From a chalk line to 60 years for Holbrook's women bowlers

WOMEN bowlers at Holbrook celebrated their 60th anniversary yesterday.

The formation of a men’s bowling club was first suggested in 1944, but it took several years before it came to fruition.

Land was purchased, water was provided from an old brick pit and the Holbrook RSL men’s bowling club opened in 1952.

The following year a meeting was held for women interested in forming a club and they received permission to use the club’s green in 1954.

One blemish on the women’s joy at becoming bowlers and affiliated members in 1955 happened when Wally Allen drew a white chalk line across the floor in the clubhouse.

The women could not cross to reach the bar for a cool drink — they had to wait until a male member or a steward got them one.

But that rule was later changed and the white chalk line eliminated.

The club’s membership stands at 27 and it has had three patrons — Doris Morton, Inez Wheeler and Gladys Heather — and three life members in Wheeler, Marjorie Winnett and Joan Papworth.

Women’s Bowls NSW director Louise Tucker attended yesterday’s celebrations where a friendship pathway was opened.

It was built to honour all women bowlers and clubs from across the region attended the day.

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