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Leo Dove

Badges Dove

Leo Dove's rifle and badges, donated by Janice Enderlin Cooper, 2012. MUS2012.4

These cloth badges and rifle were used by expert local marksman Leo Dove. Leo was a barber in Murwillumbah and was selected to represent Australia at the 1948 London Olympic Games in rifle shooting. He learnt to shoot at a young age and was blessed with a good eye and a steady hand. As part of his training he balanced a threepence on the front of his rifle barrel and kept it there while he fired 10 dummy shots. Only when he mastered this trick did he feel confident of holding the rifle steady. Leo was a member of the Murwillumbah Rifle Club where he won 13 club championships and served as President for many years.

Pat Smith

pat smith
Pat Smith's silver Commonwealth games medal. MUS2012.6

This silver medal was award to local sports woman Patricia (Pat) Smith in lawn bowls at the Commonwealth Games, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1986. Pat Smith was born in Murwillumbah and started playing bowls in 1959. She represented Queensland from 1972 until 1987, and Australia in the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, and the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh where she won the silver medal you see on display. Pat was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia in 1989 for her service to women’s lawn bowls.

Lou Rowan

Lou Rowan
This cricket umpire’s hat and over ball counter belonged to Australian Test cricket umpire, Louis (Lou) Rowan. Lou was born in 1925 in Murwillumbah. He umpired 25 Test matches between 1963 and 1971 and became Australia’s senior umpire. He was embroiled in one of cricket’s biggest controversies. During the 1970-71 Ashes series players heavily criticised Lou for what they thought to be poor umpiring decisions. He was accused of bias; no Australian batsman was given out lbw in six full test matches. Lou wrote a book about his experiences, showing an insight into the life of a cricket test umpire.

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