The Old English Game Fowl Club of Australia Inc was formed in May 1989.
Dudley Monement was elected as the Club's inaugural president and Keith Dubber was elected as inaugural secretary.
The Club, consisting of 50 enthusiastic members, produced its first newsletter in September 1989 to promote Old English Game fowls and bantams and encourage new members and devotees of this grand old breed described as "the King of fowls".
The Club resolved to acknowledge the authority of Herbert Atkinson, who was responsible for the formation of the Oxford Association in England in 1885, and accept the illustrations of Atkinson as the true interpretation of the standard for Old English Game.
Members of the Club breed to and show under the Australian Poultry Standards 2nd edition, in which Atkinson's illustrations are also depicted as "ideal" examples of Old English Game.
The first show for the club was held at the Lismore showground on July 9, 1990 with an impressive exhibition of 180 entries in each of the eight classes, along with the largest class totalling 38 bantam cockerels which kept judges Eric Dowdle, Theo Gray, Bert Mallett and Athol Pengilly hard at work.
Judges awarded the Champion Bird Of Show to a Bantam grey pullet exhibited by T & L Davis, who have gone on to win this coveted prize a club record 8 times.
The following are the full results from the Club's inaugural 1990 show:
Grand Champion: T & L Davis
Large fowl: Cock (11) 1st N Hing (Black Red), 2nd K Dubber (Black Red), 3rd D Monement (Black Red); Hen (19), 1st R Connor (Black Red), 2nd Gibson Brothers (Black Red), 3rd M Smith (Black Red); Cockerel (11), 1st D Monement (Pile), 2nd D Monement (Black Red), 3rd R Connor (Black Red); Pullet (17), 1st R Connor (Black Red), 2nd Gibson Brothers, 3rd L McPherson.
Bantams: Cock (11), 1st T Wonka (Blue Duckwing), 2nd W Gow (Black Red), 3rd D Monement (Black Red); Hen (18), 1st R Robinson (Pile), 2nd D Monement (Wheaten), 3rd W Gow (Wheaten); Cockerel (38), 1st N Hing (Black Red), 2nd T & L Davis (Black Red), 3rd T Wonka (Silver Duckwing); Pullet (18), 1st T & L Davis (Grey), 2nd D Monement (Wheaten), 3rd K Dubber (Wheaten).
Since that first show, the Club's annual show has grown to now include three divisions in both large fowl and bantams, with numerous colour classes catered for and regularly achieving entries exceeding 800 birds.
The Club has members from every State and Territory in Australia and is proud to be promoting Old English Game on the national stage to ensure the breed remains in good hands in future.
A well-known photo of one of the Old English Game Fowl Club of Australia's founding members Athol Pengilley with a Blue Creel hen.
Former president of the Old English Game Fowl Club of Australia Inc, the late Doug Waugh.
The late and legendary OEG bantam breeder Theo Gray looking over some Wheaten bantam hens with Life Member of the Old English Game Fowl Club of Australia Inc Tony Davis.
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