UPDATES TO HOUSE POLICY Your Committee has listened to recent Member feedback and updated the policy for Tattersall’s Usage of Electronic Devices to reflect these changes. Please find the updated document located in the Member Portal online. DRESS CODE REMINDER Members are reminded that the Members’ Dining Room will revert to a more formal dress code including jacket and tie from Friday 31 March until Tuesday 31 October.

Members’ Dining Room From 31 March until 31 October – jacket and tie, tailored slacks and enclosed shoes or leather dress boots. From 1 November until 28 February – Tattersall’s Casual.

Club events may stipulate an alternate dress code. Visit for more information.

Tattersall’s Club Events Jacket and tie unless otherwise stipulated.

CLUB DRESS CODE Members’ Bar, Healy Room, O’Duffy Library, Wine Room, Business Centre, Needham Room Tattersall’s Casual – tailored long sleeve business shirt with collar, tailored slacks and enclosed shoes or leather dress boots.

Health and Wellness Centre Gym attire, runners/joggers. For more information on Tattersall’s Club rules, policies and dress codes please refer to the Member Portal on the Club’s website

Treasurer Mr Stuart Waddington Committee Mr Barry Aaskov Mr Michael Alcorn Mr John Mullins Mr Michael Paramor AM Mr Allan Paterson Mr Rick Sivyer Mr Ernie Ward Chief Executive Officer Mr Mark Woolf Contact Details Phone 07 3331 8888 Fax 07 3221 3913 215 Queen Street, Brisbane 4000 GPO Box 124 Brisbane 4001 Office Hours Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm Trading Hours Monday to Saturday 10.00am – 12.00am

REMINDER FOR MEMBERS TO SWIPE THEIR MEMBERSHIP CARDS UPON ENTRY The Committee reminds Members of the requirement for each Member to swipe their Membership card at Concierge each time they enter the Club. Members are also required to sign in any guests at the registry available at Concierge.



Accommodation Reception..........07 3331 8820 Healy Room .................................07 3331 8851 Administration/Reception ...........07 3331 8888 O’Duffy Library ...........................07 3331 8847 Barber ..........................................07 3331 8857 Members’ Bar ..............................07 3331 8850 Cellar ............................................07 3331 8859 Members’ Dining Room ..............07 3331 8848 Functions Office ...........................07 3331 8846 Membership .................................07 3331 8847 Health and Wellness Centre .........07 3331 8877 Weddings ......................................07 3331 8866

Mr John Adams        Mr John Danaher Mr James Fitzgerald Mr Donald Jones      Mr William Layton Mr Keith Morris         Mr Howard Winsen Mr William Wrigley  Mr Henry Zehr

Views and opinions expressed in the Tattler are not necessarily those of Tattersall’s Club, agents or advertisers.



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From the President.................................................. 1

Country Corner.......................................................21

Health & Wellness...................................................37

Club Policies............................................................... 2

Events Calendar......................................................23

Food & Beverage News........................................39

Membership Update............................................... 4

The Arcade................................................................25


Member Milestones................................................. 6

Seen At Tattersall’s..................................................26

Backseaters & Bowls..............................................44

+ Feature: Sport – Reds Revival........................... 8

+ Guest Sports Interview.....................................28

Golf & Walkers....................................................42,43

+ Feature: Business................................................14

Member Focus.........................................................32

Film & Racqueteers................................................44

+ Event: Black Tie Boxing..................................... 17

From The Archives..................................................35

Rowing & Snooker..................................................45

+ Feature: Rural Mental Health.......................... 18





+MEMBERSHIP UPDATE We are pleased to announce the Club has received a total of 31 * New Member Applications since the launch of Member Get Member on 1 December 2016! This brings the current Wait List to 41 * Prospective Members.



Correct at time of print.


Every accepted New Member, and their Proposer, will go into the draw for Tattersall’s exciting new Membership acquisition promotion exclusively for Members, called Member Get Member. Between now and Friday 15 September 2017, every Member who successfully proposes a candidate for Membership will go into the draw to win a luxurious holiday package worth $10,000. Once your proposed Member is accepted by the Tattersall’s Club Committee, you will officially be entered into the draw. The more candidates you propose, the more entries you receive. Members who successfully propose New Members will also go into quarterly draws to win amazing prizes including tickets to the Black Tie Boxing Evening on Friday 31 March sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Toowong, and tickets to the

President’s Lunch at the Tattersall’s Club Tiara Race Day, Saturday 24 June. All prospective candidates who successfully apply for Tattersall’s Club Membership between now and Friday 15 September 2017 will go into the draw to win a luxurious holiday package worth $3000! The prizes will be drawn at the New Members’ Evening on Tuesday 14 November at Tattersall’s Club. All Members are encouraged to get involved and make their contribution to the growth of the Club’s Membership registry. Visit your Member Portal today to learn more, read the terms and conditions and download a copy of the Membership Application Form. Good luck!


+NEW MEMBER PORTAL In February, Tattersall’s officially launched the new Member Portal, an improved online platform exclusively available to Club Members.

The new portal retains some of the characteristics of the previous version, including the ability for you to update your contact details, check your account balance and view important Club documents, including the monthly Tattersall’s Mail and quarterly Tattler magazine. The portal now also provides Members with some exciting new opportunities to engage with the Club through an efficient online platform, including:

PAYMENT OF MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNTS ONLINE You now have the option to pay your monthly statement online via the My Accounts tab. The layout allows you to view the different areas of your account including Membership subscriptions, Club purchases you have elected to be charged directly to your account including dining experiences, Tattersall’s Barber and also Health and Wellness Centre subscriptions.


There are four ways to access the Member Portal on Tattersall’s Club website: • Click on the little man to the top right of the website; • Click on Member Portal to the bottom left of the website; • Click on the Membership section of the website; or • Visit the website

Members can now view the entire year’s Club events calendar online by selecting the Club Events tab. Conveniently available for viewing as a month-tomonth calendar, or full event list, you can peruse the 2017 events calendar online and save the date for those you wish to attend.

MAKE RESERVATIONS FOR 2017 CLUB EVENTS ONLINE You are now able to reserve your seat at a wide range of Club events online! Simply select an event from the online events calendar and follow the prompts. Some events may not have this feature available depending on the complexity of their operation; however, you will find that the majority of Club events have an online booking option. The Member Portal can be accessed directly via the little man icon to the top right of the Tattersall’s Club website homepage, via the Membership tab or via Member Portal link to the bottom left of any page on the website. Your login details remain the same as the previous Member Portal. Once logged into the portal, you have the option to change your password simply by clicking Change Password under the My Details tab. If you are unable to log in, please contact and the Membership team will be able to assist. If you have any queries regarding the new Member Portal, please contact the Membership team via




+MEMBER MILESTONE ANNIVERSARIES Tattersall’s Club has a rich and expansive Membership with a cap of 5,200 Members. This issue, the Club celebrates and acknowledges Senior Members who have reached a milestone of at least 50 years of Membership between Sunday 1 January and Friday 31 March, 2017. FIFTY YEARS


Mr James L House

Mr Graham W Bligh

Mr William J Sexton

Mr Brian B Cranstoun

Mr Kenneth D Swan

Mr Peter R Gallagher

Mr William H Tunny

Mr Peter B Ferris


Mr Darrell C Palm Mr Gerald L Palm

Mr John H Hiscocks


Mr James G Long

Mr Kenneth A Archer

Mr John H Frew

Mr Walter J C Bright

Dr Francis M McMahon

Mr Stanley T Schluter



Mr Peter J Hall

Mr William D Perrins

Mr John N McKnoulty Mr Robin F Tritton Dr Mark J Fogarty


Mr Ronald S Parkes


Mr Maxwell C Solomon

Mr Peter R Rowland


Dr Jack Hansen

Mr Peter J Apel

Mr David E Magnus

Dr Roderick H Apel


Mr Rodney R Graham

Mr Kenneth H Campbell

Mr Malcolm C Redman Dr Roderick M Grant FIFTY-FIVE YEARS Mr James M Fitzgerald

Mr Robert H Meyers Mr Donald B Postle Mr David J Tanner Mr John R Thompson

Mr Donald B Murray


Mr Barrie R Storie

Mr John Mcphail Hamlyn

Mr Lewis M Hoffman Mr John J Loughnan

Dr M John Gallagher

Mr Keith G Wacker


GERALD PALM – CELEBRATING 56 YEARS OF MATESHIP With its strong community spirit, Tattersall’s Club has been central to many a Member’s life throughout its history. This has certainly been the experience of Gerald Palm, who joined in 1961 as a 28-year-old businessman. Fifty-six years later, the Club remains at the core of his network. “Today, nearly all my friends and acquaintances are Members and my social life almost totally



involves the Club. I feel that I’m in touch with events and the life of the City through the Club,” he says. “My two brothers Darrell and Des are Members, as was my father, uncles and cousin Ross. I have many great memories from over the years, with the wedding of my son in the Club a standout.”


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REVIVING THE QUEENSLAND REDS For the Queensland Reds and their fans, the last few years have been tough to say the least. But following a slew of recent changes, the team once described as ‘embattled’ is shaping up to be one of the favourites ahead of the 2017 Super Rugby season.

