History of DCC

On Friday 11th November 1955, at the Athenaeum Hall, Doncaster, a public meeting was convened to discuss the formation of a Camera Club.

The following officers were elected:

President:                               Mr Ross Miller

Vice Presidents:                      Mr Keith Petty/Mr Harry Thomas

Secretary:                              Mr Russell Hardidge

Treasurer:                               Mr Ralph Petty

Publicity Officer:                      Mr Ken Silcock

Committeeman:                      Mr Eddie Secombe

Auditor:                                  Mr Brian Norbury

The first resolutions were that the club be called the Doncaster and District Camera Club, that it “affiliate with the Victorian Association of Photographic Societies (VAPS)” and that “the annual subscriptions should be ten shillings ($1.00)”.

Meeting places over the years have been:

1955 – 1958         Athenaeum Hall, Doncaster Road, Doncaster

1958 – 1980         Lutheran Church Hall, Victoria Street, Doncaster

1980 – 1994         Church of Christ Kindergarten, Doncaster Road, Doncaster

1994 – 2018         Pilgrim Uniting Church, Westfield Drive, Doncaster

2018 – now          East Doncaster Baptist Church, 47-53 Tunstall Road, Doncaster East


The first photographic competitions didn’t start until several months after the Club commenced, and the visiting judge on one of these occasions was so severe in his assessments that the membership dropped drastically. Thankfully, we recovered from the shock of this harsh judgement, and now enjoy a supportive and social club environment that attracts a growing membership. On top of that, quite a few of our members are achieving recognition in various national and international photographic competitions.

From1984 to 1987 the Club held four National Photographic Exhibitions. The first three were held in conjunction with the Donvale Rotary Club. The fourth was conducted solely by the Doncaster Camera Club. We were successful with these exhibitions with photographers from all over the world providing entries.

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