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Thomas Wentworth Wills

Address: Upper Heidelberg Road, Warringal Cemetery, Church of England section, Heidelberg , 3084
State: VIC
Area: AUS

Please Note: GPS Co-ordinates are approximate.
Latitude: --37.751464
Longitude: +145.057469
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Monument Type: Grave

Theme: People

Sub-Theme: Sport

Description:

Tombstone on the grave commemorates Thomas Wills the founder of Australian Rules football.



Wills was a survivor of the massacre by Aborigines which destroyed his family at Cullin-La-Ringo in Queensland. In 1864-5 he captained a Victorian cricket team against a visiting English team, and in 1866-7 he coached the Aboriginal cricket team which he took to England in 1868.




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Front Inscription:

Thomas Wentworth Wills. Born 19th August 1835. Died 2nd May 1880



Back Inscription:

Founder of Australian football and champion cricketer of his time.

Erected by public subscription, sponsored by the Melbourne Cricket Club



Source: RHSV

Images

Thomas Wentworth Wills : 08-June-2012



Thomas Wentworth Wills : 08-June-2012
Thomas Wentworth Wills : 08-June-2012
Thomas Wentworth Wills : 08-June-2012

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

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