100 years ago today, on 28 June 1915, Australia lost its most talented cricketer.
Victor Trumper was born on 2 November 1877. He learnt to play cricket on the streets of Surry Hills, and began playing club cricket from the age of 15.
In 1899, on his first international tour, Trumper became the first Australian to score a triple century in England.
Victor Trumper scored over 3000 runs for Australia in 48 tests. In 255 first-class cricket matches, he clocked up an incredible 16,939 runs, including 42 centuries. Trumper was also an accomplished medium-pace bowler, taking 64 wickets in his first-class career.
By 1910, Trumper’s health had deteriorated. He died from Bright’s disease at the age of 37. His funeral was one of the largest witnessed in Sydney at that time. Victor Trumper is remembered as one of the finest attacking batsmen the cricket world has known.
You can discover more of the Library’s cricket treasures through our online collection, Cricket in Australia: http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/discover_collections/society_art/cricket/index.html
Victor Trumper in batting stance, 1902. Watercolour, painted over a photograph.
Mitchell Library: P3 / 219 (digital order no. a128352)