St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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Port Elizabeth Bowling Green Club

The Port Elizabeth Bowling Green Club, the oldest in South Africa, was founded on August 14, 1882 at a meeting in the home of Joseph Swallow and seven other men. They were John Horton, Thomas Blair, Benjamin Sutcliffe, Ebenezer Webster, James Lucas, William Gillman and David Crabb.

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Cecil Rhodes with members of the Port Elizabeth Bowling Green Club on December 24, 1896, shortly after turning the first sod of the new green.

The first lawn, or "green," as they are known by the bowling fraternity, was opened on January 5, 1884 by A C Wylde and named "Founder's Green," in the picturesque setting of St George's Park.

The second green was opened on September 3, 1887, by Admiral Sir Walter Hunt-Grubbe of HMS Raleigh.

The first sod of the third green, "Rhodes' Green'' was turned by Cecil Rhodes on December 24, 1896 and the fourth green, "Prince of Wales," was completed in 1926.

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Members of the Port Elizabeth Bowling Green Club enjoy a game of bowls, circa 1930.

The first South African Inter-Colonial contest took place from April 11 till 18, 1894 between Port Elizabeth and Kimberley.

On October 21, 1932, a ladies section was formed.

Not only is the club an adornment to the city, but it is the envy of bowling clubs all over.

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Members of the Port Elizabeth Bowling Green Club enjoy a game of bowls, circa 1930.

Many celebrities, including Sir Walter Hely-Hutchinson, General Botha and General Baden Powell, visited the club.

An annual bowling competition used to be held at "Eastertide," and was held in Port Elizabeth in 1915.

Port Elizabeth - a Social Chronicle to the end of 1945 by Margaret Harradine.

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The Port Elizabeth Bowling Club.

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