His­tory, culture and cricket at Eden­hope

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The west Wim­mera com­mu­nity will gather at Eden­hope this week­end to cel­e­brate a pro­found sport­ing fin­ger­print the re­gion has left on Aus­tralia’s cul­tural his­tory and iden­tity.

The two-day Eden­hope Home of the First Eleven event will ac­knowl­edge the 150th an­niver­sary of the for­ma­tion of an Aus­tralian Abo­rig­i­nal team, the first cricket group to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in Eng­land.

The event will also be a cel­e­bra­tion and re­u­nion for peo­ple and play­ers in­volved in a 1988 120th re-en­act­ment tour.

Event spokeswoman He­len Mul­raney-roll said an Abo­rig­i­nal Cricket Team com­mit­tee had planned week­end ac­tiv­i­ties around the teams of 1868 and 1988.

“We’ve planned a huge cel­e­bra­tion – a cricket party, re­u­nion and back-to – on the shores of Lake Wal­lace at Eden­hope,” she said.

“We’re ex­tend­ing an in­vi­ta­tion to ev­ery­one and all cricket teams past and present.

“The fore­shore will be buzzing with ex­cite­ment dur­ing the Easter week­end.

“Coach­ing for chil­dren and cricket matches have been or­gan­ised on the orig­i­nal site where the 1868 team prac­tised.”

The event will start with an open­ing and Wel­come to Coun­try at Lake Wal­lace on Satur­day and in­clude ev­ery­thing from back­wards foot races, of which some mem­bers of the 1868 team were renowned, and a re­u­nion and even a re-en­act­ment match of 1988 Abo­rig­i­nal and Kowree XI teams that played at Eden­hope and Har­row.

Satur­day ac­tiv­i­ties will also in­clude a ded­i­ca­tion to the 1988 team at Eden­hope Col­lege, screen­ings of Mark Man­ion’s 1988 film ‘Dream­ing of Lords’ and per­for­mances by Re­gional Abo­rig­i­nal Dance Group. There will also be free pub­lic en­ter­tain­ment at Hen­ley Park. On Sun­day there will be a ded­i­ca­tion at Lake Bringal­bert and the launch of a book ‘Bringal­bert, Bat and Ball’ as well as or­gan­ised cricket tours of Bringal­bert, Ap­s­ley, Dergholm and Har­row. There will be a memo­rial match and ju­nior coach­ing, an­other op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to see Dream­ing of Lords and a fam­ily day and bar­be­cue at Hen­ley Park.

Ms Mul­raney-roll, an Eden­hope res­i­dent and de­scen­dant of Thomas Hamil­ton, said Hamil­ton had taught Abo­rig­ines to play cricket at Bringal­bert Sta­tion in 1864.

“The orig­i­nal team was no­ticed by William Hay­man and they prac­tised on the fore­shore of Lake Wal­lace be­fore sail­ing on the ship Par­ra­matta to tour Eng­land,” she said.

“We all want to learn more of this sig­nif­i­cant mo­ment in Aus­tralia’s crick­et­ing his­tory.”

Tour­ing team

The 1896 tour­ing team in­cluded play­ers Harry Jel­lico, Bringal­bert; Peter; Eden­hope; Johnny Mul­la­gah, cap­tain, Pine Hill; Jimmy Tar­pot, New­lands, Billy Of­fi­cer and Johnny Cuzens, Full­ham; Bul­locky, New Harper; Sugar and Sun­down, Miga Lake; Neddy, Red­cap, Mos­quito, King Cole, Harry Rose, Twopenny and Dick-adick, Lawloit.

A re­u­nion for play­ers in­volved in the re-en­act­ment games and tour is at­tract­ing con­sid­er­able in­ter­est.

“I have been able to lo­cate all but two of the 1988 Abo­rig­i­nal play­ers in­clud­ing fam­i­lies of two de­ceased mem­bers. They are all ex­cited to be at least re­mem­bered for such an oc­ca­sion and are com­ing to Eden­hope from all over Aus­tralia,” Ms Mul­raney-roll said.

Peo­ple seek­ing more in­for­ma­tion about the week­end can call Eden­hope Abo­rig­i­nal Cricket Team com­mit­tee on 0427 515 140 or email box­grove@wim­mera.com.au.

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