St George’s Club had another story to tell for the idea of having a second club in the city met with some opposition. It was believed that the city could not support two clubs, but the younger generation persisted for they felt the need for a social club more suitable to their years where they could meet and relax without having the disdainful comments and “critical eyes” of their more staid elders.
It appears several meetings were held already dating from 1866, but nothing concrete eventuated. In fact during the second meeting there was an uproar which prompted the scribe to note the meeting had ended with damage being done “to both limb and property” which today would be described riotous and unruly with damaging results.
The younger set and those “younger at heart” continued to support the plan and eventually in 1892 it all came together with Mr MM Loubser as the first president of the St George’s Club which opened in suitable premises on Castle Hill.
A glittering inaugural dinner was held on the 17th March, 1892 and once again the Prince Alfred’s Guard brass band provided the music. Apparently, during the evening the merriment included some lusty singing by some of the guests. This was cheerfully overlooked by the committee, but at the following meeting a resolution was passed stating “singing in the dinning room would only be allowed once a month and then only when the tables were cleared”.
The “implied boisterousness” actually added to the success of the dinner and evening for it became talk of the town. However, the whole evening appeared “to have been conducted with acceptable decorum” except for the story of the burger, bearded and of sizable proportions, who, due to having imbibed liberally, found he could not mount his horse. How he arrived in the stables after he fell will never be known but he blissfully slept with the horses.
The St George’s Club moved from its first leased premises to a site at the top of Western Road and later to the beautiful building in Park Drive, where it ran successfully until 1998.