Friday, 7 March 2014


Since Monday's post was all about keeping fit, it seemed a good idea to keep those motivation levels high and devote Friday's post to bowling. A gentle way of keeping fit but with benefits of all the socialising that goes along with it!

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!

Grafton/The Domain:

Ref: AWNS-19011031-1-1, Auckland Bowling Club's Grafton Green on opening day, 26 October 1901, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Mount Eden:

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

Ref: AWNS-19001026-12-1, opening of the season at the Ponsonby Bowling Green, Auckland 20 October 1900, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ref: AWNS-19001026-12-2, the first game of the season at Ponsonby Bowling Green, 1900, Sir George Grey Special Collections
St Heliers:

Ref: 4-5366, Looking north east from Auckland Road across St Heliers - showing St Heliers Bay Bowling Club, 1931, Sir George Grey Special Collections

Ref: T1398, Takapuna Bowling Club opening day, no date, North Auckland Research Centre
Stanley Bay:

Ref: D_PS_0002, Club opening, Stanley Bay Bowling Club, Devonport, c. 1910s, North Auckland Research Centre

Ref: N0108003, Opening of the Northcote Bowling Green, 1909, North Auckland Research Centre
Ref: N0108004, gathering at the Northcote Bowling Green, c. 1915, North Auckland Research Centre

Ref: JTD-14K-01963, Henderson Ladies Bowling Club, 1962, West Auckland Research Centre

Ref: JTD-13A-01995-1, Oratia Bowling Club pavilion., 1963, West Auckland Research Centre

Ref: Footprints 03792, Otahuhu Bowling Club, c. 1907, photograph reproduced by courtesy of Otahuhu Historical Society, (donated by B. Green), South Auckland Research Centre
Ref: Footprints 03793, Lawn bowlers, Otahuhu, c. 1915, photograph reproduced by courtesy of Otahuhu Historical Society (, South Auckland Research Centre

Ref: Footprints 02030, Bowling Greens, Howick', photograph reproduced by courtesy of Howick Library (from Mrs E. Taylor) / Howick Historical Society, c. 1915, South Auckland Research Centre

Ref: Footprints 02379, Members of the Pukekohe Bowling Club, c. 1920s, photograph reproduced by courtesy of Pukekohe Library, South Auckland Research Centre

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