About Our Club

Our Club meets on the fourth Wednesday ofthe month at the Revesby Workers’ Club, 2 Brett Street, Revesby, from April to November each year. Meetings commence at 7.30 pm and usually finish by 9.30 pm.

Guest speakers are engaged for some meetings and provide information on the culture of Australian native orchids which either grow on trees, rocks or in the ground.There is also advice readily available from experienced growers should anyone have any problems with their orchids.

Members bench flowering plants in various classes, including novice and junior sections and compete for annual point score prizes. A sales table is held at monthly meetings and the September and October Spring Shows, offering flowering plants and seedlings at very reasonable prices. The shapes and colour combinations of Australian native orchids and their hybrids vary considerably and create considerable interest at our meetings.

Two Spring Shows are held each year in September and October which broadly covers the flowering of most Australian native species orchids and their hybrids. The Shows are well attended and attract visitors from the Metropolitan area and surrounds, Victoria and Tasmania. With over 350 exhibits the Show is quite spectacular and a must see forAustralian native orchid enthusiasts.

Our Club’s meetings are very informal and are followed by supper which allows plenty of opportunity for a social chat. Visitors are always welcome and if you are interested in joining our Club please follow the link at the bottom of page and download an Application for Membership Form. A printable application form is available and can be forwarded to the Secretary.

If you require further information about Australian Native Orchids or our Club, please see the contact page or visit some of the links.

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A simple application form for membership is available by printing the form and sending it either by e-mail or mail to the address listed on the from. Annual membership fee is $10.00.

Membership Application Form

History of Our Club

The idea to form an Australian NativeOrchid Club under the Orchid Society of New South Wales was first talked about some fifteen or so years ago. The Panania East Hills Orchid Society at that time included a number of keen growers who had achieved some excellent results in the Australian Native Orchid display classes at the various shows sponsored by the Orchid Society of New South Wales and was interested in forming a separate Australian Native Orchid Club.

However, the matter was held in abeyance for some years and not acted upon. The interested members then applied to join the Port Hacking Australian Native Orchid Society (ANOS) which at that time had a reasonable sized membership and a focus on Australian Native Orchids and their hybrids. Also, at that Society there was a lot of work being undertaken by a group of members in creating hybrids and in particular those of theSarcochilus family.

For one reason and another membership in that Society declined and its location at the southern end of the Sydney metropolitan area was not conducive to attracting new members. The Society had to close in 2007 as it was no longer a viable option.

The idea of forming an Australian NativeOrchid Club under the Orchid Society of NSW was again pursued through discussions among a number of prominent Australian native orchid enthusiasts from the former Port Hacking ANOS, Panania East Hills OS, The Fairfield and District OS, Sutherland OS and Bankstown OS. It was obvious from these discussions that a central meeting place should be identified so as to make the proposed new Club accessible from as much of the Metropolitan area as was possible.

In February, 2008 Don Roberts met with Pat Rogan, the then President of the Revesby Workers’ Club who indicated that he would be prepared to support the proposed new Club and subsequently recommended that the Revesby Worker’s Club Board accept the new Club as a sub Club. The Board agreed to the proposal and to the new Club holding monthly meetings at the Revesby Workers’ Club.

The inaugural meeting of the new Club was held at the Revesby Workers’ Club on Wednesday, 23 April, 2008. Sixteen enthusiastic Australian native orchid growers attended the meeting and it was agreed that the new Club should be formed and called the Revesby Workers’ Australian Native Orchid Club (RWANOC). The founding Committee elected and members were as follows:

President – Don Roberts; Vice President -Peter Wise; Secretary/ Publicity Officer/ Web Master – Peter Dowling; Treasurer– Robert Thaler; Committee Members – Peter Gibson, Peter King (subsequently moved to Coffs Harbour) and Dennis Wood (Show Marshall); Members – Ian Lawson,Merve Wattison, Noel Bates, Owen Sutton, Neville Roper, Kevin Wilson, John English and Greg Knight. Pat Rogan attended as the RWC Liaison Director (he was subsequently granted Honorary Membership). Kevin Wilson became patron of theClub.

Affiliation was sought from the Orchid Society of New South Wales and this was finally granted in August, 2008. TheRevesby Workers’ Club provided seed funding for the Club’s establishment and has provided generous annual grants since that time.

The Club bestowed life membership on Neville Roper and Kevin Wilson for their contribution over many years to the promotion, development and culture of Australian orchids and their hybrids.

Two Spring Shows are held each year inSeptember and October which broadly covers the flowering of most Australian native species orchids and their hybrids. The September Spring Show is held in the Brett Street foyer of the Revesby Workers’ Club each year and mainly features Dendrobium and Terrestrial species orchids and their hybrids.For the first two years the October Spring Show was held in the Panania Senior Citizens Centre. The Show featured mainly Sarcochilus and Cymbidium species and their hybrids. In 2010 the October Spring Show was moved to the Revesby Workers’ Club and following its huge success the Show was held there again in 2011. The Shows are well attended and attract visitors from the Metropolitan area and surrounds, Victoria and Tasmania . With over 350 exhibits the Show is quite spectacular.

The Club had 42 members at the end of 2011.