Bill Bremner

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Bill Bremner
Bill Bremner Lawn Bowls.jpg
Personal information
Birth nameCharles William Henry Chilcott Bremner
Born(1879-03-25)25 March 1879
Dunedin, New Zealand
Died4 November 1961(1961-11-04) (aged 82)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Alice Genevieve McLachlan
(m. 1902; died 1949)
CountryNew Zealand
SportLawn bowls
ClubWest End Bowling Club, Auckland
Achievements and titles
National finalsMen's pairs champion (1932, 1940)
Men's fours champion (1924, 1929)

Charles William Henry Chilcott Bremner (25 March 1879 – 4 November 1961) was a New Zealand lawn bowls player who won a gold medal in the men's fours at the 1938 British Empire Games. He also won four national lawn bowls titles.


Born in Dunedin on 25 March 1879, Bremner was the son of Mary Ann and George Goddard Bremner.[2][3] He was educated in Dunedin, but spent much of his life in Invercargill, before moving to Auckland.[3] He was a land agent and architect.[3] On 26 December 1902, Bremner married Alice Genevieve McLachlan,[4] and they had two children.[3]

Bremner won four New Zealand national bowls championship titles, representing the West End Bowling Club from Auckland: the men's fours in 1924 and 1929; and the men's pairs in 1932 and 1940.[5]

At the 1938 British Empire Games in Sydney, Bremner was the skip the men's four—with Ernie Jury, Alec Robertson and Bill Whittaker—that won the gold medal.[3][6][7]

Bremner died in Auckland on 4 November 1961, having been predeceased by his wife in 1949.[8][9] He was buried at Hillsborough Cemetery, Auckland.[10]


  1. ^ "New Zealand, Police Gazettes, 1878–1945". Operations. 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Birth search: registration number 1879/5441". Births, deaths & marriages online. Department of Internal Affairs. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Obituary: Mr C. W. Bremner". New Zealand Herald. 9 November 1961. p. 2.
  4. ^ "Marriage search: registration number 1902/6412". Births, deaths & marriages online. Department of Internal Affairs. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  5. ^ McLintock, A.H., ed. (1966). "Bowls, men's outdoor—tournament winners". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Bill Bremner". New Zealand Olympic Committee. 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Bremner wins". Auckland Star. 10 February 1938. p. 24. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Deaths". New Zealand Herald. 6 November 1961. p. 16.
  9. ^ "Burial record for Alice Genevieve Bremner". Auckland Council. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Burial record for Charles William Henry Chilcott Bremner". Auckland Council. Retrieved 26 May 2018.