With a new CEO, new head coach and a star-studded line-up, the Reds haven’t looked this formidable since winning the 2011 Super Rugby title. While the first game of this year’s Super Rugby season is yet to kick off, the feeling of optimism has never been higher than it is right now at Ballymore. “We are turning a new leaf here at the Reds,” says Captain James Slipper, mid-way through pre-season training. “We want to come out and be a team that the fans will be proud of.”

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Slipper debuted for the Reds in 2010 and stepped up to the role of captain in 2015. He has led the team through two of the Club’s toughest years, but suddenly there is genuine excitement behind his rhetoric.

In just a few months, he has gone from leading a downtrodden team to one full of experienced star recruits. This year sees the homecoming of Wallabies captain Stephen Moore to the Reds, along with Quade Cooper, Leroy Houston and Scott Higginbotham, as well as the addition of George Smith to the team. Describing 2017 as a “fork in the road”, Slipper is clear about his expectations. “We are not going to take a pass mark anymore,” he says. “It’s about excellence.” Throughout their careers, the big names of the squad have proven they can deliver results. So now the question is how well the new-look team will play together. Moore, Houston and Smith will bolster the forwards, while an overhaul of the back row is set to strengthen


We are not going to take a pass mark anymore... It’s about excellence. James Slipper, Queensland Reds Captain



the Reds’ ability to break through defensive lines, an aspect of the game new head coach Nick Stiles has said is becoming increasingly important in today’s style of play. For the younger Reds, like Andrew Ready, Taniela Tupou and Izaia Perese, this year is an opportunity to learn from some of the game’s top talent. Players including Cooper have indicated their willingness to step up as mentors, believing a more inclusive team culture will go a long way towards setting the team up for success. “When I was young coming through, I didn’t really have too many older guys, especially in my position, who I could talk to about developing my game, how I could get better or what I could do more to contribute to the

1. Samu Kerevi and teammates during pre-season ball running drills 2. Leroy Houston enduring a cardio session in pre-season training

team,” Cooper recalls. “I think that just having relationships with the younger guys in the locker room is the most important thing.” On the field, Slipper expects the maturity of new recruits including Moore, Higginbotham and Smith will have a calming effect on the game. “A lot of these boys in the squad at the moment will look up to them. Having them around will not only be good for the culture, but also the rugby itself,” he says. If this strategy sounds familiar, that’s because it is. The Reds aren’t just relying on their new stars to sell more tickets this year; they’re using these players to set the Club up for longevity. Former Reds player and Tattersall’s Club Member Sam Scott-Young lined

up alongside many of the Club’s hall of famers in his playing days and says the role of mentoring was crucial to the Club’s success then. “When I started, we had guys like Andrew Slack, Bill Campbell, Peter Grigg and Roger Gould, who were there as statesmen. These guys were mentors to all the young guys coming through and that held the Reds in a strong position for a decade,” says Sam. “As a young guy coming through today, it is exciting to have guys like Higginbotham and Smith around,” he continues. “When you get statesmen like that on a team and the pressure is on in the middle of the game, you have these experienced players who will say ‘calm down, this is how we will play’. That maturity of tenure gives the younger players





an opportunity to learn from someone who has experienced that before.” The addition of so much experience to the team will certainly make Stiles’ job easier, though he has work to do rebuilding the team’s culture – an area he has publicly admitted he is heavily invested in. There is a lot of pressure on his shoulders to deliver results, but he’s not doing it alone. Shane Arnold and Jason Gilmore have been appointed as assistant coaches, while Brad Thorn brings a wealth of experience to the younger players as the Reds Under 20s head coach. Thorn joined the Reds as a mentor mid-way through 2016 and his appointment to a more formal role further bolsters the team’s star power. So far, Stiles’ culture-building tactics appear to be working, with Cooper admitting he has



come back to what feels like a completely new team. “You can already sense an attitude change,” he explains of the atmosphere at pre-season training, having left the team for 12 months to play in France. “The boys are challenging each other first and foremost to be better.” This is a decisive moment in the Club’s history, and all the recruiting, training and preparation is building up to the all-important first game of the season, when the Reds will go up against the Sharks at Suncorp Stadium on Friday 24 February. Discussing the importance of this game, Cooper admits as much. “It’s going to be very important to win the first game, but we are striving to win every game and win every contest. So if we can set ourselves up with a good first home win, then we will have everything to look forward to.”

With Stiles and the players fully embracing this winning mindset, the Club looks and sounds completely different to the same Club of 12 months ago. Richard Graham had been controversially reappointed as head coach, only to be sacked two games into the season. Key players Slipper and Kane Douglas both started last year’s season out due to injury and it didn’t get much better from there. The team only mustered three wins for the season, down from the total of four wins they racked up in 2015. While the memory of this period is still fresh, especially for players like Slipper, now the team is facing a completely different type of pressure: heightened expectation. “We are obviously going to cop a bit of pressure for the squad we have assembled, but that is something we are prepared to take on,”

We’re certainly hoping for an on-field revival this year. Richard Barker, Queensland Reds CEO

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he says, explaining the pressure won’t fully hit home until the end of pre-season. “This year we are striving for excellence. We have set the bar pretty high for our standards and it doesn’t matter about the external pressure, we have got a fair bit of pressure on ourselves.” It is not yet clear what style of play the Reds will bring onto the field this season or how the team will respond to the already-mounting pressure once the season starts. For now, however, they’re confident they have what it takes to win. “I know that if we have this team in great shape and we are humming come first round, then no team is going to stop us,” Cooper says. “I love playing an expansive, exciting style of football, but at the end of the day we have to win games. Hopefully we can produce some entertaining football, but winning is going to be the style of football we want to play.”

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“We’re certainly hoping for an on-field revival this year as are our fans who are excited by our off-season recruitment,” he explains.

participation growth in recent years amongst boys and girls, as well as older players who want to throw a rugby ball around,” he says.

While Barker comes to the Reds from Austereo, his ties to the sport go back to 1968 when he started as a ball boy at Ballymore. Having also played for Teachers-Norths and captained the Queensland Country team, Barker isn’t a stranger to the game. “Those who know me well will understand that I share my Board’s passion to protect our code and to grow Rugby’s footprint in this state,” Richard says.

Interestingly, an increasing number of women are taking up rugby union across the state. Since 2014, female junior Club Sevens participation has increased by 573 per cent,

As much as Barker is focused on the current rejuvenation of Queensland’s top team, he also has his sights set on protecting the legacy and longevity of rugby union across Queensland. He is an advocate for the development of initiatives like the inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tens tournament and the proposed ‘State of Union’ (rugby union’s own take on State of Origin). He wants to see such a series hosted in June, when Super Rugby typically breaks for international games and some of the season’s momentum is lost. Across Queensland, Barker points to the overall growth of rugby union, despite the recent performance of the state’s top team. “We’ve seen



female rugby players are now attracting new audiences to rugby. Elsewhere around the state, the Queensland Premier Rugby tournament continues to draw crowds eager to see up-and-coming stars in action, with last year’s grand final between Brothers and The University of

We want to come out and be a team that the fans will be proud of. James Slipper, Queensland Reds Captain

while female senior Club Sevens participation has grown by 133 per cent and female school Sevens participation by 123 per cent. With the Australian Women’s Sevens team taking out gold at the Olympics in Rio last year and players like Brisbane’s Charlotte Caslick bringing more publicity to women’s rugby,

Queensland bringing 9000 fans to Ballymore. Barker explains that this tournament is crucial to the future success of the Reds at the top level. “Every elite Queensland player who pulls on a Reds or Wallabies jersey has come through a pathway, which at some point has included playing Club rugby,

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usually in the Queensland Premier Rugby competition,” he says. Like the players and coaching team, Barker is buoyed by the feeling of renewal, despite the challenges ahead. He knows that the popularity of rugby in Queensland starts at the top and trickles down, and now his challenge is to find new ways to re-engage old fans and maintain the sport at a grassroots level. “We have to work incredibly hard and bring all Queensland families on our journey if we aspire to continue

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to grow interest and participation in rugby at the grassroots level and build a platform for the sustained success of our elite Queensland teams,” he says. Just how he will do this remains to be seen, but his willingness to embrace new initiatives is encouraging. Fittingly, 2017 not only marks a turning point for the Reds, but also the 50th anniversary of Ballymore Stadium. If the renewed optimism of the Club is anything to go by, there should be plenty to celebrate this year.


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QUEENSLAND’S INVESTMENT OUTLOOK: AN ECONOMIC SNAPSHOT Last year held many surprises that will continue to influence the global economy in ways we can’t completely predict. Brexit and Trump were only the most extreme examples of the world being caught unaware by changing attitudes. Tattler sat down with Tattersall’s Member Damien Frawley to discuss how this might affect Queensland.

If someone had told you a year ago that Britain would leave the European Union and Donald Trump would be elected as President of the United States, would you have also believed equity markets would rally by 10 per cent and market volatility fall by 30 per cent? Among the international turmoil of 2016, Australia was not forgotten. The prices of our key commodity exports, iron and coal, slumped to a post-GFC low at the beginning of the year. But after a nerve-racking start, the global financial markets ended the year on a positive note, with high expectations for 2017. “I think everyone knows we have a wealth of resources in Queensland – and I think unlocking the value in some of those resources is the big challenge,” says Damien Frawley, Chief Executive Officer of QIC, a state-owned wholesale funds manager. “The good thing about the Queensland economy is – of all the states of Australia – it is probably the most diverse. I think this diversity presents a lot of opportunity for capital to be directed here. We’re a commodity-based economy, but we’re also very strong in tourism, the services sectors, and education.”

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In fact, the latest Business Outlook publication by Deloitte Access Economics forecasts the Queensland economy will grow 3.9 per cent in 2017-18, which would lead the nation in growth over the coming decade.


When asked for his own predictions for the year ahead, Damien spoke of agriculture, infrastructure, real estate and commodities. “I suspect the expansion of the coal industry will continue to pay dividends,” he said. “But we’re also seeing an increase in the interest of renewables. There’s an interesting dichotomy where the coal industry is continuing to grow, yet at the same time, there’s a real interest in the renewable sector.” Infrastructure Australia expects a population growth of 1.4 million in the next 15 years, so it’s no wonder Damien expects real estate and infrastructure growth to continue in 2017 and beyond. “The need for infrastructure and the need to attract private investment money into those


I think there’s a lot to look forward to when you think about Queensland as an economy...

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Damien Frawley, CEO, QIC “What inflation does signal is that people are employed, people have money to spend – that in turn puts pressure on prices. There’s a confidence aspect to inflation, which is positive. There is indeed a threshold level of inflation that is healthy for the economy.”

infrastructure investments is something that will happen in the next five to 10 years. Public–private partnerships (PPP) will become more acceptable and attractive to investors and governments alike.” Looking internationally, Damien cites the recent US election as a factor that will ripple through the world’s economies. “The results signal we might be in for rising inflation over time, which will affect interest rates. That will then impact the real estate market at some point in the future. Although, as the population continues to grow in Queensland, our real estate market becomes deeper and more resilient through time. “US President Donald Trump had messaging through and beyond his campaign where he

signalled an intention to reduce tax – and at the same time generate infrastructure opportunities, invest in infrastructure and create wages growth. All those things tend to indicate that we’ll see some pressure on inflation. To put it into perspective though, inflation has been low for a long time, so I don’t think it’s going to run away from them in the short term.” How will this affect Queensland? “People are predominantly concerned about job security,” says Damien. “If they have a job, they’re also concerned about wages keeping pace or at least being ahead of inflation. I think what the government is trying to do is generate jobs by stimulating our diverse economy, considering the resources sector is slowing. Activity through infrastructure projects and putting people back to work is a really high priority for them.

Another silver lining would be a drop in the Australian dollar. “If we see a further reduction of the Australian dollar, I think that would be a positive for the Queensland economy, particularly as we are an export-based economy. It would assist with investment opportunities. We’ll also become more attractive to tourists if the Australian dollar falls.” And while this is all broadly high-level, it has implications closer to home as to how people think about where to put their money to work. Damien’s son has just entered the workforce. “He’s 25 and he’s probably going to work for another 40 years, so it doesn’t make a lot of sense for him to be investing his money in some penny dreadful stock that he thinks he’s going to make a fortune on in the next 12 months. “I think sometimes we all get sucked into short term. We get sucked into the last story that you heard about a two-cent mining




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stock that is going to do a back door listing into a technology company at $10. Those things don’t happen very often, and they usually end in tears. Sure, there’s going to be exceptions but I think it’s really important to learn and understand your particular financial circumstances and your risk tolerance.” The golden financial rule stands: “As always, make sure you’ve got a diverse portfolio and you understand what you are investing in.” Overall, the outlook for 2017 is positive. “I think there’s a lot to look forward to when you think about Queensland as an economy,” he says. Although if 2016 is anything to go by, only time will tell.

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Brisbane's top amateur boxers are set to showcase their skill and athleticism in the Members’ Bar again this year during the 13th Annual Black Tie Boxing Evening on Friday 31 March. Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Toowong and representing a number of boxing clubs from across the greater Brisbane region, this event will no doubt prove lucky for some vying for victory in the eight rounds. Renowned as a fantastic night of live sport and camaraderie, this year’s boxers

will fight for the Wally Taylor Memorial Trophy, awarded to the most outstanding amateur fighter of the night.

Last year, the trophy went to Trent Young from Gold Coast PCYC Boxing Club, during the Club’s most popular event of 2016.

A long-term Club Member, Wally was a respected figure in Australian boxing and instrumental in bringing this event to the Club. After narrowly missing selection in the 1956 Olympic team at the age of 16, he won gold two years later at the British Empire Games in Cardiff, Wales. After an outstanding amateur career of 76 wins from 79 fights, Wally fought 27 pro fights before retiring from the sport at the age of 23.

This event will sell out fast so secure your ticket early to avoid disappointment. • Friday 31 March, 6.30pm • Tattersall’s Club Brisbane • Black tie for Members and guests • Tickets on sale from 8am, Wednesday 1 March on the North Balcony or phone 07 3331 8846 and 07 3331 8864

+SANTA VISITS TATTERSALL’S The magic of Christmas parked its sleigh at Tattersall’s and spread festive cheer on Sunday 4 December during the Club’s Kids Christmas Party. The Members’ Bar was abuzz with fun and laughter as more than 80 children celebrated Christmas a little early by enjoying the jumping castle, face painting and balloon animals. Guests were also entertained by a magic show complete with a python, white rabbit and white dove. Santa took time out of his very busy schedule to make a special visit to the Club and gift each child with their own Christmas present. The Kids Christmas Party is the first of several new initiatives designed to create a family friendly environment for Members, their partners and families to enjoy. This includes a trial of Members’ children and grandchildren, aged 12 years and under, dining for free during school holidays.

SAVE THE DATE – 2017 KIDS CHRISTMAS PARTY The next Kids Christmas Party will be held on Sunday 10 December. For more information, contact or visit





While rates of depression and other mental illnesses remain around 20 per cent throughout Australia, suicide rates increase exponentially the further you live from major cities. We spoke to Jennifer Bowers, Chief Executive Officer of Rural and Remote Mental Health (RRMH), about why proper services are so important in rural and remote communities.

By Phoebe Tully Photo courtesy of RRMH



Life in a rural or remote area is unique in many ways, but Jennifer Bowers is particularly interested in the distinctive stressors that come with living outside a major city. “Over the past decade we’ve been on the road, living and working in rural and remote areas. We understand the challenges faced by rural and remote Australians,” Jennifer says. Common stress points include fewer employment opportunities for people living in rural and remote regions, which can lead to lower incomes and less financial security. They also experience higher rates of overcrowding, housing stress and homelessness. Their greater exposure and vulnerability to natural disasters, including droughts that are slowly wiping out many farms, is a huge source of grief and

pressure. Despite these factors, the prevalence of people experiencing a mental illness (such as depression) is similar across the nation: around 20 per cent. Unfortunately, the suicide rate increases dramatically with remoteness and is highest among men. “Three-quarters of all suicides in Australia are men,” says Jennifer. The rate of suicide among young men who live outside major cities is almost twice as high as it is in cities. The rate of suicide among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is another 2.7 times higher. In 2014, the Queensland Mental Health Commission published a five-year strategic plan to address the issue. Their community consultation indicated a few key areas for improvement, including the fact that geographic isolation and financial strains


SUPPORT SERVICES Fortunately, there are support services that bridge access to medical expertise without the cost of travel or privacy. The Queensland Mental Health Commission is currently developing plans to improve services, but in the meantime: • Beyond Blue offers a 24/7 phone line (1300 22 4636) to talk about what you’re going through and point you in the right direction. • Lifeline offers a crisis care line (13 11 14) for emergency situations. • RRMH hosts workshops in rural and remote areas to raise awareness and talk about the challenges men face. Visit or call 1300 515 951 to learn more.


CAUSE OF DEATH for men under the age of 54 in Australia

mean access to services can be difficult. There was also concern that existing funding and services do not actually meet the community needs. The consultations found that pessimism about the future, financial stress and loneliness serve to exacerbate the risk of mental health problems among men living in rural areas. Research shows that farmers are 2.2 times more likely to die by suicide than the general employed public. It will come as no surprise to many that there is apprehension around seeking help; the stigma around mental health is even greater in communities where people feel more visible and their confidentiality less assured. The desire to just get on with it – what some refer to as ‘rural stoicism’ – also influences the decision not to seek help or engage with

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mental health services. Family members and friends play a vital role in helping to break down this stigma. On average, one in eight men will have depression and one in five men will experience anxiety at some stage of their lives. Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under the age of 54 in Australia, where six men take their lives every day on average – significantly outpacing the national road toll. Support from communities is one of the best ways to reduce the crushing isolation of battling depression. “Untreated depression is the leading cause of suicide and men are more likely to suicide because they are less likely to talk about (or seek treatment for) their mental health,” says Jennifer.

HOW YOU CAN HELP The Tattersall’s community is actively involved in reducing the stigma of mental illness and the high suicide rate amongst men. President Des Whybird is a director of the Rural and Remote Mental Health board. “The support of Members and partners from the Toowoomba region in particular is greatly appreciated,” he says of the recent successful fundraising efforts coordinated by Geoff Marsh, Director of Business Development at March IT. “Should other Club Members wish to support Rural and Remote Mental Health, I would be very pleased to hear from them.” One way to get involved is to sponsor or volunteer with an organisation such as RRMH, which is currently looking for workshop sponsors, as well as volunteers to present them. Or if you would like to attend a program yourself, please go to the RRMH website to find out more. Hosting a program in your local community could change lives. Given the right intervention and treatment when it’s needed, mental illnesses can be successfully managed and often overcome. Remember that mental health issues are medical conditions, not weaknesses. We all get by with a little help from our friends.




