Historical medallion returns to Bendigo Bowls Club

HISTORICAL: Bill Freeman with a photo of his grandfather, George Freeman, and Barry Whiffin, who holds the 1916 Bendigo club champion medallion.

HISTORICAL: Bill Freeman with a photo of his grandfather, George Freeman, and Barry Whiffin, who holds the 1916 Bendigo club champion medallion.

A 100-YEAR old piece of Bendigo Bowls Club history has been returned to the club.

Bendigo’s 1916 club championship medallion won by George Freeman was presented back to the club on Thursday.

The presentation was made by Freeman’s grandson, Bill Freeman of Charlton, who presented the medallion, as well as a photo of his grandfather, to reigning club champion Barry Whiffin.

George Freeman arrived in Bendigo in 1890 from Melbourne to become principal of St Andrew’s College.

Freeman was a man of many sporting talents that weren’t confined to just the lawn bowls green.

He was also an accomplished rower, tennis player, cricketer with Carlton and VFL footballer with St Kilda, while he also helped to found the Bendigo Golf Club.

“The medallion has been in the family for 100 years; it’s now back in the Bendigo Bowls Club’s hands for the next 100 years and perpetuity,” Bill Freeman said.

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