Pretoria District Dugout Temp

(Back) The Platinum Provincial Old Bill, Moth Dave Berry, installing the District Executive

(Front) Old Bill: Moth Thinus Prinsloo, Wee Bill: George Butler, Adj: Moth Marina Valentine and Pay Bill: Moth Johan Nel

To view a list of the surviving Shellhole Old Bills and District Old Bills within the Pretoria District, click here

 

Pretoria District Dugout History

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

1. The first Moth Annual magazine – written, compiled and produced by Moths for Moths and all ex-servicemen of SOUND MEMORY – and published by GHQ in 1928, contains this thought-provoking illustration and verse by Moth Evo:

“Our gift was great, but you must give
A greater, to complete the plan.
We died: now you must nobly live
To make man brother unto man.

2. The special commemorative “50 Years Souvenir Brochure” published in 1977 to mark the 50th anniversary of the start of the MOTH, includes the following article on pages 37 and 38:

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The Birth and History of the Order in Pretoria

The Order is regarded as having started on the day Moth “0” produced and published his famous cartoon “Forgetfulness” on 7 May, 1927; the object being to establish “Shellholes” instead of “branches”, and “Old Bills” or “Commanders” in lieu of “Presidents” each running their own affairs, but working within the principles and ideals of the Order. Having started in Durban, the idea spread rapidly throughout the country – so much so that originally there was a good deal of confusion. It was only later that the term “Dugout” officially came into being, i.e. when District Commands were formed. This term extended to Provincial Commands. The ideal strength of a Shellhole was quoted as being between 30 and 100 members.

Thus, it came about that during July 1927, an inaugural meeting of prospective Pretoria Moths was held at the Blackwood Villa Hotel where Munitoria stands today. At the time, Blackwood Villa was owned by the late Moth Bill Pritchards, who later moved to Swaziland. The meeting was attended by an estimated 500 to 600 ex-servicemen, and a Shellhole “San Fary Ann” was formed, with Moth W. Crofton Forbes, MC, as Old Bill.

Here it should be noted that through some misunderstanding, no doubt due to the early confusion occasioned by the immediate and rapid expansion of the idea, some Transvaal Moths started off by forming units known as “Dugouts” instead of “Shellholes”.

“San Fary Ann” was apparently so big as to be unmanageable, and during the following month (August), the “Whizzbang” Shellholes were formed at a meeting held in the Grand Hotel on Church Square. These were known as Whizzbang 1, 2, 3 and 4. As will be evident from the above, Pretoria ex-servicemen received the birth of the Order with the greatest of enthusiasm. It has been stated that, no fewer than nine strong units were in active operation in less than a year. Whether these units were all entirely independent or controlled by a particular “Dugout” is not clear, although indications are that the former is the more likely.

Each of the Whizzbang Shellholes held their own meetings, albeit on the same night and venue (Grand Hotel), and at the commencement operated independently, although fraternising during the harmony. Amalgamation, to form a large single Shellhole under the same name, only took place at a later stage. The Old Bills of the original Whizzbang Shellholes were, respectively, AS Montgomery, JB Pettigrew, HCC Spooner and EJ Wickham. Despite the information contained in the following paragraph, the word “Dugout” has not been used for any of the units thus far mentioned. The record of Old Bills for “Whizzbang” shows it as having always been known as a Shellhole, with Moth AS Montgomery as the first Old Bill (1927-1929), followed by Moth EJ Wickham (1929-1930).

In an article which appeared in a birthday issue of “Home Front” it is stated by the Editor: “In addition to the great Whizzbang Dugout with its three branches and San Fairy Ann, others formed in the first year were: “Pretoria No. 1 Dugout”: Old Bill Moth JC Gorie; “Pretoria Dugout”: Old Bill Moth T Scott; “Mons No. 2”: Old Bill Moth A Mackay; “Tim Lukin”: Old Bill Moth J Andresen; “Gunners”: Old Bill Moth FB Manning. Of these only Whizzbang survived for any time.

