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Our History


Established in the 1940’s by a group of Diggers, Richmond Club’s foundations have been built firmly on the Australian spirit of mateship.
 
Armed with the idea for a meeting site, this keen group of returned servicemen purchased an unused block of land on the corner of East Market and Francis Street – the very place where your Club stands today.
 
With no bricks available and building materials in short supply, the enthusiastic young men utilised the local networks at their disposal. While some of the materials may have had questionable origins, theirs was an honest quest and the dream began to take shape.
 
A local American supplied illegal poker machines, a keg found its way onto the end of the bar, drinking glasses were rented and the 20 strong club was well and truly on its way.
 
As Richmond grew, so did the club and through the hard work and determination of these inaugural members, its role in supporting the community was established. Over the years, providing assistance through community support, grants and initiatives came to be Richmond Club's core motivation. 
 
Today, as the number one private employer in the region and with its legacy of pride and belonging, your Club proudly continues to uphold its long established role of 'Community Heart'.
 
A place for everyone…always a place for you.
 
TODAY
  • 2012 - 2013 RICHMOND CLUB AMALGAMATES

    Both Richmond Club and Richmond Golf Club members unanimously approve to amalgamate the two clubs in May 2012. The amalgamation was completed on July 30, 2013.
  • 2011 MAGNOLIA PLACE

    Magnolia Place, a specialised memory care wing of Hawkesbury Living, is officially opened in February. A further 33 bed extension of Hawkesbury Living is also approved.
  • 2010 WANDEREST DEVELOPED

    Wanderest concept is developed and launched in October to increase tourism locally
  • 2009 CANCER TRUST FORMED

    Hawkesbury Living Cancer Trust is formed to deliver much needed oncology services to the Hawkesbury.
  • 2007 HAWKESBURY LIVING EXTENSION

    An extension of 12 beds is approved for Hawkesbury Living.
  • 2005 NURSING HOME MERGER

    It is proposed that the Nursing Home merge with Richmond Club to counter increasing losses. Richmond Club acquires the Nursing Home and forms its subsidiary company, Hawkesbury Living. Active8 Gymnasium is opened.
  • 1998 RICHMOND CLUB HANDOVER

    The new clubhouse is handed over to the community and is renamed to Richmond Club Limited, with ‘Remembering ExServicemen’ in its title.
  • 1996 RICHMOND CLUB EXTENSIONS

    Extensions begin on Richmond Club and are completed in October.
  • 1991 NEW NURSING HOME OPENED

    The new Richmond Community and RSL Nursing Home is officially opened.
  • EARLY 1990's

    Early 1990’s Richmond Ex-Servicemen’s Club donates 88 acres of land to the community for the development of the Benson’s Lane Sporting Complex.
  • 1983 NURSING HOME RELOCATED

    1983 Plans to relocate the Nursing Home to its current location on March Street are approved.
  • 1981 RETIREMENT UNITS OPENED

    Norman Court Retirement Units are officially opened, with further extensions to follow.
  • 1968 CLUB EXTENSIONS COMPLETED

    1968 Extensions to the Richmond Ex-Servicemen’s clubhouse are completed at a cost of $250,000
  • 1959 THE LADIES BOWLING CLUB IS FORMED

    The Richmond Memorial Ladies Bowling Club is formed. Extensions to the clubhouse and golf course at Richmond Golf Club are completed, and the 18 hole course is officially opened.
  • 1957 NURSING HOME IS FOUNDED

    1957 Richmond Community and RSL Nursing Home is founded
  • Early 1950ís

    Constant flooding makes the Golf Club impossible to maintain, and it is again closed for a short time
  • 1949 MEN'S BOWLING CLUB IS FORMED

    The Richmond Memorial Men’s Bowling Club is formed.
  • 1947 INAUGURAL MEETING

    After identifying the needs of ex-servicemen in the Hawkesbury, the inaugural meeting of the Richmond ExServicemen’s Club is held on May 16 at the Drill Hall on Bosworth St, Richmond.
  • 1942 THE CLUB IS HIT BY ANOTHER WAR

    After a period of success in the 1930’s, the golf club is again hit by war, as the clubhouse burns to the ground while being used to house American soldiers during the Second World War.
  • 1916 THE GOLF CLUB GOES INTO RECESS

    The Golf Club goes into recess due to the First World War and a War Barracks is built on the site of the modern day clubhouse. The club remains dormant for the next 12 years.
  • 1897 GOLF IS FIRST PLAYED

    Golf is first played in the district by a group of 11 players on the Richmond Common. The Richmond Golf Club was officially formed in 1899 with 17 gentlemen and 10 lady members.
1897
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