In the Beginning
It all began in 1978 when a few bowhunters got together on Keith Perren's property, located on Old Bay Road, on the outskirts of Deception Bay.
These few people gathered to practice their bowhunting skills. On the 27th of June 1978 the Killen family, Parren family and Tim Stone discussed the possibility of the formation of an archery club for the areas on the northern outskirts.
Their main aim was to provide a club where members could meet and practice all three forms of archery such as target, field and bowhunting.
After placing an advertisement in the local paper they met with other archers from Deception Bay and surrounding areas and following a meeting on the 29th of June the Northern District Archers Association (NDAA) was born.
Club members of the NDDA enjoyed shooting and BBQ's on Keith Parren's property, but it became obvious that the club could not stay here indefinitely. So in the early 1980, in a drive around all the back roads of the Pine Rivers shire (as it then was) Barry Killen the Lakeside Bowmen's present site.
Approaches to and negotiations with the Shire resulted in the NDAA being given a 25 year lease on 1st July 1980.
Then the hard work commenced, of clearing enough land for a car park and camping area, and to build a club house on.
At that stage the practice range was where the present Red Range target 1 is. We were lucky enough to have as club members Kevin Maller and his brother, Chris Maller, who were registered builders, and it was them, assisted by club members at constant working bees (no OHS rules applied in those days about fluro safety vests, hard hats or steel capped boots) who helped design and build the present club house. One of our other members, Gary Wilson was a bricklayer by trade, and his skills and expertise in laying many courses of blockwork helped the club house become a reality quickly.
A gallery of old images set about the first two years of the start of the club, if you know anyone in these pictures then let us know. (Click here)