Bowling Club through the ages

The Beginning

‘In 1938 the McLaren Park Committee purchased from Mr. H.B. Pridmore a strip of ground in the township, and on the portion facing the main road a six-rink bowling green was laid down, thanks mainly to the enthusiastic planning and tireless services of Mr. Gerald Ward. This was opened by Mr. Pridmore in February 1940.’

Courtesy of the ‘Rich Valley’ by Adele Pridmore.

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1955-3 1955-4

1954/5 Open Day

The earliest pictures known of a newly built McLaren Vale Bowls Club. notice the 4 pennants on the left hand photo.

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1961 Past Pres3

1961/2 Open Day

Past Presidents gathered together.  The club is described as ‘McLaren Districts Bowling Club’.

WOW!! What about the view from the front green. How the Main Road has changed!

Past Presidents are:-

Row L to R : Pridmore H.B. (1938-41/1948-49), Crocker G.E.L. (1941-43), Johnston A.H. (1943-45), Bosworth C.R(1945-46), Bagshaw E.S. (1946-48), Oliver R.W. (1949-51). Whiting V.S. (1951-53), Tassie Dr G. (1953-55), Ellis G.A. (1955-56), Gould E.W.B. (1956-57), Trott R.F. (1957-59), Dyer O.I. (1959-61).      

Front: Hagley R.E. (1961-62)  

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1962-3 1962-4

1962 approx.

Another section has been added, compared with the earlier pictures, you can see that there is another section of 4 windows plus a lean-to.

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1965 – View from ‘C’ green over ‘B’ green showing the Southern Vales Co-operative Winery Ltd.

The first winery on this site ‘The Wattles’ constructed by Horace Pridmore around 1896. Penfolds Wines bought the winery from Cyril Pridmore in 1910, and expanded the plant and buildings, creating a model one-level winery, which functioned until 1961.

In 1965 the winery was sold and re-opened as the centre of operations for a co-operative of district growers. The Southern Vales Co-operative Winery Ltd. then ran their winery until 1993, when it was sold to Tatachilla, who re-opened the winery and cellar door in 1995. The winery was owned by Tinlins until sold and developed for housing in 2012.

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Then                                                                         Now

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1985 Aus v NZ warm up 1985 DomScarpantoni MARKING. a v nz

1985 International Australia v’s New Zealand warm up.

A great day for the club, International Bowls comes to McLaren Vale Bowling Club with Australia v’s New Zealand warm-up matches played at the club. Dom Scarpantoni can be seen marking on a singles game (right hand picture).

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1987-4 1987-5

1987

‘A’ green with a change to larger club windows (unsure when this occurred). Also ‘B’ green (right hand picture) with edge of Southern Vales Co-operative Winery Ltd. buildings on the left later to become Tatachilla Winery.

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1988 B Green 1988

1988

(left) ‘B’ green with a very green background – no shed or Kindy. (Right) A very colourful roadside garden on ‘A’ green.

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1989 jt 1989

1989

A young President John Talbot with Don Newby and a newly revamped bar. 

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1990 GTassie 1990 DR SB Lex Johnson 1990 group

1990 Opening Day

(Top Left) Doctor Gemmel Tassie (Patron) opening the proceedings.

(Top Right) David Rehn with a young Scott Binns (his Grandson) & Patron Lex Johnston.

(Bottom) B.Mills, R.Mayne, A.Binns, J.Symons, Unknown, D.Rehn, D.Kay, M.Tugwell, B.Shipley, L.Johnston, G.Tassie.

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1993-2

1993

Bar Manager Des Kay & Chris Kay presiding over a very vine covered bar.

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1995

1995

Club Singles Champion Mark Tynan Assoc. Champion of champions.

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1999 trees go 1999 trees go-2 1999 trees go-3

1999

Trees on the front of ‘A’ green must go.

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Also floodlights being fitted for the new lighting system on ‘B’ green.

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2001 – The clubs tribute to Doctor Gemmel Tassie

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2006 Com Games

2006 – The Commonwealth Games torch comes to the club

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2015 – Club Renovations 

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Before                                                                           After

2015 – ‘B’ Green reseeding

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Before                                                                                 After

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I would like to thank all the people that contributed to this page, especially McLaren Vale Bowling Club members that are no longer with us. Without the dedication of all past & present Club Members, the majority of pictures would have been lost.

I believe that all the past of the Bowling Club needs to be documented and kept for future members to appreciate.

I am sure that there is more pictures etc.. out there. If you have access to any material that you would like to share on this web page please contact me. John Bates 8184 9140.

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