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Big month ahead

Saturday, 6th July, 2019

General Manager of the Musicians Club, Michael Boland. PICTURE: Emily McInerney General Manager of the Musicians Club, Michael Boland. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

By Emily McInerney

Michael Boland, CEO Club General Manager, said yesterday, that in preparation for their 100-year celebrations, they have planned a busy August.

“We will kick off in August, with Chocolate Starfish coming to perform on Friday, August 9, followed by our Member’s Centenary Dinner on August 17, and Chunky Custard performing on August 24.

“Chunky Custard are synonymous with the club and haven’t played here in over a decade.

“So it was really great to get them back.

“We will have heaps of stuff happening throughout the month. There will be merchandise on sale.”

Mr Boland said there has been positive results over the past few years.

“The Club is in a really good position, we’re getting positive numbers through the door.

“We’re thrilled to be able to celebrate our centenary.

“We’re back up to 5,000 plus members, where in the dark days of 2014 we were down to 2,500.”

Mr Boland said they have been working hard to reinvest into the ageing building.

“We’ve made some capital investments to ensure our members will be more comfortable when they come in.

“Our focus has been put back on the members; which has paid off.

“The support from our members and Broken Hill community at large has been absolutely wonderful.

“We’re thrilled to have been able to save such a good community asset.

“We’re continuing to reinvest in the club building, with new carpet, furniture and a lick of paint.

“The building is in a really good state.”

Mr Boland said the Musos is now back on people’s radar.

“We’ve tried to provide good quality entertainment to get people coming in.

“We’ve looked at a niche market that complimented the reopening of the Civic Centre; which is another good community asset.”

Mr Boland said he wanted to thank the Broken Hill community for their continued support.

 

From a jam session in a shed...

Four musicians got together 100 years ago to have a “jam session” in a shed in the main street of the city.

Now, 100 years later, the Musicians Club will be celebrating their centenary year.

The Broken Hill Musicians Club originated from a group of four musicians getting together and having a “jam session” in a shed in the main street of the city.

This group of musicians grew until finally the Broken Hill Musicians Club sought and was granted its licence in 1919.

Operations commenced in four rooms of the Pirie Chambers in Argent Street in the same year.

The club continued its operations from those same premises until 1945 when it moved to the Tattersalls building, next door, also in Argent Street.

According to the Musicians Club website, in 1964 the club moved to its current building in Crystal Street. 

The building was architecturally a significant building. 

Featuring curved walls and large auditorium, it set a standard for club accommodations in the city. In 1991 and 1992 the club undertook a major refurbishment of these premises.

During 1995, the club sought and was awarded a club TAB franchise. 

In 1996, a complete refurbishment including extensions to the existing premises was commenced. 

The project costing in excess of $8m was completed in 1998 and officially opened by Mr Richard Face MP, NSW Minister Gaming and Racing, and Mr Jack Ball AM President, NSW Registered Clubs Association. 

The new Two-up Gaming Room was opened by Mr Ken Brown, Director General NSW Department Gaming and Racing.

The club management is headed by the General Manager (until 1998 a Secretary Manager) and overseen by the Board of Directors who provide both volunteer labour and policy input.

The club presently employs over 30 staff.

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