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Hughes Park

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published February 16th 2019
More activities off the oval than on it
Passing Hughes Park on the Maroondah Highway, heading into Lilydale a quick glance to the left reveals an oval where you sometimes see a cricket or football match in progress. As expected it is home to a football and a cricket club.

A cricket match in progress on Hughes Park oval.

There are two sides to Hughes Park.

The road side sign at the main entrance.

Just inside the main entrance, a small plaque on a boulder commemorates the toll-gate operating 1868 1876 on this site at Brushy Creek Township. That is 140 years before Eastlink toll-road opened.

Plaque on boulder
The toll-gate plaque just inside the main entrance.

The wording on the toll-gate plaque.

Nearby another plaque, set in a native garden shows a bas-relief profile of Barak, headman & last full-blood of the Wurundjeri Tribe. He was born in this vicinity in Brushy Creek. He died in 1903 aged 85.

Native garden
The native garden featuring the Barak memorial.

portrait of Barak
A close up of the bas-relief profile of Barak.

A nearby shed proclaims to be the home of the Croydon Homing Pigeon Club. They will be active in their activities from mid-June 2019.

The Croydon Homing Pigeon Club building.

The Australian Chin Community's meeting hall sits in its own enclosure. The Chin people are mainly Christian and live in Burma near the border of India and Bangladesh.

The Chin Community's sign.

Adjacent to the Chin Community's building are six tennis courts.
At the back of Hughes Park a large building houses the 1st Croydon Hill Scout Group. These are the Joey scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers.

The Scouts building.

All the scouting groups.

There is a small group of playground equipment, a BBQ and a toilet.

The other side of Hughes Park is centred around the Brushy Creek Hall. It houses the Croydon North Cricket Club and the Croydon North Veterans Football Club. At the rear of the hall, there are three practice cricket areas which look very new and well maintained.

The roadside sign at the sports pavilion entrance.

Activities that take regularly place within the hall are the Croydon and Brushy Creek T.O.W.N Club, Joulle Calisthenics Academy and Soccer Time Kids.

T.O.W.N. club stands for Take Off Weight Naturally, which is a low-cost non-profit organisation run by volunteers to encourage weight loss by healthy eating.

The Joulle Calisthenics Academy is a non-profit sporting club dedicated to the development of callisthenics.

Soccer Time Kids provides soccer defined physical play programmes for children from one to five years of age. They endeavour to provide the basic fundamentals of ball use.

The sports pavilion sign.

The hall is also available for hire for private functions.

The Brushy Creek runs along the west side of Hughes Park and can be followed on both sides for some distance before it enters the Yarra River some six kms away.
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Where: Hughes Park, Maroondah Highway, North Croydon.
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