Davis c. undefined 1920
Lindrum, c. 1930
Tom Newman (pictured in 1930) and Davis played each other for the World English Billiards Championship each year from 1926 to 1930.
Lindrum in 1930
Walter Lindrum (pictured in 1934, playing a shot) defeated Davis twice for the World English Billiards Championship.
1929 World Record Cue, Commonwealth Club, Canberra
Walter Lindrum's distinctive grave in Melbourne General Cemetery

Lindrum and his main rivals, McConachy, Smith, Joe Davis (World Champion 1928–1932) and Tom Newman (World Champion 1921–1922, 1924–1927), were called in the press "the big five"

- Walter Lindrum

Joe Davis took part in a match with Walter Lindrum at Thurston's which began on 18 January 1932.

- Joe Davis
Davis c. undefined 1920

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A late nineteenth century match between John Roberts, Jr and Edward Diggle

English billiards

Cue sport that combines the aspects of carom billiards and pool.

Cue sport that combines the aspects of carom billiards and pool.

A late nineteenth century match between John Roberts, Jr and Edward Diggle
A game in progress, red ball about to be potted.
Playing for a losing hazard

It also became favored in British colonies; the game's longest-running champion was an Australian, Walter Lindrum, who held the World Professional Billiards Championship from 1933 until his retirement in 1950.

From 1870 to 1983 the champions were: John Roberts Jr., (1870, 1871, 1875–77, 1885); Joseph Bennett, (1870, 1880–81); Charles Dawson, (1899–1900, 1901, 1903); H. W. Stevenson, (1901, 1909–11); Melbourne Inman, (1908–09, 1912–19); Willie Smith, (1920, 1923); Tom Newman, (1921–22, 1924–27); Joe Davis, (1928–32); Walter Lindrum, (1933–50); Clark McConachy, (1951-68); Rex Williams, (1968–76, 1982–83); and Fred Davis, (1980).

Tom Newman (billiards player)

English professional player of English billiards and snooker.

English professional player of English billiards and snooker.

In the last five of these finals he met Joe Davis, winning twice (1926 & 1927) and losing three times (1928, 1929 & 1930).

During this season, on 5 March 1931, he made his personal highest break of 1,827 in a match against Walter Lindrum at the Foresters' Hall, Dundee.