Established 1894

The Wallaby Club .Inc

Biographical entry Clapin, Frank L. ( - 1940)



Frank Clapin joined the Wallaby Club in 1905 and maintained his membership until his death in 1940. He was Walks Secretary from 1917 to 1924.


'The first incumbent [as Walks Secretary] was Frank Clapin, who was described by Hart as "a cheery, good tempered New South Welshman . . . affectionately known as the Little Boy from Manly". I have some fellow-feeling for Mr Clapin, since I was born in Sydney and regard myself as cheery and reasonably good-tempered, although, to the best of my knowledge, I have never been referred to as the Little Boy from Northbridge. Moreover, I wonder whether I would qualify for the comment re Clapin who "began the job with the energy and enthusiasm characteristic of him". If anything I remember my concern about the lack of competence for the job.' Charle Proctor, Walks Secretary 1985-1986 [page 108]


1905 - 1940
Membership - Wallaby Club

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Sources used to compile this entry: Attwood, Harold (ed.), The Centenary History of the Wallaby Club, Landscape Publications, Mont Albert, 1993. List of members page 132, additional references page 7, 28, 32, 44, 71, 83, 108, photographs page 21.

Prepared by: Gavan McCarthy

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The Wallaby Club is a Melbourne-based walking club established in 1894 with a strong bias towards good fellowship, talking and an appreciation of both the natural and built environments. Membership is strictly limited and is by invitation only.

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