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+COUNTRY CORNER Every year, Tattersall’s hosts a number of Club and Sub Club events for Chapters across Queensland. The aim of the Chapters is to establish a network for Regional Members and re-establish engagement within the broader Tattersall’s community. SHANE MACDONALD MEMBER FROM TOOWOOMBA Solicitor Shane MacDonald is a familiar face in Toowoomba. Founding principal of MacDonald Law, where he works alongside his children Sarah-Jane and Jag, who are both solicitors, Shane is a stalwart of his community and has been heavily involved with many local school, sports and community groups over the years. In the wake of the devastating flood that swept through the Lockyer Valley on 10 January 2011, Shane was part of a community response effort that helped to physically clean up the small towns of Grantham and Murphy’s Creek. Shane’s contributions led to him being awarded both the Toowoomba Citizen of the Year and Toowoomba Regional Citizen of the Year in 2012. Honoured with an Order of Australia in 2013, Shane’s commitment to community service continues. He is currently the Chair of the Board of

Directors for Lifeline Darling Downs & South West Queensland Ltd, Board Member of Apex Queensland Youth Camps Ltd, and President of the Society of Saint Andrew of Scotland (Darling Downs chapter). He is also the former state President and a life member of Apex. A Member of Tattersall’s for the past 12 years, Shane prefers to stay in Club accommodation when in Brisbane overnight. “The rooms are great and the staff make me feel like being at home. Wayne and the team are just so friendly and helpful. I also love just dropping in for lunch and a drink in the Members’ Bar after a day in court in Brisbane. It’s such a great atmosphere.” Black Tie Boxing is one of Shane’s favourite Club events each year and he enjoys making a weekend of it with other Members from Toowoomba. “Black Tie Boxing is such a unique, fun event that mixes dressing up and watching great physical live sport. We like to stay in Club accommodation. The partners go out to dinner together while the Members are at the boxing and then we catch up again after the event.” Shane encourages all Country Members to make use of the Club whenever they can. “The Club always makes me feel like part of the family”.

Experience a 14 day adventure in Viet Nam!

UPCOMING CHAPTER EVENTS • Kilcoy Race Day (replacement Tattersall’s Race) Saturday 22 April • Rocky Amateurs Race Day Saturday 10 June • Cairns Amateurs Race Day Saturday 2 September • Gympie Cup Race Day Saturday 28 October • Kilcoy Cup Race Day Saturday 2 December

CONTACT Contact the Membership team for more information about Chapter events. 07 3331 8847

FULLY GUIDED TOURS MAKING FOR MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES! Known as the Land of the Ascending Dragon, Viet Nam is a country defined by the diversity of its land and the resilience and generosity of its people. Your adventure begins in the country’s north, Ha Noi, offering opportunities to experience the many wonders and fabulous food of the region. You’ll also enjoy cruising Ha Long Bay, a world heritage listed site renowned for its beauty and stunning backdrop.

From there it’s down to central Viet Nam where you’ll enjoy the sights and shopping of Hue and Hoi An, including a side trip to the famous ‘Venice Beach’. Your adventure ends in Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Sai Gon by the locals, visiting the many surrounding historic and at times confronting sites. This tour has been extremely popular with previous Tattersall’s Club Members with plenty of testimonials available.

Contact Brian Pozzey on 0402 892 812 for further info & remember to ask for the Members’ discount! Numbers are strictly limited. An information evening will be held at Tattersall’s Club on Wednesday 29 March at 5:30pm.



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2017 Membership Drive


M E M B E R G ET M E M B E R ! From Thursday 1 December, Members who introduce a new candidate for Membership between Thursday 1 December 2016 and Friday 15 September 2017 will go into the draw to win a luxurious international travel package worth $10,000!* The more candidates you introduce the more chances you have to win. In addition to the major prize there will be quarterly prizes drawn including Black Tie Boxing Evening tickets, Tattersall’s Club Tiara Race Day President’s Lunch tickets and a Mercedes-Benz vehicle for a week. It gets better. All candidates who complete an application for Membership and successfully become Members in the two Membership intakes during 2017 will go into the draw to win a luxurious domestic travel package worth $3,000! * Major prizes will be drawn at the New Members’ Cocktail Evening on Tuesday 14 November 2017. For more information visit

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02.05 Labour Day Public Holiday

23.03 ‘Club 200’ Seafood Dinner 14.05 Mother’s Day Breakfast and Lunch

08.03 Ladies Morning Tea

31.03 Black Tie Boxing Evening sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Toowong


09.03 ‘Club 200’ White Wine Masterclass

Tattersall’s Club facilities and services suspended from Friday 14 until Monday 17 April.

14.04 Good Friday 15.04 Easter Saturday 16.04 Easter Sunday

18.05 ‘Club 200’ Red Wine Masterclass

17.04 Easter Monday

14.03 Sportsman’s Grill Night with Darius Boyd

23.05 An Evening With Queensland Ballet 21.04 Club Anzac Day Service and Lunch Tattersall’s Club facilities and services suspended on Tuesday 25 April with the exception of breakfast and lunch in the Healy Room.

21.03 Tattersall’s Club AGM

25.04 Anzac Day Public Holiday

31.05 State of Origin Game One

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Tattersall’s Club Arcade Tenants have provided the following discounts to all Tattersall’s Club Members upon presentation of their Membership card. Take advantage of these special offers and support the Tattersall’s Arcade Tenants.



10% DISCOUNT to all Members on presentation of Tattersall’s Club Membership card.

10% DISCOUNT to all Members on presentation of Tattersall’s Club Membership card.



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ITALIAN APERITIVO Each Friday starting from 5.00pm until 9.00pm Marchetti is hosting “Italian Aperitivo”, which is the beloved Italian Milanese tradition of light Italian cocktails like aperol spritz, campari and wines, always enjoyed with small Italian bites such as crispy arancini balls and freshly baked authentic pizza. 10% DISCOUNT to all Members on presentation of Tattersall’s Club Membership card. Marchetti 07 3003 1344

TATTERSALL’S ARCADE The Tattersall’s Arcade is one of Brisbane’s oldest and most prestigious shopping precincts. Opened in 1926, the Arcade features premier outlets for all of your shopping needs. Tattersall’s Arcade Tenants include: • AG Designer Jeweller

• Lannah Dunn

• Robert’s Menswear

• Bankwest

• Longchamp

• Sono

• Canturi

• Marchetti

• St.George Bank

• Dello Mano

• Optiko

• Virgin Mobile

• ESQ Male Grooming

• Queen St Physio

• Vodafone

• Hunt Leather

• Rimowa

View the complete directory of Tattersall’s Arcade Tenants online at





Tattersall’s Celebration Season Race Day

Ladies Morning Tea with Jan Logan (L to R): Karon Wikman and Vivienne Cassidy

Movember Lunch and Shave Off (L to R): Tom Law, Peter Johnstone

Movember Lunch and Shave Off (L to R): Stuart Fraser, John Maclean, Shawn Stanley and Stuart Waddington

Kids Christmas Party and Christmas Carvery (L to R): Angus Dauber, William Dauber and Rupert Dauber

Kids Christmas Party and Christmas Carvery (L to R): Esti Siebert, Alicia Siebert and Heidi Siebert, Brian Siebert


e, David Muir and Murray Procter

Ladies Morning Tea with Jan Logan (L to R): Angela Egan and Anne James

Tattersall’s Celebration Season Race Day

Kids Christmas Party and Christmas Carvery (L to R): Monika Shannon, Neil Shannon and Madison Shannon

Ladies Morning Tea with Jan Logan (L to R): Avon Trimble, Vicki Mcdonald, Vivienne Cassidy, Maria Maxim and Kathy Kroel

Tattersall’s Celebration Season Race Day


Known to most for his dedication to rugby league, Billy Slater surprised more than a few last year when he declared his love for thoroughbred racing as Racing Queensland’s Ambassador. Tattler spoke to Billy the Kid about all things racing, footy and training.

Here in Queensland, Billy the Kid needs little introduction. Despite Victoria claiming him as their own – possibly fair considering his incredibly successful reputation with the Melbourne Storm – Billy Slater remains a small town Queensland boy at heart. Last year, Racing Queensland welcomed him as their ambassador, a role Billy clearly relishes. We spoke to him in between his training sessions in Geelong to learn where it all started.


By Phoebe Tully Photos courtesy of Racing Queensland



My father was always interested in thoroughbred racing while I was growing up – whether it was going to the races, having a punt, or even having a small share in a

syndicated horse. My dad knew a couple of racehorse trainers at the local track and he’d go there in the afternoons and have a couple of beers with his mates and I’d tag along. I suppose that’s where my interest started. From there, I got a job as a stable hand with one of dad’s mates who was a racehorse trainer, and it went from there.

