Until fairly recently the concept of a gentlemen’s club was in vogue and all the rage. Businessmen felt the need for pleasant relaxation playing snooker and billiards after a day at the office. Only the finest whiskeys would slake their thirst. So as not to be distracted, the admission policies usually excluded females, blacks, Jews and the chattering classes. Even Bohemian types were probably excluded.
In 1866, Port Elizabeth joined the ranks of towns which catered for the needs of this select group of individuals.
Main picture: The original Port Elizabeth Club building circa 1880s