Dorothy Lillian Spence (nee Harrison)

Dorothy, or Dol, the third daughter of Pat and Sophie was born on 3 July 1895 in her parent's home in Liverpool St. Her elder brother, Bill, was then 11, Percy was 8, Ethel 6, and Claude 3. A sister, Hilda Berthina had died in 1892 when just 12 months old.
When Dorothy was in her teens the family moved to Battery Point. Her older brothers married when quite young and she had a nephew and niece to care for soon after. As soon as World War I was declared her younger brother Claude enlisted and fought at Gallipoli. As he was recovering from wounds Dorothy married Bolland Kemplar Spence in the local church of St George on 7 July 1915. Two months later her other brothers, Percy and Bill were on their way to join Claude with the AIF in Egypt. Dorothy's commitment to returned soldiers originated at this time and was deepened when Claude and Percy were both killed on the Somme in 1916 while she was pregnant with first child.
Boland was born in Wharfdale, Yorkshire and lived there until he was a young man. Dorothy was 21 but Boland was much older, at the wedding he said he was born in 1878 but census records suggest he might have been born as early as 1874. He was the third child of Boland and Mary Jane Gallagher. His gather was a metal worker and his son followed the same trade. He had four sisters two older and two younger.

After their marriage Dorothy and Boland lived in what was then called Pedders Road and the house backed on the Royal Hobart Golf course. From 1924 all who played there knew her. [Pedders Road became end of Flagstaff Gully Road when the airport expressway was built)


Golfing Personality Who Never Plays
By "Driver"

WHEN the history of golf in Southern Tasmania and the story of the development of the Royal Hobart course is compiled it will not be complete without a reference to a woman personality who knows nothing about the game and has never hit a golf ball. The woman is Mrs. B. K. Spence, who will start the new golf season with hundreds of golfers at Royal Hobart with a new supply of drinks for players at a tiny stall at the halfway mark of Rosny course. A widow and grandmother, Mrs. Spence has been tending the wants of golfers for the past 28 years, and her stall, together with her kindly personality, has become as much a part of the course as the tees and greens. Milk, hot, cold, or flavoured, has been the mainstay of golfers for a quarter of a century, and in that time no golfer who has needed tape, scissors, needle and cotton, or numerous course emergency gadgets has left the stall unsatisfied. A word, of congratulation for the doings of champions, and a note of warning for those who appeared distressed by fatigue, has gone with every drink served at the stall, and the thousands who have passed by over the years have all accepted the advice in good faith. Stalls on golf courses are as old as the game itself. For centuries they have been established on courses in England and Scotland, but Mrs. Spence of Royal Hobart has a monopoly of the custom in Tasmania. "I have met some wonderful people here," said Mrs. Spence yesterday. "I hear their tales of woe and return a word of encouragement. They all seem to appreciate it." Mrs. Spence recalled that she started her stall in a very shy and primitive way with a table and drinks under a tree. She believes Mr. Bob Richardson, who is noted in Tasmanian golf for his record 13 holes in one, was responsible. One hot day, Mrs. Spence said, Mr. Richardson was very thirsty when he had got through nine holes and visited her house just off the course to ask for a drink. He was given a glass: of milk and as he drank it said, "Mrs. Spence you would make a fortune if you sold this stuff at a stall."
"Well," said Mrs. Spence, "I started, and, although I have not earned a fortune I have made a fortune of friends."
Mrs. Spence has probably met more golfing personalities and is known to more Tasmanian golfers than most people associated with the game. She has met many prominent world figures who seek their relaxation in golf. "I regard all golfers as my friends, and it has been a pleasure to be of some service to them," said Mrs. Spence. Many acts of kindness towards Mrs. Spence have been shown over the years, but her most treasured possession is a solid silver teapot which was presented to her a short time ago with the inscription
"From old diggers of Rosny. For services rendered."

Bolland died in 1946 and consequently Dol was widowed at 50. Two of her sons Percy Herbert (known as Snowy) and Gilbert (known as Peter) were fine golfers. Snowy became a greenkeeper at the Rosny course. He remained single and lived with his mother in the house that still adjoined the course. He died just 3 years after Dorothy in January 1974 while tending the course that had been his life's work.

CADDIES' CONTEST
"Snowy" Spence Successful at Rosny.

Caddies attached to the Royal Hobart Golf Club had perfect weather yesterday for their annual contest, and some of the boys achieved excellent rounds. Leo Bailey, one of the older caddies, had the best gross score with rounds of 77 arid 73, and the winner of the handicap was young "Snowy" Spence, who had a 36-hole aggregate of 208, less 74 handicap, giving him a net total of 134.