Ballarat Bowling Club reaches their 150th year milestone

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Ballarat Bowling Club becomes the second bowls club in history to celebrate their important 150th year milestone. 

Melbourne Bowling Club was the location for the classic Australian movie ‘Crackerjack’ and was the first club to celebrate their 150th birthday in March this year. 

December 14 is a very special day for the members of the Ballarat Bowling Club who will celebrate the history making day with a traditional lunch at the local tavern, a Civic Reception and of course the members and guests will partake in a game of bowls. 

The official party will travel by horse drawn carriage to the Miner’s Tavern for lunch before returning to the bowling club for the official raising of the 150th year flag. 

Bowlers will then take to the greens for a traditional game of spider before a Civic Reception that will be attended by members of the Ballarat City Council. 

Australian Jackaroo Brett Wilkie is heading back to his home town of Ballarat to help celebrate the milestone with the locals. 

He will be joined by Bowls Australia CEO Mr Neil Dalrymple who will also attend the 150th year celebrations. 

Wilkie was a member of the Webbcona Bowls Club through his teenage years; however he spent a lot of time with friends socializing and bowling at the Ballarat Bowling Club. 

Wilkie, who is the National Training Centre Coach for Queensland, will be conducting a coaching seminar for the locals on Friday 13 from 4pm prior to his appearance skipping Ballarat in the division one pennant competition against Buninyong on Saturday.

The club is also holding a reunion for past and present players where they will unveil a commemorative plaque and Australian Jackaroo Brett Wilkie will attend as the guest speaker for the night. 

Bowls Australia would like to wish Ballarat Bowling Club a very happy 150th birthday; enjoy the celebrations.