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About the Demo Club


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About the Demo Club


The Barrier Social Democratic Club (The Demo Club) is centrally located in the heart of Broken Hill and provides a welcoming friendly atmosphere in which travellers and locals alike can relax or meet with friends.

Our family friendly Dining Room and Bistro is 8am with Lunch (12pm to 2pm) and Dinner (6pm to 8:30pm) everyday of the week. Enjoy our first class bar facilities and TAB lounge in a comfortable and friendly environment, or indulge yourself at our coffee shop with a delicious selection of sandwiches and cakes to suit any taste.  You can relax while the kids are entertained in our outdoor playground and video games area.

There is always something happening at the Demo Club, including regular prize draws and raffles, so whether you are a local or just passing through, come in and experience some local Broken Hill hospitality.

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Board of Directors


Board of Directors


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Shane Chapman

CLUB PRESIDENT

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Jenny Larkin

DIRECTOR

Laurie Camillarie

CLUB VICE PRESIDENT

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Brenda Bow

DIRECTOR

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Geoff Cullenward

DIRECTOR

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Amelia Butler

DIRECTOR

Coral Ford

DIRECTOR

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Club Management & Staff


Club Management & Staff


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Karren Howe

GENERAL MANAGER / DIRECTOR

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Ben Offord

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Kieren Portch

OPERATIONS MANAGER

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History of the Demo Club


History of the Demo Club


History of the Club

The Barrier Social Democratic Club (affectionately known to locals as ‘The Demo’) was founded in 1903. Its original purpose – the achievement of social democracy – is emphasised in its name.

The Club had a modest beginning. In early 1903, a small group of workers held a meeting for those who were interested in a social movement. The forty or so people present decided to form what is today known as the Social Democratic Club. In the beginning, the Club provided Broken Hill residents with a place to socialise, exchange opinions and discuss the trials and tribulations of everyday life. Through this exchange of values and ideas, the club grew. Through meetings, the creation of a circulating library, book depot and function room, its focus shifted to the education of the people in the principles of social democracy. Women played a large part in the Club’s activities, forming their own committees and governing municipal affairs.

The Demo Club has weathered many storms including:

  • the lockout of 1909;
  • the struggle of the 44 hour week;
  • the fight against military conscription; and
  • the 1912-1920 fight for compensation rights.

However through adversity it has survived and today offers travellers and locals exceptional service, a diverse bistro menu, fantastic weekend entertainment and an all-round welcoming atmosphere.

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