His­tory be­hind the hall

Isis Town and Country - - News -

IT MAY come as a sur­prise, but the West Street Hall was orig­i­nally home to the first women’s bowls club in Queens­land.

The Isis and District Ladies Bowls Club was formed by women af­ter men de­cided not to al­low women in their club.

The land was do­nated to the women’s bowl­ing club in 1951 by the for­mer Isis Shire Coun­cil to con­struct a five lane bowl­ing green, and the club­house was com­pleted in 1955.

In 1992, the women’s bowls club dis­banded when the women were en­cour­aged by men to join the men’s club the Isis Bowl­ing Club.

The club house was then used as the Isis and District Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre un­til it was re­lo­cated in the main street at the old am­bu­lance build­ing.

For the past 10 years, the hall has been used as a meet­ing room and dance prac­tice area for the Isis Mul­ti­cul­tural Group.

The Isis Mul­ti­cul­tural Group was founded in 1995 af­ter it be­came ap­par­ent that a con­sid­er­able num­ber of eth­nic women were liv­ing in the district.

These women had im­mi­grated to Aus­tralia and were feel­ing iso­lated.

With this in mind, the group was formed to help these women ad­just to life in this coun­try.

To­day, the group continues to meet reg­u­larly at the hall.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

1950s: The West Street Hall was orig­i­nally home to the Childers & District Ladies Bowl­ing Club.

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