The local Edenhope community has been celebrating the Aboriginal Cricket Teams of 1866 and 1868 with the Mullagh Wills Foundation commemorative Message Book visiting schools and community centres in the region.
Helen Roll has escorted the Message Book and discussed the region’s connection to the Aboriginal Cricket Teams to interested groups, including the Edenhope College, St Malachy’s School and the Apsley Primary School (pictured above).
A group also paid a visit to Lake Bringalbert near Apsley and photographed the Message Book beside the lake, near where the Aboriginal cricketers played.
“The reaction has been fantastic and while many of us know of this wonderful history, there are some who were not aware of the significance of this time in our history and the important role Edenhope, Harrow, Apsley and surrounding areas played in developing the Aboriginal Cricket Team that played at the MCG in 1866 and then toured England in 1888. It has been a great experience escorting the book around the community,” Helen said.
The Message Book will be in Sydney for the Ashes Test at the SCG in early January with the SCG Trust officially welcoming the book to the ground.