The Mullagh Wills Foundation will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the 1866 Boxing Day match between the MCC and the All Aboriginal Cricket Team followed by the 150th Anniversary of the first Australian Cricket Team to tour England in 2018. The focus for the celebrations will be the growth of cricket and football in bringing communities together, illustrated in the roles of Johnny Mullagh and Tom Wills, together with the MCC and rural communities.

• To provide an opportunity to bring together communities across Victoria and to recognise the contributions different cultures have made to the Nation through sport.
• To increase community awareness of the contributions made to sport and the community by Johnny Mullagh and Tom Wills.

Encourage communities to recognise and participate in the 150th Anniversary of the Aboriginal Cricket Team’s:
• Boxing Day match against the MCC at the MCG in 1866
• Tour of England in 1868 – the first Australian cricket team to tour overseas

To develop local heroes and role models to increase participation in sport and a sense of belonging for those who are isolated or disenfranchised in Indigenous and general communities.


Jane Nathan


The first woman Committee Member of the Melbourne Cricket Club and the founding Chair of the Women of MCC Committee, Jane has a long and successful career in Local Government.

Ian Coutts


An Australia Day Ambassador, Ian has been involved in sports administration for over 25 years.

Mark Crouch


Mark has a long career in Local Government, most recently as the CEO of West Wimmera Council.

David Hawker AO

Former Speaker for the House of Representatives and Federal Member for Wannon between 1983 and 2010

Emma Staples

Emma is the Market and Community Engagement Leader at Cricket Victoria having previously worked in State Government.

Shelley White

Senior Project Officer, Physical Activity at Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth), Shelley has previously worked in Local Government.

Melanie Jones

Former Australian Test Cricketer, Melanie is now a cricket commentator working in Australia and overseas.


Frank Hutchinson

Geoffrey Carracher

The Mullagh Wills Foundation is fortunate to have wonderful supporters from all the communities involved in the Journey to the G.