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Looking Back history feature: Turf problems delayed roll-up at Corrimal

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Looking Back

corrimal bowling Corrimal Bowling Club members played against Woonona in their first inter-club match at Corrimal in 1907. The bowlers are pictured on the green in front of the club house, with the tennis courts to the rear. Third from left is pictured Woonona president John Kirton and inset is Corrimal’s first president Evan Davies.


Lancelot Riddle c.1904 Lancelot Riddle 1904

ALTHOUGH the formation year is recognised as 1905, Corrimal Bowling Club’s first inter-club game wasn’t played for another two years due to problems finding suitable turf.

An extract from the NSW Bowlers Annual 1906 reported the Corrimal Bowling and Tennis Club was formed in September 1905, “but owing to some preliminary difficulties in regard to the site of the club has not till now been able to make a fair start on the green. The present site has been leased to the club by one of the vice presidents (Mr…

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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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