Our History

The Melville Bowling Club started from a public meeting on March 11th 1957 with 80 attendees indicating they were potential bowlers.

Two greens were established by the Melville Road board, part of the Melville Local Government Authority as it was known then. This body also guaranteed the finance for the club building. Beach umbrellas were used as an improvised ‘club house’ during the construction of the club house. On January 21st 1958, the new club house was officially opened. This all happened in less than two years, an outstanding accomplishment.

It is appropriate to acknowledge the contribution made by the late Hon. John Tonkin, former WA premier, who was the initial Club Patron, holding that position for more than 25 years.

The next 25 years saw the Club grow from strength to strength and was recognised as one of the strongest bowling clubs in Western Australia. The Club continued to prosper with growing membership and many bowling successes.

The Present

Lawn bowls and social events are the main activities enjoyed by members, with various bowling events played almost daily. At the time of writing, membership exceeded five hundred and growing.

The Club also offers the following to the community and general public:

  • Organised Community Bowling Events
  • Barefoot Bowls for any private group whether it be family, friends, work colleagues social get-together, or corporate team building.
  • Function facilties to hire for any private function such as Conferences, Seminars, Weddings, Family, Private and Corporate events
  • Social events such as Melbourne Cup lunch, Rock n Roll night, solo artists
  • A Community Hub for clubs and groups such as Probus, Scrabble and Dance which use the club facilities as their home base.
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The Future

Recently the City of Melville  granted the Melville Bowling Club a long term lease, so the Club’s vision for the future is extremely positive. With the Club’s successful history over more than 60 years, the Club is actively planning to develop its facilities. Interest currently being demonstrated by the local community is most encouraging.

Melville Bowling Club offers a great deal more than bowls. It encourages any and all interested individuals, groups and businesses who want to enjoy the benefits of the Club’s family type environment, to find out more by clicking on the appropriate drop down button on the menu bar above, or click on a link below: