Croquet Set

Croquet was played in Australia as early as 1810. It was a popular garden recreation throughout the nineteenth century, one where the sexes could mix with decorum. Croquet needs a sizable space with level lawns, so the number of croquet grounds in private gardens is shrinking, although it is played at some lawn bowl clubs.

Croquet set, about 1915 complete with original willow balls and instructions, used in Orange by the Tonkin family.

Loan courtesy Audrey Tonkin