150th Anniversary Celebrations in Harrow

Harrow, the home of the annual Johnny Mullagh Memorial Cricket Match, is celebrate in style on Sunday March 11th for the 150th Anniversary of the First XI 1868 cricket story.

The ‘Spirit of the First XI 1868’ exhibition at the famous Harrow Discovery Centre (Johnny Mullagh Cricket Centre) will officially open on Friday March 2nd and this will include the announcement of the Acquisitive Art Prize. The following weekend the people of Harrow and surrounding district will host the celebrations to commemorate the 150th Anniversary. These celebrations will be the culmination of years of work by the local community to ensure this incredible story of the Aboriginal Cricket Team is remembered through the Discovery Centre and the annual Mullagh Championships during the long weekend in March.

The highlight of the 2018 celebrations will be the First XI Legends Concert at Johnny Mullagh Park in Harrow. Featuring Isaiah Firebrace, the winner of X Factor in 2016 ad Australia’s representative in The Eurovision Song Contest in 2017. For Isaiah this will have an incredible significance as he is a descendant of Cuzens who was a member of the Aboriginal Cricket Team, ‘The First XI 1868’. Also performing at the concert will be Benny Walker, Neil Murray and Todd Cook who will release his new album telling the story of the First XI of 1868.

The Celebrations in Harrow on Sunday March 11

  • Farmers Market from 9:00am in Blair Street
  • National Bush Billy Cart Race from 10:00am
  • Annual Johnny Mullagh Championship Cricket Match from 10:00am at the Johnny Mullagh Oval
  • Quickshear Competition from 11:00am at the Johnny Mullagh Recreation Reserve
  • Street Performers from 5:00pm at the Hermitage hotel
  • First XI Legends Concert from 6:00pm at the Johnny Mullagh Park

The weekend promises to be a wonderful celebration of an important part of our national history.

For further details please contact Josie Sangster at the Harrow Discovery Centre 03 55831387 or 0439 498 262.


Logo designed by Dixon Patten, descendant of James Couzens (Mosquito) First XI 1868