A Perfume Bottle from 1882


The Ashes as seen at ‘Velvet, Iron, Ashes’ exhibition at the State Library of Victoria.



It carries the weight of both the Australian and English Cricket worlds.

The essence of the sport

The rivalry,

the passion,

the history.


Our country,

their country.

Spawns from The Ashes Urn.


It may be small, but tradition it protects.

Tradition it upholds.

Tradition it has become.


New world took on old

The Australians,

the English,

the bat and the ball.

The Urn as the emblem for this mighty sport.


“In Affectionate Remembrance of English Cricket”


The Urn a symbol of an age-old rivalry.

The Urn a symbol of our history.

The Urn a symbol of the interconnection –

A father,

A daughter,

A life shared through this sport.


Just passers-by in this big world,

Halted in time to admire this history.


All contained in a perfume bottle from 1882.





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About Anna Pavlou

Anna 'Pav' Pavlou is a current student and a born and bred Melburnian who has a passion for sport and sharing people's stories. She is an intern journalist for AFL VICTORIA and writes for The Roar, the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA Media), the Mongrel Punt and is a Melbourne Cricket Club contributor. She also appears on North West FM 98.9 radio show. Most winter weekends you'll find her down at the Ross Gregory Oval in St Kilda, supporting Power House FC, who play in Division 2 in the VAFA. She works as the Division 2 writer for the VAFA. She completed work experience with 3AW Radio and has been published in The Age as well as with Carlton FC and Geelong Cats. Check out her website below for more sport pieces!


  1. Delightful Anna.

    It raises the issue of other trophies in world sport. What’s your favourite? Most ugly? Most ridiculous.

  2. Luke Reynolds says

    THE most important trophy in sport. Fantastic words Anna.

  3. Mark Duffett says

    The World Cup trophy would have be up there for most incongruous, if not ridiculous. It’s not even a cup!

  4. Daryl Schramm says

    Magic. Greater meaning personally after attending Lords and Leeds last year.

  5. Colin Ritchie says

    Fab Anna! I think you should forward a copy (if you haven’t already done so) to the MCC & Lords. Well done!

  6. It is amazing just how small that urn is…

  7. Nothing wrong with small, Smoke.

  8. Excellent Anna yep agree personally most important trophy in world sport

  9. I love that you were moved to this tribute, Anna.
    And I love the whole premise of the urn, the Death Notice in the paper, the ceremony of burning the bails, the death of English cricket.

    What a laugh.

    A mighty example of the value of story.

  10. Great poem
    as to the Worst trophy? – the A league Toilet seat hands down the worst
    what is the go with it?
    along with any sport that gives out ugly useless rings
    best trophies
    – Bledisloe cup Aust NZ rugby
    JJ Giltinan shield still given to the minor premier of the NRL
    Sheffield shield Australian domestic cricket
    cook cup England Australia rugby
    Vince Lombardi trophy NFL simple but symbolic
    best of all check out the
    Super league (1997) -Australia tri series trophy – Nsw QLD NZ – made up of a “lemon squeezer” army hat ( Kiwi) and a slouch hat army hat (Aussie)

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