The original Shellhole “San Fairy Ann” also did not last and very soon became defunct. This is confirmed by Moth Jack Wickham and is substantiated by the fact that no mention of it is made in the first issue of “Home Front”, i.e. August 1928. However, it is evident that the record in the first issue of “Home Front” cannot be accepted as proof, as it also makes no mention of the four Whizzbang Shellholes as already having been established at Bellevue, Transvaal. In mitigation, the Editor emphasised that the list of Dugouts and Shellholes as printed was incomplete, which is further proof of the confusion with resultant inaccuracies, which existed during the initial formative period of the movement, with its unprecedented development and rapid expansion to all Provinces.

In the aforementioned “Home Front” (Volume 1 No 1), under the heading of units existing in the Transvaal, only two Pretoria units are listed, namely “Pretoria No 1” and “Pretoria No 2” Dugouts; the respective Old Bills being given as J Sinclair Gorie and AS Montgomery respectively. The Adjutant of the former was CW Howes. Incidentally, this first issue does list a “Railways Dugout” (Old Bill A Jones; Adjt. HL Duckworth), but does not indicate where it was established. It is considered that this was the forerunner of “Coal Box Dugout”, now Coal Box Shellhole. This Shellhole met in Berea Park Institute right up until about August 1963, since when meetings were held at the Moth Memorial Centre. The Charter of this “Dugout” is dated 1928. In 1929 Moth AE (Swiss) Koen was the Old Bill and he was subsequently made a Life Old Bill of the Shellhole. According to the Charter it was founded in February 1928 as “Coal Box Dugout”.

During the next few years various other Shellholes sprang up; for instance “Sparks”, “Legs Eleven” (at the Central Prison) and “Bomb”. These too faded out after a comparatively short life. “Gorgeous Wrecks” followed, and incidentally as a “Dugout” vide its Charter dated 22 September 1938. This Shellhole is still going strong and very active, having celebrated its 500th meeting in March 1972. It is, however, claimed to have been founded in 1936, the first Old Bill being Moth RA Glenday (1936-39). Of the above original and pre World War Two units, only “Whizzbang”, “Coal Box” and “Gorgeous Wrecks” have survived the ravages of time.

The post World War Two years witnessed another tremendous upsurge when numerous new Shellholes sprang up’ throughout the country. As was previously the case, some did not last long, two of those in Pretoria being “Bulldozer” and “Happy Valley”. The former was already in existence before March 1948, as it is listed in “Home Front” of that issue. Moth Zeiss was the first Old Bill. “Happy Valley” recruited most of its members from the then ex-servicemen’s village at Wonderboom Airport, and when it could no longer continue under its own identity, joined up with “Grenade”.

Ten others, plus four which at that time fell under Pretoria District, were established in due course. No doubt, due to Pretoria District having become somewhat unwieldy, coupled with the formation of other Shellholes in the Waterberg, the Waterberg District was established and the following Shellholes were transferred to the newly formed District:

Bosveld” (Nylstroom),
Convoy” (Warmbaths),
Ramrod” (Hammanskraal), and
Rooiberg” (Some 25 miles west of Warmbaths)

The former two are still going strong, while the latter two are defunct. Presumably all four were established after March 1948, since none of them are listed in that issue of our magazine.

Since the ten previously noted are still all going strong, these are listed hereunder:

  • Ariel” founded on 13 September 1946. First Old Bill Moth AW Hutchings (1946-47).
  • Grenade” founded in June 1949. First Old Bill Moth PFE Banyard (1949-51). The Charter of this Shellhole is dated 09 August 1949.
  • Mark Il” founded on 16 February 1951. First Old Bill Moth DW Melvill (1951-52) who answered the call during 1964.
  • Field Marshal” established at Irene in 1952. First Old Bill Moth AD Brown.
  • Ouma” founded on 07 April 1953. First Old Bill Moth R Hall (1953 -54).
  • Casa Mia” founded 08 November 1953, by a splinter group of Moths who broke away from “Ariel”. First Old Bill Moth L Piper (1953 -54). This is the only Pretoria Shellhole where membership of the Moth Memorial Centre was a prerequisite to Shellhole membership. This has been so from the beginning and was possibly the main reason (another being that “Ariel” at .that time was considered to be too large) for the breakaway.
  • Colonel Bogey” founded in 1953 (month not known). First Old Bill Moth HB Hudson. Recently, unfortunately, forced to vacate their hall in Clubview. The Shell hole has a good collection of trophies, so fortunately is once again settled and holds its meetings at Irene.
  • Crossed Rifles” established with effect from 26 August 1959, largely due to the efforts of Moth Dave Reeves, to serve newly recruited Moths of the Eastern suburbs. Moth Reeves, although not resident in that area, was the first Old Bill (1959-61). A member of Ariel Shellhole and former Old Bill, he is the present Provincial Old Bill.
  • Seven Hills” founded in 1960. First Old Bill Moth EC Knox. This Shellhole meets at the CBC Old Boys Memorial Club.
  • Flying Wheel” this Shellhole, today the true Railwayman’s unit, meets at the Koedoespoort Recreation Club and dates back to 11 March 1962. First Old Bill Moth E Seyfried.

