Thursday, 12 February 2009

The Poverty Bay Club

The Poverty Bay Club in Gisborne, New Zealand's easternmost city, was formed in 1874 by Dr William Nesbitt, an Irishman, a doctor, a coroner and Gisborne’s Resident Magistrate. The club has weathered many social and environmental storms including four fires, three earthquakes, and the introduction of women into its inner folds (although not until 1988!)..

The building seen above was built in 1898 and is the work of local architect William Peter Finneran.

For over 120 years, the Poverty Bay Club membership swelled and shrank in size reflecting the events of the day. The Club is now open to the public with the hope that food, drink, music and pleasure will imbue all those who enter.

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