DO YOU SEE ANY SIMILARITIES BETWEEN YOUR CAREER IN NRL AND YOUR LOVE OF THOROUGHBRED RACING? I’m very fortunate to be involved with two sports that I’m really passionate about and that I have been since I was a little boy – horse racing and rugby league. There’s definitely a similarity between equine ‘athletes’ and us professional sportspeople. We have very



day on Monday. Some of my fondest childhood memories are going out to those places and seeing the horses up close and personal.

WHAT SHOULD WE BE LOOKING FOR DURING THE WINTER RACING CARNIVAL? WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO? You’ll be coming off the Autumn Carnival down in Sydney and then all the good horses get up to Brisbane. I enjoy looking at some of the horses that have been running around in North Queensland; there’s always a few good ones up there that come down and test themselves in Brisbane. Being a North Queensland guy, I like seeing the underdog and the small trainer pick up a nice race and some good prize money. It’s a great time for racing in Queensland. You’ve got some warm weather. Owners love that Winter Carnival; it’s always pretty cold down in Sydney and Melbourne!

WE WERE HONOURED THAT YOUR FIRST APPEARANCE AS THE RACING QUEENSLAND AMBASSADOR WAS AT OUR OWN TATTERSALL’S CLUB TIARA RACE DAY! WHERE ELSE HAS THE ROLE TAKEN YOU? WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME HIGHLIGHTS? similar lifestyles really – nutrition, training, recovery. There’s a lot of methods that you could draw parallels between. Being a part of both sports at the highest level, I can see the similarities in some of the techniques and the philosophies of trainers.

down in Sydney when I was 16 with Gai Waterhouse, one of the top trainers in Australia; I just enjoy everything about it. The whole industry can cater to all sorts of demographics.



I think it’s been a really organic partnership and it’s something that’s easy for me to talk about – my background in racing and my passion for racing. I enjoy all parts of it, and I’m getting into breeding now too. I had my first brood mare last year and she’s got a little Shooting to Win foal and I’m learning a lot more about that side of things. Whether it be going to the races with my family, having a bet with my mates, or working

I just think it’s a way of life for Queenslanders to go to the races. You go to every country town and they’ve got a pub and a racecourse. It’s a little bit of a tradition. I grew up in a small country town and we used to go to the races all over the state. I remember one particular place – you go there and camp out over Easter and there’d be a race day on Saturday, a rodeo on Sunday and another race

That’s the beauty of it – getting out and talking to all different people. Going to the Tiara Race Day was a great experience, and then I’ve been to Townsville and Cairns. Racing just brings people together and there’s a lot of good people around the racing game. Getting out and talking to them about my story and listening to other people’s stories about races and their background in racing… it’s been really enjoyable and hopefully I can get out to a few more this year. My personal highlight so far is probably the Cairns Cup. Getting to Cairns for the Cup is something I hadn’t done for a long time. I’ve been living down in Victoria for a number of years now due to footy. Getting back up to where I grew up and going to one of the tracks that I knew from when I was a young fellow brought back some good memories.







+SKY RACING’S RICHARD HAYNES AND ANDREW BENSLEY Faces of Sky Racing, Andrew Bensley and Richard Haynes, may not be seen every day but to many who follow racing, they are household names.

Andrew, or Hoss as he is fondly known, is often heard rather than seen. Number one news breaker on Sky Racing Radio, he has a knack of finding a scoop. Victorian born and bred, Hoss first cut his teeth in the Queensland country town of Charleville, launching himself on the local radio waves. Following an extensive radio role in Melbourne, he moved to the television screen with Channel 9 in a nine-year career covering all manner of sport and racing during the big Spring action. Now, back at the helm with the horses, Hoss can be heard each morning on Sky Racing Radio HQ and is always first with the news and views from the track. Based in Melbourne, he was recently back in Queensland to cover the Magic Millions sales live from the Gold Coast on Sky Thoroughbred Central with Sky presenters Bernadette Cooper and Richard Haynes.

While we see Bernadette Cooper on television covering the Queensland racing scene every week, Richard is further south in the mounting yards of New South Wales, both in the country and in Sydney, with his finger on the pulse of all things equine. An experienced television talent, Richard began with the basics in the pedigree department of thoroughbred auction house of Inglis. Having excelled in the bloodstock game, he leapt into the racing world as a manager for Gai Waterhouse before moving to media and a television career with southern state based TVN. Snapped up by Sky on TVN’s closure, Richard hosts a bag of breeding knowledge as well as racing know-how. Look for his face at the Queensland sales or on the Queensland tracks. With a bit of luck, he is sure to be seen much more on our television screen.






From serving in the Australian Defence Force to owning the country’s biggest powerlifting supply business, Steven Harris’ career has literally gone from strength-to-strength. He joined the Tattersall’s Club in 2016 to surround himself with successful professionals.

“Being in the Army required a huge amount of physical fitness,” says Steven Harris, one of Tattersall’s younger Members and founder of Harris Stability Systems, Australia’s leading supplier of resources for powerlifters. “Especially the infantry. Because of the strength required, I was always looking for avenues to further my strength and overall fitness.”

businesses. They were great at generating income with a no-holds-barred type of attitude. They’re strong entrepreneurs who didn't care what got in the road. Simply, the goal was the goal and you achieved it at any cost. The same determination is common in the army. Many might see this type of attitude as unethical or emotionless – and on a whole it was! – but that is the type of attitude required to achieve greatness.”

Powerlifting provided that outlet for Steven – and as he would later learn, thousands of others. Considering his eight years of service, it’s a sport that seemed to have come quite naturally to him. “The Army helped me get out of my comfort zone. It pushed me mentally under hard physical conditions and help me achieve things others would deem impossible.”

This tenacity can be seen in Steven’s own thinking about entrepreneurship – especially about ‘wantrepreneurs’ who aren’t willing to take risks or raise capital. While partnerships can be the lifeblood of any business, big or small, they aren’t without their challenges. “The solution is to simply ignore the old way of thinking and push ahead with what you know works. Don't give a voice to those who are not willing to contribute financially no matter how long they have been involved. The solution in the strength sport industry – and probably every other industry too – is to only give voice to those who are prepared to share the risk.”

It also taught him the importance of trusting yourself. “My biggest lesson I learned in the force was building a thick skin for the people you don't agree with. Don't let it make you lose focus on the task at hand or the overall goal.” After leaving the military, Steven founded Harris Stability Systems in 2013 and had dominated the powerlifting market by the following year. Providing equipment and supplies for strength athletes in Australia, Steven’s business prides itself on its incredible range and reliability for remaining in stock. But despite his success, Steven learned many of his lessons the hard way. “Ignoring set limits and pushing ahead at all costs were two of the best lessons I learnt from people who have influenced entrepreneurialism. By Phoebe Tully Photos courtesy of Steven Harris



“I have worked with some very smart franchisees and helped them run their

He should know; the strength sport industry was non-existent when Steven started. “Your options were to order from overseas and pay a large shipping cost or pay a huge mark up to an Australian reseller who was never in stock. I saw the opportunity and seized it. I started my own brand, designed, tested and sourced manufacturing partners.” He now owns the largest powerlifting supply company in the country. And while his technique may seem inflexible, Steven is well-aware of the community he owes his livelihood to. Harris Stability Systems sponsors some of the best athletes in the



To succeed you surround yourself with other like-minded, motivated people. strength sport industry. Powerlifters, strongmen/ women, bodybuilders, crossfitters and even strength track and field athletes – they all now have the potential to build a career in their sport thanks to visionaries like Steven. “We have the largest pro team in Australia and possibly the world,” he says. “The relationship is always performance-based with contracts. This is the easiest and fairest way. If our athletes generate more exposure or income for the business, the greater the contractual rewards for them.” Through this sponsorship, Steven is able to constantly inject major capital and media attention into the emergent industry. By legitimising the sport, Steven’s business has been able to singlehandedly grow the industry by supporting its community. It’s a savvy commercial strategy – and one that has more heart than Steven perhaps lets on!

Clearly one for community building, Steven became a Member of Tattersall’s in 2016. “I joined because of the network of professionals that the Club has. To succeed you surround yourself with other like-minded, motivated people.”

1. Pro Raw Competition sponsored by Harris Stability Systems 2. Strength athletes are building careers thanks to visionaries like Steven 3. Steven Harris former member of the ADF 3

Aside from encouraging Members to try a training session in this unexpected sport, Steven’s words of advice are grounded in entrepreneurialism: “Always set time aside to grow your business. Too many people get tied up with the day-to-day and wonder why they never grow. Business development is so important. If you want to seriously dominate your field you need to always be a step ahead and have time to focus on long term goals.” Given Steven’s success these are certainly words worth considering.





Brisbane’s signature steak restaurant Cha Cha Char will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year. Since opening their doors on Eagle Street Pier in 1997, the restaurant has become Australia’s most awarded steak venue and a hotspot for corporate events. Not only has Cha Cha Char become a highly successful restaurant, the chefs and owner, John Kilroy, have become leaders in the industry through their quest to serve the perfect steak. Kilroy himself has travelled the world researching cooking techniques and met with farmers and chefs as far afield as Japan and Argentina. As Wagyu grew in popularity in the 1990s, he spent time in Osaka to learn how best to cook prime cuts of marbled beef, bringing these methods back for Brisbane patrons to enjoy. Customer satisfaction has been at the heart of this research and development – and Kilroy’s success. He likens the success of his multi-award winning restaurant to cooking the perfect steak. “It takes time – and a willingness to develop your method so that it is the best experience for everyone.” With their signature char-grilled beef a firm favourite on the menu, plans are underway to mark the 20-year milestone with a special event for Cha Cha Char’s regular guests, closest friends and suppliers. Visit from early March for further details.




