Gymkhana Club Miri (GCM)
Gymkhana Club Miri, also known as GCM by locals, is one of the oldest private recreational family club in Miri and even that of Borneo, being founded way back in 1913 by some oil explorers in Miri who wanted a recreational club for their enjoyment in Miri. Originally, it was constructed what is now the Old Red Crescent site and it was then only one of the handful of recreation clubs in Borneo.
In 1915, the club moved to Salome Dam. In 1917, GCM once again move down to the present GCM site where one story building was erected. In 1926, a swimming pool was constructed. By 1932, a second floor and 6 tennis courts were added to the club.
In 1941 Borneo was invaded by the Japanese and GCM’s building was occupied by the Japanese's Military Governor as his residence. The allied forces bombed most of the buildings in Miri during this time, which include the GCM building.
After the war, 1945-1947, the GCM was housed temporarily in an unoccupied Shell bungalow near the old ferry point.
In 1947, the club was re-built upon the old club’s foundations and as a reminder of the old club, one of its stone pillars was planted in the club grounds. The Clubhouse was erected as a “Stand-in” awaiting approval of plan for a grander establishment.
In 1957, the third structure was opened and still stands as the “Backbone of the present GCM Clubhouse and had been operating there ever since. This clubhouse had a swimming pool, tennis courts, squash court.
1975 Photo by Dougal
Originally, the club was exclusive to only a select few of the large oil company and higher ranking government servants. The club's objectives are to promote social and sports activities.
The GCM originally had a football field behind its pool, and in early 2000s the land behind this field was eventually converted into a commercial zone now known as the Center Point Phase II Commerical Center.
The club celebrated its 100th anniversary recently on 15th of March, 2013.
KELAB GYMKHANA MIRI
Lot 732, Block 10, MCLD, Jalan Dato Abang Indeh, 98000 Miri, Sarawak.
Tel: 085-434655 / 439293 Fax: 085-418407