Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Doon Villa's First Class on Greens

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Doon Villa's First Class on Greens

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THE Doon Villa Bowls Club is set to celebrate 120 years of bowls this Sunday, December 8, with a morning session of bowls followed by a luncheon.

A number of prominent speakers will attend the function including Bowls Australia Director Nigel Smith and Bowls Queensland Chairman Rod Chambers.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell will also be in attendance.

To find out about the history of the Doon Villa Bowls Club it is necessary to go back to 1893 when club founder Andrew Heron Wilson, MLC, established a bowling green at his residence for the use of his friends.

Little did he realise what the club he established would become in 120 years' time.

The greatest attention was paid at the outset by Wilson in making a first-class green.

The required area was excavated down to the clay, before a bed of clinkers and ashes was laid, upon this a top-dressing of soil and finally a hand-planting of couch grass.

The green was soon to be considered one of the best playing surfaces in the state.

The green was open for play on Thursdays and Saturdays and though the popular president (Wilson) was a seasoned traveller the green was always generously left open to the players of the club.

The establishment of the bowls club was at a time when the sport of bowls in Queensland was in its infancy.

The only other bowls club that was operating at the time was the Breakfast Creek Bowling Club in Brisbane that had been established in 1888.

This club was later to become the Booroodabin Bowls Club.

Soon the sport of bowls was to flourish and in 1903 five clubs, Booroodabin, Doon Villa, Maryborough, Darling Downs and South Brisbane met and formed the Royal Queensland Bowling Association (which would later become Bowls Queensland).

When the club was established at its current address it consisted of a clubhouse with an eight-rink grass green. …

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