Squatter Night 6th Oct - Mt Evelyn

October 2017 Newsletter


In Melbourne that means the Royal Melbourne Show, the AFL Grand Final and Melbourne Cup Day.

Squatter was first released at the Royal Melbourne Show, on the Wool Board Stand (now the Wool Mark Company), so Melbourne Show is Squatter's birthday - and this year Squatter is 52 years old!

Quotes about Squatter

“I always thought Squatter was a game of chance until I realised my son beat me EVERY time he played with me. Then I realised, that Squatter was a game of planning and strategy, in which chance just played a part; a bit like real farming” (Anon 1995 Melb Toy Fair)


Did you know that Bob Lloyd used white shirt buttons to represent the pens of sheep in the original Squatter prototype. Sometimes sheep can become trapped and crushed in the corners of sheep yards (called pens). To prevent this from happening circular sheep “pens” were developed, which removed all the corners. Looking down from above, 200 sheep in a circular pen would look just like a white button.

John Sands, who published the first edition of Squatter, changed the buttons to sheep heads, to give the game more character. The irony is that when the sheep heads were changed back to buttons for one edition of Squatter, there was such an outcry from the Squatter lovers, that the sheep heads had to be reinstated to the game.