Whilst every endeavour has been made to check all details and to give as accurately as possible the true facts, there inevitably remains gaps, doubts and, without doubt, in accuracies. An earnest appeal is therefore made to anyone with criticism and/or additional facts and details to make themselves known either through the medium of this magazine, or directly with the compiler of this record at PO Box 53, Botha’s Hill, Natal.

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DISTRICT FOUNDERS DAY

3. As is evident from the above, Pretoria ex-servicemen received the birth of the Order with the greatest of enthusiasm.

4. Thus, it came about that during July 1927, an inaugural meeting of prospective Pretoria Moths was held at the Blackwood Villa Hotel where the remains of Munitoria stand today. The meeting was attended by an estimated 500 to 600 ex-servicemen, and a Shellhole “San Fary Ann” was formed.

5. It was only later that the term “Dugout” officially came into being, i.e. when District Commands were formed.

6. It has been stated that, no fewer than nine strong units were in active operation in less than a year. Whether these units were all entirely independent or controlled by a particular “Dugout” is not clear, although indications are that the former is the more likely.

7. The Pretoria District Old Bills Honours Board starts with J Andresen in 1927, while the date on the current Pretoria District Charter is 23 October 1946.

8. To date there is no indication when the Pretoria District Dugout was first mentioned in the “Home Front”.

DISTRICT DUGOUT NAME

9. Through some misunderstanding, no doubt due to the early confusion occasioned by the immediate and rapid expansion of the idea, some Transvaal Moths started off by forming units known as “Dugouts” instead of “Shellholes”.

10. It was only later that the term “Dugout” officially came into being, i.e. when District Commands were formed. This term extended to Provincial Commands.

11. Why was the name Pretoria chosen for the District Dugout? In all probability, the Shellholes were geographically grouped into Districts and Pretoria formed a nodal hub.

DUGOUT BADGES

12. The Pretoria District Dugout badge depicted below is on display at Warrior’s Gate in Durban. Unfortunately, the symbolism and the meaning behind the images on the badge are not known.

The inscription below the dove reads as follows: God guide the rulers of the lands That brother Moths love dear, The emblem of our Order stands For all that Moths revere; Our comradeship shall e’er embrace In friendly unity; Ex-Servicemen of every race Who hold Sound Memory. Moth A.M.H. DISTRICT OLD BILL – A.M. HOBBS 193?
The inscription below the dove reads as follows:
God guide the rulers of the lands
That brother Moths love dear,
The emblem of our Order stands
For all that Moths revere;
Our comradeship shall e’er embrace
In friendly unity;
Ex-Servicemen of every race
Who hold Sound Memory.
Moth A.M.H.
DISTRICT OLD BILL – A.M. HOBBS 193?

13. The District Old Bill’s Honours Board reflects that Moth AM Hobbs was the District Old Bill in 1932, 1935/36, 1938, and 1939. A calculated guess, based on the barely visible outline of the last numeral, could be 1930 or 1936. This is the closest we could get to dating this badge.

14. The shield with Pretoria District Dugout badge depicted below is on display at Evenden House in Pretoria. Unfortunately, the reasons for the omission of a date and the changes in colour from green to red, in the wording and in the layout are not known.

