Owen Russell was born in Adaminaby on 9 October, 1932. He attended the public school at Adaminaby from 1938 until 1947.
Owen worked for the Public Works Department in their soils laboratory. He then met Lindsay Hain who offered him a job running the rural section of Hain and Co. In 1961 the family moved to Berridale and they conducted a mixed business in a general store. They moved back to Cooma in 1966 and Owen went back to work for Hain and Co. for another five years. Owen left Hain and Co. in 1973 and went to work as a storeman with the DMR.
Owen always showed great interest in sport whether it was as a spectator or participant. It all began at Adaminaby in 1950 when he won his first trophy for “A” Grade Billiards at the School of Arts.
Owen spent a few years on the board of the Cooma Ex-Services Club. He had a love for music and was a member of the former Singing Waiters and the Anzac Day choir.
After moving to Cooma he won:
1959 “A” Grade Billiards
1960 “A” Grade Snooker
1964 “A” Grade Snooker
1966 “A” Grade Billiards Runner Up
1969 “A” Grade Billiards Runner Up
1981 Most Consistent Billiards
1983 Scratch Score – Snooker
1985 Highest Break Billiards (60)
1986 Boyd Anderson Trophy Runner Up
1986 “A” Grade Billiards
1990 Division 1 Snooker
1992 Highest Break Snooker (53)
1993 High Game Scratch Snooker (116)
1994 High Game Scratch Snooker (118)
1995 High Game Scratch Snooker (107)
1998 Winner Snooker
Snooker and Billiards were Owen’s passion. During the late 1970’s the Australian Snooker Champion, Eddie Charlton, visited Cooma and it was arranged for Owen to play him in an exhibition match. Much to the spectators surprise and least of all Eddie Charlton’s, Owen won a frame from Eddie but was beaten 2 – 1 on the day.
Young players were encouraged by Owen in the art of Billiards and Snooker as well as the manners and etiquette required to become a top player.
In the 1980’s Owen took up Lawn Bowls and won numerous minor trophies with various partners and also played Pennant bowls.