NSW Junior Farmer/Rural Youth Organisation

01st Apr 2019

Call to former Junior Farmer/Rural Youth members



Permanent recognition of the once thriving NSW Junior Farmer/Rural Youth Organisation is being proposed for Glen Innes later this year.

Former members of the organisation from across northern NSW are being invited attend a public meeting in Glen Innes on Tuesday, April 23, to form an organising committee for the proposed celebrations.

The first junior farmer club in NSW was formed at Glen Innes on November 28, 1928, following creation of a State Council, and appointment of a State Organiser in the year prior under the Department of Education.

In less than 10 months, some 43 clubs had been formed across NSW, with a number being formed within the Glen Innes district, and norther NSW generally.

Convenor of the April 23 public meeting, Jim Griffiths, said a number of former administrators and members were keen to see permanent recognition of the organisation and Glen Innes Club.

“While former members have staged a number of reunions across NSW over the past 20 years, permanent recognition of the organisation has not been achieved.

“This has triggered support from former administrators and members for a celebration and recognition of both the organisation and Glen Innes Club.

“It’s anticipated a reunion of former members would highlight the proposed program, with formal recognition of the organisation and Glen Innes club being the centre-piece of celebrations at the end of November,” he said.

“Across NSW - from Broken Hill to the Sydney suburbs, the Junior Farmer organisation flourished under a club-based structure for 10 to 25 year olds.

“Built around members adopting a “project” of their choice, State leaders saw the structure as promoting the extension of information and new practices across a wide range of agricultural pursuits.

“The structure also provided for young people to become involved in community affairs, ignite a spirit of competition, promote personal development through public speaking, debating, and meeting procedure,” he said.

“Records indicate more than 100,000 young people passed through the organisation from 1928 to 2001, with a further 20,000 club leaders and supporters recorded as contributing to its success.

“A change of name on July 1, 1966, to the Rural Youth Organisation of NSW, was seen as a positive move to increase interest from suburban youth as lifestyle changes, and expanding education options arrived.

“In this period some 31 professional officers were employed as district and area supervisors, along with commercial support from the likes of Ampol, State Bank, P and O Shipping, Bank of NSW, Dunlop Australia, and a host of other supporters,” he said

The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 23, at the Glen Innes Services Club, commencing at 6pm.

Interested people are asked to contact Jim Griffiths on mobile 0427 967 100, or email…bonusdowns@gmail.com

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