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Pt Chevalier Bowling Club

By the beach

About Us

IN THE BEGINNING – AND SINCE

Point Chevalier in 1840 was a vast expanse of white manuka and scrub with a few Maori tracks linking the native settlements, one being at the mouth of the Oakley Creek and another on the banks of the Meola Creek.

In January 1861 the first pioneers settled on the land between Meola and Oakley Creeks, and residents by the middle of 1860’s were Walkers, Dignans, Blagrove and Thomas. All land north of Humariri Street belonged to the Dignan family and the track from Hall Corner (Carrington and Gt North Rds) finished at Wright Road. Captain George Robert Chevalier supervised rifle practice on the site of the present Selwyn Village (hence the name Target Street) and it was referred to as Albert Barracks. He was a remarkable marksman and after winning a Rifle Championship, the local soldiers called the place Chevalier Point in his honour.

In 1913 Messrs Mackie, McIvor, Hoskin, Fairweather and Mattson bought a section of land near the corner of Pt Chevalier Road and Smale Street for the total sum of five pounds. They built an outdoor bowling green and so formed the first sporting club in Pt Chevalier.

bowling11928/29 Team Photo.Back Row: J Gibson, J Bull, J Clark, C Soloman, H Allen, H Laing. Mid Row: F Breckon, T Storey, F Dyson, D Neilson, G Holdsworth. Front row: L Spellman, W King, W Phillips, T Courtney, A Barton, R Boag.

Part of the history of Pt Chevalier involved the Dignan land which was sold after Peter Dignan’s death for building sites and houses proliferated. Around the year 1902, Lot 24 had passed down the lineage of the Dignan family to be owned by one Thomas Dignan, He demolished his father’s old homestead and erected a large house on the site at number 25. In 1921 Mr Hallyburton Johnstone, a farmer from Ngatea, purchased this property. He subdivided that area fronting Dignan Street into building sites and sold them to various buyers and similarly with the land facing Pt Chevalier Road. This left Mr Johnstone with an area of 4 acres surrounding the former Dignan home.

On 11 August 1927 Mr Hubert Buckley and Mr Fred Dyson with the assistance from city councillor Mr M J Coyle, held a meeting to discuss the possibility of forming a bowling club in the district. This meeting appointed M J Coyle and F G Rose to approach Mr Hallyburton Johnstone for use of his property. Mr Johnstone agreed to the proposal and the Hallyburton Johnstone Sports Club was founded. Life trustees were appointed to control the sports club and on the death of Mr Johnstone in 1948 the property was placed on perpetual trust for use by certain sports organisations. These currently are the combined Men’s and Ladies Bowling Club, Croquet Club and Tennis Club.

We must pay tribute to those who through sheer physical work have given us the great Bowling club we have today. They formed our greens and the surrounds, they poured concrete, built shelters, created seating, dug drains, built walls and fences and performed many other odious tasks. To single out any of these stalwarts would be unfair as many names have been eroded from memory by the passage of time. We can only feel indebtedness to those tireless workers.
bowling21930’s – early 1930’s group photo

In 1973 renovation and refurbishment of the Men’s Club lounge was completed and proved to be a radical turning point in our history as it forced the relaxing of Club rules to allow members to entertain their ladies in the lounge. An amalgamated Men’s and Ladies Bowling Club became a reality in the 2002-2003 season and was a welcomed change.

Bowlers from other clubs are always eager to compete in our tournaments and their support is greatly appreciated. An annual exchange visit with Kerepehi Bowling Club is a highlight of the bowling calendar and a wonderful bond of comradeship has developed as a result. The ‘Bone of Contention’ is a trophy much sought after, with Point Chevalier laying claim to having the more skilful players, although Kerepehi would not agree!

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Coloured Unifroms – Permission had to be sought by Bowls NZ, Auckland Men’s Centre and Auckland Women’s Centre to change from whites to a coloured uniform.L to R: Gus Miller, Dave Hewlett, Roger Johnson, Gary Miller, Mario Arnerich, Don Stanaway, Neville Leigh, Robbie Robertson, Malcolm Cheyne.

Present amenities are of the highest standard. Three Bowling Greens provide ample accommodation for members and visitors alike, while our pavilion offers comfortable surroundings. Members enjoy the bar facilities together with hot food from our talented chef, while others enjoy indoor bowls, darts, pool, table tennis, gaming machines and TAB. We now have a facility we can be proud of and hopefully this will encourage new members into the sport and also into the clubrooms.

PAST PRESIDENTS OF THE PT CHEVALIER BOWLING CLUB

1928 – F Dyson                   1953 – C L K Gillam                    1978 – K B Irvine

1929 – G A Nielson            1954/56 – D L Given                   1979 – M G Wilson

1930 – T G Story                1957 – S Ryan                               1980 – J J Wotherspoon

1931 – J Clark                     1958 – L A Rodwell                     1981 – J W R Mitchell

1932 – G Taylor                 1959 – G Finn                               1982/83 – P Haydon

1933 – F W Breckon          1960 – L A R Johnston              1984 – R L Keat

1934 – W A Phillips          1961 – K B Irvine                         1985/86 – S Hadfield

1935 – H Solomon            1962 – S A Hanson                      1987/89 – P Batchelor

1936 – S G Brookbain       1963 – J Flower                           1990 – W C Hibbs

1937 – J Boag                     1964/65 – G Bell                         1991 – N K Edwards

1938 – H J McKeown       1966 – W Kruse                           1992 – R K Hewlett

1939 – G Holdsworth        1967/68 – W D Patten               1993/94 – M S Reid

1940/42 – A G May           1969 – J Ross                               1995/96 – G S Moran

1943 – J Wort                     1970 – B Dravitski                       1997 – C Pickett

1944/45 – T Fairhurst      1971 – T Wakefield                       1998 – P J Bartley

1946/47 – L R Fearon       1972/73 – J Dickenson               1999/01 – R Johnson

1948 – V T Curson             1974/75 – J W R Mitchell          2002/08 – N Bell

1949/50 – E R Rusden     1976 – R Hookway                       2009/11 – J Moase

1951/52 – J N S Flett         1977 – P Connolly                        2012…..   I McKennaprez (below)

Facilities

  • Community Garden

    Work in progress...If you're interested in becoming...

  • Kitchen

    Open to our members and guests Wed - Sat nights from 5pm,...

  • Lawn Bowls

    HAVE A GO DAY! ...

  • TAB

    Tuesday Nov 1st, sweepstakes, lucky dips, come on down for...

  • Social Bowls

    Two organised 6 week Social Leagues are played with one...

  • Darts Events

    The organised competitive season starts early March and...

  • Texas Hold ‘Em

    Every Tuesday night starting at 6.30pm, rain, hail or...

  • Bar

    SPEIGHTS Mid Ale - Finally a full flavoured great tasting...

Facilities

  • Community Garden

    Work in progress...If you're interested in becoming...

  • Kitchen

    Open to our members and guests Wed - Sat nights from 5pm,...

  • Lawn Bowls

    HAVE A GO DAY! ...

  • TAB

    Tuesday Nov 1st, sweepstakes, lucky dips, come on down for...

  • Social Bowls

    Two organised 6 week Social Leagues are played with one...

  • Darts Events

    The organised competitive season starts early March and...

  • Texas Hold ‘Em

    Every Tuesday night starting at 6.30pm, rain, hail or...

  • Bar

    SPEIGHTS Mid Ale - Finally a full flavoured great tasting...

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