History of the Maltese Club of Victoria
In 1967 the Maltese Club of Victoria was convened by the late Mrs Hilda Dalziel, Mrs Eunice Cooper, Mrs J O'Connor and Mrs Trudy Pamment who drew the names and addresses from the litters registered in the KCC Gazette as an approach to those who maybe interested in forming a Club. These were forwarded with the necessary information to the KCC. The first meeting was held in April 1967.
The elected were -
President: Mr W J Dalziel
Vice Presidents: Mr A Day, Mrs G Pateman
Secretary: Mrs T Pamment
Assistant Secretary: Mrs Joan O'Connor
Treasurer: Mr E E Cooper
Publicity Officer: Mrs Hilda Dalziel
Committee: Mrs V G Anderson, Miss M S Anderson, Miss M Bartlett Mr R Goulding, Mrs W Harrison & Mr B Hutchins
Comment: Mrs Hilda Dalziel knowledge and expertise in the dog world as a Judge, and a All Breeds Club Secretary was invaluable to the less experienced in the Maltese breed to form a Specialist breed Club. Through her ability the Club was granted affiliation, so the MALTESE CLUB of VICTORIA was formed.
The untimely death of Mrs Hilda Dalziel in May 1968 was a great loss to the members of the Club, but her efforts were in not vain as the club worked hard and progressed each year to make the club the success it is today.
1st Open Parade was held at Mr & Mrs Laidler's home at Springvale Vic on April 7th 1968 with an entry of 35 and was a very successful day. The Judge was Mrs Peg Laider.
1st Championship Show was held in October 1968 at the Royal Showgrounds. The Judge was Miss Joyce Butterworth (NSW)
Best in Show - Aust Ch Blizzard Snowsheen - Owned by Mrs T Pamment
Best Opposite In Show - Aust Ch Moswyn Snowraker - Owned by Mrs J Williams (Sire of Aust Ch Blizzard Snowsheen)
Mr & Mrs A Day Welsh Pembroke Corgi breeders were a great help to the club by enabling the club through Mr Day's associations with the Ivanhoe Scouts to gain the use of their Hall and facilities for Members Competitions for many years. It was a good venue and members will remember the happy times they had there.
Mrs Anne Stewart was very generous in her offers of her glorious property in Warrandyte for members Competitions as were Mr & Mrs A Day and Mr & Mrs H Rizzetti of Ivanhoe. The club was indeed fortunate in those days to have so many wonderful people always willing to help the Maltese Club of Victoria prosper.
The breed began to take awards IN GROUPS and IN SHOW awards at ALL BREED Shows and the interest in Maltese began to grow, as did the membership of the Club. Interstate members also became part of the club and many have been members almost since the inception of the club.