King Edward Park in Newcastle, NSW, was dedicated as a recreation reserve in 1863. Within the grounds was a bowling green, seen here, and the Obelisk, built as a navigational marker in 1850; the focal point is a Victorian rotunda. The park has spectacular ocean views, Norfolk Island pines and a sunken garden usually ablaze of colour. It is a popular place for family picnics and barbecues. The park also has links with Newcastle's penal past, with the Bogey Hole (or convict hewn ocean bathing pool) at the foot of the eastern cliff face.
Newcastle City Bowling Club, established 30 April 1889, was the first Newcastle District Club and, initially, had a small two-rink green on the Newcastle Cricket Ground, rented from the City Cricket Club, where play was limited to two days a week. When the Newcastle City Club acquired an area on the Upper Reserve (now known as King Edward Park) some members decided to stay on the Lowlands area - the original green - and so emerged the description of bowlers as being either Highlanders or Lowlanders. The Club has now moved to a different location, and the area seen in the photograph is now parkland with a new function centre.
King Edward Park has come a long way since the area was described in the early 19th century as a place “where many a feud was settled”. I don’t know how this more modern feud was settled, but I hope the outcome wasn’t fatal.
For some reason, I’m reminded of a Beryl Cook painting! (See Workshop)
Negative scanned @ 4000 ppi on a dedicated Nikon film scanner.
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Royaldevon (37551) 2014-08-15 1:15
Ha! Ha! Will, we have some Beryl Cook postcards. I love the humour!!
A photograph which reflects the calmness of the sport. It is beautifully composed and shows just about all the action that is taking place.
Since being included in major sporting events, bowling has become much more popular. We may see a whole new change in attitude, with players becoming professionals who spend hours in the gym, developing muscles and stamina!!!
Thanks for this.
Have a great day,
CLODO (33822) 2014-08-15 1:29
It is so "British empire"! the white vs the white, and the wind, according to the flag, seems to accelerate the bowl in the right direction. You have a general diagonal line going from the flag to the bowler, clouds above, game under.
dekanski (5020) 2014-08-15 2:18
if it were not so technically perfect, one might think it was taken 100 years ago. Very British.
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-08-15 3:07
I like the nice relaxed mood of this photograph that is provided in part by the lovely blue sky with the light clouds. You pressed the shutter at the perfect moment giving a great sense of movement. Great dof with perfect clarity and details.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day.
jhm (150726) 2014-08-15 3:36
These picture as scanned image is wonderful and perfect of composition.
You can see that a picture of 21 year old always remains when these is perfect made.
Sharpness and colours are pleasant.
Excellent captured nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-08-15 3:47
Always good to see your images of Australia. We take for granted and overlook the iconic images that can be taken in our own backyard. Well-taken.
I don't think that the function centre has been started yet.
"In a three-day hearing scheduled in the NSW Land and Environment Court next month (March 2014), the Friends of King Edward Park Group will challenge Newcastle City Council's approval in 2011 of developer Keith Stronach's plans for a function centre, restaurant and kiosk on the cliff-top site at King Edward headland.”
PS: I added message in response to your critique of spinning cups.
abmdsudi (52353) 2014-08-15 6:35
A lovely refreshing view & nice atmosphere of a bowling green, I like the way you have framed and composed this shot. It pulls you effectively into the the eye popping bowlers and I find a certain grandeur in the setting. Vividness of colours and details are great, clarity is subtle and excellent in contrast to blue sky. A nicely done job with fine result. Congrats.
holmertz (50762) 2014-08-15 7:39
A very nice and bright photo of the elderly people enjoying their quiet game on this lovely day. I like how they are evenly spread out in their white clothes, all in different postures, and I also like the diagonal red line and the row of red, yellow and blue benches. And of course the flag is flying very nicely.
Tue (34490) 2014-08-16 2:23
Lovely photo of this bowling green, you managed to capture the atmosphere of the place really well I think. I like the composition and the inclusion of the flag. Nice painting in the WS too!
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-08-17 6:33
Hello Will - As a lawn bowler it's fun to see the sport shown here on TE. The players look very well behaved and sedate all in their whites. A bit different to what we see in Namibia and the African internationals! I like the inclusion of the flag, it, together with the painted benches add a little vivid splash to the proceedings which look terribly proper.
Love the sauciness of the Beryl Cook painting too!
macjake (66510) 2014-08-22 0:48
this photo was taken back in 1993, 21 years ago.
I hate to sound so morbid, but i wonder how many of the people in this photo are still alive today!
its a sad thought actually :(
as for the photo itself, its awesome! I mean, how often do we get to see Lawn Bowling on TE!
really like the tall flag, the white clouds, and the action of the bowler.
- Copyright: Will Perrett (willperrett) (10117)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 1993-03-00
- Categories: Daily Life, Event
- Camera: Canon AE 1, Polarizing Filter
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Australia [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-15 0:55