+FROM THE ARCHIVES The John Oxley Library at the State Library of Queensland houses the ‘Tattersall Collection’, and as their slogan proclaims, it is ‘All Yours’. One small item within the collection is a battered diary entitled ‘Active Service List’.

It was most likely kept by the then Club Secretary Philip Stewart and although it was intended to simply record forwarding mail addresses of service personnel it gives an insight into the service records of many – and a poignant reminder of ultimate sacrifice of a few.

It records the names of Members and staff of Tattersall’s Club who signed up for active duty during the turbulent years between 1940 and 1945.

Here is a snapshot of entries from the diary, with a full list available online ( Contact The Heritage Club to provide further information about any of the former Members listed.

A SAMPLE OF THE ACTIVE SERVICE LIST TATTERSALL’S CLUB WORLD WAR Ⅱ Ainsworth G.S. F/Lt RAAF 172 Hopetoun Ave Watson’s Bay Sydney c/o Wellers Albert Hotel Brisbane

Earwaker J.G. Capt. Edinburugh Castle & Rode Rds Wavell Hts. Brisbane Demobilised Aug 4th (MY 6102)

Kirkcaldy W.R. Eng. Lt.Cdr (V.D.) D/D.E. (N) Navy Office Melbourne Marsland e.l. P.O. P.O.W. Singapore Returned 25/10/45

Baker L.S. QX.6354 Capt 19/12/1941 1st Dist. Corps ML & D Unit A.I.F. Abroad Advanced L.H.Q. Brisbane

Foote H.P.S. QX 8602 Pte. H.Q. Base Area Unit Finance Section Brisbane

McEacharn C.A. QX 6167 Col. P.O.W. Malaya

Baldwin E.C. 1st Aust Corps. A.I.F. Australia18/4/44 c/o Hotel Victoria Stanley St S.B. Demobilised 4/12/45 Barrett A.B. F/Sgt Aus 435012 3 J.T.S. c/o RAAF Auspo London 7/11/44 Killed in action 1942? M.Ure Bird S.W. RAAF. Embarcation Depot Sandgate Blackburne G.A. QX 9157 Major 3/12/43 H.Q. R.A.E. 9th Division A.I.F. Aust. Demobilised 27/12/44 Campbell S.J. Lieut. R.A.N.V.R. 19/12/41 c/o Naval Liason Office Australia House London Casey Dr E.W. Major 19/12/41 2/2nd C.C. A.I.F. Abroad c/o 112 A.G.Hospital Greenslopes Demobilised Carroll J.E. QX 26334 Battn H.Q. Garrison Battn A.I.F. Thursday Island No 4 Composite Co A.I.F. Fort Bribie N.C.Q Catterwood E.M. QX 35565 Major 2/2/44 Milne Bay Base PNG Area Missing Feb 44 A.I.F. Australia Charlton H.P. QX 13479 Gunnery 19/12/41 2nd/10th Field Battery A.I.F. Abroad. Missing Collingwood J. Q122605 Sapper 1st/56 A.A.Co. Lytton 6/5/42 Cowlishaw G.O. 12/8/43 Ascot RAAF Demobilised Feb 1946 Craig K.R. QX 17429 Pte. 2nd/15th Battn A.I.F. 19/12/41 Abroad Prisoner of War Sept 42 Killed Daniel D.J. Demobilised Draney L.L. QX 13636 Lt. 2/Bonib 2nd/10th Field Regt A.I.F. Post Malaya Demobilised Nov 45 Will call in March 46. Missing

Gallagher H.E. QX 23664 W/O 2/5 Aust Armored Division A Squadron A.I.F.Australia Demobilised Gazzard A.E. Sgt. c/o D.A.D. later Garrison battn H.Q. L of C . Victoria Barracks Brisbane Gillimeister E. QX 33030 Pte Armoured Div. Discharged. Demobilised Hall J.F. QX 16518 Capt. 26th Battn A.I.F. B Coy 12th Battn A.I.F Torres Strait Forces Demobilised 3/3/45 Hammond A.W. F/O Group 707RAAF Forrest Hill via Wagga Maraugaroo NSW Haves H.S.K. F/O A117407 31/3/43 No 3 Central Admin Depot Sandgate Group 8 RAAF Darwin Demobilised 12/2/45 Healey J.B 132 Leading Seaman R.A.N. Station No.5 Caboolture HMAS Platypus Demobilised Apr 45 Hood H.R. A 120565 P/O Group 597 RAAF Pacific School of Administration RAAF Carlton N3 Victoria RAAF Bundaberg Hopper Geoff 7 Maintn or New Farm Joyce David 37819 Flight Lieut RAAF Parker NSW RAAF Ferry Detachment Terminal Island San Pedro Calif. USA. Joyce J.P. Q140358 Staff Sgt c/o Med A.I.F Stores Charlotte St City Discharged April 1943 Kearney G.F. Q45286 Sgt. A.A.P. Corp. Exhibition Brisbane Mitellegura Tba Kelly P.J. Q 119020 Capt. Greenslopes Military Hospital Brisbane Demobilised 22/5/43 2 E.D. Bradfield Park Sydney NSW RAAF Aus Post Ottawa Canada

McWhirter E.S. Q 3150 Sgt. 2nd Battn PO 1st Anti Tank Aust Anti Tank regt A.M.F. Australia Demobilised McWhirter QX 62156 Gunner 2 Batty2/1 T/AT Regt A.I.F. Demobilised 26/4/45 Mutch Alex Q1408 S.Sgt 29/1/45 77 Aust Camp Hospital Tentafield NSW Muir J.Cameron QX 4664 Pte. 9 Div. A.S.C. Supply Column A.I.F. No. 12 Coy A.A.S.C. A.I.F. Abroad Aus. Demobilised Dec 45 Myers L.W. Q149258 Sgt. 5th Field Survey Co. 1st Australian Army A.P.O. 103 O’Brien C.F. QX 22810 Sgt. 17/11/42 143rd Aust General Transport Co. A.S.C. 1st Aust Light Armoured Div. Australia O’Donell C.W. L/Cpl 4 Aust B.S.D. Kelvin Grove Brisbane Demobilised O’Rielly C.H. QX 25308 Sgt. c/o Dr Waller Brisbane St Toowong 2/32nd Battn 9th Div. A.I.F. O’Sullivan D.B. 6173 P/O 16/12/42 Group N837 x Air Force Post Office 71 Townsville O’Sullivan M.J. QX 461 Sgt. 2/1/43 Rosemount Hospital Brisbane Deceased O’Sullivan Neal Demobilised Pollard R.J. 44444 Corporal RAAF 213 Kennedy Terrace Bardon Contact Engeneer Oakey .Arcadia Hotel Pitt St Sydney Demobilised 18/10/45 Bought Picture Show Williamtown NSW Paulsen J.M. Pilot Officer RAAF P.O.W. Singapore Killed in Action Perel L.J. Q 44838 Sgt. 114th Field Ambulance Peutlan Is N.Q. No. 114 Con Depot H.Q. Gellheim N.Q. Demobilised 4/11/43



Image. Rowers and hot air balloons over Melbourne skyline and Yarra River – Courtesy of James Lauritz and Visions of Victoria



The world’s most liveable city is undeniably the sporting and cultural heart of our nation – and with a host of new attractions, world-class events and unforgettable experiences on offer, Melbourne is a must this year. Take a break and explore the different sides of this vibrant City during Autumn. FORMULA 1 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX Experience history in the making during this year’s Grand Prix season opener. Experts are tipping cars could be up to five seconds a lap faster at the 2017 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park. 23 – 26 March.

THE MCG: THE HEART OF A SPORTING NATION With spectacular views of the city skyline from its lofty heights and a concourse lined with statues of Aussie sporting legends, there is much to explore at the MCG. Enter through Gate 3 for the National Sports Museum to learn more about Australia’s sporting history or join a tour of the stadium. Take the opportunity to experience the acoustics of the ground firsthand during an AFL match. The opening round sees last year’s premiers Western Bulldogs take on the ever-popular Collingwood on Saturday 25 March.

WORLD’S 50 BEST RESTAURANT AWARDS This year, Melbourne will become only the third city in the world (after London and New York) to host the annual World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards. Known simply as ‘the list’ in foodie circles, more than 800 of the world’s culinary elite will be on hand for a program of events. Coincides with the annual Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. 1 – 7 April.



