Photographer's Note

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)

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Additional Photos by Will Perrett (willperrett) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1003 W: 290 N: 2589] (12206)
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