Nelson Bay Croquet Club was established in 1996 by Ann and Eric Bone. Popular folklore has it that Ann refused to move from Maitland to Port Stephens unless there was a croquet club!!
The club had an initial membership of 17 people, some of whom are still playing today. Margaret and Tommy Thompson were also key players in the establishment of the club and their contribution, as well as that of the Bones, is recognised by the naming of our two lawns after these couples.
The first games of croquet conducted by the club were held at the Nelson Bay Bowling Club, using the back green for competition. However, the single available green could not support the demand as the club grew - within five years, membership had more than tripled in size (and the club continues to attract new members each year).
In May 2008 a facility for the sole use of the club (lawns and clubhouse) was provided by Port Stephens Council, which has continued to support the club with grants for further improvements.
Tommy and Margaret Thompson, Ann and Eric Bone
March 2008 - birth of the new courts
Mayor Ron Swann declaring the new club facilities open