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Blog post from Thursday, 8 January, 2015

The first reported cricket game in Australia took place in Sydney at what is now known as Hyde Park on 8 January 1804. This match was reported in the Sydney Gazette available on Trove. Cricket quickly became increasingly popular. Intercolonial games began when a team Victoria travelled to Launceston, Tasmania for a game in February 1851. The first visit by an English cricket team to Australia occurred during Australia’s summer of 1861-62.

These illustrations are from the collections of the State Library of New South Wales.

Grand national cricket match, played in the Outer Domain, Sydney, Jan. 14th, 15th & 16th, 1857

Creator Fowles, Joseph, 1810-1878

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Victorian Eleven and the Intercolonial Cricket Ground Melbourne, Feb 2-3 & 4, 1860


Gilks, Edward, c.1822-?

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