The need for organised social functions catering for the early Sri Lankan (Ceylonese) community in Brisbane was felt in many quarters and Eric Ferdinands was the pioneer who organised a New Year’s Eve Dance in Redcliffe in 1960. Following Eric’s footsteps was Fred Foenander who organised Socials and New Year’s Eve Dances on the Southside.
In 1969, a committee consisting of Eric Ferdinands, Fred Foenander, Eustace Fernando, Frank Vander Straaten, Denis Noble, Ivor Ephraims, Stanley Anthoniszand Leslie Ephraims was responsible for organising several socials and a very successful New Year’s Eve Dance.
In 1970 at the request of many interested people it was decided that the committee go ahead with plans for the formation of a club. At a meeting of the founder members on the 30th May 1970 it was decided to name the organisation “The Silver Fawn Club”.
At the first meeting of the founder members of the Club held on 10th June 1970, the following Office Bearers were elected for the charter year of the Club:
President Eustace Fernando Vice Presidents Eric Ferdinands Fred Foenander Secretary Leslie Ephraims Treasurer Denis Noble Management Committee Frank Vander Straaten Stanley Anthonisz Ivor Ephraims
At the end of the first year of the Club’s existence, 108 members had been enrolled and this figure was doubled in the next year and the membership currently stands at over 350, the majority of which are family members.
A feature of the Club is that it caters for members of all ages, creed or races and people of all walks of life and it could be described as a family club.
The Club has progressed from strength to strength over the years and was incorporated on 11 June 1987 giving endless hours of entertainment, fellowship and enjoyment to all members. The Club is most fortunate that throughout the years the committee has consisted of office bearers who have been very devoted, freely giving their time and best efforts. This commitment continues to this very day without which the Club will cease to exist.