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Johnny Mullagh
Johnny Mullagh

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Commemorates Johnny Mullagh the star of the aboriginal cricket team which toured England in 1868.  He was a skilful all-rounder, being a right arm bowler and right-handed batsman.

Mullagh participated in two all-Aboriginal tours of England in the 1860s, and won admiration and respect from the European community at a time when Aboriginal people were generally not accorded much respect.  

He was born in Australia in 1841 on Mullagh Station, a member of the Jardwadjali people, about 16 kilometres north of Harrow, and learned to play cricket whilst working on the adjoining Pine Hills agricultural property. He was given the name "Black Johnny" to distinguish him from a "White Johnny".

Also known by his traditional name Unaarrimin (he was given the name 'Mullagh' to identify him with his place of birth), he played 47 matches on the 1868 England tour, scoring 1698 runs at an average of around 20 on pitches that were often treacherous.  Spectators considered him the equal of any English batter. He also bowled 1877 overs, 831 of which were maidens, and took 245 wickets at 10 apiece. 

The grave in the cemetery was erected from funds from public appeal after his death in 1891


Address:Blair Street, Johnny Mullagh Park, Harrow, 3317
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.158889
Long: 141.596944
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Approx. Event Start Date:1868
Approx. Event End Date:1868


Front Inscription

Erected in memory of Johnny Mullagh Aboriginal cricketer born 1843 died 14th Aug. 1891

Left Side Inscription

Batting Average for English tour 1868 23.65 runs 43 Matches

Right Side Inscription

Batting Average for Murray Cup for 3 years 45.7

Source: MA,VMR,ADB
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