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WACA Scoreboard War Memorial was erected in memory of Western Australian cricketers who had died in both World Wars. The new scoreboard was erected as a memorial after the original board was blown down in a storm in 1948.
A community effort over 50 years ago gave the WA Cricket Association one of its most enduring symbols – the manual scoreboard. It's still operating and is still a feature of the ground.In the early 50s, the pastoral community was looking for some way to remember those who had died during the two World Wars. A memorial, something that would honour their deeds. They decided on a scoreboard at the WACA. A fund was started to raise the money and thousand rolled in.
The board was installed in 1954 and a plaque placed on it to acknowledge the connection to the pastoralists who had died. However, during painting, that plaque was removed and placed into the WACA museum, a move which upset the countrymen. During the centenary celebrations of country cricket in 2007, the plaque was reaffixed to the board to recognise the historic connection.
Work will start shortly at the W.A.C.A. Ground on the erection of a new scoreboard, the total estimated cost of which is £7,000. The W.A.C.A. executive has accepted a tender for the erection of the scoreboard. It hopes to have it in operation for the first home Sheffield Shield match next season--that against South Australia starting on November 13. The scoreboard, which will be a memorial to W.A. cricketers who lost their lives in the two world wars, will supply match details similar to those to be seen on the Adelaide Oval board. Soon after the old scoreboard was blown down in 1948 the W.A.C.A. applied unsuccessfully for a permit to build a brick structure in its place. Further applications were refused before the present design was submitted.
Donations from members of the Nor'-West and Murchison Cricket Association and its supporters have amounted to £3,500 and further donations expected from this source should bring in about £500. Many pastoralists have donated the proceeds of sales of bales of wool. One recent sale yielded nearly £400. The secretary of the W.A.C.A. (Mr. L. E. Truman) said yesterday that his association was deeply appreciative of this generous gesture by cricket enthusiasts in distant parts of the State.
The West Australian Perth , 20th June 1953.
|Address:||Hale Street, WACA Cricket Ground, East Perth, 6004|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -31.959722|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||1954|