History of The Golden Retriever Cub of South Australia

The first registered Golden Retrievers to arrive in South Australia came from the United Kingdom with Mr and Mrs S F Armfield when they emigrated early in 1950. They were Alexander of Arbrook (Alex) and Kristina of Kuldana (Bonny).

The first litter of Golden Retrievers to be bred in South Australia was by Alex out of Bonny under the Swakeleys prefix of Mr and Mrs Armfield, whelped on 23rd December, 1950. There were 5 males and 3 females.

In November 1971, 51 Golden enthusiasts held the inaugural meeting of the Golden Retriever Club of South Australia Inc.

In November 1996, 25 years later, the Club hosted the First National Golden Retriever Championship Show to be held in Australia. The Golden Retriever National Breed Council was established in 1995 at the instigation of the Golden Retriever Club of South Australia.

Membership as at 31st December 2002 reached 454, thus making this one of the largest Breed Specialty Clubs in South Australia.

Membership Numbers as at December 2009 were 316. 127 of these are Volunteers with the Community Visitors Scheme.

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The GRC of SA also circulates a club newsletter 'The Golden Era', this is sent to members on alternate months and includes items of general interest to all Golden Retriever owners.

If you are interested in learning more about the History of Goldens in South Australia. A book has been published by the Club from the beginnings of Goldens in South Australia in the 1950's to 1996. This book has a host of information gathered from old records and recollections including lists of Golden Achievers, breeders etc. The author of the book is Josephine Eatts.

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