Map showing Bunbury Bowling Club

Phone: (08) 9721 3291


Bunbury is the second largest city in Western Australia and is the centre for the South West region as an industrial, tourism and commercial base. It is 182 kilometres (approximately two hours by car or train) south of Perth, the State capital, from where there are connections to international and domestic destinations.

Initially named 'Port Leschenault' by French explorer Captain Nicolas Thomas Baudin in 1803. The town-site was declared in 1836 and now has a population of around 30,000 within the Bunbury City and 50,000 within the greater Bunbury Area.

The present Bunbury Bowling Club was started at a meeting in the Bunbury Ambulance Hall on 10th September 1947. Local politician Fred Withers was delegated to negotiate with the Town Council for land on Forrest Avenue.

Three rinks were planted (to couch grass) and a small clubhouse was built of weatherboard with an iron roof. It had one small window and a door. In it were stored the tools required for the green and the ladies had a cutlery and crockery cupboard.

The dining room was a bough shed (wooden framed roofed with boughs).
Tea was brewed over an open fire and a kerosene tin utilised for washing up, with water boiled in a copper. Play commenced in 1947 - as there were just three rinks, play was one way only. Wooden bowls were used and often when driving, the small disc controlling the bias would fall out, having to be stuck in again.

As membership grew a timber and asbestos clubhouse was built with a bar licence being granted, which led to many social singalongs and dance nights.

In 1961 a new clubhouse was built, being the foundation for the present building with additions being made in 1984 and 1986. The original three rinks grew to five greens. Greens 'D' and 'E' (renamed 'C' and 'D') were converted to modern sand-filled synthetic turf arenas in 2001 with Green 'B' (renamed 'A') being converted in 2007.

In April 2009 Green 'C' (renamed 'B') green became the fourth synthetic green, heralding the end of the era of turf greens. Green 'D' was renewed in May 2013. The original ('A') green was excavated and is now a Carpark.

Over the years, members have had considerable success in the noble sport of lawn bowls.
Both men and women have won variously:

Country Week Singles, Pairs and Fours titles
Champion of Club Champions
State Titles
Representation in their respective State Teams

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