Fifth decade of history -2007 to 2017

History of the Traralgon Harriers

History of how the Traralgon Harriers Athletic Club Incorporated was founded including history to date

Fifth decade of history -2007 to 2017

Information supplied by Ian Twite The high and lows of running Athletics Victoria (A.V.) for the Traralgon Harriers the last 23 years (The history of A.V. and the Traralgon Harriers in my days of representing the club in this competition). I started running in 1990 at the age of 35 after I decided to give… Read more »

Mick Bridle Award – Started running at the Harriers around 2003

Information supplied by Lee Graham Mick ran his first Melbourne Marathon in 1979 and went on to run 26 consecutive Melbourne Marathon’s.  Details are a bit sketchy, but it is thought this award started after Mick ran his 2nd or 3rd Melbourne Marathon. Karen Graham (Mick’s daughter who would have only been about 7 or… Read more »


Information supplied by Bruce Salisbury 1997 saw the departure of long time club stalwart and Coach Laurie Edmondstone and the tragic death of well-liked clubman Geoff “Swaggy” Wilson. The club took out the Open and Vet titles at the Coburg 24 hour relay. 1998 saw the official opening of the current Clubrooms at the Westend… Read more »

Third decade of history – 1987 to 1997

Information supplied by Jim Timmer-Arends Jim Timmer-Arends was club President/Secretary from 1987 to 1993.  Taking over the reins from Martin Thompson he played a major part in keeping the club going during the period between 1987 and 1997. Unlucky for Jim, but lucky for the club he was injured 1986/87 and could not run.  In… Read more »

Incorporation of the Club

The Traralgon Harriers became incorporated on the 11th October, 1985. Relevant documents: Minutes of meeting Statement of Proposes Certificate of Incorporation   The Objectives are intended to provide a framework for the club’s programs and activities. Showing the Registered No. 6830 and date of Incorporation 11th October 1985.  

Tribute to Martin Thompson – A founding member of Harriers

Article from the Harriers Weekly Newsletter April 7th 2016 by Geoff Duffell. Vale Martin Thompson (Died 3rd April 2016) Martin Thompson: Harriers founding member, coach and motivator, club administrator, life member, international athlete, teacher, sports scientist. Martin Thompson’s recent passing (3 April) means the loss of one of the most influential figures in the club’s… Read more »

Profile Daphne Thompson

Presented to Daphne Thompson Tribute to Daphne Thompson Notice in Traralgon Harriers newsletter at the time of Daphne’s passing: THOMPSON, Daphne (Died 8 April 1989) Traralgon Harriers Athletics Club Inc. wishes to acknowledge the contribution to athletics made by their life member Daphne Thompson by her active participation in both the Traralgon Women’s Amateur Athletic… Read more »

Profile of Barry G Thompson

Information supplied by Leigh Thompson Barrymore Gilbert THOMPSON born in Bairnsdale 15 June 1926 and died 4 November 1982 in Traralgon. Barry was a builder.  In the 1960’s he was recruited to teach woodwork at Traralgon Technical School.  It was soon discovered that he was a whiz at Mathematics and English so he taught these… Read more »


Certificates were issued for most runs, but the World 24 hour relay certificate where a world record was set by the Traralgon Harriers and signed by Ron Clark is probably the most cherished. Origin of Thursday night runs First pack run for the new Harriers must have been run on Wednesday June 25th, 1967, but… Read more »

Club Colours

The Harriers Uniform is based on the colours of the Arthur Liddiard era (New Zealand) and Palmerston North Athletic Club Colours i.e. basic black with a Silver Fern. The distinctive “T” on the original uniform also originates from St. Paul’s Catholic College (now Lavalla).  This “T” also featured on the white Traralgon Amateur Athletic Club uniform. … Read more »

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