The inscription below the dove reads as follows: God guide the rulers of our land That brother Moths love dear The emblem of our Order stand For all that Moths revere Our comradeship shall e’er embrace In friendly unity Ex-Servicemen of every race Who hold Sound Memory. Moth A.M.H.
The inscription below the dove reads as follows:
God guide the rulers of our land
That brother Moths love dear
The emblem of our Order stand
For all that Moths revere
Our comradeship shall e’er embrace
In friendly unity
Ex-Servicemen of every race
Who hold Sound Memory.
Moth A.M.H.

MONTHLY DUGOUT MEETINGS

15. Once the Pretoria Moth Memorial Club in van Boeschoten Ave had been completed in 1948 and the official opening had taken place, it served as the meeting venue for the Pretoria District many of the Shellholes in the District.

16. Traditionally, the District held its monthly Dugout meetings at the Pretoria Moth Memorial Club on the third Wednesday of every month, starting at 20:00. After the Pretoria Moth Memorial Club closed its doors on 30 September 2000, the Pretoria District first met at Coalbox/MkII on the second Tuesday of every month and the starting time changed to 19:00. The Dugout then moved to Evenden House in 2004. In 2012, the monthly Dugout meetings changed to the third Thursday of the month.

DUGOUT CHARTER

17. By all accounts, the MOTH General Conference only approved the concept and format of the MOTH Charter on the 5th of July 1938.

18. There may well have been an original Pretoria District Charter but there is no evidence to this effect. The reason, if any, for taking a second Charter into use, is equally non-existent.

19. The current Pretoria District Charter depicted below was signed by Moth “O” and is dated 23 October 1946 when the District was part of the then Transvaal Provincial Dugout.

20. Over time, the decision was taken to rationalise the provincial structures and to create the Platinum Provincial Dugout to which the Pretoria District now reports.

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DUGOUT OLD BILLS’ HONOURS BOARD

21. The two Old Bills’ Honours Boards are on display in the Pretoria District Dugout at Evenden House and they currently bear the following names:

Name Year(s) Name Year(s)
1. J Andresen 1927 23. FE de Stadler 1956 – 59
2. A Gorrie 1928 24. WP Hollingworth 1959 – 63
3. AS Montgomery 1929 25. EF Simpson 1963 – 66
4. EJ Wickham 1930 26. DL Reeves 1966 – 70
5. R Howes 1931 27. HP Joubert 1970 – 72
6. AM Hobbs 1932 28. WP Hollingworth 1972 – 73
7. J Pearcy 1933 – 34 29. JF Oldfield 1973 – 74
8. AM Hobbs 1935 – 36 30. RF Bingham 1974 – 77
9. W McCraw 1937 31. WHP Martheze 1977 – 78
10. AM Hobbs |1938 32. WP Hollingworth 1978 – 83
11. W McCraw |1938 33. A Liversage 1983 – 86
12. AM Hobbs 1939 34. G Gillig 1986 – 88
13. W McCraw 1939 – 41 35. L Smith 1988 – 91
14. CR Thompson 1942 – 46 36. BL Piggott 1991 – 94
15. CF Jeppe |1947 37. GP Beukes 1994 – 97
16. TH Kirkland |1947 38. SN Howie 1997 – 00
17. W Riley |1948 39. J Quinn 2000 – 08
18. FW Geldenhuys |1948 40. Q Geyser 2008 – 09
19. CF Jeppe 1949 41. I Joubert 2009 – 10
20. WF Crisp 1950 – 52 42. DJ Berry 2010 – 16
21. EE Stuart 1952 – 53 43. T Prinsloo 2016 – …
22. L Piper 1953 – 56

22. Since the Pretoria District started in 1927, thirty-five different Moths have served as Old Bills covering forty-two terms of office in the space of some 85 years.

23. During this period, Moth Hobbs intermittently served as Old Bill for five years, while Moth Quinn served a consecutive eight-year term as Old Bill. Moth Hollingworth is the Old Bill with the longest District service totalling ten intermittent years between 1959 and 1983.

DISTRICT REPORTING STRUCTURE

24. The Pretoria District Dugout reported to the MOTH General Headquarters via the Transvaal Provincial Dugout, which amalgamated with the Southern Gauteng Provincial Dugout to form the Platinum Provincial Dugout in 2009.

