Governance – History

The following articles relate to the history of Halls Head Bowling club

Foundation List

Against Overwhelming Odds – Bob Williams

Acceptance & Resignation List

Time Line – Kevin Lobb

It all started with at a Public Meeting in March 1989…….

Then a Steering Committee was elected to form a Halls Head Bowling Club.

The Committee accepted Mandurah Council offer of land for Club use at the corner of McLarty and Calypso Roads, Halls Head.

At the Club’s first General Meeting in November 1989, the Water Authority advised it would not approve the building of a Bowling Club on the site.

Town & Country offered an alternative site in Bridgewater for use as a Bowling Club “In Perpetuity”.

With a 1.6ha bushland block, the development of the Halls Head Club was about to begin.

The Foundation Members first visit to the Club site.

Late 1989. Our First Clubhouse. The (current) Machinery Shed.

On 28th October 1992, our Second  Clubhouse – a transportable building and two bowling greens were officially opened by the Hon. Wendy Fatin.

Four years later,  on 13th September 1996, Arthur Marshall MLA officially opened our Third Clubhouse, which we are now enjoying with our modern clubhouse facilities, and our third green was in place from 2000.

A major upgrade to the Club was opened on 5th April 2014. The Club joined in a partnership with the Peel Social Bowling Club at the same time. Peel Bowling, who in addition to having their own members bowling, cater for people with various disabilities. Our fourth green of 5 rinks was installed in 2014.

We now have four synthetic greens (2 x 7 rinks, 1 * 6 rinks & 1 x 5 rinks).

We’ve come a long way since 1989 and now enjoy the company of around 900 members from our vibrant local community. International and interstate visitors are commonplace.

“AGAINST THE OVERWHELMING ODDS” is available from the link below for Members who are interested in the early Club history from 1989 to 1996. This presentation covers particular detail of the period of construction of the first major Club building.

Against The Overwhelming Odds by Bob Williams.

Conveniently located, just 2kms south of central Mandurah City our club is nestled between the picturesque estuary of the Peel Inlet and Indian Ocean.

Halls Head’s first Management Committee. Say hello to that young bloke on the bottom right.  Unfortunately Bob Williams was the last one standing. Bob passed away in 2023 after continuing service to the Club.

Laying the first greens. Volunteers mixing cement by hand.

Ladies first Gala Day

A group of our Foundation Members in January 2017, assembled to commemorate the new foundation stone. The inscription is shown at the top of this page.

Peter Chalmers, Col Francis, June Lewer, Beryl Pearce, Mary Chalmers, Allison Barnes, Audry Francis, Linda Robertson and Bob Williams.