Next morning at 6.30 we arrived at Port Dickson. I had my luggage all ready and waiting for Mr Gray. I said goodbye to Miss Brown and her uncle. I watched the coolies lowering our luggage down the side of the boat to the sampan. I was so afraid they would drop my cue case […]
Mr Gray was waiting for me and he did look well in his military dress suit with all the medals. He also wore some order but I forget the name of it. Anyhow I felt very proud to be escorted by such a distinguished looking man. He had booked seats for the Victoria Theatre which […]
Arrived at Penang on Nov 9th. Mr Oxenham came to meet us and took us ashore while Mr Roberts saw to the luggage. We went to Raffles Hotel and had a lovely breakfast. Mrs Norman the proprietor’s wife showed us our rooms. Mum and I had a lovely large room on the first floor with […]
On Nov 5th we left Colombo for Penang by the German mail boat “Kleist”. We went on board about 5pm and after dinner went on deck. We were supposed to sail at 10pm but did not leave until midnight, the boat being crowded Mum had to sleep on the settee as she could not climb […]
We are grateful to Graeme and Mary Walters, who preserved and typed up Ruby Roberts’ travel diary, and gave us approval to publish her accounts. Now the world will know more about one of Australia’s most accomplished female billiards player.
Walter Lindrum OBE and Sir Donald Bradman are two iconic figures in Australian sports, each excelling in their respective fields. Both rose to stardom on their first visits to England, Lindrum with his record break of 3262 and 67 breaks over 1000 (more than any other player had achieved in a lifetime) in his 1929-1930 English Billiards season, and Bradman with his record innings of 334 and an astounding batting average of 139.14 in the 1930 Ashes cricket series.
I was fortunate to be born into a family of champions, which gave me so much to appreciate about sport and everything that can be achieved with the right mindset. I am forever proud of the amount of money raised for charity by both Horace, my dad, and Walter, my great uncle, during their lives.
Walter Lindrum – Fifty-seven world records, with some still standing today. Considered to be one of Australia’s all-time greatest sportsmen, Walter Lindrum was in a league of his own on the billiards table. His talent for the sport was a product of both genetics and environment, and his rise to the top is nothing short of fascinating.
I am the youngest daughter of Horace Lindrum, a past world snooker champion. Walter Lindrum was my great-uncle and godfather. Dolly Lindrum was my second cousin and godmother. I was christened Tam and still have a copy of my commemorative certificate along with the silver christening cup from Dolly and Walter, which I must confess […]
Timeline of the greatest billiards player of all time. Covering his unique upbringing, illustrious career, and post-retirement charitable endeavours, this is a testament to a man who gave the sport and his country his very best.
Walter Lindrum received an MBE in 1951 as well as an OBE in 1958 – these honours were awarded to him by the Queen due to his success in raising huge amounts of money for charity during the war years. Indeed, Walter walked with Kings, but never lost that common touch which endeared him to thousands.
In his seminal treatise, Walter Lindrum outlines the basics that made him the greatest billiards player of all time. He details over 60 types of practice shots for budding enthusiasts to master, which include various crowd-pleasing trick shots, and discusses table maintenance, technique, and the psychological side of the sport.
Dolly was born Irene May, and following her mother’s death from birth complications, she was adopted by her grandparents, and became known as Dolly. She was Walter Lindrum’s niece, and he considered her the daughter he never had. For most of her life, she was heavily involved in the running of the family billiard room at 317 Flinders Lane.
“Thank you to Blaise Northey and Col (Ret.) Tony Hall OAM for recording this interview about Walter Lindrum coaching billiards and snooker in the Australian Army, and to Mark Dunn for helping bring this to light. This interview showcases Walter’s generosity and love for the sport, through a story detailing his eagerness to pass on his billiards and snooker knowledge to others.” – Tammy Lindrum
Utmost gratitude to Dale Mackay for providing these resources, allowing us to share Walter Lindrum’s billiards insights with the world. We hope that viewers can digest these books, studying the beautiful game and taking their skills to a higher level.