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Bowling Club


A group of fishermen were the originators of the Bribie Bowls Club in 1927. Brisbane based bowlers as well as fishermen, were keen to establish a club at Bongaree.

By 1928, with some financial assistance from the Brisbane Tug and Steamship Company, three rinks were constructed. Members of the Banyo and Wilston Bowls Clubs began to travel to the Island for the weekend and the Bribie Island Bowls Club was officially formed in 1929.

In 1931 there were 85 members and four associates. The clubhouse, originally the community hall, was purchased from the Tug company and lowered on to the site. The original club house has been incorporated into the present building.

By 1931 the Club was granted a Sporting Club Liquor Licence which came under fire from the Queensland Prohibition League for unlawful selling of alcohol.[i]  Under the permit alcohol was only allowed to be sold while play was in progress.

During the war the Club became an Officers’ and NCO’s mess.

Written by Lynne Hooper from information sourced from the BIHS Database.

Reference: [i] Daily Standard 13 October 1931 page 1

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