Gaza Sports & Community Club
If you’ve travelled along North East Road at any time you will have no doubt seen this sporting community club in Klemzig with the rather unusual name.
It started life at the turn of the century as Klemzig Football Club however, by 1917, in the middle of World War 1, it was Gazetted that all towns in South Australia with German names would be changed on 10 January 1918 to Australian names.
Klemzig became Gaza in recognition of the servicemen who had been interred at the Gaza War Cemetery. Units of the Australian Light Horse fought many battels in the Gaza area before eventually winning the day.
In 1935, the suburb reverted to Klemzig but the members of the Gaza football and cricket clubs voted unanimously to retain the name Gaza in perpetuity.
The club today remains at the same site and boasts 3 senior men’s teams, an under 18, a senior women’s team and an under 14, junior teams from under 9s to under 14s and 45 registered for Auskick.
A big thank you to Gary for the tour and providing the history.
He’s been involved in the club since the age of 8 and had many a tale to tell!