Decorated club member Iris Donahue was honoured to cut the 100th birthday cake on Sunday afternoon. Alongside her were four other club members who are also in their 90s: Ron West, Lola Poxon and Betty Ashton. G274512.

BOWLERS young and old celebrated Wonthaggi Bowls Club’s centenary on Sunday with a number of presentations and the launch of an anticipated history book seven years in the making. Long-time members with more than 25 years of experience competing on the Billson Street bowling green were awarded framed certificates and many special guests paid tribute to the club after a special lunch at The Workmen’s Club. Federal MP Russell Broadbent congratulated club members on 100 years of “entertaining and looking after one another in the process.” One of the most exciting aspects of the celebration was the launch of a history book – the definitive document on the club’s first 100 years. The book, written and collated by personality Alan McFayden is full of rarely-seen photographs and stories of club identities who have long since died. Simply titled ‘Wonthaggi Bowls Club: 100 Years – History in the Making’, the attractive softcover publication was extensively researched. Joining the club in 2002, Alan began delving back into the minutes of club meetings dating to August 1912 a few years into his membership. Alan understandably took time away from his research while recovering from injuries sustained in a gas explosion at a local angling club. However, his determination to finish the book in time for the club’s centenary never wavered, and the finished product is every bit as excellent as members could have hoped. Alan noted that researching certain periods of the club’s history proved difficult as many records had been destroyed. “I had to go through a lot of different avenues to locate information,” Alan said. “But some information, like the handwritten minutes of the first ever committee meeting, I found on a piece of paper that was stored in an exercise book in the clubrooms!” “The way it was written in thick black ink made it look like it had been dipped in tar. “I eventually deciphered it though and I was surprised by how interesting it was.” Copies of the book are for sale through the club for $25. Former councillor and mayor John Duscher wrote the foreword, congratulating Alan on working tirelessly on the project for so many years.