Introducing the Committee
The History of the German Club Gold Coast
The Gold Coast German Club or “Deutscher Klub” is celebrating it’s 42nd anniversary this year. The family-style club is located at 3 Jondique Avenue, Merrimac and had very humble beginnings.
It all began with a bunch of enthusiastic German migrants. The club was founded in 1975, monthly dance nights were held in various RSL Clubs around the coast. The aim was to build our own club house. Funds were raised through special functions and the help of sponsors.
In 1978, the committee was able to buy a few acres of land near Merrimac. Soon after the clubhouse began to take shape. The German Club’s staging of the Oktoberfest assisted greatly in establishing the club. The traditional food and beer festival was first held at the Southport Show grounds and later at the Carrara Sports Ground.
The Oktoberfest has become one of the coasts most popular events. It is held during October at the German Club. Numerous people from a variety of cultural backgrounds come along to celebrate the festival food and drink.
The committee is enthusiastic about the future of the club. Hundreds of volunteers have spent many hours over the years, giving up their time to create one the nicest ethnic clubs in the Southern Hemisphere. Since the early days, consecutive Committee and the membership have always resisted to install Pokies and maintain the open, friendly ‘Gastfreundschaft” (hospitality) for which the club is known.
Everyone is welcome at the German Club.