We present a preliminary analysis of a deep colour-magnitude diagram of NGC 1831, a rich cluster in the LMC. The data were obtained with HST/WFPC2 in the F555W and F814W filters, reaching m
555 ⋍ 25 mag. Efficient use of the two-dimensional distribution of data was made by comparing the observed colour-magnitude diagram with model ones. We discuss the process used in accounting for field star contamination and sampling incompleteness in the data. We also describe the algorithm used in building artificial diagrams from model isochrones and the statistical method used in comparing model and data colour-magnitude diagrams. From these comparisons we infer a metallicity Z = 0.008 and a low value, f
⋍ 0.25, for the global binary fraction of NGC 1831. We also rule out ages τ ≲ 500 Myr and mass function slope values α ≳ 2.