Northern Division Club was fortunate in having the services of Clem Macarthur as curator at Lorn Park from 1922 to 1938. Clem was a foundation member of the Club who played mainly B grade and was associated with the Club for more than 30 years.
After the turf wicket was put down in 1922 he took on the position of curator and the Annual Reports after that date frequently make mention of “the splendid wickets” that he prepared.
Col Johnston in some of his written memoirs recalls the painstaking work that Clem put into the preparation of his wickets: “Lorn Park’s curator was Clem Macarthur. He was a bachelor who had a Bolwarra farm in partnership with his brother. If the lucerne needed harvesting and a wicket was to be prepared, the lucerne had to wait and Clem would collect the princely sum of eleven shillings.
Clem had a horse drawn roller which consisted of two blocks of sandstone cemented together to a diameter of four feet. The horse wore thick leather boots, turned up in front. All three – Clem, the horse and the roller – moved very slowly for the many hours spent each week on the wicket. The result was a rock-hard strip of soil.
Clem would not use a mower. He applied the finishing touches by scything with a razor sharp scythe any grass that was still showing. The result was inevitably a work of art, whether we kids or the men were playing.”
Following his death during the 1937-38 season the Annual Report gave him a fine epitaph by recording: “When able to give the wicket full attention, there was not a pitch in Australia to better that on Lorn Park. His passing was a great blow to the Club.”