Lester in Luxor…

September 22, 2009

It’s nice to see him taking life easier these days – this is his THIRD shop!  All in Luxor, Egypt…


More OVC London Lunching…

September 15, 2009

It’s good to see that a few Overseas Visitors Club (OVC) identities are still getting together and raising a glass (or 6)… In these pictures, just in from Lester, are (in no particular order) Jenny Goble, Gill Murdoch, Alan Stevens, Phillip Jacobson, David Lawson and Lester Jolly.


Another Lunch I Missed Out On…

September 6, 2009

Two days ago – in London – a few of our old friends from the Overseas Visitors Club got together for lunch…  L-R – Lester Jolly,  Annette Crossley, Margie Ellis, Eric Muller and Maxine Hitchcock – none of us have changed at all – except…  I’ve just counted the bottles – looks like just 2 per person.  Ah well – guess we are slowing down a bit!


Cottages in Provence…

November 27, 2008


Close to the lively centre of the pretty Provençal village of Saint Didier, facing vineyards and open countryside rising towards the plateau of Vaucluse, are two quite independent cottages, L’Amandier and La Courette, for holiday lets throughout the year.  This is where we found Annette Crossley (nee Cowderoy) who is helping with the Overseas Visitors Club section of this site.  More here…


Memories in the Mail…

November 8, 2008


Lester Jolly has just sent me a parcel of old photographs.  All taken at the Overseas Visitors Club (London) in 1963 to 1965.  More here…


Earls Court, The OVC and Me…

August 12, 2008


This is a companion book to “No 3, Templeton Place” and contains more adventures and escapades of the early members of the Overseas Visitors Club who stormed into Europe in the late 1950s and early 1960s…  Details here…


A Voice From The Past…

December 22, 2007


Hi John,

You don’t know me but recently I was given copies of your Old Blue Truck pages on the OVC, London.

Very, very interesting but you have several things not quite right in your history of the OVC.

It was started by Max Wilson (SA) and Chone Dresden (SA) and Brian Barrett (OZ) in 1954 at #3, Templeton Place when they acquired this old house, tore the inside out and opened up in the baement as the Globetrotters Rooms. All too soon they annexed #1, Templeton Place and that was followed by the acquiring of 28 Trebovir Road and 39 Longridge… Hard on this they got Websters Hotel and renamed it Craig House at 2 Templeton Place.

Yes they did acquire other hotels but they also started Trek Airways to S.A. in 1956; opened up OVC places in Toronto, Sydney, Johannesburg and Durban in 1957 … and by 1958 the HQ at #3 was just too small so then they acquired 180 Earls Court Road (and all the houses along Nevern) and that is the place you know as the HQ. That is where you have your photos of… they also annexed the old OZ DownUnder Club…

By then thousands were pouring in and Max began annexing ocean liners…

In I think 1963 the enterprize was sold to the Chandris group (I have some queries on this bit!) but Max bought the company back in 1969 but the airlines and the anti SA biz forced it to fold…  The club was restarted by Hilton Ross of Cape Town in 1990 (+/-) in Earls Court and is going strong.

Max died in the 1980s in the UK, Chone died in the 1990s in London but i do not know what happened to Brian who in the late 50s went out to SA to take over that end of the biz… Managing the OZ/NZ end from 1960 on was one Trevor Fewings who at present lives in Sydney. Now he could tell you things….

Head of the restaurant at #3 Templeton Place was Maggie who married a South African and lived for years in Port Elizabeth. They retired to Christchurch, New Zealand but as recently as the start of Dec, 2007 moved to Port Macquarie in NSW. She also could tell you things

If you want to read stories about the club’s early days and the guys and gals read my books … “No 3, Templeton Place,” published in the U.K. in 1998. Coming out in March of 2008 in South Africa is “Earls Court, The OVC And Me.” The first can be read on the net as it is in the Google library.  In the latter book is the tale on how the cops became involved in the club.

I could go on and on but I think I shall stop and let you ask questions if you are interested.

Hugh de Souza
109 – 1535 Nelson Street, Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6G 1M2

I’ve been back in contact with Hugh – and will keep you all posted…