The History of our Club

A meeting was held on Sunday 16 June 1974 with all residents of Lake Conjola and the surrounding districts, invited to discuss forming a Bowling and Recreation Club at Lake Conjola. A Steering Committee of Norm Baker (Chairman), Dick Harding (Secretary), Clarice Baker (Treasurer), Frank Morley, Roy Carmichael, Jim Lynch, Monica Lynch, Joy Hughes.

Also the Ladies Auxiliary members who also assisted were, Monica Lynch (Chairlady), Joy Hughes (Secretary), Phyl Harding (Treasurer), Clarice Baker, Meg Morley, Maureen Stephens, Noelene Harding, Joyce McGarr.  These two committees worked tirelessly together raising money to purchase the land for the Clubhouse and bowling greens. Three parcels of land were offered as suitable for a bowling Club, and the Steering Committees final decision was to choose the one on Lake Conjola Entrance Road and down Norman Street.

The Club was actually born when the first sod was turned over by the following: Hugh Foley, Milti Mison, Alan Marsh, Fred Ney, Cec Rutherford, George March, and the Club was named 'The Lake Conjola District Bowling Club. This began in June 1974 and progressed and grew on voluntary labor until a Clubhouse and green were built. The Club was officially opened when the first bowl was rolled by Foundation President, Norm Baker on Saturday 10am, 31st December 1977. Gentlemen were only invited to attend from 10am until 12 noon, then ladies and gentlemen were welcome to attend from 1.30pm until 5pm.

All those who gave up their time and worked so hard were justly rewarded. To see so many players on this brand new green for the very first time was a very proud day for the residents of Lake Conjola, and also the many visitors who visit regularly. The second green commenced construction in 1981 with the first match being played on the 27th  March 1982 with a men's social bowls day, then on the 28th March mixed fours was played, from the 29th to the 31st March ladies and men's social bowls, then on the 1st April the ladies open fours. This was a history making week of bowling for the Club with over 100 bowlers participating.

Further additions to the Clubhouse were done in 1985 with the following being done: the coolroom extension was added to the rear of the Clubhouse at the bar floor level, also the conveyor belt was installed to carry heavy goods from the main coolroom on the ground floor to the upper floor level.


Additional refurbishments inclusive of new carpet and furnishings throughout the Club were done in 2012, also a new outdoor gaming room was built.


In 2018 the Club will be doing further refurbishments and additions to the Clubhouse.  Once the final layout and costings are completed, Members and visitors will be further notified.

Retaining Wall at the rear of the green, lower section is the foundations for the Clubhouse, workers measuring up are Hugh Foley, Fred Ney, Norm Baker.

Clubhouse and green near completion.

The first photo of the interior of the Club, Reg Dent and Syd Smith at the bar.

Official Opening of the Clubhouse and green 18th February 1979.

Official Opening of the Clubhouse and green 18th February 1979.

1982 visitors and locals alike enjoying the two greens.

Our Greens in 2016.

Our Greens.

Our Club - how a dream became a reality!