A Brief History
Around 1965, a search for a parcel of land was finally realised when in May of 1966, seven acres at Bonnyrigg was purchase for 4500 pounds, where today stand the Bonnyrigg Sports Club (Serbian Centre Club).
Within several years, plans had been prepared to accommodate a soccer field and several plans would be prepared to build a new Club. The majority of the construction work would be done between 1979 and 1985. The volunteer workforce and a significant number of donations contributed to the realisation of this “Serbian House”.
In 1986 the Serbian Soccer Club “Avala White Eagles” (formed in 1968) would become a permanent fixture of the Bonnyrigg land. Their clubhouse and stadium were built between 1992-1996.
An additional parcel of land (3 acres) on the western boundary was purchased in 2001. By 2003 plans were again being considered to renovate and extend parts of the Serbian Centre. Internal works and additions, including outside redesign would be undertaken.
The newly renovated Club was re-opened on 1st October 2005, trading as Bonnyrigg Sports Club. In 2009, the Bonnyrigg Sports club announced that it is looking at other key strategies to expand the services and operations of the premises to meet the growing needs of its members.
2017 will see additional renovations in order to maintain a modern facility for the community.
For more infomation please see A short History of The Movement of Serbian Chetniks Ravne Gore 1954-2014
The Serbian National Centre in Australia trading as the Bonnyrigg sports Club would like to acknowledge and show gratitude to the following twelve founding members for all their perseverance, loyalty and exertion in establishing our organisation, which was officially registered on 22nd February 1983.
The legacy and aspirations of the original 12 Founding Members will forever be enshrined and remembered by previous, current and future Club Directors, Members and their Guests.
- Richard Dragan Tosich
- Veljko Travica
- Bozo Dragisic
- Kosta Nedeljkovic
- Obrad Popovic
- Krsto Romic
- Nikola Mirich
- Duro Vrankovic
- Drago Ribic
- Duro Radan
- Dusan Rsovac
- Petar Plavsic
The Bonnyrigg Sports Club would also like to acknowledge and thank the Vukmirica family and in particular Simo and the late Lazar for all their support in the early land acquisition process and establishment of the Club premises.
|Vice President||Nick Maric|
|General Manager||Wayne McFayden|