Betty Bowler continued...

Beryl married Billy Bowler in the early 1930s, but following the death of her mother in 1934, she was called upon to move in and manage Whiter’s. Beryl introduced standardised meals and white linen tablecloths, making Whiter’s the premier location for visitors, who came from far afield to stay there.

While the rest of the Whiter family moved up to Eden, where they established a second camp park based on the successful Lakes Entrance model, Beryl became more involved in the local community.

When Whiter’s was eventually sold, Beryl operated a cake shop in Lakes, but remained active in community affairs―at one time she was secretary to 13 different groups.

In recognition of her contribution to charitable organisations, in 1970 she was awarded the British Empire Medal. She was a champion fundraiser and organiser, and Lakes Entrance acknowledged her contribution to the town by naming a street after her.

After Billy passed away in 1970, Beryl moved to Eden to be closer to her siblings. She quickly made her mark in the community there and was involved in the establishment of the Killer Whale Museum. In her memory, the museum named a replica whale boat the Beryl Bowler.

Beryl Mabel Bowler died at the Bega Hospital on 23 July 1983 and is buried in the Bairnsdale cemetery with her husband and mother.