Story: Billiards, snooker, pool and darts

Billiards in a public billiards room

Billiards in a public billiards room

This game of billiards is taking place in a public billiards room, probably in the late 19th century. Public billiards rooms were sometimes located in hotels or could be stand-alone enterprises. In the 19th and early 20th centuries there was a keen interest in billiards, with considerable press coverage of the games of professionals and well-known amateur players. Billiards was also very much a spectator sport, especially when bets were placed in the games.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Tesla Studios Collection (PAColl-3046)
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Peter Clayworth, 'Billiards, snooker, pool and darts - Billiards and its history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 5 Sep 2013