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Title New Zealand Bowls - A Historical Perspective
Editor Michael Guy
Publisher Vintage Publishing, Auckland, New Zealand
First published 1995
ISBN 0-86470-076-8
Edition reviewed 1st
Hardback/softback Softback
List price Not known
Cover size (cm)
(height x width)
15.1 x 21.2
Number of pages 74 (including advertisements)
Number of pages with Coloured photos Black & white photos Line drawings
  None 66 None
Synopsis This commemorative book celebrates the long history of bowls in New Zealand and is based on a publication published in 1902 found at Mount Eden Bowling Club in Auckland. The editor notes that the original book, like the later one, was supported by sponsorship, and that one of the original sponsoring companies was also involved 93 years later in the 1995 version.

The foreword, by Ian Birch OBE, contains a poignant piece of New Zealand bowls history:

    From this era [1940s] too came Jimmy Martin. This Carlton player won the New Zealand singles in 1945 and again in 1946. It was Martin who drew the shot with the last bowl he was ever to play. Seconds after the bowl he dropped dead on the green. The bowl travelled on towards the head, finishing inches from the the jack.

The main body of the book consists of 33 double page spreads featuring 31 clubs founded between 1862 and 1901. Typically, the left-hand page shows the title of the club, together with a description of its early history and two or more photos of senior officers, whilst the right-hand page carries a photo of the green with a game in progress or the members posed in a group shot.