44-10 Former croquet club & River Red Gum in Park 4

At this point, where the path veers around in a left-hand bend, you are close to the corner of Lefevre Road and Main North Road. To your right is an open area, that was, for more than 90 years, the home of a croquet club with its own building.

The Fitzroy Croquet Club was established here in 1910. It preceded the establishment of the South Terrace Croquet Club, a year later in 1911. The South Terrace club still exists in Park 17.

For about 100 years, from the 1860's to the 1960's, croquet was a very popular game especially at first among the upper-class in Adelaide, many of whom had migrated from the United Kingdom. It was a game that reminded them of the old country.

Many of these people were able to build substantial homes in the Fitzroy, St. Peters, Medindie and Walkerville areas, just north of the city. A lot of these homes had their own courts, and social games, but the enthusiastic players established a club here in Park 4, with the City Council’s approval.

Croquet was especially popular among women. A newspaper cutting records that in 1934 there were 1,300 registered players in South Australia, only six of whom were men.

The Fitzroy Croquet club had its last playing day here in 2002 attended by the then-Lord Mayor, Jane Lomax-Smith, and the building was removed in 2004. Its replacement, the North Adelaide Croquet club, has its facilities now in Prospect.

If you look over towards Main North Rd you can see a large gum tree. That is a River Red Gum, one of the oldest anywhere in the Park Lands - probably planted around 1850.

From here, turn around and go back the way you have come for just a short distance. About 50 metres from here, back along the red path, you will come to a dirt road which crosses this sealed path. Turn right onto the dirt track and walk south for about 50 metres until you are in the centre of Reservoir Park.

Stop at the stobie pole with a street light.



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