Official website of Bowls Australia.


- First recorded game of bowls at the back of the Beach Tavern (Sandy Bay, TAS). Read more about Beach Tavern.

- T.Burgess defeated F. Lipscombe.

- First bowling club in Australia is established alongside the Bowling Green Hotel in Sandy Bay. (TAS)

- This club was closed in 1853.

- 1000 spectators paid to watch a match at the Bowling Green Hotel green between civilians and the military.

- Melbourne Bowls Club is formed (oldest existing bowling club in Australia)(Vic). Read more.

- First bowls made in Australia, turned by Mr Alcock, Russell Street, Melbourne.


- Ballarat Bowling  Club (Vic) Read more

- First set of laws governing interclub matches in Victoria is adopted.

- Woolpack Bowls Club formed in NSW (subsequently became Parramatta Bowls Club which closed in 1886).(NSW)

- George S. Coppin entrepreneur, suggested first bowling carnival in Australia. This was not taken up.


- Albert Park-V.R.I. (Formerly South Melbourne) Bowls Club (Vic) read more

- First game of bowls in SA on green put down by Andrew Thomson at Kapunda.

- Brisbane Bowls Club formed (green in Botanic Garden). Subsequently became Booroodabin Bowls Club.


- Ballarat Central Bowls Club (Vic) Read more

- First match between colonies, states, dominions or countries played between NSW and Victoria at Kentville (NSW).

- Rosehill Bowls Club formed. Subsequently became Parramatta Bowls Club. Parramatta Bowls Club ceased to function in 1986.

- NSW Association formed-first bowling association in world.

- Victorian Association formed.

- Balmain Bowling Club Limited (NSW)


- Brighton Bowls Club (Vic)

- Launceston Bowls Club formed.

- Perth Bowls Club formed.

- New Zealand entered inter-colonial competition.



- Auburn Bowls Club (Vic).



- Armadale Bowls Club (Vic)

- North Sydney Men's Bowling Club (formerly St Leonards Bowling Club)  (NSW)



-  Ashfield Bowling Club (NSW)



- Ararat Bowls Club (Vic)



- Bendigo Bowls Club (Vic)




- Bathurst City Panthers Men's Bowling Club (NSW)
- Ballarat North Bowls Club (Vic)

- Adelaide Bowls Club formed.(SA)

- Benalla Bowls Club (Vic)

- Ballarat North Bowls Club (Vic)

- WA Association formed

- First NSW team visited Queensland.

- Imperial Bowling Association formed in England at instigation of Australian Bowlers accompanying Joe Darling's cricket team.

- Australian associations invited to send team to England.

- Albany Bowls Club (WA)

- Melbourne Cricket Club instituted singles championship of Australasia.

- Rules for formation of Australasia Bowling Association adopted at representative conference in Melbourne.

- NSW decided to join the proposed Australasian Bowling Association.

- First team of Australasian bowlers toured Great Britian and Ireland.

- Bairnsdale Bowls Club (Vic)

- SA Association formed (by Delegates of Adelaide and Adelaide Oval Bowls Clubs).

- Maitland Park Men's Bowling Club (NSW)

- Queensland Association formed.

- Ballarat City Bowls Club (Vic)

- Box Hill Bowls Club (Vic)

- Coolgardie Bowls Club (WA)

- Warringah Bowling Club Mosman (NSW)

- Waverley Bowls Club (NSW) promoted singles championship of Australasia (opened 1893 and still running).

-Auburn Heights Bowls Club (Vic)

- Ballarat East Bowls Club (Vic)

- Beechworth Bowls Club (Vic)

- SABA inaugurated Easter Open tournament which included Australian singles championship.
- International Bowling Board formed at Cardiff (Wales).

- Albury Bowls Club (Vic) Read more

- Belmont Bowls Club (Vic) 

- Brighton Beach Bowls Club (Vic)

-Buckingham Bowls Club Inc. (Formerly New Town Bowling Green) (Tas)

- Boulder Bowls Club (WA)
- The Gympie Bowls Club (QLD)





- Albury Bowls Club (NSW)

- Alexandra Bowls Club  ( Vic)
- Belmont Bowls Club (Vic)
- Roma Bowls Club Inc (QLD)



- Victorian Ladies' Bowling Association (Vic)

- Burnie Bowls Club Inc (TAS)

- Lismore City Bowling & Recreation Club (NSW)

- NSWBA conducted Australasian singles championship-first to be conducted in turn by State Associations.

- Delegates from State Associations and New Zealand met in Sydney and achieved considerable uniformity in laws of game.

- Alexandra Bowls Club (Vic)



- Ryde Bowls Club (NSW

- Grafton City Bowls Club (NSW)

- Bacchus Marsh Bowls Club (Vic)

- Mount Lawley Bowling Club (WA)

- Being its turn to conduct the Australian Singles the SABA initiated the current form of carnival interstate matches, singles and fours championships etc.

