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Apex Australia's History

Apex History

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The beginning

Apex was formed in Geelong, Victoria in 1931 at the height of the great depression. Three young architects - Ewen Laird, Langham Proud and John Buchan believed that those better placed financially at the time should do their best to help those less fortunate. They banded together to attack problems which could not  be overcome by individuals, and Apex was formed.

Rapid growth

Following the establishment of the Geelong Club, Apex spread quickly, to surrounding provincial cities such as Ballarat, Bendigo, Albury, Warrnambool and Camperdown.

Community service

The first National scheme was in 1935 and was in support of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. From there, Apex has been at the forefront of 'getting things done' in Australia, being heavily involved in distributing free milk to school children, anti-TB X rays, Aboriginal Welfare, Guide Dogs for the Blind, formation of the Australian Association of Civilian Widows and the sponsorship of some 11,000 migrants to Australia through Operation Handclasp. Apex has raised substantial funds for Autism, Foundation 41, Multiple Sclerosis, Cranio Facial Surgery, childhood cancer, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Melanoma. The activities of many of these causes are still funded by the trusts held and administered by the Apex Foundation.    

Local issues

As well as these major national projects, Apex Clubs have had an immeasurable impact on their local communities through their involvement in local projects and activities. Year of the Coach in 1994, Red Nose and Daffodil Day, local fairs, community issues and Clean up Australia Day are just some of the projects Apex Clubs have been involved in with local focus and results.


From these humble beginnings, Apex has grown to now be represented by approximately 400 clubs in communities right across Australia.

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