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Welcome and History

Welcome to the Toorak Burnside Bowling Club- “the Friendly Club”- and welcome to the wonderful world of lawn bowls.

Bowls is a social game for people of all ages and abilities, for minimal cost to achieve maximum sporting and social returns.

The Toorak Burnside Club boasts an extremely proud history in the Adelaide (and indeed the South Australian) bowls scene.

Old Scrapbook Diaries maintained since the Clubs inception, record the following newspaper articles regarding the Club’s beginning:

“ When the beautiful suburb of Toorak was originally laid out a large block of land was set aside for recreation purposes. Two tennis courts were made on the land, but, there being no supervisory body, the ground fell into disrepair.In 1918 however, a general meeting held at the residence of Mr George Matthew, decided on the formation of the Toorak Bowling Club. By relinquishing their moral right to the recreation reserve, they were enabled to acquire the present very valuable site. Applications for membership began to roll in, debentures were issued and freely taken up, and assisted by the genial personality and indomitable energy of the President, the committee soon overcame the many difficulties that confronted them. 

The clubhouse and grounds rapidly took shape, for which much credit was due to to the honorary architect, Mr EH McMichael.The clubhouse was opened in August 1919, and on November 1, just 14 months after the inception of the Club, they were in the happy position of having enough money in debentures held by members to cover all expenses of construction. They possessed two bowling greens, two grass tennis courts, a croquet lawn, and a clubhouse containing two first class billiard tables and replete with every convenience. The cost of ground, buildings &c and of laying out  the greens and flower gardens, including a charming rosery, was approximately 3,800 pounds, exclusive of 1,000 pounds for the greenkeepers residence.”

“The fashionable suburb of Toorak had a great day on Saturday, when they celebrated the opening of one of the finest, if not the best, Bowling Club greens in the whole of the Commonwealth. The colours of the club are black and white, and the members, with their black coats trimmed with white, and the club monogram in white on the outside pocket, looked very nice indeed. I would not be surprised if the other clubs nicknamed the Toorak Club “The Magpies”.”

The first Pennant game for the Club was played in 1920, and the early records indicate Toorak Bowling Club was soon one of the leading Adelaide Pennant Clubs.

Unfortunately, time has seen many changes to the original club, with the tennis courts, croquet lawns, and greenkeepers house sold off along the way. I wonder where the billiard tables went!

In 1994, during a period of rationalisation of many bowling clubs, the Burnside RSL Bowling Club, formerly on Portrush Road opposite Burnside Village, merged with the Toorak Bowling Club to form the Toorak Burnside Bowling Club.

Due to financial pressures on the club and ever increasing costs, it was decided to sell the property to the Burnside Council in 2002 under an arrangement which provides an ongoing cashflow stream to the Club over 15 years and security of tenure to lease the premises at a peppercorn rental. Renegotiation of the lease with the Burnside Council will occur in 2017, by which time the club will be in a strong financial position.

Our History

 1919

Official launch of club.

 1965

Extension to clubhouse. 

 2002

Sale of club land to Burnside Council. 

 2018

Centenary year.

 1918

First meeting to create Toorak Bowling Club

 1953

Formation of Toorak Women’s Bowling Club. 

 1994

Merger with Burnside Bowling Club to create Toorak Burnside Bowling Club. 

 2010

Major fire of clubhouse. 

 1918

First meeting to create Toorak Bowling Club

 1919

Official launch of club.

 1953

Formation of Toorak Women’s Bowling Club. 

 1965

Extension to clubhouse. 

 1994

Merger with Burnside Bowling Club to create Toorak Burnside Bowling Club. 

 2002

 Sale of club land to Burnside Council.

 2010

Major fire of clubhouse. 

 2018

Centenary year.

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Management

Chair – John Whelan
Treasurer – Doug Duncan
Board Secretary – John Walker

Board Members
– Dennis Reid, Bob Penhall, Mike Dwyer

President – Bob Penhall
Chair of Selectors – Trevor Feast
Greens Manager – Dennis Reid
Greenkeeper – James Gregory
Admin/Functions Manager – Jan Chinnery

Club subscriptions

Membership subscriptions for Toorak Burnside Bowling Club (includes GST) are as follows

New members receive 50% discount (first year only)
New members receive a name badge, bowls stickers and club shirt and pants (first year only)

Pennant Player

$340 / annum

New member – pennant player

$197.50 / annum
  • (half fee plus estimated affiliation fee – first year)

Pennant players transferring from other clubs

$197.50 / annum
  • (half fee plus estimated affiliation fee – first year)

Social members - non pennant player

$180 / annum

New member – non pennant player

$90 / annum

Member of another SA club

$80 / annum
  • Registered with another club.

Junior/Student

$50 / annum

Non playing member

$55 / annum

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