From the Archives - Lord Somers Camp and Power House


From the Archives

The Power House Archives Group meets weekly to work on capturing and restoring both the cultural and physical heritage of Lord Somers Camp and Power House. The mission for Archives is people today reconstructing yesterday, people tomorrow reconstructing today and building bridges for people between time and place. This is achieved through managing the selection of non-current records for physical preservation and storage, together with the documentation, recording and retrieval of material.

Next week on the Eve of ANZAC Day, we will be taking some time to pay our respects to those who served our country with a service at Power House in Albert Park. During war times our Somers Campsite served as a training site for the RAAF. Additionally, following the announcement of WW2, the LSC&PH Auxiliary turned the Power House Clubhouse into a space for servicemen to come together and share food, participate in activities and partake in dance classes. Thanks to a close link with Kodak at the time, LSC&PH were able to arrange for servicemen to obtain two photos and one negative of themselves which could then be sent home to their loved ones, for free. The card accompanying the photo had on one side photos of the activities run out of the Clubhouse and the other a message from the Camp Chief at the time, Dr. C. Gordon McAdam.

This photograph comes to you with the compliments and good wishes of “Power House.” “Power House” is a club consisting of all those youths from industries and great public schools who have been selected for and passed through an annual Lord Somers’ Camp, at Somers, Victoria. The Camp was founded twelve years ago on similar lines to H.M. the King’s Camp in Britain, and aims at bringing together young men from every walk in life, so that they may learn to understand on another’s view point and to appreciate one another’s worth. With this understanding and appreciation they work and play in “Power House” for the common good and National advancement.

“Power House” as one of its efforts towards the winning of the War has thrown open its Club House at Albert Park, Melbourne, to all men of the fighting services who have nothing to do on Sundays. Many facilities are provided – meals, hot showers, games of every description, concert parties, dancing […], car rides round Melbourne, beds in private homes on Saturday nights, pedicure, mending, washing, reading and writing material, the taking of photographs to be sent to relatives and friends, and assistance in any difficulty. Everything is free. “Power House” finds the necessary funds from its own resources. A greater part of the organisation and work is provided by “Power House” Auxiliary – a band of wonderful men and women, the parents and relatives of “Power House” members – who in this War are doing their bit. You can be sure your man is well looked after in Melbourne every Sunday.


Camp Chief and President “Power House”