Our History

After a number of years of flying as the group at Glenelg, Geoff Barron convened a meeting of the 14 people on the 10th August 1956 to form the Holdfast Model Aero Club. The following became financial on the same day:

Cocking, P L Hall, P E Stephenson, W F
Grist, Lindsay R Ingram, J D Stephenson, Don W
Godfrey, Douglas Potter, E M Sheehan, Robert D
Hall, G B Potter, T F Schumacher, A L


A constitution was adopted and election of the first office bearers and the results as follows:

President W F Stephenson Committee Mr. Grist (sen)
Vice President P L Cocking Lindsay Grist
Secretary/Treasurer E M Potter Trevor Potter
SAAA Delegates E M Potter Robert Sheehan
G W Barron


Fees were set at Seniors $2.25 Juniors $1.50 & Social $0.50.

Mr. Potter offered to continue to host meetings in his garage. The club accepted the offer.

At this time the club consisted of mainly junior flyers with the average age less than 20.

The now legendary BEE was designed in 1951 by Geoff Barron and at about 1962-63 was adopted as the Club Logo following changes made by a professional artist.

The Club bought Ether, Methanol, Castor Oil and manufactured fuel for sale to members and several other popular consumable items with the view to saving money for the members. This practice has continued over the years, although we no longer manufacture fuel.

Many contests were flown, and trophies presented for Chuck Glider and Control Line events. Radio Control started to appear in the early sixties.

Flying sites were many with most eventually being lost due to noise. They include Brighton Primary School, West Beach, Colley Reserve & Morphettville Race Course. Over the years the club has moved many times for various reasons, but since the late 1970’s has been at the current site at Corner Majors Rd & Ocean Boulevard, O’Halloran Hill. This land is leased from the State Govt. and has been the most permanent in the history of the Club.

The Club has continued to foster new flyers over the years to current times where we have a very professional team of instructors to teach Radio Control. Many have progressed to the highest level of success in their chosen category of Model Flying. Radio Control has taken over from the Control line, however we still have enthusiasts who continue Control Line and Free Flight Modeling.

Holdfast MAC flying field in the mid seventies located at Noarlunga. Photo courtesy David Whitten

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