- At an interstate conference in Adelaide, SA brought forward a proposal for the formation of an Australian Bowls Council. SABA President (S.J.Jacobs) and SA Delegate (Clarence Moody) were principals in drafting propositions and constitution.

-Aberfeldie Bowls Club (Vic) "Read More"

- Ballina Mens Bowls Club (NSW)

- Bangalow Bowls Club (NSW)

- Derwent Bowls Club (TAS)

- Ipswich Bowls Club Inc (QLD)

- Katoomba Bowls Club (NSW)

- Mudgee Bowls Club (NSW)

- Australian Bowls Council formed at conference of delegates in Melbourne. Historic minute drafted by A.C.Thomas (SA)

- Ascot Vale Bowls Club (Vic.)

-Alstonville Mens Bowling Club (NSW)

- Birchip Bowls Club (Vic)

- First ABC championships held in Melbourne.

- Rockhampton Bowls Club (QLD)

- Yeronga Bowls Club (formerly Yeronga Bowling Club) (QLD)



- Alma Bowls Club (Vic)

- Beverley Bowling & Croquet Club (WA)

- Bareena Bowls Club (Vic)

- Bridgetown Bowls Club (WA)

- First Australian team under ABC auspices visits New Zealand.
- Second ABC (Australian Bowls Council) championships held in Brisbane.

- Armidale City Bowling Club (NSW)

- Bendigo Golf Bowls Club (Vic)

- Bowral Bowling Club (NSW)

- Sandgate Bowls Club Inc (QLD)


- Third ABC championships allotted to Sydney abandoned (World War 1).

-Cheltenham Bowls Club (NSW)

- Berry Bowling Club (NSW)

- Third ABC championships set down for Sydney abandoned again owing to war


- Killara Bowling Club (NSW)


-Collie Bowls Club (WA)


- Third ABC championships allotted to Sydney again abandoned (owing to pneumonic influenza epidemic).

- Attempt to play third ABC championships at Launceston abandoned due to seaman's strike.


- Moonta Memorial Bowling Club.

- Another attempt to play third ABC championships at Launceston failed owing to another strike by seamen-fifth successive attempt to play the championships.

- Beaufort Bowls Club (Vic)



- Alphington Bowls Club (Vic)
- Tweed Heads Bowling Club (formerly Coolangatta Tweed Heads Bowling Club (NSW)
- Innisfail Bowls Club (QLD)




- Bar Beach Men''s Bowling Club (NSW)


- ABC decided all bowls should be standardised by the table test.

- First visit to Australia by British team.

- Balingup Bowls Club (WA)

- Bright Bowls Club (Vic)

- Fifth ABC championship (Sydney). Competitors from outside Australia for the first time-Fiji and NZ.

- Canberra Club formed.

- Australian Portland Cement Bowls Club (Vic) read more

- Blackburn Bowls Club (Vic)


-Beulah Bowls Club (Vic)

- Pialba Bowls Club Inc. (formerly Pialba Services Memorial Bowls Club Inc) (QLD)

- Australia become a member of the International Bowling Board.

- Ariah Park Bowling Club (NSW)

- Black Rock Bowls Club (Vic)



- Bankstown City Bowls & Recreation Club (NSW)

- Berrigan Golf |Bowls Club (Vic)

- First Empire Games (Hamilton, Canada). Australia unrepresented in bowls.

- Berwick Bowls Club (Vic)

- Pialba Women's Bowling Club (QLD)

- Ninth ABC championships (Adelaide). Pairs championship included for first time.

- Bassendean Bowls Club WA



- Bayswater Bowls Club (WA)

- Adamstown Bowling Club (NSW)

- The Hills Bowling Club (NSW)



- Austinmer Bowling Club (NSW)
- Barraba Bowling Club (NSW)

- Woy Woy Women's Bowling Club (NSW)



- Ballan Bowls Club (Vic)

- Burleigh Heads Bowls Club Inc (QLD)



Cronulla Women's Bowling Club (NSW)
- Maitland City Women's Bowling Club (NSW)
- Woonona Women's Bowling Club (NSW) Read more


- Bowral Women's Bowling Club (NSW) Read more
- Newport Bowling Club Limited (NSW)




- Aberdeen Bowling Club (NSW)


- Canowindra Women's Bowling Club (NSW)


- Penrith Bowling and Recreation Club Ltd. (NSW)



- Ardlethan Bowling & Rec Club (NSW)

- Bowls Central Coast Zone 15 formerly Brisbane Waters District Bowling Association (NSW)



- Albert Bowls Club Inc (QLD)

- Bentleigh Bowls Club (Vic)


- Barellan Bowling Club (NSW)

- Bendigo East Bowls Club (Vic)

- Donnybrook Bowls Club ( a division of Donnybrook Country Club) (WA)

- Victorian Association granted title of "Royal".

