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Croquet club celebrates 80 years

Thumper 4 March 2008 7

The quaint little croquet club next to the Hyatt is celebrating 80 years of existence as noted here.

It began as a recreation for guests at Hostel No 1 – which later became Hotel Canberra and now the Hyatt Hotel. Surpirisingly it was for women only, right up until 1976.

Cute little sites like this, reminiscent of a by-gone era and Irish, upper-class origins, are what makes this town fascinating. Afterall, where else in the world can you be in the heart of a captial city and find a croquet club, resplendent with players in white and even having a small ungraffitied dressing shed.

May the club last forever and never be held to a developer’s whim.

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7 Responses to Croquet club celebrates 80 years
Mælinar Mælinar 10:45 am 05 Mar 08

I consider it very much more worthy of heritage listing than the rikkety bridge out near the hills.

Firstly, its been looked after.
Secondly, its actually got a link to history rather than it being something that is around by virtue of it not floating away yet.
Thirdly, it is in reasonable condition when we are considering its heritage value, rather than needing urgent repairs.
Fourthly, its designated use is recreational, not functional – this implies that more people will value it for its fun value.
Fifthly, you should never go to five, its best to stop at three. There is no fifth reason.

Thumper Thumper 8:24 am 05 Mar 08

I was more pointing out the fact that it is excellent to see such an old establishment in such an area of the city.

I have no idea what barney is talking about….

astrojax astrojax 11:20 pm 04 Mar 08

very incisive comment, barney. hmmmmmm, what?

if it is ‘irish’ piqued your musing,then say so. ’cause, ‘irish’?? hmmmmmmm……….. i thought croquet was quintisentially english.

but the croquet club rocks, people. you may think it looks demure and easy. go on, go try…

Nemo Nemo 6:56 pm 04 Mar 08

We had a small xmas party at the croquet club last year. It was great fun and so easy to play.

emd emd 3:26 pm 04 Mar 08

That story on ABC was an interesting read. I reckon the open day on Sunday would be lots of fun – hope the weather is good for it.

barney barney 2:05 pm 04 Mar 08

“Cute little sites like this, reminiscent of a by-gone era and Irish, upper-class origins, are what makes this town fascinating.”


Crikey Crikey 1:56 pm 04 Mar 08

I hope their celebrative party doesn’t turn out like Corey’s did.

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