There is no Annual Report for this year.

The Florence Institute News

January 1945

The newsletter was now called the ‘Florrie News Sheet’ , and began by describing Florrie house matches at which rivalry was most intense in the sport of basketball. It also recorded that inter-club football matches were to take place against Old Swan Boys’ Club.

The newsletter gave an update on formation of The Boys’ Council which would consist of twelve members, eight of whom would be voted for by secret ballot, and four co-opted by the Council itself. It was decided at the meeting that the Florrie would ‘adopt J. Catterall (Norman Catterall’s brother) who was a Prisoner of War in Germany.’

It gave special news of Florrie Old Boys, being glad to welcome Old Boys on army leave back to the Institute, and received letters from lads in service. Lou Burnett of H.M.S. Venerable wrote ‘I would give anything to be back there doing the things we used to do, Gym, Billiards, Table-tennis, Basketball..Lots of luck to the Florrie lads..’ and Coops Edwards of H.M.S. Chaser writes to congratulate members who took part in the boxing tournament, ‘The boys in the Club are still keeping the old Club Florrie in its proper position which is always TOPS.’

November 1945

This newsletter gave report of well-travelled Old Boys from around the globe: ‘As we go to press R.Gorst has appeared in the Editor’s Office after a trip to British Guiana…We hear that Teddy Traynor is back in Sydney after being in Tokio Bay. In the Australian Theatre we have a number of other Old Boys, including Billy, Downey, Coopes, Edwards, Les Cleugh and Dave Williams.’ 


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