A BRIEF HISTORY ABOUT
THE RUSSIAN CLUB
Russian Club will be 92 this year. Back in 1924 it started on a very modest scale with a few expatriates who came to these shores and who wanted to have means of getting together in some place where they could speak in their language and have opportunity to fulfl their needs to retain cultural identity. They hired small room in George Street, Sydney and began long journey into the future.
It hasn’t changed much until arrival of groups of refugees from Europe who happened to be displaced persons after the end of second world war.But the numbers were still quite small.
The main boost club received when Russian people who lived in China began to arrive here in their thousands. It happened in early ffties. The club needed bigger premises and purchased a property in Strathfeld where after some renovations it was quite acceptable to call it home.Strathfeld in those days was a popular area for Russian people to settle. The Russian Orthodox Cathedral was not far from the club and on Sundays after the (church?) service people would fock to the club to have lunch of traditional borsch, piroshki, blini, pelmeni etc. They would have chance to exchange news, gossip and so on.
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To accommodate growing number of people club embarked on a number of renovations and extensions. Those of course in reality were a kind of patch up jobs and in the late eighties there was a decision to let a developer to build on club’s land multi storey units block in exchange for incorporating new club premises on the ground foor of the new building. The project was completed in 1994 and since then the club has its own new premises
Over the years club maintained very reach cultural life. Concerts, drama theatres, choirs, dance studious, meetings and functions of all possible imaginations. Today apart from club’s own programs it offers premises for hire to the community at large.