In 1963 a conversation was held between Will Hay (from Mathoura) and Norm Knopp (Echuca Bowls Club), who discussed the idea of forming a local bowling club. As a result, they held a public meeting to gauge the interest of locals. The meeting was held in the Mathoura Shire Hall in November 1963 and chaired by the then Shire President, Cr H.C. (Wen) Lea. The journey had begun.

A committee was formed. Financial support was required and a very gratifying sum, reported to be around two thousand pounds, was collected. This money allowed for the purchase of land in Moama St Mathoura from the Mathoura Sub-Branch of the RSL. The new club was duly named Mathoura District and Servicemen's Bowling Club.

By September 1964, the club was ready to proceed with plans for construction of their first green. At this time, members learned what Norm Knopp had meant when he stated that a lot of voluntary labour would be needed to make the project a success. Working bees were held constantly. Deniliquin Bowling Club curator, Reg West, was the club's mentor during this period and provided much valuable advice which was greatly appreciated. The site was excavated with equipment provided by the Murray Shire Council, loam was carted to the site and volunteers using picks and shovels assisted in whatever way they could. Fencing materials were purchased and the back fence was erected. Redgum ditches were added, a tool shed was erected at the rear of the green and drainage pipes laid. Voluntary labour was once again provided to assist with these tasks.


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