Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Golden Years Shine on Greens

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Golden Years Shine on Greens

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Ken Whitton

A short history of the Warwick East Bowls Club

THE first stirrings that began the life of Warwick East occurred in 1935.

In those years, lawn bowls was an extremely popular sport and the only club in town was Warwick club.

Warwick has only one green and the numbers that were able to play were limited, so agitation to get the town council to provide land for a second green and club gained momentum.

Council was quite hesitant about the proposal and in 1936 the mayor of the day was asked what progress had been made.

His reply was "the matter is as dead as mutton".

Many letters to council and the Daily News finally won the day and in November, 1936, it was published in the paper that land was being made available for a bowls green and tennis courts on the corner of Lyons and Fitzroy streets. The site was occupied by a cattle saleyards at the time.

The first president of the new club was an accountant, Mr P.V. Thomas, the first secretary was the headmaster of the state school, Mr Hunter, the first treasurer was businessman Alf Dempster. Mr Dempster's contribution to this club over many years was honoured with the initial green being named after him.

The club was inaugurated in August, 1937, and play began later that year. The ladies club was to follow soon after in 1939.

The first carnival hosted by the club was held in 1938, organised by Warwick club and Warwick East and was hugely successful. Possibly the most successful carnival staged by Warwick East was in the 1960s when 62 teams entered.

This carnival required the greens of Warwick East, Warwick, Southern Cross and Allora to be used.

In 1950, with Alf Dempster as president, the first mention of the need for a second green was made.

At the time, Mr Dempster predicted: "I contend that it will not be long before Saturday play will be men only, Sunday will be mixed, and ladies day will be mid-week. …

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