Glen Innes Bowling Club celebrates its centenary

Not a sight at the club before 1957.
Not a sight at the club before 1957.

The Glen Innes Bowling Club is celebrating its centenary.

The club for men was formed at a meeting on October 6, 1917. Women were allowed on the green in 1957.

At the start, a century ago, land on the corner of Wentworth and Macquarie Streets was leased from a Mr Healey for thirty pounds a year.

Club records show that the first green was laid down on April 19, 1919.

A club house was opened in January, 1922.

Women were invited to form a club at the men’s annual general meeting in August, 1954. It was moved by Mr Sydney Woodward that ladies be allowed the use of a green one afternoon a week. The motion was carried and this was the beginning of Glen Innes Women’s Bowling Club.

One event has continued through the years: the Rose Carnival held after the Tuesday of the Melbourne Cup.

And so it is this year, with a series of competitions culminating this weekend.

The club says that in 1940, the attendance on the green was 3,797 players, with an average weekly attendance of 73. The largest attendance on one day was 40 players.

Today, a spokesman for the club said: “We are lucky if we can make ten on Thursdays and 15 on Saturdays.”