Wally Lindrum, was an Australian professional player of English billiards who held the World Professional Billiards Championship from 1933 until his retirement in successful match 200 rules pdf. Being the first Lindrum born in Western Australia he was named Walter Albert to have the initials of the state where he was born – W. He was one of the most successful players ever seen in billiards, with 57 world records to his credit, some of which still stand.
Lindrum’s grandfather, Frederick William Lindrum I, was Australia’s first World Professional Billiards Champion having defeated the English master, John Roberts, Sr. Walter’s father, Frederick William Lindrum II, was an Australian Billiards Champion at the age of 20. According to Walter, from 1909 to 1912 his father was the greatest billiard player in the world but “onlymy brother Fred and myself knew it. He passed over public matches to coach the two of us.
Walter’s older brother, Frederick William Lindrum III, became professional Australian Billiards Champion in 1909. Frederick II closely tutored his sons. The family can be considered the greatest billiard playing family the world has ever known.
Walter often cited her as an influence on him, saying in 1933 after winning the world championship: “She gave me my desire to win. She helped further my passion for both winning and the sport, and she’s truly an inspiration to me. Walter himself was born on 29 August 1898 in the Western Australian mining town of Kalgoorlie.
He lost the tip of his index finger on his right hand in an accident in 1901, and his father taught him to play billiards left-handed. Weston, a former New Zealand Billiard Champion, who owned a billiard saloon at the corner of Brookman and Wilson Streets in Kalgoorlie. The family were itinerant, and often moved from town to town. Lindrum’s first professional game was played at the age of only 13 years.