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01-November-2011
01-November-2011

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The Monument commemorates the first Aboriginal cricket team to visit England in 1868. The team comprised aboriginal players from Edenhope and Harrow. The monument was unveiled in 1951 and rededicated in 2002. 

The team trained on the shores of Lake Wallace with Thomas Wentworth Wills who was one of the founders of Australian Rules football.

As cricket’s popularity in 1868 increased, a non-Indigenous man by the name of Charles Lawrence decided to band together an all-Indigenous team of Aboriginal men from lands of western Victoria, believing that their traditional abilities would make them outstanding cricketers. 

Charles Lawrence then decided the team to tour England, a journey that started on 8 February 1868 and took them over six weeks by boat. Led by star all-rounder Johnny Mullagh (Unaarrimin), they won 14, lost 14 and drew 19 of their 47 games over six months.

The Aboriginal cricketers’ journey to England in 1868 was the first sports team to represent Australia overseas, 14 years before the first Ashes tour. It created the beginnings of what is now considered the greatest battle in modern cricket—the battle for the Ashes.

Source: https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/sport/aboriginal-cricket-teams#ixzz4ryHt5d2K


A former captain of an Australian Test team, Vic. Richardson, unveiled a granite memorial to the first aboriginal cricket team to visit England, at Edenhope on Saturday. The team visited England in 1868. Mr. Richardson said that the people of the Kowree Shire were paying homage not only to early Australians but also to the men who set the foundations for cricket tests which have become such an important part of cricket flxtures. The memorial was erected on the site where the aborigines practised before leaving for England. The only previous reminder of those cricketers was a photograph at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Horsham Times (Vic), 16 October 1951.

Note: The plaque on the monument which was unveiled in 2002, states that the monument was unveiled on the 14th October 1951. The monument was actually unveiled on Saturday, 13th October 1951. 

Location

Address:Lake Street, Edenhope College, Edenhope, 3818
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.034347
Long: 141.297856
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Culture
Sub-Theme:Sport

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 13th October, 1951
Front Inscription

In This Vicinity
The Aboriginal Cricket Team
First Australian Cricket Team
To Tour England 

Trained Prior To Its Departure In 1868.

Matches Won 14
Matches Lost 14
Matches Drawn 19

Left Side Inscription

Plaque 1

Jungunjinanuke          Dick-a-Dick
Arrahmunijarrimun      Peter
Unaarrimin                  Mullagh
Zellanach                    Cuzens
Ballrinjarrimin              Sundown
Brippokei                     King Cole
Bonmbarngeet            Tiger
Brimbunyah                 Red Cap
Bullchanach                 Bullocky
Grougarrong                Mosquito
Jallachmurrimin           Jim Crow
Marrumgunarriman     Twopenny
Pripumuarraman         Charley Dumas

Plaque 2

This Monument To The First Australian Touring Cricket Team
was conceived by

Harry Martindale
Senior Master of Edenhope Higher Elementary School
and unveiled by

Victor Richardson
14th October 1951.

Victor Richardson Captained the Australian Cricket Team From 1935 to 1936.  
His Grandson Ian Chappell was also Captain for Tests 1971 to 1975.

Rededication and unveiling of this plaque
was conducted by

Ian Chappell
7th August 2002

Back Inscription

The Team
Charles Lawrence (Captain)

Mullagh                   Cuzens
Dick-a-Dick              Tiger
Twopenny               Jim Crow
Red Cap                 Bullocky
Mosquito                 Dumas
King Cole               Sundown
Peter
W. R. Hayman (Manager)

Source: MA
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