|About||Founded in 1909 the club is the "Premier" Snapper Club of Victoria and, being just 10 minutes from the CBD, is perfect for weddings & parties of all types|
1909 – In the Beginning
Just after the turn of the century, ten anglers and yachtsmen in the area decided to form a club and build a boathouse. Some of the names were Richard (Dick) Williams, Fred Twentyman, and Bill Omes. (Also the 1st president)
Early talks were held in the old bandstand, which was located, where the present kiosk stands today. Further meetings were held in a loft at the back of a Mrs. Gilchrist’s house in Victoria Avenue on the corner of Lt. Page Street. These early meetings resulted in a public meeting being called and to be held in the Continental Cafe at the northeast corner of Kerferd Road and Beaconsfield Pde. The foundation members agreed to build a clubhouse and to put in £2 each to pay for timber, nails etc.
The meeting held on Thursday night, 27th March 1909, was attended by The Mayor and Councilors and a fee of 5/-was set. Members also attended a meeting held on the 15th May 1909 at the South Melbourne Town Hall for the purpose of advocating a £5000 extension to the Kerferd Road Pier or to put on a T-piece to make a boat harbor.
The Clubhouse was built on stumps rammed into the sand and back filled with broken bricks. The floor of the club was made from hardwood flooring with a sizeable gap in the planks. During a storm many mussels were washed up under the club and after a few days the smell became unbearable. It was decided to cover the front of the building in broken brick.
For many weeks, Dill Hannerbry used his horse and cart to collect brickbats (leftovers from building sites), and place them at the front of the club. He sold his horse and drank the proceeds and then later sold his cart for the same purpose. Bill was said to be the only man in the club to drink his horse and cart.
Pier at night
The formal opening of APYAC, the only angling club between St. Kilda and Williamstown, took place on October 9th 1909 and about 2000 spectators attended. The club flag was hoisted and a meeting adjourned at t