Vale Max Elsley

< Date: 17 June 2021

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Industry Legend Max Elsley on the evening of June 9th, after a lengthy battle against illness.

Max was a significant and long-time contributor to the caravan and camping industry, both in his home state of NSW and at a National level.

He was a foundation Director of our National Association, which became Caravan Industry Association of Australia.

Max and his wife, Hazel, owned and operated a number of successful caravan parks in NSW, including:

  • Buckenderra Holiday Village
  • La Mancha Cara Park in Berowra
  • Merimbula Beach Holiday Park

He was also well known in Queensland as one of the first interstate park operators to individually promote his park at interstate caravan shows, something he did for over 30 years, including the Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide events, travelling to them in his standout Chev truck long before such vehicle types became more common in this country.

He was the inaugural Treasurer of our National Body as well as being Chairman of the Committee of our first two National Conferences held in Canberra.

In his home state, Max was CCIA NSW’s inaugural Life Member, bestowed by the Association’s members in 2004 for his outstanding contributions and following his extensive years of service on their Board of Directors for nearly 20 years from 1984 to 2003.

This included dedicating his time as Treasurer of his state body, where Max helped to establish the strong financial base of the Association, which has allowed them to face the various economic challenges over the past three decades.

Max was also Chairman of the NSW Show Committee and was instrumental in securing Rosehill Gardens Racecourse as the long-term venue for the Caravan Camping Holiday Supershow.

In every endeavour, Max always looked to do things better and his personal approach and financial skills made him a true pioneer of the industry in NSW and Australia-wide.

In 2001, Max won the Eric Hayman Award for Excellence, the industry’s highest and most prestigious award, for his outstanding contribution to the Australian caravan and camping industry.

During our industry’s National Conference on the Gold Coast in early May this year, Max flew up from Sydney to participate in the filming of a discussion of the industry’s history with a number of other “oldies”, a project being developed over the next twelve months.

Max turned 80 earlier in June.

An engaging man, a successful entrepreneur and a loyal friend, Max will be missed by so many. We extend our deepest condolences to Max’s family, especially his wife Hazel who was always by his side.

10am, Monday 21 June 2021
Garden Chapel
Castlebrook Memorial Park
712-746 Windsor Road 
Rouse Hill

Afterwards share memories and refreshments in:
The Glasshouse 
The Fiddler Hotel
Cnr of Commercial & Windsor Rd
Rouse Hill 

In lieu of flowers a donation to RPA Kidney Centre – Renal Research would be greatly appreciated.

Live-streaming will be available. A link will be posted in due course on

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