It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Peter Mitchell. Peter, who began playing golf in the late 1950’s, was one of the many Mitchells (dad Algie, mum Phyllis, brothers John, Stephen & Max and Aunt Margaretl) who graced our club and course. Peter was a player of great talent who possessed a wonderful temperament, he will also be remembered for his competitive nature, especially when the game was close.
Peter was men’s club captain in 1959 and 1960 and won the men’s club championship six times; 1961, ’62, ’63, ’66, ’68 and ’69 and secretary in 196. He was also a member of the club’s winning pennant teams in 1973, ’78 & ’81. A shoulder injury curtailed Peter’s golfing and he moved on to the Romsey Bowls Club where he again performed with distinction.
The winning pennant team of 1973
Besides being a great farmer, talented sportsman and keen (and very productive) gardener, Peter was also an author of note. He wrote many local historical articles for the community Newspaper “The Romsey Rag” and was a major contributor to two books on the local Shire and a detailed history of Romsey; “Romsey: A veritable Garden of Eden” and “When Memory Turns the Key”
Peter was an active in the historical society, the former Romsey Shire Council (three terms as a councillor), the Romsey Water Trust, the Romsey Sewerage Authority, the Lancefield Cemetery Trust, the Rotary Club, Romsey Primary School, the Scouts the Romsey Golf and Bowls clubs, Rotary and Romsey Uniting Church. Peter’s work within the community was recognised numerous times, the most recent being the RSL “Anzac Spirit” award in October 2018.