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.
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.
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.
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.