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News || August 2008

The Rotary Club of Nerang, Brisbane, Australia

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The Rotary Foundation
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Nerang Club
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Gold Coast City Council
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Lions Clubs International
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Apex Clubs of Austrailia
On behalf of the Rotary Club, a past President of the Rotary Club of Nerang, Brisbane, Austrailia, has contacted Kenfig.org Local Community Group seeking assistance from ourselves regarding the association with the 'Maid of Sker' paddle steamer and our local history with Sker House and the Maid(s) of Sker at Kenfig.
In 1975 the Nerang Rotary Club undertook a restoration project to locate the paddle steamer 'Maid of Sker' in a local park.

Maid of Sker - Australian Connection
Maid of Sker Paddle Steamer c.1900
Image: Courtesy Gold Coast City Council Library Services
Maid of Sker - Australian Connection
Maid of Sker Paddle Steamer c.1970
Image: Courtesy Gold Coast City Council Library Services
Volunteers from Rotary, Lions and Apex took a rusted hull and transformed it into a civic landmark that in the years since has been featured by many groups and organisations in their logos and has become a focus of civic pride and celebration.
The "Maid of Sker" was relocated to a more prominent location in the same park in 2003 and the Gold Coast City Council contracted a maritime history organization to undertake further restoration work.
The Rotary Club of Nerang are producing a book telling the story of the 'Maid of Sker' paddle steamer and also wish to integrate aspects of the history of Sker House and the connections of the Maid(s) of Sker from South Wales into this written dialogue - permission has been sought to reproduce some of the information about Sker House for this book to include images historic and present from the Kenfig.org website.
A visitor information centre is due to open in early 2009 in the same park as the 'Maid of Sker' paddle steamer in Nerang and as the Rotary Club operates as a not for profit community service club any proceeds of any book sales will be used for future community projects to include the establishment and maintenance of the visitor information centre.
Source: Kenfig.org Local Community Group