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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published July 13th 2019
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Ten pin bowling was an extremely popular pastime in Australia in the 1960s. While many of the bowling alleys have disappeared, new modern ones have appeared throughout Melbourne's suburbs.

10 pin bowling
The modern bowling alley.

Oz Tenpin operate five venues in Melbourne, at Greensborough, Epping, Point Cook, Narre Warren and Chirnside Park, the venue chosen for this review.

Bowling lanes
Lots of lanes waiting.

It would be fifty years since this writer had entered a bowling alley. The pins were the same and the balls still round, but there the memories stopped. Bowling had become high tech.

Bowling interior
Spectators can watch in comfort.

The scoring was electronic and automatic, there was a pro-shop where you could purchase all you needed to play or even receive some instruction.

Pro shop.
Everything you need to increase your score.

Bowling ball
You can buy your own ball from only $125-00.

One innovation that would have been handy in my day was a pop-up barrier along the length of the lanes to stop the bowls from entering the gutter. I was told this was only activated for children and those with a physical handicap.

Bowling ball
The gutter guard in operation. A performance enhancer?

A pleasing aspect that I noticed was that children and those that were unable to toss a heavy ball 18 metres towards the pins were well catered for. A bowling ramp allows those lacking in age and strength to drop their bowl into a stand to let gravity send their bowl hurtling towards the ten pins, albeit at a slower pace than the experienced bowler.

Bowling ramp.
Centre manager, Jamie, demonstrating the bowling ramp.

I watched some using this device and they did well. On one visit most of the 26 bowling alleys were occupied by students from a local college. By the noise level, they were all enjoying themselves and it was good to see young people tackling the old and ancient art of ten pin bowling.

Amusement machines.
Some of the amusement machines for the younger folk.

The Chirnside Park centre has a large area devoted to coin in the slot amusement machines, which ties in nicely to their catering for children's bowling parties.

Amusement machines.
More amusement.

A small café and coffee shop caters for all day meals and coffee. The menu is limited but very reasonably priced, particularly the items aimed at children. The coffee is good.

The café which overlooks the lanes.

The price? Varies with your age, how many games you play and time of day for juniors. They have a discount on Whacky Sundays between 7.00 pm. and 9.00 pm. See the photo below for prices.

Price board
What it costs.

League bowling groups were all the rage with serious bowlers back when ten pin bowling arrived in Australia. Today there are still bowling leagues enjoying this game that people of all levels and abilities can participate in.

A bowler in action.

So bowl up to Chirnside Park, Epping, and Greensborough, Point Cook or Narre Warren and join the fun.

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Phone: 9727-0007
Where: Oz Tenpin, 25 Fletcher Road, Chirnside Park. Melways Map: 37 G.5.
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