- Barmedman Bowling Club (NSW)
- Earlwood Bowling & Recreation Club (NSW)



- Ashbury Bowling Panarcadian Federation Club Ltd (NSW)

- AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Sydney, NSW. 815 entries.

- Smithton Women's Bowling Club (TAS)

- Coolangatta Bowls Club (QLD)

- Pine Rivers Memorial Bowls Club (QLD)

-West Tamworth Women's Bowling Club (QLD)



- Asquith Men's Bowling Club (NSW)

- Beresfield Men's Bowling Club (NSW)

- Lindfield Bowling Club (NSW)

- St Ives Women's Bowling Club (NSW)

- AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Brisbane, QLD. 1,000 plus entries.

- Gaythorne Bowls Club Inc(QLD)

- Geeveston Bowls Club  (Tas)

- South Grafton Women's Bowling Club (NSW)



- Arnott's Bowls Club (NSW)

- Batemans Bay Bowling & Recreation Club Limited (NSW)

- Belleview Hill Bowls Club (NSW)

- Campsie South Bowls Club (NSW)

- Caringbah Bowls Club (NSW)

- Carlingford Bowls Club (NSW)

- East Lismore Bowling Club (NSW) 

- Hazelbrook Women's  Bowling Club (NSW)
- Heaton Birmingham Gardens Women's Bowling Club (NSW)

- Lane Cove Bowling & Recreation Club (NSW)

- Lindfield Bowls Club (NSW)

-Pennant Hills Bowls Club (NSW)

- Roseland Bowls Club (NSW

- Warialda Women's Bowling Club (NSW)

- Willoughby Park Bowls Club (NSW)


- Boronia Bowls Club (Vic)

- Brunswick Head Bowls Club (NSW)

- Kalamunda Bowls Club (WA)

- Lane Cove Bowling & Recreation Club (NSW)

- South Bernie Bowls Club Inc (TAS)

- AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Adelaide, SA. 1,142 entries.

- Armidale Women's Bowling Club (NSW)

- Baradine Bowling Club Limited (NSW)

- Gloucester Women's Bowling Club (NSW)

- NSW Association granted title of "Royal".

 - Adelong Services & Citizens Bowling Club (NSW)

- Albion Park Bowling & Recreation Club Limited (NSW)

- Artarmon  Mens Bowling Club (NSW)

- Balgowlah Bowling Club Limited (NSW)

- Belrose Men's Bowling Club (NSW)

- Beresfield Women's Bowling Club (NSW) Read more

- Birregurra Bowls Club (Vic)

- Brunswick District Bowling Club Inc (WA)

- Coolamon Women's Bowling Club (NSW)

- Lithgow City Women's Bowls (NSW)

- Port Macquarie City Women's Bowling Club (NSW)ing Club (NSW)

- Seaford Bowls Club

- AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Melbourne, VIC. 2,220 entries, 528 fours, 1,014 pairs, 1,528 singles.

- Armadale Bowls Club (WA)

- Ashburton Bowls Club (Vic)

- Beaumaris Bowls Club (Vic)

- Berry Women's Bowling Club (NSW)

- Nelson Bay Women's Bowling Club (NSW)

- North Haven Women's Bowling Club (NSW)



- Alexandria-Erskineville Bowling Club

- Goulburn Railway Women's Bowling Club (NSW)

- Guyra Women's Bowling Club. (NSW)

- Moorooka Sp[orts and Community Club (formerly Moorooka Bowls Club) (NSW)

- North Sydney Women's Bowling Club (NSW) "Read more"

- Orange City Women's Bowling Club (NSW)

- AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Perth, (WA).

- Aberdeen RSL Bowling Club (NSW)

- Avalon Bowls Club (NSW)

- Avenue Bacchus Marsh Bowls Club (Vic)

- Alder Park Bowling Club Co-operative Limited (NSW)

- Berriwillock Bowls Club (Vic)

- Boolarra Bowls Club (Vic)

- Bulahdelah Bowling Club (formerly Grand United Bulahdelah Bowling Club Limited) (NSW)

- Heathmont Bowls Club (Vic) Read more


- Warner's Bay Women's Bowling Club (NSW)



-Adamstown RSL Bowling Club (NSW)
- Memorial Club Bowls Alice Springs (NT)

-Abermain Bowling Club (NSW)

- Altona Bowls Club (Vic)

- Avalon Beach Bowling Club (NSW)

- Bennettswood Bowls Club (Vic)

- Earlwood Women's Bowling Club (NSW)

- Rum Jungle Bowls Club (NT)

- St Ives Men's  Bowling Club (NSW)


- Queensland Association granted title of "Royal".

