Bowlers urged: Roll up for an ashes send-off

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - LAU­REN ROBERTS

THE final rest­ing place for the late Den­nis and Zona Franklin will be the grounds of Dar­win Bowls Club – but their son is call­ing on Territorians to help give them the send-off they de­serve.

Their son, Den­nis Franklin Jnr, is plan­ning to scat­ter his par­ents’ ashes in Fan­nie Bay after a spe­cial cer­e­mony at the club on Oc­to­ber 28.

“Some of their ashes will be here, and some will be down at the beach,” Mr Franklin Jnr said. It’s the per­fect place for the bowls en­thu­si­asts to be laid to rest, ac­cord­ing to Mr Franklin Jnr.

“Dad and Mum would be down here play­ing bowls ev­ery chance they got,” he said. “Dad was on the board.” The Franklins moved up to the Ter­ri­tory in 1965, and joined the club for some­thing to do, and some­where to drink.

In 1967, the late Mr Franklin Snr was pre­sented with a tro­phy in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of his ster­ling ser­vice as vice-pres­i­dent and mem­ber. He com­pet- ed with and on be­half of the club for years, and was loyal to his sport.

At the up­com­ing event on Oc­to­ber 28, Mr Franklin Jnr wants to screen some old Su­per 8 film, which shows the club in the 1960s – back when the floors were hard black rub­ber, not soft green grass.

In his collection, Mr Franklin Jnr had some footage which was taken around Dar­win, just days after Cy­clone Tracy tore through in 1974.

“I don’t think some of this footage has ever been seen,” Mr Franklin Jnr said.

“Any past mem­bers of the club can come down, or fam­i­lies of club mem­bers.” Mr Franklin Jnr, and wife Jeanette Franklin, are keen to get their hands on a Su­per 8 pro­jec­tor so they can share the footage with any­one who wants to see it. “We just want to share what we’ve got – with fam­i­lies of the peo­ple who might have been play­ing at the club at this time,” she said. “They’re going to get a ‘wow’ fac­tor, for sure.” Any­one able to lend or sell the cou­ple a Su­per 8 pro­jec­tor, or want­ing more event de­tails can email


Den­nis Franklin Jnr and Jeanette Franklin are in Dar­win to pay trib­ute to Den­nis’ bowl­ing en­thu­si­ast mother and fa­ther

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