Clubs and Organisations
Clubs and organisations have played a vital role in the life of Rowville and Lysterfield.
The Lysterfield Progress Association, formed in 1928, took on the ambitious task of building a hall and achieved their goal despite having to raise funds during the dark days of the Great Depression.
During World War Two, organisations to assist the war effort were formed. Both the Lysterfield and Rowville United Services Association and the Red Cross unit held their meetings in the Lysterfield Hall. The Rowville Fire Brigade which was founded in 1942 held its inaugural meeting there too. The brigade is the oldest ongoing organisation in the district.
Following the war the energies of the few local families were channelled into efforts to raise funds to set up amenities at the Heany Park pool.
The Rowville Progress Association was formed on 14 September 1960 when 47 residents packed into the tiny hall beside the Rowville Post Office.
A rapid increase of population followed the commencement of residential subdivisions in Rowville in the 1960s. This gave rise to the growth in the number of clubs and organisations required to satisfy the needs of newcomers – especially the youngsters who were an increasing percentage of the district’s numbers.
There are now over one hundred active clubs and organisations in the district.
As you can see from the list below, several of these groups have had their histories recorded. However, with many of these clubs and organisations now reaching their 25th anniversaries, you are invited to contribute stories and photos so that an ongoing historical record will ensure that the stories of your groups are told and retained.