25. The following three Outpost Shellholes report directly to the Platinum Provincial Dugout: Botha Shellhole in Pietersburg, Turbi Hills Shellhole in Louis Trichardt and Minefield Shellhole in Phalaborwa.

26. The following seven District Dugouts, listed alphabetically, currently constitute the Platinum Provincial Dugout:

  • Coalfields District Dugout
  • East Rand District Dugout
  • Lowveld District Dugout
  • Pretoria District Dugout
  • South Eastern Transvaal District Dugout
  • West Rand District Dugout
  • Southern Gauteng District Dugout

DISTRICT SHELLHOLES

27. The following 23 Shellholes have been part of the Pretoria District Dugout since 1927. Over the years some have amalgamated with other Shellholes within the District in order to survive, but sadly only those 10 marked as current are still active today:

No
Shellhole Names
Start Dates
Active
Locality
1
Ariel
13-Sep-46
Current
Pretoria
2
Casa Mia
08-Nov-53
Current
Pretoria
3
Coalbox
Feb-28
Pretoria
4
Coalbox / Mk II
19-Sep-99
Current
Pretoria
5
Col Bogey
07-Dec-52
Current
Pretoria
6
Convoy / Bosveld
05-Oct-75
Current
Nylstroom
7
Crossed Rifles
26-Aug-59
Pretoria
8
Field Marshal
16-Aug-52
Current
Irene
9
Flying Wheel
11-Mar-62
Pretoria
10
Gorgeous Wrecks
14-Apr-36
Current
Pretoria
11
Grenade
09-Aug-49
Pretoria
12
Grenade Crossed Rifles
24-Apr-88
Pretoria
13
Hartbees
01-Jul-51
Brits
14
Mark II
16-Feb-51
Pretoria
15
Ouma
07-Apr-53
Current
Pretoria
16
Pullthrough
08-Jun-48
Olifantsfontein
17
Rookie
07-Mar-49
Cullinan
18
Rusty
29-Aug-51
Current
Rustenburg
19
San Fary Ann
Jul-27
Pretoria
20
Scorpion
26-Jul-52
Thabazimbi
21
Seven Hills
17-Jan-60
Pretoria
22
Vacant Chair
21-Apr-02
Current
Pretoria
23
Whizzbang
14-Sep-38
Pretoria

28. Initially the Pretoria Shellholes met at several hotels in the Pretoria CBD. After the official opening of the Moth Memorial Centre in van Boeschoten Ave by General Jannie Smuts on 03 July 1948, most of the Pretoria-based Shellholes held their monthly meeting at the “Moth Club” as it became known then.

29. Currently, the active Pretoria-based Shellholes meet as follows:

No
Shellholes
Meeting Days
Times
Venues
Locality
1
Ariel
2nd Saturday
10:30
Coalbox / Mk II
Pretoria
2
Casa Mia
2nd Sunday
11:00
Evenden House
Pretoria
3
Coalbox / Mk II
1st Sunday
11:00
Coalbox / Mk II
Pretoria
4
Col Bogey
1st Sunday
12:15
Evenden House
Pretoria
5
Convoy / Bosveld
2nd Thursday
15:00
Convoy / Bosveld
Nylstroom
6
Field Marshal
1st Sunday
11:00
Smuts House
Irene
7
Gorgeous Wrecks
1st Monday
19:30
PHSOB Club
Pretoria
8
Ouma
1st Tuesday
19:30
Coalbox / Mk II
Pretoria
9
Rusty
2nd Thursday
19:30
Rusty
Rustenburg
10
Vacant Chair
1st Sunday
11:00
SMC Pretoria
Pretoria

PRETORIA SOUND MEMORY COTTAGES SCHEME

30. The Pretoria Sound Memory Cottages Scheme was started in 1973.

31. The Pretoria Sound Memory Cottages consists of 6 single units and 12 double units, which are situated at 360 Eloff Street in Eloffsdal.

32. Since the Joint Management Board was dissolved by the withdrawal of the Mothwa in November 2011, the Cottages are again run by an elected Management Committee, which reports directly to the Pretoria District Dugout.

