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Being a good bowler is about reliability, quality and precision. It is these same core principles that the Hensell Family has been successfully employing since it began to manufacture the Henselite Lawn Bowl in Australia, almost eighty years ago.

It was a passion for bowls and a drive for consistency that led the late R. W. Hensell to first invent the plastic bowl in 1930. The most significant innovation in Lawn Bowls in the history of the game, the move to plastic from wood and rubber bowls allowed the bowl to maintain its shape under varying climatic conditions.

Today we are still just as passionate about bowls and making the most accurate bowls in the world. Each bowl that comes out of our Melbourne factory is a result of highly-tuned precision engineering and we are always striving to better our product.

As the game of lawn bowls has changed over the years, so too has Henselite. What started out as a small family business making one style of lawn bowl, now makes a bowl to suit the local conditions wherever you are in the world and supplies clothing, bags and accessories for the complete bowler.

Now overseen by the 4th generation of Hensells, Henselite is the biggest manufacturer and distributor of Lawn Bowls worldwide and has won 3 Australian Export Awards and been inducted into the Helms Foundation Hall of Fame in the U.S.A. for outstanding achievement in Lawn Bowls.

We are pleased to be able to give back to the sport that has fostered the growth of this great Australian company. Henselite is proud to have supported bowls and bowlers at all levels of the game including through the sponsorship of development programs such as Bowls Australia’s Get on the Green, instigating and sponsoring the first Australian Schoolboy Championships, supporting Greenkeeper Associations and supporting bowls for people with disabilities through organizations such as Australian Blind Bowlers Association. Internationally Henselite has worked to promote and develop the sport throughout Asia including supplying equipment for China’s first bowling green in Guangzhou. Henselite has contributed financially to every World Championships since they began in 1966 as well as continuing to individually support many of the World’s top bowlers and rising stars.

Henselite is not standing still. Bowls continues to change. As a new generation of bowlers discovers the excitement of this great sport while adapting when, where and how it is played to meet the modern lifestyle, Henselite will continue to create products that suit the twenty-first century bowler but also carry on the company's tradition of reliability, quality and precision.