About North Perth Bowling Club
Founded in 1907, North Perth Bowling Club is equipped with two grass greens with six rinks per green allowing many people to play at the same time. Rinks can be booked for a casual game/social bowls/barefoot bowls with family and friends or for corporate groups.
Club History Timeline
At the turn of the 20th century, Perth had been established for 71 years and had a population of 60,000. North Perth however, was still in its infancy with a population of 5,000. The planning of municipal infrastructure such as recreation facilities and sporting venues somewhat lagged as the establishment of roads, sewerage and electrical networks were the North Perth council’s priority.
Private greens established and maintained by private residents were not uncommon. Dr Leger Erson the Vice President of the recently established Perth Bowling Club had a private green at his Leederville residence. Mr D H White the inaugural President of the North Perth Bowling Club also had a private green at his Clifton St residence in North Perth (now Mt Lawley). The West Australian bowls correspondent “Short Jack” quoted in October 1904 in one of his weekly reports “Mr D H White a member of the Perth club, has with the assistance of his two sons, laid down a splendid two rink green at his residence in North Perth”
On Saturday the 13th of May 1905 volunteers from the North Perth locality started clearing the scrub and tussock grass at Woodville reserve on Farmer St where the club is situated presently.
1906, Wednesday the 31st of January first game against Leederville (night game) North Perth was defeated.
1907, Tuesday the 18th of December, North Perth Bowling Club was formed. Deputised committee consisted of D H White; President, J Finlay; Vice President, J Hammill; Secretary. 14 members.
1908, Saturday the 29th of February, Official Open Day, attended by 40 members and 300 guests. Mayor W G Randell and J Veryard MLA were the first club patrons
1908, Thursday the 30th of September First AGM held at the North Perth town hall. First elected committee. President James Finlay, Vice Presidents W W Mitchell, T H Blake and F C George, Secretary J Hammill*, Assistant Secretary N Mitchell, Treasurer J M Elliott, Committee members Cr Cook, Mr G Wynne, Mr Young, Mr Woleinski, Mr F Edmunds, Mr Petherick, Mr Sparrow and Mr F Williamson. Membership 46
1908, October; club affiliates with the WA Bowling Association. North Perth’s pennants campaign officially underway.
1910, North Perth council hands over green, members maintain grounds, greens and associated green keeping machinery. In return the council subsidised power and water usage
1952, H Snook* wins State championship singles
1952, Perth city council plans and approves new pavilion. The new pavilion was to facilitate and strengthen Perth city councils bid to host lawn bowling matches for the 1962 Perth Empire Games.
1957, New pavilion opened by Perth city council Mayor R Howard
1958, H Snook* Champion of Champions
1992, City of Vincent takes over from the City of Perth and now manages the club facility
2012, New lights and lighting piers installed, glass balustrading installed, and Kitchen refurbished
2014, Seating and benches replaced with aluminium variants
2016, Paving laid around the boarders of the greens, New plinth capping installed on A and greens
2017, Promotions from 5th divisions to 4th division both midweek and weekend competitions
2018, Promotions from 4th division to 3rd division weekend competition. 5th division teams entered midweek and weekend competition. B green refurbished and laser levelled.,