History of BDBA

This history has been compiled from existing records and information available to district volunteers. We apologise if we have reproduced errors or omissions. Please let us know and we will fix these issues asap.

A big thank you to Pam Campbell and Wendy Peach for the major effort to compile this material. Also, thanks to Keith Brown, John Fern and all  others who have actively assisted in compiling these records.


27 July  A special General Meeting was held, at which the following Motion was tabled and carried ‘THAT the unattached bowlers in the Brisbane area be formed into a District or District Bowls Association and the decision on the number of Districts be resolved by those bowlers within a given two months from the date of tonight's meeting'.

16 Sept Following debate as to 2 or 4 new Districts, it was resolved that 4 District be formed and that formation take place on 1 January 1988.

30 Sept Steering committee was formed, comprising the following Executive

              David Picking O.A.M.        Chairman

              Ross Fell                            (Acting) Secretary

              Lloyd Mitchell                     (Acting) Treasurer

Other members of Committee comprised Jack Prandolini, John Blake, Dudley Wyeth and Morris Clarke.

Initial thinking was that this new venture was to be known as the North West District Bowls Association, comprising 20 clubs, each subscribing $100 capital contribution.

At this time 2 clubs, Kenmore and Ferny Grove, then in the throes of formation, were invited to join the District following their affiliation.


27 Jan  The inaugural meeting of the Brisbane District Bowls Associatio was held at Booroodabin Bowls Club. Business included:

Affiliation of the following 20 clubs to form the Association:

Ashgrove, Auchenflower, Bardon, Booroodabin, Enoggera, Everton Park, Gaythorne, Grange, Indooroopilly, Ithaca, Kalinga, Merthry, New Farm, Newmarket, Samford District, Stafford, St Lucia, Toowong, West Toowong, Windsor.

Election of Office Bearers

President            David Picking O.A.M.

Secretary            Lloyd Mitchell

Senior Vice          Jack Prandolini

Treasurer            Bert Garraway

Junior Vice         John Blake

RBA Councillor  Harry Mc Kenzie

Patron                 Morris Clarke

Constitution/By Laws Approved and Adopted


Colours: Red (to match the Qld Poinsettia flower) and White Badge: Poinsettia emblem inside a shield

Both approved and adopted.

8 Feb     First Annual General Meeting of the Associaiton.

10 Feb   District Affiliation approved at Council of Management meeting of the Royal Queensland Bowls Association

1 May    Unfurling of District Flag at St Lucia Bowls Club

12 May   Brisbane's first ever District Sides component were undefeated in the State Sides competition, but   fell short on count back by 2.5 rinks, only to achieve Runner Up. 


13 Dec   Following its affiliation, Ferny Grove Bowls Club was welcomed as a member of the Association-  Clubs then numbered 21.


Peter Leon (Enoggera) achieved State and National level status, whilst Peter Johnson (Enoggera) rose to State level of competition.

4 members, David Picking OAM, Jack Prandolini, Robin Just and John Blake were elected to positions on the State Body (RQBA)


 David Picking appointed as organiser of the Bowls Section at 12th Commonwealth Games (held at Moorooka Bowls Club.

Cedric Netscher co-opted to State Body Umpires Committee


 13 March   Brisbane District became an Incorporated Association.

Patron Morris (Morrie) Clarke passed away, as did our promotional Editor Harvey Humphries.

David Picking (OAM) appointed as our new Patron.

Peter Leon, Peter Johnson, Guilo Campabassi and Tom Truman selected for State Squad trials.

Peter Leon reached 35th position in the top 50 players in Australia

5 more district members appointed to various State Body committees


Peter Leon continued his winning form at State and National level (State Pairs/Fours/ State Singles Champion of Club Champions/Singles and Pairs National Champion.

Peter Johnson and Neil Spiller also continued to shine at Sate and National level.

David Picking made Life Member of the State Body.

Jack Prandolini appointed State Body Delegate to Bowls Australia

Lloyd Mitchell appointed to State Body Finance Committee.


 Lack of sponsorship saw District Affiliation fees rise to $3.50 per member.


Brisbane District successfully hosted State District Sides competition.

Jack Prandolini appointed as Bowls Aust. State Delegate, Chairman Aust. Events/ Sponsorship Committee Bowls Aust./ also to the joint Committee, State Body.

David Picking re-elected as State Historian, Joe Goodwin elected to State Body Board of Management.

Enoggera Club laid the first (and only) synthetic playing greens in the District.


Jeff Twist (Bardon) sat at 49th in ABC rankings; represented Australia in Australian Sides Championships.