The Mothwa Haven

33. The Mothwa Haven is situated at 353 Booysens Street in Eloffsdal, right next door to the Pretoria Sound Memory Cottages, mentioned above.

34. In addition to the Old Age Home facilities, they also provide a step-down service and a frail care service.


Start of the Moth National Bowls Tournament

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The special commemorative “50 Years Souvenir Brochure” published in 1977 to mark the 50th anniversary of the start of the MOTH, contains the following article by Moth Len Smith from Casa Mia Shellhole, regarding the start of the Moth National Bowls Tournament in Pretoria:

MOTH NATIONAL BOWLS TOURNAMENT (By Moth Len Smith, Casa Mia Shellhole, 1977)

When the first Moth National Bowls tournament took place in Pretoria from the 24th to the 29th of May 1971, I saw a dream come true.

For quite a number of years prior to this I had said surely we can have a National tournament run on the same lines as the South African Championships. Everyone I spoke to thought this would be great, except no one was prepared to undertake the running of it.

One evening while sitting in the Pretoria Moth Club, having a couple of quiet snorts with the late Cyril Wilson, I sold him the idea that we had within the framework of our own Casa Mia Shellhole members who I knew would be both willing and capable of running the type of tournament that I had in mind. Cyril said that if I could get headquarters’ permission he would be right behind me: and at that moment in time the Moth National was conceived.

Having been given permission from my Shellhole, and armed with the assurance that should there be any financial loss, it would stand good to the tune of one thousand rand, we started to go through the normal Moth lines of communication; and finally on Sunday morning Cyril and I found ourselves seated at the main table at Warriors Gate. I put my story to those sitting at the table, and must say that I did not get a very heartening response. Nip Levy, who has since passed on and was then the General Secretary of the Order, said that in his mind the running of a National Moth tournament would not work. I got the feeling that most of those present were of the same opinion.

When I explained that Headquarters would not be in any way involved financially, and that all that was really required by us, was permission to hang a National tag on the Tournament, we were given the green light. Cyril and I left Durban to go back to Pretoria, two very happy boys, but also fully aware of the size of the task we had set ourselves.

The first tournament, which was held in Pretoria, took us the best part of two years to organise. One hundred and thirteen teams took part and we were privileged to have the National Chairman Moth, Jimmy Scott playing.

Everyone had a ball and from all the letters we received and from Shellhole notes in Home Front, we knew that the Moth National was there to stay.

The second show was also staged in the Capital City and was just as big a success as the one the previous year. This time, plus minus one hundred and forty teams entered. Can those who were there still remember the night we court marshalled the National Chairman, and after having found him guilty of bringing up a mixed team from Durban, took him outside the Pretoria Moth Club and shot him! At the meeting chaired by Jimmy Scott it was decided to hold the next tournament in Durban.

The Durban show was very well run by an excellent committee with Max Giddey in the Chair. Two hundred and twenty one teams pitched up for the game. So you will see we were now out of the cradle and starting to find our sea legs.

At the meeting, it was decided to appoint four trustees.

These are:
Denis Beckett from Potchefstroom
Ron McGregor from Durban
Paul Prinsloo from Johannesburg and
Len Smith from Pretoria
It was also decided to hold the 1974 tournament in East London.

I am sure that those of us who were privileged to play in East London still have very pleasant memories of the week we spent in the “Fighting Port.” Who will ever forget that morning of the 6th of June at sunrise when we all gathered on the Orient beach and saw the landings on Normandy re- enacted with such reality I can still see the piper walking up and down on the fringe of the waves, the frogmen, the troops, aircraft over head and the ships with the sun just rising over the horizon. And then the prayers on the beach by Moth the reverent Don Martyn for the souls of those who by their sacrifice made it possible for us to be there that memorable morning.

The organisation in East London was out of this world, and congratulations were showered on Neville Tubb and his band of merry workers. Had it not been that petrol restrictions had just been enforced, Neville was certain that the entry would have exceeded two hundred and fifty teams of four.

The following year, 1975, we all went to the Golden City. This was a fabulous tournament where we had the pleasure of playing on first class greens, and were treated like royalty by all these wonderful people at the various clubs.

