Tools of the Game

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Tools of the Game

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The tools of the game reflect changes in the manufacturing process... alongside the ingenuity of bowlers over the years.

The earliest bowls featured on our Wall of Bowls are turned from lignum vitae and some have been re-purposed from ship ballast.

In the early 1900s bowls manufactured from composite materials began to appear on New Zealand greens. The bowls are shaped asymmetrically to give the curve when rolled.

This collection houses a diverse range of measuring objects.

Collection Items

Jack/Kitty "over sized"
China, over-sized kitty or jack. Used by the Eltham club where the lawns were scythed rather than mown. In use until the 1930.

Lawn Bowl, 1875 Dunedin Bowling Club
A wooden lawn bowl with a silver centre fringed by a border of ringed ornamentation on the wood. On one side of the bowl the silver centre features "Dunedin Bowling Green, Presidents Bowls, won by Mr Robert Saunders 1875" surrounded on the wood by…

Lawn Bowl, 1876 Dunedin Bowling Club
A wooden lawn bowl with an silver centre surrounded by a border of ringed ornamentation on the wood. On one side of the bowl the silver centre features "Dunedin Bowling Club, Presidents Bowls Won by Robert Saunders Esq. 1876" fringed by two ringed…

Lawn Bowl, 1880, Borestone Bowling Club Glasgow
A wooden lawn bowl with a silver shield-shaped centre surrounded by a border of wavy ornamentation on the wood. On one side of the bowl the silver centre features "Presented to the Borestone Bowling Club by James Ormiston, Glasgow, 1880" fringed by a…

Lawn Bowl, Thomas Taylor, 1886 New Plymouth Bowling Club
A wooden lawn bowl with an silver centre surrounded by a border of ringed ornamentation on the wood. On one side of the bowl the silver centre features "Prize Bowls, Presented by Mr James Paul, Won by C.J. Newman " with an elaborate engraved border…

Auckland Bowling Club, 1892
A wooden lawn bowl with a silver centre surrounded by a wavy border of ringed ornamentation on the wood. On one side of the bowl the silver centre features "Auckland Bowling Club 1892" fringed by a wavy border surrounded by a ringed border on the…

1893 Wanganui Bowling Club Junior Bowls -Presented J Bennie Esq. President Won by D.W May
A wooden lawn bowl with an silver centre surrounded by a border of ringed ornamentation on the wood. On one side of the bowl the silver centre features "Wanganui Bowling Club 1893 Junior Bowls - Presented by J Bennie Esq President won by DW May" …

1893 New Plymouth Prize Bowls Won by Mr S Wyllie
A wooden lawn bowl with an silver centre fringed by a border of ringed ornamentation on the wood. On one side of the bowl the silver centre features "Prize won by Mr S Wyllie 1893" fringed by a wavy border surrounded by a a ringed border. The other…

NPBC Champion Rink J Veale Skip 1894
A wooden lawn bowl with an ivory centre fringed by a border of ringed ornamentation on the wood. On one side of the bowl the ivory centre features "N.P.B.C. Chamion Rink, J. Veale Skip 1894" surrounded by a wavy border surrounded by a ringed border.…

WBC Subscription Pairs JH Mentiplay 1894-95
A wooden lawn bowl with a silver centre surrounded by a border of ringed ornamentation on the wood. On one side of the bowl the silver centre features "WBC Subscription Pairs JH Mentiplay 1894-95" fringed by a wavy border surrounded by a ringed…
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