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RACWA 1905 - Horizons Tree

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Date: 28 Jan 1905 [unknown]
Location: Western Australia, Australiamap
Surnames/tags: Royal_Automobile_Club Western_Australia Heritage
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The number of really first-class motor-cars in the metropolitan area is being constantly added to, and, in the opinion of those interested in the sport, the time is ripe for the formation of a motor-car club, to take control of and to encourage the new pastime.
As the result of the work of several ardent enthusiasts, a circular was sent out, inviting those interested to congregate at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. R. Strelitz, at Cottesloe, on Saturday afternoon last, to discuss the advisability of forming a club to "further the interests of the sport in this State, for social purposes, to endeavour to improve the state of the roads, and to discuss other matters of interest to car-owners."
The circular was signed by the following gentlemen:—Drs. T. L. Anderson, Arthur Badock, O. Burkitt, H. Kelsall, Alfred E. Martin, Owen Paget, E. Paget Thurstan, and F. Tratman, and Messrs. A. E. Morgans, R. Strelitz, Alexander Lane, G. H. Speed, F. Drake, P. Armstrong, C. L. Mason, Harry Dyer, G. Holmes, C. M. Deane, and H. De Lisle.
In response to the invitation, some fifty ladies and gentlemen were present at Mr. Strelitz's house on Saturday afternoon, more than twenty-four cars being drawn up along the drives leading to the house, while several motor-cycles were also in evidence. It was decided unanimously that Mr. A. E. Morgans should preside at the meeting. That gentleman emphasised the fact that the time was ripe for the formation of a club, and from the gathering that afternoon he thought that they could form a very strong organisation. The club was needed to safeguard the interests of the growing sport, and, in his opinion, would, if formed, soon hold a similar position in the confidence of the people to that which the W.A.T.C. held in regard to horse-racing. There was considerable hostility exhibited towards motorists, and it was for the officials of the club to see that the sport was properly controlled. (Applause.)
On the motion of Dr. O. Paget, seconded by Mr. J. M. Speed, it was decided that a motor club, to be called the Automobile Club of Western Australia, be formed, and that those present agree to become members. Among those who spoke in favour of the proposition were Dr. Saw and Messrs. R. Strelitz and P. W. Armstrong.
A provisional committee, to draw up a set of rules and to report to another meeting, was appointed, the work being entrusted to the chairman, Dr. A. Badock, and Mr. R. Strelitz. Mr. J. M. Speed was appointed secretary to the committee. The Chairman moved a vote of thanks to Mr. Strelitz for his thoughtfulness in placing his grounds at the disposal of the meeting, and in reply, Mr. Strelitz expressed the hope that Mr. Morgans would be permanently appointed to the position of president of the Automobile Club. A vote of thanks was also accorded the chairman. In response to the suggestion made by Mr. Strelitz, the majority of the cars were driven into Perth in a "procession."

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