Shield cel­e­brates cricket pas­sion

The Queensland Times - - TIME PAST - BERYL JOHN­STON

IN THE early days of Lime­stone/Ip­swich’s his­tory, what is now known as West Ip­swich had been named “Lit­tle Ip­swich”.

This poem was writ­ten about Ip­swich: “Ip­swich is a funny place – the like was never seen. There was Ip­swich North and Ip­swich South, while the Bre­mer flows be­tween.”

Ip­swich was, for many years, a provider of goods to the “Far West”.

It was in its vicin­ity the first set­tle­ment – namely on the op­po­site side of the One Mile Creek on the old Toowoomba Rd – was made, af­ter More­ton Bay was pro­claimed open to free set­tlers in March 1842.

The first set­tler in the area was Don­ald Camp­bell, who made his first home there and com­menced busi­ness as a black­smith, a most nec­es­sary occupation con­sid­er­ing the bul­lock dray traf­fic that trav­elled be­tween Ip­swich and the Con­damine.

Then in 1843, Dr W.T. Dorsey es­tab­lished the first hos­pi­tal in the Ip­swich district on a site near the old pound yard at Lit­tle Ip­swich.

The first man to build a weath­er­board cot­tage (Dr Dorsey’s hos­pi­tal was only a “hut”) was James Eng­land who had shipped the frame­work of the cot­tage from South Bris­bane in punts to the head of nav­i­ga­tion.

On some of the Lit­tle Ip­swich land, cot­ton came un­der cul­ti­va­tion in the 1860s. This was grown more ex­ten­sively in later years.

Some­thing like 14,000 acres was recorded as be­ing planted in this state and the crop was worth 80,000 pounds.

Among other set­tlers in that area were Messrs Ger­main, Aberdeen, Far­quhar, Pea­cock, Smith, Holmes, Hoare, Reddy, Dowling, Gib­son, Con­nor, Ogilvie, Har­ris, McLeod, Hasenkamp, Rod­er­ick, Mclean, Be­han, Brad­field, Fitzger­ald, John­stone, Ashe, Fer­gu­son, and Gut­stav Ru­dolph Weise.

The school­mas­ter in those days was Thomas Fraser and the na­tional school which later formed part of the West Ip­swich Girls State School was built in 1861, builder for which was Don­ald Bethune.

Lit­tle Ip­swich in the old bul­lock-dray pe­riod had four ho­tels – the One Mile, Bull’s Head, sports­man Arms and Sovereign.


This ar­ti­cle re­gard­ing the Sheffield Shield de­sign was printed in the Queens­land Times of May 24, 1894.

“The Sheffield Shield for which the de­sign sub­mit­ted by P. Blashki and Sons, jew­ellers Bourke St, Mel­bourne, was ac­cepted by the Aus­tralian Cricket Coun­cil has been com­pleted.

“Crick­eters will find the de­sign does not give enough idea of the beauty of the com­pleted tro­phy.

“Some slight de­par­tures from the orig­i­nal de­sign have been made.

“The in­ten­tion was it should be sur­mounted by a bust of the donor Lord Sheffield, but a good por­trait could not be ob­tained, and a very hand­some statue of Vic­tory has been sub­sti­tuted.

“The fig­ures of a bowler and bats­man on ei­ther side have been ar­tis­ti­cally mod­elled, the pose in each case be­ing nat­u­ral and are in solid sil­ver which alone weigh 45oz.

“The gold work such as the bats and wick­ets at the top is all thrown into strong re­lief by sil­ver back­ing.

“The enam­elling of the coat of arms which are of those of Lord Sheffield and Aus­trala­sia are par­tic­u­larly artis­tic.”

PRIZE ART: The Sheffield Shield was ac­cepted by the Aus­tralian Cricket Coun­cil in 1894.

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