- First introduction Interstate contests played before commencement of ABC Championships with ABC Interstate Shield as trophy. Queensland first winner. Acceptance of A.U.Alley Commemorative Shield for presentation to State when it surrenders Interstate Shield.

- A.U.Alley created first life member of ABC.

- Adaminaby Bowling & Sports Club Ltd (NSW)
- Augusta Bowls Club (WA)

- Bellambi Bowling Club (NSW)

- Balranald District Ex-Servicemen's Memorial Club (Vic)

- Balwyn Bowls Club (Vic)

- Glenbrook Panthers Men's Bowling Club (NSW)

- Kwinana Bowling Club Inc (WA)

- St Ives Women's Bowling Club (NSW)

- Scotts Head Women's Bowling Club (NSW)

- The Hills District Women's Bowling Club (NSW)

- Yokine Districts Bowling Club Inc (WA)




- Adaminaby Women's Bowling Club (NSW)
- Armidale Ex-Services Members Bowling Club (NSW)
- Anglesea Bowls Club (Vic)

- Avenel Bowls Club (Vic)

-Avoca Beach Men's Bowling Club (NSW)

- Bargo Men's Bowling Club (NSW)

- Bencubbin Bowls Club (WA)



- South Australia and Western Australia each granted the title "Royal".

- AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Sydney, NSW. 3,500 entries.

- Auburn RSL Bowling Club Limited (NSW)

- Bankstown RSL Bowling Club (NSW)

- Meeting of International Bowling Board held in Perth. Change of Constitution of IBB.

- Appointment of first overseas President other than from the United Kingdom, W.Hay Esq, USA appointed for two year term.

- Ashford Memorial Bowling Club (NSW)

- Blayney Women's Bowling Club (NSW)

- Chester Hill RSL Women's Bowls Club (NSW) Read more

- Concord R.S.L. Bowling Club (NSW)

Pennant Hills Women’s Bowling Club (NSW)

- Ryde X Phoenix Bowling Club (formerly Ryde Ex Services Bowling Club) (NSW)

- Concept of first World Bowls Championship envisaged by Dr Neil Benjamin.

- AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Brisbane, QLD. 2,300 entries.

- Ballidu Bowls Club (WA)

- Ballina RSL Club Men's Bowling Club (NSW)

- Concord RSL Bowling Club (NSW)

- First official International visit between National Authorities of IBB Affiliation.

- Australia visited South Africa, 3 test matches played, won by South Africa 2-1. Australian players were, L.Shean (NSW), D.Downie (NSW), K.Dwyer (QLD), J.M.Dobbie (VIC), E.Dawkins (SA), G.Fry (TAS), B.Katunarich (WA), Manager W.J.(Jack) Spear (VIC).

- Bateau Bay Bowling Club (NSW)

- Beacon Bowls Club (WA)

- Blackburn North Bowls Club (Vic)

- Box Hill R.S.L. Bowls Club (Vic)

- Cootamundra Ex-Services W.B.C (NSW) Read more

- Croppa Creek Women's Bowling Club (NSW)

- Lithgow Workmen's Club Bowls Section (NSW)


- AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Adelaide, SA. 4,435 entries.

- Borden Bowls Club (WA)

- Morisset Hospital Women's Bowling Club (NSW)

- Mour Bowls Club Inc (QLD)

- Wooli Women's Bowling Club (NSW)

- First World Bowls Championships played at Kyeemagh Bowls Club (NSW). Conducted by RNSWBA for the ABC with Ampol Petroleum Ltd, as the sponsor. Games televised. Series trophy-the W.M. Leonard Trophy won by Australia. Australia won Gold Medals in Pairs and Triples and a Silver Medal in the Fours. 16 countries competed. Australian players were, J.M.Dobbie (VIC)., A.Johnson (NSW), G.Kelly (NSW), D.Collins (SA), A(Bert) Palm (QLD), Manager W.J.(Jack) Spear (VIC).

- Balmoral Bowls Club (Vic)

- Austral Bowling Club (NSW)

- Bendigo V.R.I. Bowls Club (Vic)

- Inverell R.S.M. Women's Bowling Club (NSW)

- Nambour Heights Bowls Club (QLD)

- AWBC constitution revised to include Australian Championships as follows; one single and one pair from each state. PLay to be singles 31 up, pairs 21 ends, Round Robin format.

- AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Melbourne, VIC. 4,000 entries.