RICHMOND, FITZROY, COLLINGWOOD AND CARLTON: MORE THAN JUST FOOTY CLUBS The inner city suburbs behind some of the country’s biggest footy clubs are destinations in themselves and well worth exploring. Originally working class, these areas are now home to some of the best cafes, bars, boutiques and restaurants in town. Start by exploring Swan Street in Richmond, Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, Lygon Street in Carlton and Smith Street in Collingwood. The side streets are worth checking out too – world-class street art and cool cafes abound. Source:

WHERE TO STAY... Tattersall’s Members are spoilt for choice in Melbourne, with two reciprocal clubs offering onsite accommodation in the heart of the city. ATHENAEUM CLUB Located in Melbourne’s stylish shopping and business precinct, the Athenaeum Club is minutes away from world-class restaurants, theatres and sporting facilities. Featuring the comforts of a modern five-star hotel and the ambience of one of Melbourne’s most respected clubs, the Club has 16 elegantly appointed rooms all with their own ensuite bathrooms. 87 Collins Street, Melbourne 03 9654 3200 / RACV CITY CLUB Conveniently positioned in the centre of Melbourne’s CBD, a stone’s throw from the retail precinct, Federation Square, theatres and major event venues, RACV City Club offers a range of accommodation options to cater for both business and leisure with 136 large and spacious rooms, including suites, family suites, disability friendly rooms, double and twin, and interconnecting rooms. 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne 03 9944 8888 /



By Michael Durham

The silly season has come to an end and the reality of work sinks in. Now is the time to quit those unhealthy thoughts and start the New Year off with a positive mentality. Here are three tips to easily improve your wellbeing starting with just 30 minutes a day.

BE MOTIVATED TO LOOK AFTER YOURSELF AND ENJOY IT The reality is work will always be there, but your motivation to look after yourself won’t be if you don’t allow yourself 30 minutes a day to enjoy a physical challenge. The key is to commit to something you enjoy. Don’t like pumping iron at the gym? Then look for other options such as stretching, walking through parklands, swimming, meditating or pounding the pavement. Move your body for enjoyment and you will see the benefits that come. Don’t be afraid to mix it up as getting stuck in an exercise rut can do more harm than good. Try a new cardio machine, get a new program or join a new class. Challenge your body in an enjoyable way so you reap the benefits of physical exercise.

FUEL YOUR BODY THE RIGHT WAY The food we put in our mouths can determine a whole lot more than just the size of our jeans. Fatty foods make us feel sluggish and quick energy fixes are just that. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your morning coffee, however, you shouldn’t rely on it to give you the endurance required to stay productive all day. Nourishing your body with a balance of vegetables, fruit, lean meats and wholegrains is essential and ensures you are more alert and focused while providing sustained energy for your day. Your health starts in the kitchen so be sure to put aside some time each evening to prepare your meals for the next day. That way you won’t be tempted to rush out to the local takeaway for lunch and polish it off with a donut on the walk back to the office.

GET ORGANISED Let’s get one thing straight – procrastination is not your friend. Your health shouldn’t be taken for granted and cannot wait until you get around to it. You need to start now! Being organised is crucial to staying physically active, healthy and happy. Simple tasks such as setting your alarm 10 minutes earlier to avoid sprinting for the bus, packing your exercise gear the night before and using the weekend to do your grocery shopping and meal prep avoids unnecessary stress and provides you with the realization that putting aside 30 minutes to better yourself physically and mentally is easy.

DO YOU NEED HELP WITH YOUR 2017 WELLBEING CHALLENGE? Contact the Health and Wellness Centre today to learn more about the options available to assist you to improve your wellbeing, including fitness classes, personal training and combined fitness and diet plans. Visit Level 5 of Tattersall’s Club, contact the team on 07 3331 8877, email or at




T I ARA R ACE DAY S AT U R D AY 2 4 J U N E 2 0 1 7 Eagle Farm RACECOURSE General Admission

Members' Stand

$20 online $25 at the gate

$40 online $50 at the gate

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By Michael Akhaven

SAVE THE DATE – 2017 ‘CLUB 200’ CALENDAR After the huge success of last year’s “Clearing the Cellar” Wine Auction Dinner, we’re doing it all again in 2017! Mark Thursday 1 June in the diary for another unique opportunity to purchase wine direct from the Club’s Cellar for ridiculously low prices. Further information will be available closer to the date. Thursday 9 February

Members’ Choice Wine Event Blind tasting session

Thursday 23 February

Members’ Choice Final Round

Thursday 9 March

Wine Dinner - Tellurian

Thursday 23 March

Seafood Degustation Dinner

Tuesday 28 April

Cognac and Armagnac Masterclass

Sunday 14 May

Mother’s Day Breakfast and Lunch

Thursday 18 May

Wine Dinner – Best’s Vineyards

Thursday 1 June

“Clearing the Cellar” Wine Auction Dinner

Thursday 13 July

French Wine Dinner

Friday 21 July

Christmas In July Dinner Dance

Friday 4 August

Beer Expo

Thursday 24 August

Truffle Degustation Dinner

Sunday 3 September

Father’s Day Carvery Lunch

Saturday 30 September

Champagne Dinner

Thursday 16 November

Scotch Whisky Masterclass


07 3331 8859

Healy Room

07 3331 8851

Members’ Dining Room 07 3331 8848



Make the most of the free time with your children and grandchildren, and bring them to Tattersall’s Club over the Easter school holidays for a complimentary lunch from the children’s menu in the Healy Room. Children’s menu applies to ages 12 and under.






The annual Backseaters Sub Club cricket match against the Queensland Schoolboys XI was played on Wednesday 4 January at Brisbane Boys College, Toowong. We were pleased to have Tattersall’s Club Member John Maclean, former Australian and Queensland cricketer and legendary wicket keeper, available to present the Queensland caps to the boys. John was able to regale his time as a schoolboy cricketer, recounting back to 1960 when he had his first Queensland schoolboy cap presented to him by Ray Lindwall and Wally Grout. Also present to participate in the cap presentation was current record-breaking Queensland wicket keeper, Chris Hartley.

The Queensland Schoolboys XI with John Maclean and Chris Hartley at the Brisbane Boys College grounds in Toowong.

The game itself was a 40:40 fixture with the Queensland schoolboys put in a solid batting performance to score 186. The bowling honours were shared in an all-round performance. Unfortunately, Tattersall’s suffered a batting collapse and fell well short of the target, the exception being a solid 38 not out from Peter Wrigley.

The Backseaters have a further three games scheduled over the summer, including matches against old foes The Downs Club in Toowoomba, The Antiquarians and the Brookfield Masters.

CONTACT Andrew Deane – 0413 487 630


1 1. Joey Mills Memorial Shield presentation 2. Bowls Club’s new 2017 President in action

The last game in the Bowls Club’s 2016 calendar was held on Sunday 13 November at the Musgrave Hill Bowls Club on the Gold Coast.


The Tattersall’s team played for the Joey Mills Memorial Shield, narrowly missing our on victory against the stronger team.

Despite the narrow loss, everyone who attended the event had a very enjoyable day.

CONTACT Ern Wood – 0418 767 161



SUB CLUB NEWS 1. (L - R) Tom Kennedy and Barry Aaskov 2. (L - R) Richard McCouaig and Jack Andersen


By Peter Skirving


The golfing season had an early hit off with the opening event at Glades Golf Club on Thursday 19 January.

punters in the touring group will be welcomed back at The Court House Hotel for what is a traditional “Q.L.D.” on the Wednesday.

At Indooroopilly Golf Club on Thursday 2 February the Qualifying Round of the Bob Templeton Memorial Shield will take place, with the best 16 teams progressing to the Knockout Rounds (in 4BBB Match Play format). The final of the Tempo will be played at Glades Golf Club on Thursday 23 November.

The TGC Club Championships are to be conducted over two rounds: on Thursday 31 August at Brisbane Golf Club (four games

Three of the popular TGC Lunches will be held in 2017 – on Monday 20 March, Tuesday 13 June and Thursday 19 October. A Hole in One prize of a $15,000 car (drive away) will be awarded for any Aces at the second hole on the Indooroopilly Golf Club (Green Course) during the TGC event on Tuesday 11 April. More than one car is available should there be multiple winners! Apart from the specific event at Indooroopilly, the TGC will provide $500 worth of golf equipment to each Member who scores a Hole in One at any of the 24 games in 2017. The Eric G Oxenford Jug will be keenly contested over two Single Stableford rounds: Royal Pines Resort Golf Club on Thursday 25 May (three games prior prequalifying) and Redcliffe Golf Club on Thursday 8 June. There is a return to North Queensland for the 2017 TGC Annual Trip (from Sunday 23 July through to Saturday 29 July). Golf will be played at Paradise Palms, Palmer Sea Reef (2) and Mirage Country Club. The full package includes accommodation at Cairns and Port Douglas, a welcome function, four games of golf (plus prize money and trophies), bus transfers, a mid-week dinner plus the final Presentation Dinner at Sea Reef. On the Wednesday “Lay Day” there will be optional golf at Mossman Golf Club followed by lunch at Silky Oaks Resort. The intrepid




prior prequalifying) and at Indooroopilly Golf Club on Thursday 14 September. Now an annual event, the “Country versus City Challenge” will be played at Middle Ridge Golf Club in Toowoomba on Thursday 28 September.

