Members of the Murray family gather for reunion

REUNION: (back, l-r) Paul Graham, Cheryl Murray, John Bryant, John Murray, David Graham, Roger  Murray, Ken Murray, Don Graham, Steve Murray and Ray Murray; (front, l-r) Colleen Murray (nee Coady), Ann Graham (nee Murray) and Jenny Murray. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
REUNION: (back, l-r) Paul Graham, Cheryl Murray, John Bryant, John Murray, David Graham, Roger Murray, Ken Murray, Don Graham, Steve Murray and Ray Murray; (front, l-r) Colleen Murray (nee Coady), Ann Graham (nee Murray) and Jenny Murray. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

The Wellington Bowling Club was the highlight for the Murray family reunion recently, when three generations descended on Wellington for the event.

The club’s most recent honour board was designed and fabricated by 84-year-old John Murray, a former Wellington local, in 1954.

His late father Frank Murray and late-uncle James Murray, also former Wellington locals, designed and fabricated the earlier honour board around 1905.

Both plaques are still displayed at the club.

HONOUR: Roy, Frank and John Murray designed and fabricated the honour boards. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

HONOUR: Roy, Frank and John Murray designed and fabricated the honour boards. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

John, who at the time had recently​​​ completed his cabinetmaking apprenticeship, fashioned the board out of pacific maple timber and used traditional joinery methods without any nails or glue.

He only ever made the one plaque, which was modelled on the original.

John said the Murray family had been heavily involved in the club for many years and held various positions on the committee and at one stage managed the building.

“I’m proud to have been a part of the club and to have contributed to its history,” he said.