- Albury Sailors Soldiers & Airman's Sport & Bowling Club (NSW)

- Blackburn R.S.L.& C?? (Vic)

- Camden RSL Men's Bowling Club (NSW)

- Moore Park Bowls & Sports Club Inc. (QLD)

- Moura Women's Bowling Club Inc (QLD)




- Bolgart Bowls Club (WA)
- Rathmines Memorial Women's Bowling Club (NSW) (formerly Rathmines Country Club Women's Bowling Club) 
- Shoalhaven Heads Women's Bowling Club (NSW)
- Stuarts Point Women's Bowling Club (NSW)

- AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Perth, WA.

- Altona Sports Bowls Club (formerly Altona Working Men's Club) Vic

- Bairnsdale Golf Bowls Club (Vic)

- AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Hobart, TAS.

- Barwon Heads Bowls Club (Vic)



- Balranald Golf Bowls Club (Vic)

- Branxholm Bowls Club (Vic)

- Warrawee Women's Bowling Club (NSW)

- AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Sydney, NSW.



- Davistown RSL Women's Bowling Club (NSW)

- Charles Smart retired as the Secretary of the Australian Bowls Council after a period of service of 39 years. John Dobbie (VIC) appointed as Hon. Secretary of Australian Bowls Council.

- AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Brisbane, QLD.

- AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Adelaide, SA. 5,000 entires.

- Binalong Golf Ladies Bowling Club (NSW)

- Bindoon Bowls Club (WA)


- Mingara Women's Bowling Club (NSW)

- Inaugural series of Australian National Championship of State Champions. Fours, Pairs and Singles played Melbourne, Victoria.
Singles event won by S.Leonard (NSW).

- Inauguration of the Inter Dominion Tournament.

- Australia vs New Zealand played in Brisbane, Queensland. Australia won the series. Australian players, K.Poole (QLD), J.Snell (VIC), K.Metham (NSW),R.Taylor (WA), A.Sandercock (SA).

- Format of Women's National Championship changed to a 16 side representatives from each state.

- AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Melbourne, VIC. 5,271 entries.

- Port Bouvard Bowling Club (WA)

- The World Bowls Championships had major TV coverage of bowls in Australia and encouraged the development of the ABC television series, Mazda Jack High. The series, planned for the long term, brought together four top Australians against four leading overseas contenders. Fourteen episodes and fourteen repeats were televised

- Badgingarra Bowls Club (WA).


- Dalmeny Bowling Club Limited (NSW)

- Introduction of professional standards in bowls. Change of ABC Constitution and re-testing of bowls within Australia abandoned.

- AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Perth, WA.

-  Ballina R.S.L. Women's Bowling Club (NSW)

- Brisbane hosts Commonwealth Games.

- Women's Triples introduced for the first time.

- Australia won gold in Fours.


- Australian Bowls Council amended Constitution to grant Australian Capital Territory associate affiliation with restricted rights.

- AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Hobart, TAS.

- The first Australia Games staged in Melbourne, Victoria at Doncaster B.C. with international representation from New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

- Men and women participated in separate competition under the organisation of the Australian Bowls Council. I. Dickison, New Zealand won the Singles Event.

- G.K.Putland, South Australia, elected as Senior Vice President of the International Bowling Board. John.M.Dobbie (VIC) elected a Life Member of the International Bowling Board


.Wentworthville Leagues Women's Bowling Club (NSW)"Read more"



- J.M.Dobbie (VIC), retired as Hon, Secretary.

- First full time Executive Officer was appointed to administrate the affairs of the Australian Bowls Council. Al Mewett of NSW appointed and office established in Sydney (NSW).

- Inauguration of the Pacific Championships on a two years basis. First played at Tweed Heads B.C. Gold Coast (QLD). Fours, Triples, Pairs and Singles for men and women in separate competitions. Arrangements in conjunction with AWBC. Australian players; D.Katunarich (WA), A. Black (NSW), W.Bonagura (SA), D.Sherman (VIC), K.Poole (QLD), Manager, Morris Clarke.

- AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Sydney, NSW.

- Spreyton Bowls Club (TAS)

- International Bowling Board meeting at Edinburgh in July when G.K.Putland OAM, Australia, elected as President. Bede O'Brien (QLD) appointed as Hon. Secretary of IBB

- Boddington Bowls Club (WA).

- AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Brisbane, (QLD.)

- Bruny Bowls Club (TAS) :Read more" 

- Ferny Grove Bowls, Sport & Community Club Inc (Formerly Bunya Bowls Club) (QLD)

- Marlin Coast Bowling Club Inc (QLD)

- First Australian Indoor Championship held at Tweed Heads Stadium, won by D.Dalton (NSW).

- First players outside the UK to win the World Indoor Bowls Championship Pairs, I.Schuback (QLD), J.Yates (VIC).

- First Australian Junior Championship introduced -venue Sydney. Winners, Singles C.Curtis (NSW) Pairs C.Curtis (NSW) S.McKenzie (NSW).


