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  • Title
    Aboriginal cricketers alongside the Melbourne Cricket Ground Pavilion, c.1867
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  • Physical Description
    Photographs - 1 photoprint - 22 x 26 cm. - Multiple tears. Mounted

    The Aboriginal players in this photo were part of a team of 19 Aboriginal cricketers, along with English player Charles Lawrence as captain and 3 other white cricketers, who toured England in 1868, playing cricket and giving demonstrations of boomerang throwing and dancing. The team played 47 matches, winning 14, losing 14 and drawing 19. One player, Bripumyarrimin ('King Cole'), died on tour of pneumonia, a couple of players returned home ill, one was arrested for drunkenness on tour and nearly all suffered homesickness.
  • Scope and Content
    [Team members: at rear (left to right), Tarpot, T W Wills, Johnny Mullagh; front row, King Cole (leg on chair), Dick-a-Dick (standing); seated (left to right), Jellico, Peter, Red Cap, Harry Rose [Tiger Rose?], Bullocky, Cuzens]
  • Source
    Presented November 1956
  • Access Conditions

    Access to this pictures collection via appointment only. Please submit your request through Ask a Librarian
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Created before 1955
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • Published Information
    Published in: Greg de Moore "The man who invented AFL", SAM (Sydney Alumni Magazine), July 2010, p. 36, which see for an article on Tom (Thomas) Wills
  • General note

    Formerly titled (on mount) "Mr Wills' arrival in Sydney with the aboriginal cricketers 16 Feb. 1867 (First Australian XI to England, 1868)
    Transferred 1990 from MPG/CRICKETERS
    MSS key to names on reverse; for transcription see Pxn 776
    This is not the full team of Aboriginals who toured England and T W Wills did not tour at all, only coaching the team in Australia
    Original print was "touched up" by W & F Pascoe, Aug. 1980
    Reference sources:
    The Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia / David Horton (General Editor). Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, 1994
    Cricket Walkabout: the Australian Aboriginal Cricketers on Tour, 1867-68 / John Mulvaney, Rex Harcourt. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1967
    Photograph restored, June 2003, Digital ID a128392 (pre-restoration photo. at a128035)
    Digital order no:Album ID : 954268
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    16th Feb. 1867. Mr [T W] Wills arrived in Sydney with the Aboriginal Cricketers -- on label on reverse in pencil (full label is damaged and incomplete)
  • Attributions / conjectures

    On a later silver gelatin photographic SPG copy held in the Library, this key to the players:
    "The team comprised the following players: Bullocky, Tiger, Mullagh, red Cap, Dick-a-Dick, Peter, Lawrence, king Cole, Twopenny, Jim Crow, Dumas, Cuzens, Charlie, Mosquito, Shepperd, promoter & manager Mr R. Hayman"
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