From Ballarat and District Industrial Heritage Project
- Mr. John Crockett, who established the first willow planting in Australia from which cricket bats were made, died at Daylesford yesterday at the age of 79 years. The Industry, which he pioneered with his brother, the late Mr. Bob Crockett, was successful, despite early difficulties. The first plantation was at Hepburn. The brothers carried seedlings across two miles of rugged hills, and planted them in a beautiful valley at Shepherds' Flat. There they thrived, and now supply the needs of the Melbourne factory, which is con ducted by younger members of the family. The late Mr. Crockett was born in Daylesford district, and lived there most of his life. For more than half a century he was connected with the local branch of the Independent Order of Rachabites.
- ↑ The Argus. 17 November 1939.