- Kardinya Bowling Club (WA) "Read more"

- Ravenswood Bowls Club (TAS)

- Television series Mazda Jack High went into recess after 9 years on ABCTV.

- Introduction of 5 year plan at the instigation of the Australian Sports Commission. Plan and budget required to cover administration, national and international competition, Coaching, Junior development and promotional activities.

- AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Adelaide, SA. 4,788 entries.

- Australian Championships title transferred from the Champion of State Champions event.

- Australian best ever performance at Commonwealth Games winning three gold medals. Rob Parrella - Men's Singles. Ian Schuback and Trevor Morris - Mens Pairs and Women's fours

- Australian Bowls Council adopts new corporate name and becomes Bowls Australia Inc. Delegates reduced from three to two for the six States and one each for ACT and NT.

- AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Melbourne, VIC. 4,600 entries.

- Pacific Palms Bowling Club (NSW)

- Bowls Australia adopts the policy of appointing a Side Manager outside Council and for fixed term. First appointment-Keith Poole MBE (QLD).

- First player outside the UK wins the World Indoor Bowls Singles Championship -Ian Schuback (NSW).

- First Australian to be elected as President of the World Indoor Bowls Council, Al Mewett of Bowls Australia.

- Mazda Jack High returned to television. Played at Tweed heads and telecast by Channel 9. Winner - Rob Parrella (QLD).

- First President of Bowls Australia to be elected by vote after Council agrees to terminate the rota system - Ron Tuckerman (ACT).

- Australia win gold in fours at women's world championship (Leamington Spa, England) Skippered by Margaret Sumner (VIC).

- Gracemere Bowling Club Inc (QLD)

- New company formed to control and conduct Bowls Australia events both national and international. The Company to be known as Bowls Event Management Ltd.

- Article of Association allow for personnel with special expertise to become board members. Such personnel may or may not belong to the Bowls fraternity.

- Public announcement confirmed World Bowls 1996 to be held in Adelaide.

- AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Perth, WA. 3,642 entries.

- Binningup Bowls Club (WA)

- Warwick Bowling Club Inc (WA)

- Australia wins Gold Medal in men's pairs at Commonwealth Games. Rex Johnston and Cameron Curtis, youngest ever gold medal winner at 23 years of age.

- AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Hobart, TAS. 2,497 entries.

- Australia stages Men's WBC (Lockleys, SA).

- Bowls Australia Council decides to implement a Merchandising Scheme. The Council decides to form a Board of Management composed of the President as its Chairman and having 3 directors elected to represent the Bowling fraternity and three independent directors elected for their expertise outside bowls although they may be bowlers. The Chief Executive Officer is included on the Board without voting rights.

- Beaumaris Bowls Club WA

- Talks commence between the Australian Women's Bowls Council and Bowls Australia to determine whether it is possible for the two bodies to merge and the conditions of the merger if it is considered feasible.

- Unification Committee formed.

- AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Sydney, NSW.

- Australian Indoor Championship.

- Asia Pacific Championship

- Australia Junior Championship


- Contract secured with ABC TV and Fox Sports who guarantee over 30 hours of free to air and 70 hours of pay TV for the sport.

- Australia wins gold medal in Men's pairs at Commonwealth Games. B. Duprez and M. Jacobson.

- Derwent City Bowls Club  Inc  (formerly City Bowls Club and Derwent  Bowls Club) (TAS)


- AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Brisbane, QLD. 2,623 entries.

- Australian Men's Team win Leonard Trophy for best performed team at World Bowls Championships.

- Australia host the Asia Pacific Championships in Moama.

- AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Adelaide, TAS. 2,052 entries.

- Belmont Women's Bowling Club (NSW)

- Grafton District Services Women's Bowling Club (formerly Grafton City Bowling Club and Grafton RSL Bowling Club (NSW)

- North Head Women's Bowling Club (NSW)

- Bowls Australia and Women's Bowls Australia form one national body.

- Commonwealth Games hosted in Manchester - Karen Murphy wins a silver medal in the women's singles.

- Rob Dobbins appointed as National Coach for both the men and women.

- Get on the Green program launched.

- AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Melbourne, VIC.

- Mens World Bowls Tournament

  • Gold Singles: Steve Glasson
  • Fours: Brett Duprez, Michael Wilks, Kelvin Kerkow & Kevin Walsh

    - Womens World Bowls Tournament
  • Pairs: Maria Rigby & Karen Murphy
  • Triples: Jenny Harragon, Katrina Wright & Roma Dunn

    - Rob Dobbins retires as National Coach.

    - Cameron Curtis appointed as National Coach and Ian Schuback appointed as Technical Coach.

