Do You Play Croquet?


Following from last week's post about our museum centenary birthday cake on the Lone Pine Lawn, this week we travel to the other side of the estate: the children’s games in our Southern Paddock.

Vaucluse House has its own collection of reproduction 19th century children’s games, but with 1000 visitors expected at the Museum Centenary Open Day  – and over 1500 across the property on the day – we needed to rally the troops!

Luckily, with the generous support of our colleagues at Rouse Hill House & Farm, Elizabeth Farm and The Mint, we were able to amass a really impressive collection to fill the paddock with fun and games for everyone. Hobby horses, cup-and-balls, quoits, building blocks, skipping ropes, skittles sets, row after row of croquet course, and piles of rattan hoops and canes spread all over the paddock, and drew fun-loving crowds young and old throughout the day.

We sent the loaned items back to their various properties after the event, with our own store of reproduction 19th century games being kept for our education programs Child’s Play and How Does Your Garden Grow, as well as our vacation care program Vaucluse House Discovery Tour.

The Vaucluse House Museum Centenary events launched an ongoing fundraising campaign towards the refurbishment of some of our key spaces, preparing the museum for its next hundred years.

About the Author

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Karina Wright
Visitor Services Coordinator
Karina's first experience with Sydney Living Museums was squeezing lemons, as an anachronistically self-costumed eight-year-old...

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