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Club History

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In the Beginning

The old Northern District Field Archers Banner
The old Northern District Field Archers Banner

It all began in 1978 when a few bowhunters got together on Keith Perren's property, located on Old Bay Road, on the outskirts of Deception Bay.

These few people gathered to practice their bowhunting skills. On the 27th of June 1978 the Killen family, Parren family and Tim Stone discussed the possibility of the formation of an archery club for the areas on the northern outskirts.

Their main aim was to provide a club where members could meet and practice all three forms of archery such as target, field and bowhunting.

After placing an advertisement in the local paper they met with other archers from Deception Bay and surrounding areas and following a meeting on the 29th of June the Northern District Archers Association (NDAA) was born.

Club members of the NDDA enjoyed shooting and BBQ's on Keith Parren's property, but it became obvious that the club could not stay here indefinitely. So in the early 1980, in a drive around all the back roads of the Pine Rivers shire (as it then was) Barry Killen the Lakeside Bowmen's present site.

Approaches to and negotiations with the Shire resulted in the NDAA being given a 25 year lease on 1st July 1980.

Then the hard work commenced, of clearing enough land for a car park and camping area, and to build a club house on.

The club house being built

At that stage the practice range was where the present Red Range target 1 is. We were lucky enough to have as club members Kevin Maller and his brother, Chris Maller, who were registered builders, and it was them, assisted by club members at constant working bees (no OHS rules applied in those days about fluro safety vests, hard hats or steel capped boots) who helped design and build the present club house. One of our other members, Gary Wilson was a bricklayer by trade, and his skills and expertise in laying many courses of blockwork helped the club house become a reality quickly.

A gallery of old images set about the first two years of the start of the club, if you know anyone in these pictures then let us know. (Click here)

The evolution of Lakeside Bowmen

Soon after the NDAA had relocated to the present Scouts Road site a proposal was made to change the club's name to "Lakeside Bowmen". At that time in the early 1980's the Lakeside Motor Racing Circuit was in full use, and we could clearly hear the cars and motorcycles racing each weekend. It was also felt by some members that the name of "Northern District Archers Association" did not really explain where we were.

The Lakeside Bowmen logo

At that time the only 3 field archery clubs on the northside of Brisbane were the Grange Bowmen at their old site in Beckett's Road, McDowall, Our own NDAA on Scouts Road and Murrumba Bowmen who had a range on a turf farm at the end of Caboolture River Road.

Arguments for and against the name change went on for some months and newsletter issues, but eventually after a special general meeting the majority voted for the name change. And then a more fierce discussions took place as to whether the new Lakeside Bowmen needed a new club badge. The old NDAA patch seemed to depict the Pine Rivers location of the club well, but some members thought a change would be good.

Several design competitions were organised through the clubs newsletter, and eventually the current American Indian within a shield motif was decided on.

Club House Extension

The Pergola extension to the club house

Since then the club has flourished with valuable members and in May 1998 the opening of a new pergola was celebrated with an opening ceremony with guest councillor Yvonne Chapman to do the honours.

The ribbon was cut officially opening the extension in preparation for Lakeside Bowmen's 20th anniversary.

Sister Club

The sister club plaque that was presented to Lakeside Bowmen

In 1998 Lakeside Bowmen and Massey Archery NZ became sister clubs. This came about by the work of Syd Green (President of ABA), Jane Bell (Lakeside Bowmen) and Trevor Ammunsden (Massey Archery Club).

Ten archers for Massey attended the official ceremony at Lakeside Bowmen where two plaques where presented to each club in recognition of the clubs becoming sister clubs.

The New Zealand flag signed by Massey Club members

The New Zealand flag (signed by Massey Archery Members) in the club house was pinched by Jane Bell (A.K.A. Sarge). There is a signed boxing Kangaroo flag in the Massey Archery club house.

Sarge has been waiting for the Massey Archers to return to our club and try to reclaim their flag.

At each clubs annual presentation night, awards are presented from each club to:

  • Most improved archer
  • Encouragement award (usually awarded to a junior member)

Shade for the Practice Range

In March 2011 Roy Stafford and Tim Stone came up with an idea to improve the practice range for members, but more importantly for our hard working coaches. The idea was to build a shade structure on the practice range to provide shelter for everyone using the range.

Over the next 12 months and many meeting and phone calls with council, and meeting the Biodiversity Overlay code and the Rural Fire Hazard Area code 1 and 6. We obtained all the approvals and funding required to build the shade pergola.

Construction was soon commenced. After 13 months of effort in April 2012 the shade pergola was completed.

In October 2012 the Moreton Bay Regional Council donated two park seats that were added to the practice range.

The Peter Roulstone Pergola that provides shade on the practice range

In November 2012 the practice range pergola was renamed to the "Peter Roulstone Pergola" in memory of our dear friend Peter who sadly passed away earlier in the year.

In May 2014, Warren King and Greg Crowe completed the extension to the pergola by erecting a shade cloth extension to cover the seating area. This has made a big improvement for all who use the practice area on a regular basis.

Last updated 08 Feburary 2017