    - The successful introduction of Bowls Australia's new event calender with grand prix tournaments being held at leading clubs across Australia.

    - AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Newcastle, NSW.

- Bowls Australia successfully staged the inaugural Australian Open at the Yarraville-Footscray bowling club from 15-19 March.

- In conjuction with the Australian Open, Bowls Australia together with AUSRAPID hosted the innaugural Australian Bowls Classic for bowlers with an intellectual disability.

- The first World Cup was staged in Hong Kong by World Bowls. Australian representative Mark Casey won the men's singles crown and Lynsey Armitage secured the women's singles at the World Junior Cup.

- AWBC (Women's National Championship) held in Hobart, TAS.

- Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games

- The Australian bowls team records its best ever effort at a Commonwealth Games with three gold medals, a silver and a bronze from six events. Australia’s previous best was in 1990 when the side won three gold and a silver. The huge medal haul also betters the record by any country since 1986 when the bowls competition first comprised six disciplines.

Women's results

  • QF Singles: Maria Rigby - QF
  • Gold Pairs: Lynsey Armitage & Karen Murphy
  • Silver Triples: Noi Tucker, Roma Dunn & Ceri Ann Davies - Silver

Men's results

  • Gold singles: Kelven Kerkow
  • Bronze pairs: Barrie Lester & Nathan Rice
  • Gold triples: Bill Cornehls, Wayne Turley & Mark Case

- Asia Pacific Championships
The Australian team created history with an unprecedented four gold, two silver and two bronze medals.

Gold medallists

  • Women's pairs - Lynsey Armitage & Karen Murphy
  • Men's pairs - Leif Selby & Nathan Rice
  • Men's triples - Bill Cornehls, Wayne Turley & Mark Casey
  • Men's fours - Leif Selby, Bill Cornehls, Wayne Turley & Mark Casey

- Trans Tasman
The Australian team again created history by elminating the New Zealand team in just two days of play. The team consisted of:

  • Julie Keegan, Karen Murphy, Kelsey Cottrell, Sharyn Renshaw & Claire Duke
  • Nathan Rice, Barrie Lester, Scott Caundle, Wayne Turley & Anthony Kiepe

- World Team Cup
Australia organised and hosted the inaugural World Team Cup, hosted by Tweed Heads Bowls Club. Australia won the title for both the men's and women's divisions.

  • Men's team - Aron Sherriff, Wayne Turley & Nathan Rice
  • Women's team - Kelsey Cottrell, Julie Keegan & Karen Murphy


-Trans Tasman test series
Australia retained both the men’s and women’s trophies with strong victories against New Zealand inside of two days at the Burnside Bowling Club in Christchurch. The team consisted of:

  • Mark Casey, Nathan Rice, Wayne Turley, Aron Sherriff, Bill Cornehls
  • Karen Murphy, Kelsey Cottrell, Claire Duke, Julie Keegan, Lynsey Armitage

-World Championships
Australia had its best result at the World Championships, finishing the event with seven medals from eight events. Our women’s team claimed four medals from four events, including one gold, two silver and one bronze, as well as the Taylor Trophy as the number one women’s team in the world. Our men’s team claimed two Silver and one bronze, with our triples team going down to Fiji in a quarter-final. Our men’s team finished the event one point off top spot to be ranked number two in the world.

Women’s team:

  • Gold medal: Fours (Karen Murphy, Julie Keegan, Claire Duke, Lynsey Armitage)
  • Silver medal: Triples (Claire Duke, Julie Keegan, Kelsey Cottrell)
  • Bronze medal: Singles (Kelsey Cottrell)
  • Bronze medal: Pairs (Karen Murphy, Lynsey Armitage)

Men’s team:

  • Silver medal: Fours (Mark Casey, Wayne Turley, Nathan Rice, Bill Cornehls)
  • Silver medal: Singles (Aron Sherriff)
  • Bronze medal: Pairs (Nathan Rice, Aron Sherriff)

- Awards Night
Bowls Australia staged its inaugural Awards Night in Melbourne. 11 of the sport’s premier athletes and administrators were rewarded for their contribution of the year. The Awards Night would become an annual fixture on the Bowls Australia calendar.

- Trans Tasman, Bundaberg
Australia fired an ominous warning ahead of the up-coming Commonwealth Games after clean sweeping New Zealand in the Trans Tasman test series in Bundaberg.

Men’s: Australia wins 4-2 and reclaims the men’s trophy
Women’s: Australia wins 3-3 on a count back and retains the women’s trophy
Overall Trans Tasman: Australia wins 7-5 and reclaims the overall Trans Tasman trophy

- Delhi Commonwealth Games
Australia finished with three silver and one bronze medal.
-Mudgee Women's Bowling Club  (formerly Mudgee Women's Bowling Club and Mudgee Soldier's Women's Bowling Club)(NSW)

- Hall of Fame
Bowls Australia staged its inaugural Hall of Fame in Adelaide, commemorate the sport’s most deserving figures for their achievements both on and off the green, with induction representing the highest level of peer recognition for an individual’s performance or contribution to the sport.

