Towards the end of the 1950s a group of local bowlers of both genders formed the view that women were not getting a fair go from the bowling establishment. To address this situation they dared to form their own club where women were clearly to be treated as equals. There were many battles to be fought because the club was challenging the traditional status quo. It was fortunate to have among its advocates a local lawyer and identity, Shirley Burke – a pioneer in the emerging social phenomenon of equal opportunity. After a year or two of argy-bargy the club was accepted by the RVBA and VLBA and began its life as an accredited bowling club in 1960.