In the early fifties Fairymead Sugar Company opened up a lot of land at Fairydale and behind Moore Park for sugar growing.
The land was taken up by young farmers just starting their careers with young families.
By the mid sixties they were established and after a weeks work felt they had earned a beer and a bit of relaxation, but it was a long way into the closest pub, Harry Balkins Globe Hotel. A license at Moore Park was the answer.
The Moore Park Bowls Club was formed on a motion by Merv Thiele at the Welcome Creek Hall on 22nd December 1967.
The first step was a to procure the land. An application to the council detained a 50 year lease at a shilling a year on the area we are now using.
It was standing timber, but strangely Fairymead dozers seemed to knock it down. We commenced the building of our first green, which was entirely by members using their own tractors & equipment.
We had to purchase our ditches from a local cement co. In July 1968 we paid S.K. Sonter $11.00 to seed the green with blue couch seed.
We started playing on the green on the 7th December 1969. The average age of members in 1968 was 34 years of age, a young club in every way.
It was officially opened by the President of the Australian Bowls Council on the 2nd August 1969.
The cost of membership was $10 per year. During our first year we had to raise money to build the club house. We sold debentures for 5 years @ 5% and these were re-paid fairly quickly. A loan was taken out with the commonwealth bank for $25,000.
E.K. Otto constructed the club house for $28,451 all inclusive, since then the club has enclosed the verandas and added an extension for poker machines and pool room but the original building is still standing.
The club was run entirely by volunteer labor. We became green keepers and barmen.
Beer sales and raffles became our money raisers and a popular dance held monthly was very profitable.
Our long standing member and now life member and Patron Ray Townson was our first President in 1969. Ray held that position for 3 years.
The installation of poker machines and employment of a manager in July 1993. Later the installation of lights allowing night bowls all added to the popularity of the club.
For many decades the club has been the hub of social & business for the community of Moore Park Beach.
Apart from a little hick-up in 2010 the club is stronger than ever thanks to our hard working board members, staff and club members.
A big thank-you to Ray Townson for this article about this our club.
We hope you all enjoy your time with us and thank you all, for without your patronage we would not be here today.