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Wednesday November 15, 2017
The old Nimmitabel Tennis Building
has had an interesting history but
what happens in it today? Peter and
Myrtle Evans have compiled a piece
of Nimmity’s history, in hope to
see the building being utilised one
day. Here is information they have
The Bombala Street block of land
where the building was originally
located was first occupied by a
wheelwright and ironically located
close to where David Wicks had his
tennis court. The Poole Brothers
later purchased the block of land
and had the three-roomed building
erected on to the land (known today
as the Nimmitabel Tennis Building).
The front larger room was used for
display of stock and station supplies
such as drenches and shearing
requisites. The rear room was their
office from which they conducted
their real estate and auctioneering
business. There was a small room
off to the side which was used as a
Andy Poole lived on the south
west corner of Boyd and Clarke
Streets. He later moved to Tathra
and a street has since been
named after him. Les Poole lived
directly opposite Andy in Clarke
Street. Several people occupied
the premises over the years but
eventually the business along with
Andy Poole’s house, was sold to
Sydney Hope Harnet. Hope, as he
was known by the locals, would be
seen each morning in his pyjamas
and dressing gown out on the street
calling and feeding the magpies.
Sadly, Hope passed away and
the property was left to a woman
in Sydney. Peter and Myrtle were
unsure who this mystery woman
was but believe it was a relative.
“We think she was Andy’s
sister but she may have been his
daughter,” Peter said. Sadly, on
one occasion, the building was
broken into and vandalised. Old
newspapers and invoice books
were strewn around a fire had burnt
a big hole in the floor.
Peter and Myrtle had contacted
the lady in Sydney and arranged to
travel up to Vaucluse in Sydney and
“We pleaded a case that the
young people of Nimmitabel had
nowhere to gather and that the
building would eventually be burnt
down with no buyers interested in
its purchase,” Myrtle said.
“After four hours of negotiation,
she agreed to us having the building
for $100 (we think) on the clear
understanding that while it could
be used for other groups, it was
specifically for the use and benefit
of the youth of Nimmitabel.”
further requirement was that
the block of land had to be left
clean... Peter recalls this part
of the story well.
“On the block was a very old
weatherboard garage. With
my propensity for getting into
strife, we reversed the truck
into it, jacked it up a foot off
the ground and trundle it off
down to where we were living
in Boyd Street. I had a ready
built a garage. Fine, except
a couple of weeks later, a big
wind came up and it totally
collapsed on my good car
going quite a bit of damage,”
Peter and Myrtle can’t
remember how they came up
with the funds to purchase the
block, but believe they may
have received assistance from the
Country Club. Volunteers helped
move the building to its present site
with the blessing of Monaro Shire
Council and with equipment being
supplied by Stove Bros and John
Jardine. Peter said he is trying to
recount who was responsible for
the connection of power and water.
The first president of the Youth
Club was Jenny O’Reilly (Evans).
Dances were held on Friday nights.
A table tennis set was provided,
soft drinks were available, also
coffee, tea and biscuits. For several
months, Ray O’Reilly instructed a
group of young men in martial arts.
When the class got too big for the
room he had to relocate to the hall.
The Club operated and had great
use for two years, until the place
was vandalised by a family who had
just moved to town.
Things were stolen, alcohol
was brought on to the premises
and sadly the use of drugs were
suspected in the building. During
the Friday night dances, people had
their personal belongings stolen.
The environment was such that
a decision was made to close it
It saw some use by the tennis
club in later years and today it is
mainly used as storage. Though,
the old Nimmitabel Tennis building
is still there and is still the property
of the young people of Nimmitabel.
“Perhaps someday, a group of the
young will be formed such as Girl
Guides, Scouts or Police Boys and
bring the building back to life?”
Peter and Myrtle said.
Bombala gearing up for annual bike show weekend
The Bombala Bike Show is set to welcome hundreds of
riders into the area this coming weekend, so make sure you
get along to the Bombala Exhibition Ground to soak up all of
motorcycles, music and mayhem on offer.
You can almost hear them coming now! A massive swarm of
bikes roaring into the area for the Bombala Bike Show, which
will burst into life this coming Saturday, November 18.
Of course the Show n Shine will be the backbone of the
Bike Show again this year, with hundreds of gleaming bikes
lining up to be admired and judged.
You’ll have the chance to vote for your favourite in the ultra
popular People’s Choice Award, and there’ll be a large series
of trophies up for grabs for the most impressive machines.
Visitors can drool over everything from the painted up
Harleys to Japanese and Euro bikes, with a fascinating mix
of vintage, trail bikes and even trikes on show. And that’s only
mentioning a few!
Once you’ve spent some time looking the bikes over and
talking to some of the owners, there’s plenty more to see and
do, with top of the list being meeting the stars of the cult biker
This is a big boon for this year’s Bombala Bike Show, with
both Sandy and Zonk from the film coming along to meet with
For those not in the know, Stone is a 1974 Australian biker
film written, directed and produced by Sandy Harbutt. It was
a low budget movie by company Hedon Productions, but was
wildly popular, and is said to have inspired ‘Mad Max’. Even
the likes of Quentin Tarantino sing the film’s praises!
And if you’re not a fan yet, there’ll be a newly released
batch of DVDs and merchandise on offer
to familiarise yourself with, so be sure to
get the ‘Stone’ stars’ signatures right here
in Bombala. This is a rare chance not to be
Back to the Bike Show itself, the crowd
pleasing Burn Out Competition has been
revamped this year, offering a huge $4000
in cash prizes, along with a more structured
format and proper judges.
There’ll also be a big selection of stalls
adding to the event, whether you’re
interested in checking out the latest
motorcycle models and gear, or are just keen to wander
through and do some market shopping – and eating!
Even the kids have been catered for this year, with lots of
entertainment and rides on offer, while there’ll be live music
right throughout the event, featuring Frock n Troll, Chris
Harland Blues Band, The Justice Bureau and Rock or Be
So what else can they throw in? How about the chance to
win a brand new motorbike? A stunning Triumph Thunderbird
Storm will be raffled off on the day, with limited tickets still
available for a 1 in 500 chance of winning.
Yep, we’re in for a big weekend at the Bombala Bike Show,
so make sure you rock up to the Bombala Exhibition Ground
this coming Saturday - or Friday if you’re keen to camp out –
and make the most of the motorcycles, music and mayhem
Still want to find out more? You can check out the Bombala
Bike Show Facebook page, or simply rock up to Bombala this
coming weekend and start soaking up the atmosphere!
If these walls could talk
The history of beautiful old Nimmitabel Tennis Building. Today the building
remains property of the young people of Nimmitabel.
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