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Ivo Bligh : 18-04-2014
Ivo Bligh : 18-04-2014

Photographs supplied by Sandra Brown

Four cricketers' busts celebrate and acknowledge Sunbury’s historical role as the birthplace of ‘The Ashes’. The cricketers’ busts were unveiled as part of Sunbury’s 175th Anniversary celebrations. Each bust contains a plaque with a short biography of the cricketer.

The four busts are:
Don Bradman      - Sculpted by Wendy Black, Tom Bass Sculpture Studio  November 2011
Ivo Bligh              - Sculpted by Damien Lucas, Tom Bass Sculpture Studio  November 2011
W.G. Grace         - Sculpted by Michael Christie, Tom Bass Sculpture Studio  November 2011
Dennis Lillee       - Sculpted by Sue Alexopoulos, Tom Bass Sculpture Studio  November 2011

Sunbury is the site where a tiny terracotta urn, believed to be a perfume bottle bought by Lady Janet Clarke at an Egyptian bazaar, was presented to Ivo Bligh, the captain of the English touring team of 1882-83. Although the date of the presentation is not confirmed, it is generally thought the urn was presented at Christmas in 1882 after a private game at Sir William Clarke's Rupertswood  mansion.

The urn, which still sits at the Marylebone Cricket Club, is thought to contain the ashes of burnt cricket bails.


Address:Brook & Evans Streets , Sunbury, 3429
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.579714
Long: 144.729183
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Culture
Artist:Wendy Black, Damien Lucas, Michael Christie, Sue Alexopoulos (Tom Bass Sculpture Studio)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 10th December, 2011
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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