The Ringwood Field Naturalists Club was founded in 1961 with the inaugural meeting held on the 20th of September. Chaired by Jack Hyett, there were 32 members present and Marc Gottsch, a bird-watcher and naturalist later involved in the formation of the Friends of Sherbrooke Forest, gave a talk on birds and showed slides.
The first office bearers and committee were appointed:
Before the meeting was over, decisions had been made that had:
- President - Mr J. Hyett
- Vice President - Mr L. Sebire
- Secretary - Mr F. Flentje
- Treasurer - Mr W. King
- Committee members - Mrs E. Moore, Mr F. Rogers
(A full Club history is curretly in development.)
- Fixed subscriptions at £1-0-0 adults 5/- students
- Arranged further meetings at the North Ringwood Methodist Hall
- Arranged our first excursion to Henley Road
Honourary Life Members
The Club recognises members who exemplify what could be considered the best qualities of a Ringwood Field Naturalist by awarding an Honourary Life Membership. Those qualities include:
Honourary Life Members (year awarded):
- Commitment to the Club over a long period of time;
- Dedication to the study or knowledge of Australian Natural History, and the passing on of that knowledge to other members;
- Contribution to the Club's success - not only participating in Club activities, but showing initiative and leadership to make the Club a great place;
- Representation of the Naturalist spirit, within the Club, and in the wider community, both among other Field Naturalists and the general public.
|Jack Hyett||1971||Marion King||1998||Alison Rogers||2014
|Bill King||1971||Doug Thomas||1999||Peter Rogers||2014
|Fred Rogers||1975||Ella Thomas||2007||Hazel Veevers||2016
|Gordon Coutts||1975||Phil Daniell||2007||Alan Veevers||2016
|Bruce Fuhrer||1978||Judith Cooke||2007||Ray Wall||2019
|Christine Gray||1978||Cecily Falkingham||2014
Nowadays photography, whether using a simple point-and-shoot camera or a full-frame DLSR with a telephoto lens, is much more accessible
than it was in the past. Lots of our members take great joy in their photography and the Club encourages all members to share their photographs
at our Monthly Meetings.
Thankfully photography has been popular with our members even from the very early days of the Club and we've been able to assemble a collection
of photos from the 1960's right through to present times that shows our members doing what they do best - enjoying nature!
To access the online gallery click here.