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First Tour of England- 1868 Australian Aboriginal cricket team

First Tour of England- 1868 Australian Aboriginal cricket team

1868 saw 13 Aboriginal cricketers from Victoria’s Western Districts sail from Sydney to become the first Australian team to tour England. Over six gruelling months they played 47 two-day games. At the completion of each game the team was required to give an exhibition of ‘native sports’, including boomerang and spear throwing.

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The State Library of New South Wales holds a remarkable collection of illustrations, photographs, scorebooks and newspapers documenting this historic tour.

For more information about this tour or about the material that State Library holds click here