The Vancouver and District has held championship competitions even before the current V&D was in existence. Over time events have come and gone, while some have endured for decades. The following is a brief account of each event.
Men' Fours - Hudson Bay Trophy
Men's Pairs - Thomas Sanderson Trophy
Men's Singles - Henry Birks Senior Singles Trophy
Senior Men's Fours - Commodore Recreation Trophy
All senior events were originally open to men 65 years of age or older. This has since changed to 60 years and older (probably in an effort to expand the potential field to help with sagging entries.
Senior Men's Pairs - H.C. LePatourel Trophy
Senior Men's Singles - J. Inglis Trophy
Novice (Semi-Ready) Singles
Women's Fours - Thomas H. Kirk Trophy
Women's Pairs - Sanford J. Crowe Trophy
Women's Singles - Daily Province Trophy
The V&D has overseen the Sport of Bowls in the Lower Mainland since early 1930's and, despite various vicissitudes over the years continues to be a very capable organizer of bowls as well as being the 3rd largest bowls organization in Canada (only Ontario Bowls and B.C are larger; the V&D, with almost 2,500 bowlers, has more members than any of the other 8 provinces - in fact, over half of the bowlers in BC are in the V&D and about 1 in 6 bowlers in the entire country.
The current Vancouver and District Bowls Association has just turned 80, but the history of district bowls goes back further than that. Some time in the 1910's the clubs in the lower mainland organized themselves into the Lower Mainland Lawn Bowling Association. This was soon disbanded in 1925 when it considered superfluous. At that time there were 17 clubs in B.C., 15 of which were in the lower mainland (the only ones outside were Powell River and Victoria. So the B.C.L.B.A. looked after organized bowls in the Vancouver area. In the intervening 7 years bowls exploded throughout the province and by 1932 there were 33 clubs and all the new ones were outside the V&D. It was time for the Vancouver area clubs to look after their own affairs.
As a result, the individual bowls clubs in Vancouver and the surrounding area once again organized themselves into a district and the Vancouver and District Lawn Bowling Association was (re)born. At the time almost of the clubs were in Vancouver proper. In those days the table officers consisted of a President, 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents, Secretary/Treasurer and 2 Umpires. There was an succession set up as can be seen by the progression of individuals through the offices. Typically, someone would serve as Umpire for 2 years and then move onto the 2nd Vice, then 1st Vice and, finally, President. In those days and for several decades after, the position of President was more a reward than a task - a privilege you earned for having served and worked on the board for several years.
In that first year there was so much enthusiasm for the V&D that every position was contested by more than one candidate and elections were held until one person had a clear majority.
The V&D also had two working committees; the Match and Social Committee, who organized the V&D events as well as any visits by groups from outside the province, and the Prizes Committee, who arranged the prizes for V&D events. This latter task was bigger than it is now because many of the V&D events were sponsored (The Hudson Bay Rinks & The Birks Singles, for example) and cash prizes were not allowed. Any cash prize would have automatically meant that the recipient was no longer an amateur, but a professional.
You might wonder about the umpires changing so regularly. Were there that many qualified umpires back in the '30's? Actually, there were no qualified umpires - umpire certification did not exist back then. Umpires were elected and the candidates were simply bowlers who had a good knowledge of the Rules of Play. That actually made a good criterion for serving on the board. You couldn't get on the board until you had bowled long enough to be conversant in the rules.
In 1932 the Vancouver Club (aka Little Mountain) swept all three V&D events; the Men's Singles (Birks), the Men's Pairs (O.B. Allan) and the Men's Fours (Hudson Bay). This was such a remarkable feat that winners went to a studio and had their photos taken for formal framing.
Information compiled by Dr. John Aveline
There are a surprising number of clubs which once graced the lists of the Vancouver and District and which have since closed down - permanently. Here is a list of those clubs and a few words about each:
|Club||Address||Years Operating||Thumbnail Sketch|
|Cedar Cottage||Victoria (one block north of Kinsway||In 1958 Cedar Cottage had 30 men and 14 in their Ladies' Club.|
|Grandview||1400 Salisbury Dr. (Victoria Park)||In 1958 Grandview had 44 men and 28 in their Ladies' Club.|
|Hastings Community Club|
Ioco was the club created by the Imperial Oil Company, whose acronym also gave the area its name. It was basically a club for workers at IOCO as was the entire community.
In 1958 Ioco had 19 men and 12 in their Ladies' Club.
|Mt Peasant||St George &13th Ave, Vancouver|
Mount Pleasant's most famous member was Sandy Houston, who won a couple of Canadian Championships while a member there. Those beautiful purple banner can now be seen hanging in the PIBC.
In 1958 Mt Pleasant had 30 male members and 17 in their 'Ladies' Club'.
|Vancouver Heights||Esmond & Trinity (North Burnaby)|
The greens of this club in 1958 were being moved from the reservoir. In that year they 'threw in their lot' with Hastings Community until their new greens (present North Burnaby club?) were playable.
In 1958 the club had 25 men and another 14 in the 'Ladies' Club'.
F.A. Tasker / P.J. Campbell
R. Adam / J. Ross
R.S. Arnot / J. Ross
A.J. Campbell / C. Moir
A.J. Campbell / F. Wilmer
R. Adam / G.J. Watt
R. Adam / R. Consterdine
J. Brown / E. Roylance
J. Brown / R.L. Williams
J. Norton / R.L. Williams
J. Norton / A. Ogilvie
G. Scott / A. Ogilvie
G. Scott / F. Bellis
A. Bruce / F. Bellis
W. Campbell / R.A. Long
J. Brydone / R.A. Long
F. Ellis / R. Hutcherson
F. Ellis / A. Lakie
W. Back / A. Lakie
W. Back / G. Dewar
D.A. Jay / J.S. Slight
J.S. Slight / A. Hunter
R. Moir / A. Hunter
R. Moir / J. Drysdale
? J. Hodge / J. Drysdale ?
? J. Hodge / Eastwood ?
A.H. Woodward / C. Eastwood
W. Ferguson / A. Morrison
W. Pulsifer / A. Morrison
W. Pulsifer / J. Husband
B. Littler / A. Burkholder
W. Richmond / J. Buttar
M. Blair / B. Lund
Data not available
Paul Van Den Camp
Paul Van Den Camp
1. Sydney Gisby was a Councillor of West Vancouver for 9 one year terms between 1916 and 1939. He was also reeve in 1924 & 1925
* In 1994 the Men (V&DLBA) and Women (Dogwood LBA) combined into one administrative unit.