A Tribute Page


Vale Fred Darling, 1926 - 2017

The President received this letter from Fred's son Mike Darling-

Dear Club members

I write to advise you of the sad but not unexpected passing of Austin 7 Club Life Member Fred Darling. Over recent years, ongoing health issues have taken their toll and many of you would have seen Fred becoming increasingly frail.

Not daunted, his determination to remain independent at home continued unabated, until another recent fall saw the medical authorities insist on 24 hour care. Surprisingly, dad managed the transition well, seemingly finally aware that the move was in his best interests.

After only three weeks in his new home, where A7 photos and trophies featured heavily, he passed away quietly in his sleep on the evening of Sunday 5th of November. For family reasons Fred was cremated privately this week with no formal service.

As someone who grew up around the club, attending events as a child with many of the founding members, I’m proud to acknowledge the huge part the Austin 7 club family played in Fred’s life and the many lasting friendships formed during his uninterrupted membership of more than 60 years.

On behalf of my sisters, Lynne, Chris and Carole, I thank you, the members, for your friendship and support of dad, particularly after the loss of “Bernie”, his wife. The colour change of dad’s beloved Ruby Roadster, from traditional cream to red, was for mum, who’d always wanted a red sports car. Having dismantled it in the front yard during my high school holidays I’m glad that with your help she eventually got her wish.

The last club event Fred attended was the recent visit to the Moorabbin Air Museum. Those who were there or who saw his photo on the cover of the September Light Shaft will know how much that day meant to him.

Finally, you should know that Dad had an enormous sense of pride about the way the club has developed and strengthened, particularly the financial independence and stability achieved in recent years. Long may it continue!


The Committee and members of the Austin 7 Club are deeply saddened by the passing of Fred, who had been an active part of the Club since he joined in 1951.

He regularly participated in Club events over many years and always attended club meetings, latterly with the support of his son Mike.

The Club will not be the same without his friendly face and cheery comments.

The Austin 7 Club extends deepest sympathy to Mike, and all Freds family and friends.

*A Club memorial tribute will be placed in The Age, Tuesday 21st November.

*The Emerald Uniting Church, Emerald Monbulk Rd, Emerald will be holding a memorial Service for Fred at 2 pm Sunday 26th November



Vale Trevor Cole, 01-08-1923  10-12-2016

The Committee and all members of the Austin 7 Club are greatly saddened by the passing of Trevor, who was a part of the Club since the 50’s.

He was always ready with some comment from the front row at our Monthly General Meetings and will be remembered as a race driver to the very end.

His input to the Club will be greatly missed - the Saturday Barbeques won't be the same.

The Austin 7 Club extends their deepest sympathy to Kimberley, family and friends.

His daughter Kimberly arranged to hold a celebration for all Trevor's many friends at the Clubrooms on Saturday 29th April 2017-


SatI Trevor Cole- a celebration