John MacKay was a founding member of the Victoria Bowling Club.
He was born in 1851 in Fifeshire. He came to New Zealand with his parents at the age of seven and lived in Dunedin until 1896. His first job was in a newspaper office but he started his own printing business in 1871. He moved to Wellington in 1896, the year the Victoria Bowling Club was established, to take up the position of Government Printer and lived at 21 Kent Terrace.