Paul Prinsloo, that very able administrator, was at the helm for this get-together and was very well supported by a top line committee, who never spared themselves in their efforts to make our stay in Johannesburg a very pleasant one.

Next year, 1976, all the old stalwarts packed their bags and woods, and once more moved down to the coast, this time to the friendly city of Port Elizabeth, and friendly it really was. Unfortunately, the man in charge of the elements was not all that kind to us. Doug Gamble held the reigns for this show and with his committee made a first class job of the tournament.

Now it is 1977, the 50th year of Mothdom and here we are all back in Durbs for what I am sure is going to be the biggest tournament of them all.

We who have either played in or have been associated with the previous shows all look forward to shaking the hands of old friends and the pleasure of meeting new ones. Alas there are always some sad moments, when you ask after Piet or Harry or Jan or Jack and you are told that they have gone to join a Shellhole in the sky.

Obviously out of these yearly shambles, certain characters have emerged. I think of “Honest Denny” who will bet you on anything and thinks he knows more about handicapping than the Jockey Club. Not forgetting his side kick, John Austin, the bloke who is always standing in a hole. How about Kim Rose from Welkom, the man with the big walking stick and the seemingly endless supply of biltong. What a tonic it is to see and speak to Ron Ackerman from Sea Gull in the Western Cape, the man who I think played rugby for more provinces than any other person. Today Ron has two artificial legs and he plays bowls with the best of them.

There is that singing Moth from Pietersburg who Santa Claus forgot, and the bloke who walked around in a blanket. He said he was playing like one, he might as well look the part.

I believe that these annual indabas have done a lot for Mothdom; which at the time they were started needed a good shot in the arm. They give the rank and file of the Order the opportunity to meet other Moths from the four corners of the Republic and beyond its borders.

Many have been heard to say that they would rather play in our tournament than the South African Championships. I venture to say that two of the reasons for this is firstly one has to have experienced the spirit of camaraderie that exists during these get-togethers to appreciate what it’s all about, and secondly although every team plays hard to win, those who lose do so with good grace.

To all those Shellholes who have never taken part in a Moth National Bowls Tournament, I can only say: You do not know what you are missing.

Just for the record, here are the names of the Shellholes who have won the six tournaments so far:-

1971 Ariel (Pretoria)
1972 Mark II (Pretoria)
1973 3rd Brigade (Durban)
1974 Crown and Anchor (Johannesburg)
1975 Dardanelles (Florida)
1976 Green and Gold (Germiston)

In conclusion, may I once again say how proud I am to have sired these tournaments. I trust and pray that they will continue as long as there are men who with pride wear the badge of front line service.

Since the inception of this Tournament in 1971, seven Shellholes from the Pretoria District have won on eight occasions and been runners-up seven times, as set out below:

Shellhole
1st Places
2nd Places
Totals
Ariel
1
2
3
Casa Mia
1
1
Colonel Bogey
3
3
Gorgeous Wrecks
2
2
4
Grenade Crossed Riles
1
1
Mark II
1
1
Seven Hills
2
2

The 1996 Tournament, hosted by Pretoria, resulted in Colonel Bogey as the winners and Gorgeous Wrecks as the runners-up making it an all Pretoria District affair.

Here is the full record of the National Bowls Tournament’s results to date:

