Bowling can also have a heritage component too. Recently the RSA Bowling Club in Onehunga (opened in 1938) was added to the schedule of significant historic heritage places in the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. Submissions for this plan closed at the end of last month.
Now for a look back in time at the large number of bowling clubs, which sprung up in the Auckland region over the years, particularly in the first decade of the 20th century. Check out the wonderful array of clothing worn by the Mount Eden and Ponsonby bowlers in 1900. It must have been pretty hard to bowl in those formal outfits!
|Ref: AWNS-19011031-1-1, Auckland Bowling Club's Grafton Green on opening day, 26 October 1901, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
|Ref: 1-W1220, looking SW from Mount Eden - showing Mount Eden Bowling Green, 1905, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
|Ref: AWNS-19001012-8-2, opening of the Mount Eden Bowling Green, 6 October 1900, Sir George Grey Special Collections|