The Tattersall’s Golf Club (TGC) 2016 AGM was held in the Members’ Dining Room on the evening of Wednesday 7 December, followed by the Annual Presentation and Awards Dinner. Recipients of 2016 Awards TGC Club Member of the Year

Tom Kennedy

President’s Cup

Barry Warden and Pat McMahon

The Woodrow Cup

Jack Andersen

The Claimer’s Cup

Mark McGarry and Barry Warden

Jim Watson Memorial Trophy

Ray Nalder and Maurie Miller

Tattersall’s Cup

Michael McCallum

Eric G Oxenford Single Stableford Jug

Overall Winner

Ernie Ward

A Grade

Eric Oxenford

C Grade

Peter Skirving

Memorial Day Trophy

Adrian McDonald

Mug of Mugs

Peter Craig

Bob Templeton Memorial Shield

Warwick Oxenford and John Conroy

Club Champion

David Brett

Ian McFarlane Memorial Club Championships

Club Championships (Nett)

A Grade

David Brett

B Grade

Mike O’Farrell

C Grade

Peter Craig

A Grade

Mark McGarry

B Grade

Anthony Martin

C Grade

Noel Fludder

Robert’s Menswear Championship Blazer

David Brett

Annual Trip Trophy

Barry Aaskov

Best 6 Single Stableford Cards

Warwick Oxenford

The Oscar

John Conroy

CONTACT Any Tattersall’s Club Member with an AGU Handicap can join the TGC and will be made very welcome. New Member enquiries can be directed to Robert Gauld on 0405 322 167.


4 3. (L - R) John Conroy, Des Whybird and Warwick Oxenford 4. (L - R) Mike O’Farrell, Peter Hyland, Peter Craig and David Brett 3

A total of 24 games have been scheduled for the 2017 program:

The 2017 TGC Committee

• Brisbane Golf Club (2)

• Nudgee Golf Club

• Indooroopilly Golf Club (3)

• Oxley Golf Club


Barry Aaskov

• Gailes Golf Club (2)

• Pacific Golf Club


Peter Hyland

• Glades Golf Club (2)

• Pelican Waters Golf Club

Hon Secretary

Richard McCouaig

• Lakelands Golf Club (2)

• Redcliffe Golf Club

Hon Treasurer

John Griffin

Vice Captain

• Links Hope Island (2)

• Royal Pines Resort Golf Club

Ross Anderson


Chris Cameron, Michael Dunn, Robert Gauld, Eric Oxenford and Peter Skirving

• Middle Ridge Golf Club (Toowoomba)

• Royal Queensland Golf Club (3)

• North Lakes Resort Golf Club

+WALKERS CLUB By Alan Ernst The 2017 program got off to a great start in January with another series of dinner walks expertly organised by Peter and Tricia Ryan and Col Colquhoun and Pauline Whitby.

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1. Walkers picnic at Manly – the final official walk for 2016 2. (L - R) Steve Mill, Mick Lord, Alan Ernst, and Colin Colquhoun on a hot day walking Mt Coot-tha 3. Walkers on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (L - R) Kerry Duffy, Jan Mill, Valmai Rogers, John Rogers, Pauline Whitby, Steve Mill and Colin Colquhoun

These walks always prove popular in the cool of the evening. However, the diehards continued to walk the Mt Coot-tha tracks on Saturday mornings in the hot and humid summer weather. The 2017 Saturday morning program got underway in February with happy 10th birthday walkers with a return to where it all started at Simpson Falls at Mt Coot-tha. This year, Col Colquhoun and Pauline Whitby have again developed a walking trip further afield, with a visit to Sydney during August to coincide with the Archibald Art competition. There will also be the traditional trip to North Stradbroke Island and a couple of other


weekend trips away are planned. The usual Saturday walks will take the group to some favourite spots and the chance to explore some new walks in National Parks, Forest Reserves and through the parks in south-east Queensland or northern New South Wales. In October 2016, the group walked the Brisbane Valley rail trail – a 15-kilometre walk following the old rail line that starts at Benarkin and finishes at Linville. During 2016, the group walked every Saturday with two walks on some weekends, which resulted in a total of 64 walks for the year, covering about 500 kilometres. It remains to be seen if we break this record in 2017.

CONTACT 0408 769 576




+RACQUETEERS CLUB By Adrian Symons With a symbolic passing over of the Club Mastercard, the Racqueteers secretarial guard has changed following the retirement of Bob Gardner after 11 years of capital service in the role. Alan Becconsall is the reluctant debutant after being enlisted (but more accurately, dragooned) by Warren Porter to assume the mantle at the trophy presentation held at the Club the week prior to the rain-drenched AGM at Emerald Lakes on the Gold Coast. An afternoon on the courts is the usual precursor to the AGM, but lowering skies this year were an ominous forewarning of things to come, and a retreat to the Club House provided some shelter from the rain but not from its clamorous accompaniment which thankfully drowned out many of the contentious and disruptive elements normally

punctuating this event. Marked as much by brevity as by the harmonious tone, it is unlikely we shall look upon its like again without some other climatic catastrophe.


Norm Katter presented his eponymous trophy, for the Member who best exemplifies the spirit of the Racqueteers both on and off the court, to an ironically absent Don Griffin, whose sharing of a Charters Towers education with Norm had, we are reliably assured, no bearing upon his selection. While we may have been dampened, our spirits were not and we repaired to the Club restaurant to indulge in an excellent spread with generous libations as a reward for the good conduct of all the participants at the AGM. One can only assume from the evidence of the emptied glassware with which he was surrounded at the end of the evening that Eddie Burke must have been on his best behaviour.

2 1. Leaping Norm Katter in smashing form at Emerald Lakes. 2. Eddie Burke can’t bottle up his pleasure.

CONTACT 0400 210 077

+CLASSIC FILM CLUB 1, 2. Attendees at the combined Film Club and Wine Club event in November

By Michael Halliday The Tattersall’s Classic Film Club continues to provide a program of classic film screenings, dinners and group activities promoting friendship and enjoyment among its Members. Following the Annual General Meeting in February, Club Members were on the edge of their seats as they watched Hitchcock’s peerless horror film The Birds at the first film screening for 2017. Once again all enjoyed the Film Club menu in the Healy Room prior to the screening as Members and friends came together over dinner to share news and experiences from the holiday season. The list of films chosen by Members for showing during the remainder of the year includes McCabe and Mrs Miller, English comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets, US western Rio Bravo, thriller Double Indemnity, US crime drama




The Godfather Part 2 and films from the list revised by Members at the AGM. On each occasion, a Member volunteer introduces the film with well-researched comments highlighting salient features of the film and its production. Each month, Sub Club Members are advised of the upcoming film via email with a reminder to book distributed closer to the event. Members can also check the monthly Tattersall’s Mail for details of upcoming Classic Film Club events.


Plans are well underway to include other events such as expert talks and joint activities with other Sub Clubs during the year. 0409 500 620



+ROWING CLUB By Greg Clarke As reported in the Summer 2016 issue of the Tattler, Members of the Tattersall’s Rowing Club (TRC) were well represented at the 2016 Head of the Yarra (HOTY) regatta. Head races are a time trial competition, where rowers race against the clock and the crew completing the course in the shortest time, in their age category, is deemed the winner. Most head races are between four and 10 kilometres, with the HOTY being 8.6 kilometres.


comes to an end, we are looking forward to offering more opportunities to Tattersall’s Club Members and their partners to participate in the sport of rowing.

All crews were well prepared for this year’s HOTY, thanks to their coaches, as shown by the results.

The new shed will be shared with other likeminded micro Masters Clubs and will enable us to expand our Membership and improve the Club’s service offering.

Since the regatta late last year, our attention has shifted to TRC’s pending move to new premises under Rowing Queensland at West End. As our 10-year relationship with The University of Queensland Boating Club

If you once rowed competitively and would like to restart, or have never rowed before and just want to give it a go, you are more than welcome to join TRC. The friends and experiences gained will last a lifetime.

2 1. Resolute Crew 2. Wild Poppies Crew Category



Female Masters D



Male Masters E



Male Masters E



Male Masters D



CONTACT 0418 731 824 or 3231 9777

+SNOOKER CLUB By Michael Needham and Tim Woolley

There has been a flurry of activity in the Billiards Room since the last Tattler. The highlight was the Queensland Open Billiards Championship sponsored by both the Queensland Billiards and Snooker Association (QBSA) and Billiards Australia. Held from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 October, players from all over Australia came to Tattersall’s Club to compete at the highest level. We were delighted to both host and witness some brilliant billiards play with breaks most of us can only dream of ! The event finished with a great final between Danik Lucas and David Collins that saw Danik putting in breaks of over 500 and 200 to claim victory. All participants and spectators were extremely impressed with our venue, the quality of our tables and the atmosphere of the Club.

The Tri-Club series between Tattersall’s Club, the Queensland Club and the Brisbane Club concluded on Wednesday 23 November where Tattersall’s once again claimed the Tri-Club series trophy. The last event of the year was the 9 Ball Competition and Christmas Drinks on Monday 5 December. The event was a convivial evening that saw Peter Davies take home first prize.


2016 RESULTS: A Grade Championship ............... Jim Wicks B Grade Championship ........ Eric Oxenford C Grade Championship........ Bernie Carroll Pairs Handicap ...................... Joe Frendo and Michael Browning Handicap Billiards .................... Lance Baker All in all, a very good year for the Snooker Club. New Members are always welcome – enjoyment of the game, rather than any great expertise, essential.

2 1. The finalists in the Handicap Pairs 2016 2. The winners of the B and C Grade Championships 2016

CONTACT or 0410 839 113 (Tim)



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Tattler Autumn 2017  

Volume 33, Number 01 The Official Magazine of Tattersall's Club Brisbane

Tattler Autumn 2017  

Volume 33, Number 01 The Official Magazine of Tattersall's Club Brisbane