Who would have thought.... Unlike the America's Cup being challenged 36 times throughout its 165 year history, the 'Holroyd Cup' played at Balmain Bowling Club, has been challenged by Champions 128 times throughout the Club's 137 year history. The difference is, we still have the Cup!
In 1885, Charles Rasp, a lonely boundary rider, pegged out a 40 acre prospectors claim in a little known area in Western NSW. Together with 6 others (including the young cousin of the Victorian Premier) they formed the Broken Hill Company. Their first consignment of Broken Hill ore resulted in 35,605 ounces of silver. Their company went to become one of the World's largest mining companies. Who would have thought the Balmain Bowling Club is 5 years older than "the Big Australian", BHP.
When you think of Sydney landmarks, the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House spring first to one's mind. But before those were built, Sydney's Town Hall stood out proudly as being our most iconic Sydney building for many years. The Town Hall was officially opened in 1880. Who would have thought the Balmain Bowling Club is the same age as Sydney's Town Hall.
Who would have thought.... Though founded in London's East End in 1865, it wasn't until 1880 that the Salvation Army made its way to Australian shores. That was the same year Balmain Bowling Club was formed. To this very day, patrons of the Club welcome and give generously to the Salvation Army whenever they call.
Who would have thought notorious Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, was hanged in Melbourne on the 11th November 1880. Though slightly earlier, that was the same year Balmain Bowling Club was formed.
Brad Donaldson - Record Holder Lawn bowling history occurred at the Balmain Bowling Club this month. But this story really started 131 years ago in 1887, just 7 years after the commencement of the Balmain Bowling Club. Renowned Club supporter and a keen bowler himself, Judge Holroyd donated a valuable 'silver' ball trophy to contest for the Club's Annual Champion Bowler. So started the Holroyd Cup, and played every championship year ever since. Judge Holroyd stipulated that for the Club Champion to actually keep the trophy, they would have to win the Club championship 3 years in a row or, win the championship 5 times in total. It took 53 years to achieve that when in 1939, W Allen won the championship on 5 separate occasions. At a time when that silver ball trophy likely could have purchased a home, being the true champion he was, Mr Allen donated the trophy back to the Club. Being the then 'owner' of the trophy, he stipulated the annual competition would be played perpetually. And so it has come to pass that the Holroyd Cup is now the longest running Club Championship in Australian lawn bowls history. Mr Allen went on to win [...]
Who would have thought that the first working automatic dishwasher was a wooden tub with a wire basket in it. It should be no surprise that it was invented by a woman too! Josephine Garis invented the first automatic dishwasher in 1889. Her dishwasher had a handle that when turned, hot soapy water cleaned the dishes. Though that invention occurred 9 years after the Balmain Bowling Club was formed, it wasn't until almost 40 years later, in the 1920's, that woman were permitted to play the ancient sport of bowls.
are having their first ever Council Elections on Saturday 9th September. Meet Balmain Ward's Candidates at the Balmain Town Hall on Tuesday 29th August at Balmain Town Hall. 6:30 pm to 8 pm Candidates: Darcy Byrne - Labor, Linda Kelly - Labor, John Roper - Labor, John Stamolis - Independent, Kathleen Hacking - Independent, Tracey Brooks - Independent, Stephen Meates - Liberal, Wenjie Zhang - Liberal, Elizabeth Levy, Rochelle Porteous - The Greens, Matthew Thompson - The Greens, Pauline Jensen - The Greens Sponsored by the Balmain Association, Friends of Callan Park & the Balmain Institute.
Londres - Paris - Constantinople In 1883, travelling between Paris and Constantinople, the long and famous distance passenger train, the Orient Express began running its services. The name became synonymous with intrigue, luxury travel and sensational cuisine. Sadly, the Orient Express ceased its operation in 2009. Who would have thought that the Balmain Bowling Club is older than one of the world's most famous trains. The Club though, is still going strong. Try out our sensational cuisine here - Crack a Jack