Francie Wickham (second from left) with children Gwen Mills (left) Peter Wickham and Rhondda Reid.
Francie Wickham (second from left) with children Gwen Mills (left) Peter Wickham and Rhondda Reid.

Special birthday party

BE happy with what you have in life is the motto of star lawn bowler Francie Wickham who was joined by 130 family members and friends for her 90th birthday party at the Warwick Cowboys Clubhouse on Saturday.

“Just live a normal life and don't want for anything,” she said.

Born on November 2, 1920, at Kimilba Private Hospital at the top end of Palmerin Street, Mrs Wickham lived near Queen Mary Falls with husband Merv before they moved to Warwick in 1988.

They were pioneers in potato growing at The Falls, a business which has grown into Wickham Farms, one of the largest employers on the Southern Downs.

“We gave dairying away to grow potatoes,” she said.

Mrs Wickham and her husband moved to Warwick in 1987.

It was a great shock when she lost her husband Merv and son Angus in a short period of time in the late 1990s.

An outstanding bowler, she won nine A-grade titles in 11 years at the Killarney Bowls Club and won four successive open singles at Southern Cross Bowls Club, which she joined after moving to Warwick.

Mrs Wickham was ladies president at the Killarney Bowls Club in 1987 and president at Southern Cross in 1998.

She won the Southern Downs Champion of Champions singles title in 1979 which is contested by the championship winners from each of the clubs in the district.

Mrs Wickham's children, and many of her 13 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren, were at the celebrations.



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