The Origins of The Ionian Clubs
Mrs Phyllis McDonald formed the first Ionian Club on 3rd October 1946. As a newcomer to Launceston, Phyllis felt the need for a club where other newcomers in similar circumstances could be assisted in establishing themselves through sharing their cultural and social interests.
Phyllis McDonald chose the name Ionian from a Greek word descriptive of an Hellenic race of people who occupied the Attica, establishing colonies there. The district was then named Iona. These people had brought with them their art, their intellectual interests and their cultures.
The Adelaide Ionian Club
Mrs Gwen McPhee and Mrs Qwen Stubbs formed the Adelaide Ionian Club on 30th July 1969. Twenty-five members were present at the inaugural meeting which was held at the Hotel Australia, North Adelaide.
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