District monthly mixed social Bbowls (Sunday games) were still popular at the time-192 teams competing over at relatively short season.

The Guthrie family (Ferny Grove)- Barry (father, sons Anthony, Justin and Matthew combined well to win the 1996 District Fours Championship.

Life membership of the District bestowed on Secretary Lloyd Mitchell and Treasurer Bert Garraway.


Foundation Treasurer Bert Garraway retired after 9 years service

Our current and principal sponsor, Credit Union Australia, came on board to join Brisbane Bus Lines and Forest Place Retirement Villages (the latter no longer involved).

We were privileged to enter into partnership with CUA whose continued assistance enhance successful District Competitions.

Tow of our bowlers continued high rankings at State and National levels:

Jeff Twist. Ranked 25th in National and 5th in Qld's top 50 bowlers.

Peter Leon. Ranked 185 in Nationals and 26th in Qld's top 50.


Llyod MItchell awarded the Distinguished ServiClub/District and State Level.


A successfully competitive year for the District:

Brisbane won the prestigious Poinsettia Cup, retained 2 inter-district shields and successfully administered the 1999 State District Sides Championships.

Host clubs for the event were Enoggera, Everton Park, Stafford and Bardon and their assistance was well appreciated.

Four District players won the right to State representation; Bob Twist, Brett Kitchener, David Krogh, Elwyn Jeffs.


After 13 years of consistently dedicated service to the District, we reluctantly received the retirement of our Foundation Secretary/Past President/Treasurer RQBA Delegate (and District Legend) Lloyd MItchell.

Jack Prandolini, another District stalwart, also announced his retirement due to change to domicile. Jack was also a Foundation member and an integral organiser of the District's formation. Life membership was bestowed for his services.

District Secretary Des O'Neil appointed to the inaugural State Body Unification committee.


"The Year of Volunteers"- Clubs were invited to nominate eligible members for Govt recognition for time and effort spent felping promote their particular sport. Emanating from this 13 club members within the District were awarded the Australia Sports Medal 2000.

Jack Prandolini was awarded the Order of Australia( OAM).

2 junior bowlers (Tom Palmer and Damien Power, Ferny Grove) won the State Junior Pairs Championship.   


4 Ferny Grove District Fours Champions (Neil Frost, Damien Power, Brett Young and ElwynJeffs) became State Fours champions.

Secretary Des O'Neil appointed to the State Board of Management.


District Steering Committee formed to work towards the new joint structure of mens and ladies district bowlers.

Our Patron of 12 years, David Picking called it a day. David's interest and contributions will always be appreciated.


Brisbane District was one, if not the first, District to confirm with Natiional Body wishes to amalgamate their ladies and men's bowling divisions. The inaugural steering committee worked well towards the formation of such and their success is now evident in the obvious cooperation, goodwill and harmony that exists within the partnership of the two bodies. Such a partnership has given strength to the District.


Taylor Bridge Club (now Indooroopilly) was welcomed back into the District.

District Secretary Des O'Neil elected to State President (Men's Section) of Bowls Qld.

Booroodabin, a foundation member club, was lost to the District.

Everton Park ladies team of fours (M. Mauch, S. Hanlon, M. Wall, E. Leitch) progressed to the State Finals of Champion of Club Champions.

Second year in a row Brisbane men won the State 3rd Division District Sides flag.


District supplied State Championship winners in 2 State Champion of Club Championships diciplines:

Fours: Robyn Berlyn, Gerard Kerr, Pat Campbell, Garry Ryan.

Pairs: Roger Connolly, Wayne Lyons (Ferny Grove)

Men's District Sides, achieved Runner Up in Division 1 of the State District Sides Championship.

After 59 years, Samford Club won its first ever Pennant Flag.

Two of our ladies (Sue Bond, Kerrie Wilson-Ferny Grove) were selected to the State Development Squad.


Once again our players reached State finals:

Ladies in pairs and fours

Everton Park Ladies Pennants team'

Ferny Grove Men's Fours-State Champion of Club Champions

State District Sides. Brisbane District became Division 2 State Champions.

Our good friend and Board Chairman John Bertwistle passed away on 11 October, leaving a void in our District family. John, along with many others, contributed so much to our history, all of whom will not be forgotten.


In this, our 20th year, who knows what lies before us. We do know that we cannot rest on our achievements to date. This past history is a tribute to all those wonderful people (those volunteers) who have gone before us, those who have loved the game of bowls and, with the District at heart, have contributed so much towards ensuing Brisbane District Association continues to prosper and succeed into the years ahead.