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: Barry O’Brien
PLAYING MEMBERS: 80
CURRENT WELLINGTON REPS: Raymond Martin, Ben King, James Fairhall, Sarah Taukamo
CURRENT NATIONAL REPS: Ray Martin
NO. GREENS: 2
CALENDAR YEAR: September – May:
We encourage you to stop by the club and give bowls a try. Or drop us a note and we’ll be in touch.
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