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Memories and Stories of St Clair Recreation Centre

Official inspection of Indusfair 1968 by Prime Minister John Gorton.

The St Clair Recreation Centre opened in 1962. It was South Australia’s first major youth centre and indoor sports stadium. Originally the headquarters of the South Australia Youth Club, the centre soon ‘settled in to regular provision for youth sports and activities such as basketball, squash, skating, judo and dancing’.

During the 1960s the Centre hosted a Saturday Night Dance. It was the largest dance in Adelaide and regularly drew crowds of more than 1000 people. New Year’s Eve would attract 2,500 revellers. Radio station 5DN broadcast an hour of live music from the dance each week.

The centre was the preferred Adelaide performance venue for visiting interstate artists, including the Bee Gees, the Deltones, Johnny Farnham, Little Patty, Judy Stone, Rick May, and Masters Apprentices.

The Centre was also famous for its roller skating and Blue Light Discos. In more recent years, the Centre positioned itself as key recreational and sporting facility in western Adelaide.

While the Centre will be revitalised into a larger stadium as part of the creation of the St Clair Recreational Precinct, the original building will continue to live on in the hearts and memories of the many people who have played, danced, skated, celebrated and commiserated on its wooden floors over the last 55 years.

Share your stories and memories of the St Clair Recreation Centre here.

Our photographic history of the Centre is limited - we would love to hear from you if you have photos that you are willing to share with us: llacey@charlessturt.sa.gov.au

The St Clair Recreation Centre opened in 1962. It was South Australia’s first major youth centre and indoor sports stadium. Originally the headquarters of the South Australia Youth Club, the centre soon ‘settled in to regular provision for youth sports and activities such as basketball, squash, skating, judo and dancing’.

During the 1960s the Centre hosted a Saturday Night Dance. It was the largest dance in Adelaide and regularly drew crowds of more than 1000 people. New Year’s Eve would attract 2,500 revellers. Radio station 5DN broadcast an hour of live music from the dance each week.

The centre was the preferred Adelaide performance venue for visiting interstate artists, including the Bee Gees, the Deltones, Johnny Farnham, Little Patty, Judy Stone, Rick May, and Masters Apprentices.

The Centre was also famous for its roller skating and Blue Light Discos. In more recent years, the Centre positioned itself as key recreational and sporting facility in western Adelaide.

While the Centre will be revitalised into a larger stadium as part of the creation of the St Clair Recreational Precinct, the original building will continue to live on in the hearts and memories of the many people who have played, danced, skated, celebrated and commiserated on its wooden floors over the last 55 years.

Share your stories and memories of the St Clair Recreation Centre here.

Our photographic history of the Centre is limited - we would love to hear from you if you have photos that you are willing to share with us: llacey@charlessturt.sa.gov.au

Thank you for sharing your story with us. 

To find out more about the exciting future for the St Clair Recreation Precinct visit: http://www.charlessturt.sa.gov.au/StClair


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  • 3 decades

    by Kozi, 28 days ago

    Watching my dad train who was Mr SA as a kid in the 70s will always be with me. Playing basketball in the 80s and 90s usually 4 days a week and at the top level with great teammates was a fantastic time of my life.The bar was a great social area.ISt Clair was my 2nd home for 3 decades !

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  • Skate family

    by Skatergirl, about 1 month ago

    I began my journey at St Clair recreation centre by roller skating there  regularly every weekend . It was only there that my family and I met a bunch of amazing people who we found ourselves skating with regularly , the friends we made , the fun we had and all the laughs are forever irreplaceable . St Clair was an amazing environment , it was great to have a place so secure like another home with people sorrounding you who are like your second family . 

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  • Learning to skate 2015

    by BenP, about 1 month ago
    My Daughter of 5 went to a skating birthday party and cried and cried because she was so scared of rolling. I didn't want her to get a complex so I took her every week and we learnt together. We skated there almost every weekend for the next 2 years. We met a lot of good friends that we still skate with. We had a lot of fun and I lost a lot of weight. The more we learnt the faster we went, enjoying speed skating and all the games. I was able to teach my youngest daughter to skate... Continue reading

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  • My life at St Clair

    by Belly#7, about 2 months ago

    I have been going to St Clair since I was 5 years old when my mother and uncle played basketball back in the day. I started playing when I was 6 years old and have kept playing there till my last game only a few weeks ago this place has so many memories for me I used to work as a young 15yr old behind the bar where the Squash courts used to be John Tulloch was the bar person who I looked up to and he taught me alot about people and growing up as I never had a... Continue reading

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  • Finding Love at St.Clair

    by Jodie Bell, about 2 months ago

    There are a lot of people that have found love at St.Clair. Many have either meet their now partners there or have taken their partners on dates. I found my husband of 21 years at St.Clair where we use to play and umpire basketball many nights of the week it was like our home away from home. That is what it was like for a lot of us. Many of us think of St.Clair as our own the amount of time spent here forming friendship that last for forever. We are thankful for the redevelopment as it definitely needs it... Continue reading

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  • St.Clair Christmas Carnival

    by Jodie Bell, about 2 months ago

    I would like to share an event which is a big part of St.Clair with everyone.

    BSA~St.Clair Christmas Carnival

    We have held the Annual Basketball Christmas Carnival since 1976 where it started as only a junior carnival. This ran for many years and then seniors were introduced around 2009 . Basketball SA now runs the carnival and is played the weekend of the kids break up for school this year December 15th, 16th & 17th . (Friday evening, Saturday all day & Sunday most of the day)

    When the carnival first started it only needed to... Continue reading

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