No
Year
Hosts
Tournament Winners
Tournament Runners-Up
1
1971
Pretoria
Ariel
PDD
Dardanelles
2
1972
Pretoria
Mark II
PDD
Dardanelles
3
1973
Durban
Third Brigade
Casa Mia
PDD
4
1974
East London
Crown and Anchor
Ariel
PDD
5
1975
Johannesburg
Dardanelles
Gunpit
6
1976
Port Elizabeth
Green and Gold
Seven Hills
PDD
7
1977
Durban
Gunflash
Picardy-Bazooka
8
1978
Pretoria
Two Types
Dardanelles
9
1979
East London
Up North
Albatross
10
1980
Johannesburg
Third Brigade
Gunflash
11
1981
Port Elizabeth
The Rain
More Rain
12
1982
Pietermaritzburg
Freddie Theron
Ariel
PDD
13
1983
Pretoria
Gunflash
Seven Hills
PDD
14
1984
East London
Botha
Alan Wilson
15
1985
Edenvale
Gorgeous Wrecks
PDD
Desert Lily
16
1986
Pietermaritzburg
Third Brigade
Gorgeous Wrecks
PDD
17
1987
Port Elizabeth
Albatross
Outeniqua
18
1988
Johannesburg
Remembrance
Two Types
19
1989
Durban
Contemtibles
Beach Head
20
1990
Pretoria
Gorgeous Wrecks
PDD
Dardanelles
21
1991
Pietermaritzburg
Gunpit
Bow Bells
22
1992
Johannesburg
Remembrance
Two Types
23
1993
Durban
Contemtibles
Up North
24
1994
Lower South Coast
Bow Bells
Commando
25
1995
Port Elizabeth
Queen Mary
Jigger Flea
26
1996
Pretoria
Colonel Bogey
PDD
Gorgeous Wrecks
PDD
27
1997
Durban
Colonel Bogey
PDD
Jacky Fisher
28
1998
Edenvale
Grenade Crossed Rifles
PDD
Dardanelles
29
1999
Margate
Retief
Alan Wilson
30
2000
Durban
Dardanelles
Rhumbelow
31
2001
Johannesburg
Colonel Bogey
PDD
Tim Lurkin
32
2002
Durban
Rhumbelow
Rhumbelow
33
2003
Edenvale
Tim Lurkin
Rhumbelow
34
2004
Margate
Flame Lily
Crater
35
2005
Pietermaritzburg
Up North
Tipperary
36
2006
Johannesburg
Steel Helmet
Rhumbelow
37
2007
Durban
George Coombs A
Rhumbelow D
38
2008
Bloemfontein
George Coombs A
Lord Allenby
38
2009
Scottburgh
Flame Lily A
Port Natal Sharp Shooters
40
2010
Durban
Port Natal Sharp Shooters
Crater
41
2011
Pietermaritzburg
Port Natal Sharp Shooters
Atomic
42
2012
Amanzimtoti
George Coombs
Rhumbelow


Gallery

The Pretoria District Annual General Meeting – 17 August 2017

District Old Bill Thinus Prinsloo delivered his 2016-2017 Old Bill’s Report
and at the conclusion of his report, he presented the District Trophies to the following recipients

The Provincial Old Bill then proceeded to install the incoming District Executive

 


The Pretoria District Annual General Meeting – 18 August 2016

 

During the District AGM the Provincial Old Bill Moth Dave Berry installed the incoming Pretoria District Executive

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L-R: Old Bill: Moth Thinus Prinsloo, Wee Bill: Moth Pierre de la Harpe, Adjutant: Moth Johnny Demetroudes, Pay Bill: Moth Johan Nel

 

The Provincial Old Bill presented the outgoing District Wee Bill Moth Thinus Prinsloo and the outgoing District Adjutant Moth Quintin Geyser with Certificates of Executive Service
The Provincial Old Bill presented the outgoing District Wee Bill Moth Thinus Prinsloo and the outgoing District Adjutant Moth Quintin Geyser with Certificates of Executive Service

 

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Gorgeous Wrecks Old Bill Moth George Butler received the best Scribe Trophy
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Field Marshal Old Bill Moth Quintin Geyser received the best Recruiting Trophy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vacant Chair Pay Bill Moth Stuart Howie received the best Pay Bill Trophy
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Vacant Chair Old Bill Moth Graeme Thorold received the best Shellhole Trophy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Combined Shellhole Meeting held at Evenden House on Sunday 17 January 2016 was attended by 40 Moths

 

The 47th Veterans’ Dinner held at Evenden House on Sunday 01 November 2015

Pretoria District Dugout: The Annual General Meeting Evenden House – Thursday 20 August 2015

The 2015 Annual District Awards

The Annual Border Boys Parade Pretoria Cottages – 16 August 2015
Casa Mia Shellhole hosted the Annual Border Boys Parade at the Sound Memory Cottages in Pretoria on Sunday 16 August 2015

The Annual District Old Bill’s Dinner

 

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