Year long celebrations to mark Kiama Bowlo’s centenary

Time capsule being retrieved

A time capsule buried in 1969 to mark Kiama Bowling Club’s first fifty years has been removed in preparation for its opening at the first celebration to mark the Club’s 100th year.

The time capsule contains historical items and records of the Club, and perhaps a few surprises.

Club Director and chair of its History Committee, Bronwyn Campbell, was there to see it buried and so was her father, Trevor Jones.

“He reminded me the other day that I said to him as a 12 year old – ‘You’ll be there to see the capsul opened in 2019, Dad, you will be 90.”

Having recently turned 90, Trevor will be there, along with many people whose families have had a long association with the Club over the years.

In March 1919 over 30 local residents held a public meeting to declare an interest in forming a bowling and recreation club. The Club was formed in May and the land on the corner of Noorinan and Shoalhaven Streets was purchased for £180.

1925 Pennant team

By 1921 the Foundation Members had established a clubhouse, a green ready for play and a croquet lawn. The following years saw more greens added and a new clubhouse built.

The Sixties, Seventies and Eighties were the heydays of the Club, when it played a pivotal role in the sporting and social life of the town.

Events are being organised each month throughout the year to mark the centenary.

Details: Sunday March 10. Bowls 10 am to noon; Time Capsule opening 12.30pm to 1pm; Sausage sizzle from1pm.  $10 for bowls & BBQ. $5 BBQ only. All welcome

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