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Nell Harvey - Keperra

A Leader to be Remembered

A member of Keperra Country Golf Club 1942/43 to 1963, Nell Harvey was not an elite player and whilst she enjoyed her many games of golf, she also felt that course and management could be improved.

By taking a whole committee of her own choice for nomination – and succeeding one year after joining – her ideas and interests were welcomed by the ‘founding fathers’.  After years of lessened activity there was much to be done and after persuading members to employ a gardener, both the course and the clubhouse benefited with displays of colour.

Club finance was very scarce so fundraising was necessary.  The ladies organised raffles and lamington drives and it was a persistent effort.  All the baking was done by Nell and other members who had time to spare and over that extended period Nell provided all the ingredients at her own expense.  Over the years, these funds were preserved by the Ladies Committee for permanent improvements, resulting in the building of the halfway house and the barbecue.

Maintenance of the course was done by many willing hands who had some time to spare with the men operating the heavy gang mowers, etc.  Nell participated in all working bees which were every Sunday during the season and provided morning teas and lunches with her committee as the waitresses.

Work seemed always constant and the challenges ever-present, and whilst the processes sometimes may not have run smoothly, they were always completed.

Nell’s personality was such that her committee were willing allies in all her activities – not only fundraising – but also scrubbing, rubbing down furniture, painting and cleaning, making curtains and generally caring for their clubhouse.

Nell richly deserved her recognition afforded by Keperra Country Golf Club and her name and dedication is perpetuated in the annual award of the Nell Harvey Memorial trophy for ladies and the visual reminder by her name on the Club’s honour board.

Information provided by Gwen Osterlund, Member, Keperra Ladies Golf Club

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