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  • Title
    Charles Lawrence Collection
  • Creator
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1858-1896
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
    Microfilm : 1868 cricket scorebook, filed at Safe 1/227).

    Charles Lawrence was born in London in 1828 and became a professional cricketer at the age of 17. He played in Ireland during the 1850s and formed the United All-Ireland XI. In 1862 he toured Australia with the first England Team under H.H. Stephenson. At the end of the tour he remained behind to coach the Albert Club in Sydney. In 1868 he captained a team of 14 Aboriginal cricketers to England. It was the first Australian team to tour England, predating the first white team by 10 years. They played 47 games over 6 months including a game against the MCC at Lords. The star of the team was Johnny Mullagh who played in 45 games, scoring the most runs and taking the most wickets. After returning to Australia Lawrence continued playing and coaching. He played his last game at the age of 70 and died in 1917.
  • Scope and Content
    This collection includes material relating to the Aboriginal Cricket Tour of England in 1868 together with material relating to the Lawrence family.
  • System of arrangement
    This collection contains manuscript and pictorial series. You may navigate to a more detailed description of each series from this collection record.
  • Subject
  • Exhibited in

    Champions: Australian Sporting Greats - State Library of New South Wales (5 July - 16 November, 2003). Selected items
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