HISTORY: More than 100 years ago 12 of Wellington city’s gentlemen met in the City Hotel and passed a motion that a bowling club be formed.
A Seven year lease was signed on July 1, 1896 and the original clubhouse was sited On Claremont Grove, Mt Victoria.
Issues of the day included the ongoing contemporary problem of unpaid membership, greens being mowed on the Sabbath, and in 1915, when Mr J Besant gave notice of intended motion that ‘the club at once discontinue supplying spirituous liquor and that the bar be closed.’
At the 1951 annual general meeting the club resolved to negotiate with the Wellington City Council for a new site with two greens. The location was to be the Pirie St Reserve where we find the club today.
ADDRESS: Pirie St Reserve, Mt Victoia
PHONE: (04) 977 7210
CLUB PRESIDENT: Mark Burgess
PLAYING MEMBERS: 80
CURRENT WELLINGTON REPS: Raymond Martin, Leigh Griffin, Nicole Toomey, Richard Corry, Laurie Guy, Bradley Down, Sarah Taukamo, Robyn Rintoul
CURRENT NATIONAL REPS: Nicole Toomey (Development), Bradley Down (Development), Mark Noble (Para)
NO. GREENS: 2
CALENDAR YEAR: September – May
Memberships (print out, fill out and return to the club bar with your membership fee):
VBC Full Membership Form: $175 if paid by 1st October, then $200 ($125 for senior, $100 for first year, or out-of-town membership, $75 for students)
Limited membership: $50 (regular mid-week roll-up)
Social membership: $30 (roll-up on green whenever there is no competitions)
One-off rollup: $10
As a Full Member you have the opportunity to play in our club championships, take part in our many interclub teams, play in Wellington Centre events, as well as National events. Along with this you get one of famous black and yellow club shirts!
Limited Members as well as Full Members get access to club coaching evenings which are to be scheduled for Thursday afternoons/evenings.
All members are also able to take part in our successful Twilight Bowls competition hosted on Tuesday evenings which is a great community event to be part of!
If you have any questions feel free to talk to one of our friendly club members or download our Vic Bowls Induction booklet
We look forward to having you join us and become part of our iconic and successful club!
A group of men from the Wellington City Council Engineers Department play lawn bowls in a staff social tournament at the Victoria Bowling Club, Pirie Street, 28 Feb 1968