Vale: Mary Ormsby OAM

by BowlsSA on July 22, 2019

Bowls SA are saddened by the recent passing of Hall of Fame inductee Mary Ormsby OAM.


Mary’s achievements at International, National, State and Club level were extraordinary and possibly will never be equalled by a South Australian woman. At a National level, she is the only person, male or female, to have won all three Australian titles – the Australian Singles, the Australian Pairs with Erica Murada, and as Skipper the Australian Fours.


Mary represented Australia in 1967 at the South African Test Series, in 1969 in the first World Series, and was the winner of the Mixed International Pairs in 1987 and 1988. She represented the State 167 times and was a State Selector for 29 years. She has numerous National, State and Club titles, was in the Grange Bowling Club ‘Team of the Century’ and has a green named after her at that Club.

Mary was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 1985 for services to the sport of Lawn Bowls.


Bowls SA extends its sympathies and thoughts to Mary’s family and friends.