West Wimmera Honour First XI

The West Wimmera Shire Council hosted a series of event across the Shire in late May to honour the 150 Anniversary of the Aboriginal Cricket Team Tour of England in 1868 – The First XI Tour.

The story of the First XI commenced in West Wimmera and the activities during the day included visits and ceremonies at key locations with a strong connection to the Aboriginal Cricketers in the Shire, including:

  • Lake Bringalbert near Apsley – the training site of the Aboriginal Cricketers in the 1860s
  • Edenhope – unveiling of information panels – the cricketers trained beside Lake Wallace in Edenhope.
  • Harrow – Johnny Mullagh Oval and Johnny Mullagh’s gravesite

Players and officials from Cricket Australia and Cricket Victoria attended the events during the day with another highlight being a dinner in Harrow to farewell the 2018 National Indigenous teams before their tour of England which commemorated the famous 1868 Aboriginal Cricket Team tour.

The Mullagh Wills Foundation was represented at the official dinner and presented the commemorative Message Book for signing by the members of the 2018 2018 National Indigenous teams (men and women).