Mullagh Wills Match Day

Moyston, the childhood home of Tom Wills, hosted the Mullagh Wills Match Day between Moyston Willaura and Hawkesdale Macarthur on Saturday June 18.

All netball and football teams were involved in the day with the winning club, Hawkesdale Macarthur, decided on the most wins from all matches played on the day. The senior netball and senior football teams lined up prior to their respective matches to honour Tom Wills and commemorate the Journey to the G project and the Mullagh Wills Trophy was presented by Jane Nathan, Chair of the Mullagh Wills Foundation on the football ground at the conclusion of the senior match.

The Moyston Willaura Football Netball Club hosted the day and included a special message of support in the commemorative Message Book and involved the Hawkesdale Macarthur Club with the signing of a commemorative cricket bat by the Club Presidents, together with the coaches and captains of the senior football and netball teams.

The Mullagh Wills Foundation thanks the Carlton Football Club, Melbourne Vixens and Cricket Victoria for the support provide for this special day at Moyston.

The Launch

The launch of the Journey to the G was held in conjunction with the annual Johnny Mullagh Cricket Match in Harrow on Sunday March 13, 2016.

The launch was attended by Hon Dan Tehan, Member for Wannon and Emma Kealy MP, Member for Lowan, together with Councillors from five municipalities.

Jimmy Tarpot Cup

The Apsley Racing Club hosts the Message Book as the Apsley community celebrate Jimmy Tarpot at the 2016 Apsley Cup.

On Sunday June 12 the Apsley Racing Club hosted the Jimmy Tarpot Cup, a 100 yards backwards race held down the main straight of the racetrack prior to the running of the 161st Apsley Cup. The West Wimmera Shire, the home of the launch of the Journey to the G, sponsored the Jimmy Tarpot Cup as part of their ongoing support to the 1866 and 1868 Aboriginal Cricket Teams.

Australia’s only female race caller, Victoria Shaw called the Jimmy Tarpot Cup which was won by local footballer Dale Smith in a time of 15:01 seconds, 1:01 seconds outside the time set by Jimmy Tarpot at the MCG 150 years earlier. Each of the five finalists signed the Message Book as part of the celebrations of the achievement of Jimmy Tarpot 150 years earlier.

Jimmy Tarpot
Jimmy Tarpot was part of the Aboriginal Cricket Team that played against the Melbourne Cricket Club at the MCG on Boxing Day in 1866. On December 28 the Aboriginal team conducted a sports day at the MCG with a highlight being Jimmy Tarpot running 100 yards backwards in 14 seconds.

Jimmy (born Murrumgunerrimin) missed the Aboriginal Cricket Team’s tour of England in 1868 due to injury. He returned to Apsley and became a highly respected wool classer in the district

Ararat Rural City

The Message Book was today delivered from the Southern Grampians Shire to the Ararat Rural City Council. The Book was presented to Mayor Cr Paul Hopper during the Council briefing prior to the Council meeting at the historic Ararat Shire Hall.

The Message Book will remain with the Ararat Rural City Council until late June and activities during the month will include the “Mullagh Wills Match Day” at the Moyston/Willaura Football Netball Club v Hawkesdale/Macarthur Football Netball Club at Moyston on Saturday June 18.

View full article in Ararat Advertiser. 

Southern Grampians Shire

The Message Book is presented to the Southern Grampians Shire Council in Hamilton and will be displayed in the Hamilton Gallery alongside the original scorebook from the Aboriginal Cricket Team Tour of England in 1868.

West Wimmera Shire

West Wimmera Shire Council includes official message in the Message Book at the Council’s official monthly meeting in Edenhope.