39 past and present athletes and administrators were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011, which would go on to be held every two years.

- Asia Pacific Championships
Australian concluded the 15-nation Asia Pacific Championships with a final medal haul of two gold, five silver and a bronze medal

- Trans Tasman, Lockleys Bowling Club
Australia retained the men’s trophy, 2-1
Australia claimed women’s trophy 2-1
Australia won overall trophy 4-2

Australian players: Lynsey Armitage, Karen Murphy, Kelsey Cottrell, Rebecca Quail, Natasha Van Eldik, Leif Selby, Aron Sherriff, Brett Wilkie, Wayne Ruediger, Mark Casey.

- SA International Series, Holdfast Bay.
The green and gold nation completed the six-nation tournament with eight medals from as many disciplines; winning three gold and five silver to reaffirm its status as a world powerhouse in the lead up to lawn bowls’ pinnacle event; the 24-nation World Championships.

- World Championships, Adelaide’s Lockleys and Holdfast Bay Bowls Clubs.
Australia capped off a stellar year with a scintillating performance at the 2012 World Championships.

The final count saw the host country finish on five gold and two silver medals, ahead of Scotland on three gold and three bronze, and New Zealand on three silver and two bronze.

Every member of the ten-strong Jackaroos team exited the event with a coveted golden medallion around their neck and a world title to their name.

Australian results:
Men's singles: Gold - Leif Selby
Women's singles: Gold - Karen Murphy
Men's pairs: Silver - Leif Selby and Aron Sherriff
Women's pairs: Gold - Kelsey Cottrell and Rebecca Quail
Men's triples: Silver - Wayne Ruediger, Brett Wilkie and Mark Casey
Women's triples: Gold - Natasha Van Eldik, Lynsey Armitage and Karen Murphy
Men's fours: Gold - Wayne Ruediger, Brett Wilkie, Mark Casey and Aron Sherriff
Women's fours: No medal.

- Trans Tasman
Australia claimed the overall trophies for senior, development and under-18 competitions, with New Zealand’s only test victory coming courtesy of their Under-18 boys’ contingent.

For the first time since the event’s inception, the senior, development and under-18 Trans Tasman events were all staged simultaneously.

    -Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland

    Australian Jackaroos Team-
    Women's Singles- Kelsey Cottrell
    Women's Pairs- Carla Odgers, Natasha Scott
    Women's Triples- Lynsey Clarke, Karen Murphy, Kelsey Cottrell (silver)
    Women's Fours- Carla Odgers, Natasha Scott, Lynsey Clarke, Karen Murhy

    Men's Singles- Aron Sherriff (bronze)
    Men's Pairs- Brett Wilkie, Aron Sherriff
    Men's Triples- Wayne Ruediger, Nathan Rice, Matthew Flapper
    Men's Fours- Wayne Ruediger, Brett Wilkie, Nathan Rice, Matthew Flapper (bronze)

    -Trans-Tasman- Burnside Bowling Club, Christchurch NZ
    The Australian Men, Development Women and Development Men all won their respective overall trophies. 

    Australian Jackaroos Team

    Women- Chloe Stewart, Anne Johns, Claire Turley, Lynsey Clarke, Kelsey Cottrell

    Men- Brett Wilkie, Mark Casey, Aron Sherriff, Wayne Ruediger, Matthew Flapper

    -The Australian Open was staged on the Gold Coast for the first time in the events 10 year history. Participation records were broken and the tournament became the richest bowls event in the world carrying a huge $225,000 prize pool. 

    -Asia Pacific Championships- Burnside Bowling Club and Club Papanui, Christchurch NZ
    Australia claimed the overall women's trophy and finished a narrow second in the men's overall behind New Zealand with a total of 4 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals of a possible 8. 

    Women's Singles- Karen Murphy (gold)
    Women's Pairs- Kelsey Cottrell, Karen Murphy (gold)
    Women's Triples- Carla Odgers, Anne Johns, Natasha Scott (silver)
    Women's Fours- Carla Odgers, Kelsey Cottrell, Anne Johns, Natasha Scott (gold)

    Men's Singles- Aron Sherriff (gold)
    Men's Pairs- Ray Pearse, Nathan Rice (bronze)
    Men's Triples- Wayne Ruediger, Mark Casey, Aron Sherriff (bronze)
    Men's Fours- Wayne Ruediger, Ray Pearse, Nathan Rice, Mark Casey (silver)

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