The Wellesley Club

Lord Wellesley statueThe Wellesley Club is named after Arthur Wellesley, formally known as the Duke of Wellington. The Duke was a sponsor of the New Zealand Company, and one of the principal towns of the new colony was named after him. In 1891 when a group of Wellington businessmen decided to establish a gentlemen’s club, they chose the name Wellesley for its historical connections with the city. The building has been designated a grade 1 Heritage Building by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

Built in the grand tradition of London’s Pall Mall Clubs, it is considered one of the finest examples of neo-Georgian architecture in Wellington. The Wellesley Club is a landmark building near the heart of the city's financial district. It occupies a prominent street corner and it possesses a distinguished architectural character.

The building has a certain timeless and universal quality and has remained little changed to the present day, with all major internal spaces in near original condition. The beautiful balance and proportion of the facades and the excellent attention to detail are appreciated as much today as in the last century.

The Wellesley Club itself has been important in the social and business life of the capital city for over 100 years with many members being well-known in their various professions. "Here politicians, businessmen and runholders met to socialise and do business" and, although today this is perhaps not the central focus of club life, it nevertheless still provides a social amenity for members and now the wider public.

Club Committee

President – Grant Purdie
Chairman – Grant Purdie: chairman@wellesleyclub.org.nz
Secretary – Gordon Stewart: secretary@wellesleyclub.org.nz

Other members:
Andre Bredenkamp: reciprocal@wellesleyclub.org.nz
Ray Harding: rayhar@xtra.co.nz
Anthony Wilson:
Paul Jonson:
Peter Sisson: