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The Poverty Bay Club

The original Poverty Bay Club was estsablished as a Gentlemans Club in 1874 in the Albion Hotel by the Resident Magistate Dr W.K. Nesbitt. The present clubrooms were built in 1898 after the Albion burnt down for the 2nd time. It was used by the members when they came to town as a place to stay and eat while going about their business. Today the Poverty Bay Club is the place for gentlemen and ladies to dine at the restaurant, to have meetings, conferences and to use the unique snooker facilities.


The Poverty Bay Club held a highly successful Snooker evening when Dene O'Kane took on some of Gisborne's best players winning every match. Back from the left: Mark Dodd, Marty van der Velde, Wyn Belmont (current NZ Snooker Champion), Tim Pallatati, Tony Cleaver & Bob Kennedy. Front: Roger Turnbull, Len Rickett, Dene O'Kane, Richard Tombleson & Alan Drake.


To celebrate 120 years as a club Jim Holdsworth (left) a Life Member assisted Richard Tombleson the Club President to cut the cake.