Outdoor bowling ball

Today’s object is an outdoor bowling ball.  This is a wooden boule used in Pātea by a Mr. Turner, a former resident of Whenuakura c1900.  The history of bowls has been traced back to the ancient Egyptians.  It is believed they played with stones.  Sculptured vases and ancient plaques show the game being played some four thousand years ago, and archaeologists have uncovered biased stone bowls from 5,000 B.C. which indicate the ancients enjoyed the game of bowling more than seven thousand years ago. Today all bowls have a certain built-in bias, which allows bowling curved shots and sneaking around other bowls near the jack.



If you have information about this bowling ball that would be useful for our catalogue, contact the museum on 0800 111 323 or museum@stdc.govt.nz, Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki Heritage Collection 1991.038.1.

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