The first Tennis Club in the Pine Shire

1910s early to mid Silverwood Factory Tennis Court - Pfrunders

March 2017 Dayboro Calendar Photograph
Early to mid 1910s – The couple in the foreground are David Pfrunder, Manager of the Silverwood Butter Factory, and his wife Sarah.
Photo courtesy of Stephen Pfrunder, Grandson of David Pfrunder

The first Tennis Club in the Pine Shire (later Pine Rivers Shire now Moreton Bay Regional Council) was formed at Samsonvale in 1905 with about 12 or 14 members.  In 1907 the staff of the Silverwood Butter Factory at Terrors Creek built a court on the factory site and formed a club which was probably the second in the Shire. 

The Brisbane Courier of Wednesday 14th April 1909 records:

            “…A very successful tennis match was played between Terror’s Creek and the Basin Club (Kobble’s Creek) at Terror’s Creek on Monday.  The Terror’s Creek Club won by 46 games…”

David Pfrunder was appointed Manager of the Samson Vale Butter Factory following its purchase by Messrs. Denham & Reid (Silverwood Dairy Factory Company Limited) in 1901, later becoming manager of the new Butter Factory at Terrors Creek when it opened on 14th September 1903.

David Pfrunder left the district in September 1916 to take up a fruit farm at Stanthorpe.