Recreation Ground

Clarendon was (and still is) a steep area to play sport. Sportsmen surrendered the lease of the school ground to establish a new field. Mr. Shipway secured the purchase of 7 acres at River Bend after the playing fields up river were flooded by the weir. There had to be a great deal of land levelling, although a good incline remained favouring “downhill” play in football matches.

The pavilion used to stand on the northern end behind the bowling club, but was moved in 1995 to its elevated position with new toilets and a playground. Tennis courts and a bowling green have long served sporting clubs and the oval once had its own Aussie rules and cricket clubs. This picturesque setting had much earlier been used by indigenous peoples for corroborees and battles. Seems fitting that we still gather there.