Australian Aboriginal XI re-create famous 1868 photos at Lord's

Alex Broun 10/06/2018
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The original photo of the Australian Aboriginal cricket team in 1868

The 2018 Aboriginal XI cricket squads have recreated a series of photos from the 1868 tour at Lord’s with the help of Australian captain Tim Paine.

The recreated photos include a team shot taken in Swansea in 1868 and the iconic poster of individual player shots taken in Hamilton, Victoria prior to departure for the UK 150 years ago.

In the male images Tim Paine fills the role of Charles Lawrence who was captain/coach and the only non-Indigenous player in the 1868 squad. In the female version this position is filled by head coach Shelley Nitschke.

Original artefacts from the 1868 tour were recently discovered in the UK and in an extra special initiative, male players were able to hold these as part of the recreation.

Female players substituted these weapons for cricket stumps painted by Aunty Fiona Clarke, the great-great granddaughter of 1868 player Grongarrang (Mosquito).

The photos were recreated at Lord’s to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first Australian sporting team to tour the UK.

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) in Exeter is lending Aboriginal artefacts, newly identified from the 1868 cricket tour to the UK, for display at Lord’s throughout the 2018 season.

Check out the original photos and recreations below.

The original photo of the Australian Aboriginal cricket team in 1868

The original photo of the Australian Aboriginal cricket team in 1868

The men's 2018 recreation

The men’s 2018 recreation (Tim Paine is in the centre, standing)

The original team portraits in 1868

The original team portraits in 1868

The men's recreation of the portraits

The men’s recreation of the portraits

The women's recreation of the portraits

The women’s recreation of the portraits

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Australia warm up for England series with a big win against Middlesex

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Keeping his Head: Travis scored a century

Australia wrapped up their preparations for the one-day international series with England by beating Middlesex by 101 runs.

The tourists face Eoin Morgan’s top-ranked side in a five-match contest, which begins at the Kia Oval on Wednesday, and followed up a win over Sussex in midweek with more success at Lord’s.

Travis Head scored 106, his fifth List A century, and Aaron Finch made a big-hitting 54 as Australia posted 283 for six from their 50 overs.

Early wickets cost Middlesex any real hope of chasing that down, with Max Holden’s run-a-ball 71 the best to show from their 182 all out.

Kane Richardson finished with figures of three for 31 with Michael Neser and Billy Stanlake picking up two wickets apiece.

Australia won the toss and chose to bat, but it was Middlesex who enjoyed an early celebration as Nathan Sowter pulled off a spectacular one-handed catch to get rid of D’Arcy Short for 18.

That brought Head and Shaun Marsh together and they went about laying the foundations of their side’s innings, putting on 114 off 25.4 overs.

Marsh fell one short of a half-century, sending a simple catch to Steven Finn off the bowling of Holden, while Glenn Maxwell was trapped in front by Ravi Patel soon after.

Head carried on enjoying himself and went to his century off 133 balls, which included nine fours.

His diligence allowed Finch to free his arms at the other end, with the right-hander cracking three sixes and two fours in his 52-ball 54.

Ashton Agar also had some late fun, finishing 20 not out, as Australia reached their commanding score.

Middlesex reached 48 without loss before three wickets in quick succession swung the game in the way of the tourists.

Neser caught and bowled Nick Gubbins for 18, Stevie Eskinazi was snared by Agar for two, the same score George Scott was on when he was bowled by Stanlake.

Holden was batting untroubled at the other end, going to a 52-ball half-century and in combination with Hilton Cartwright began to repair the innings.

The pair put on 61, with Cartwright, who has played two ODIs for Australia, reaching 31 before he sent a catch down long-on’s throat off Short’s bowling.

And when Holden’s fun ended, Stanlake having him caught, Middlesex were staring down the barrel.

A steady stream of wickets fell thereafter as Jhye Richardson picked up Robbie White, Neser had Sowter caught in the deep, Richardson dismissed James Franklin for 32 and then Patel two balls later.

Richardson finished it off, having Barber caught behind, as Middlesex were bowled out in the 41st over.

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Bripumyarrimin / King Cole commemorated in Meath Gardens

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The Australian Aboriginal XIs attended a ceremony in in Meath Garden to commemorate Bripumyarrimin

Aboriginal XI squads have visited London’s Meath Garden’s to pay respect to Bripumyarrimin (King Cole), a member of the historic Aboriginal XI that toured the UK in 1868.

King Cole played seven matches on tour in 1868 before tragically falling ill and passing away during that tour. He was laid to rest in Victoria Park Cemetery (which, years later, became Meath Gardens).

Following the ceremony both squads joined the Australian men’s ODI team at Lord’s Cricket Ground where they shared stories about their culture and the significance of commemorating the 1868 pioneers who became the first sporting team from Australia to tour internationally.

The event in Meath Gardens was attended by the full men’s and women’s Aboriginal XI squads, the Australian High Commissioner His Excellency the Honourable George Brandis, The Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs, the Friends of Meath Gardens and  a large contingent of local residents.

School children from three neighbouring schools also attended and got to learn the story and join in a cricket clinic run by the ECB and Indigenous squads.

The commemoration in the Gardens included speeches by Aboriginal mentor Peter Cooley and cricketer Tyran Liddiard (who is representing Bripumyarrimin /King Cole during the tour) as well as representatives of the three organising bodies and an exchange of gifts.

A new, comprehensive information panel was also unveiled at the site, close to the eucalyptus tree trunk and plaque that was laid in Meath Gardens during a previous visit by an Australian Indigenous team in 1988 (the Australian Bicentenary). This took place also, while the pupils from local schools.

At Lord’s players from all three teams ate lunch together in the Lord’s dining room before gathering in the away changerooms to reflect on the legacy of the 1868 team who played at that very ground 150 years ago, a decade before the 1878 Australian Cricket team tour that gave rise to test cricket.

Ashleigh Gardner and D’Arcy Short shared the stories of their journeys through the Indigenous pathway to the national team before Justin Langer spoke about his pride in bringing three national teams together at the home of cricket.

The day was concluded with photos on the field of play and a tour of the temporary display in the Lord’s museum dedicated to the 1868 tour.

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