Almanac Book Chats: Adelaide University Cricket Club – A History

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Robert O’Shannassy and Bernard Whimpress
Adelaide University Cricket Club: A History


Authors O’Shannassy & Whimpers (L-R)

The University of Adelaide Cricket Club (The Blacks) celebrated its centenary in 2008. Authors O’Shannassy & Whimpress trace the origins of the Club, its impressive development, the impact of two World Wars, the lows and highs – culminating in 2020-21 with a 5th A grade premiership, the formation of a women’s team in 1947, the many distinguished names past and present in the development of the Club. The book has been deeply researched in the University archives and presents a superb photographic record. Event appeal to interest history and development of cricket, not only at the University in the State.


The University of Adelaide Cricket Team in 1910

Bernard Whimpress is a leading sports historian and former curator of the Adelaide Oval Museum. Robert O’Shannassy made his 1st Grade debut with The Blacks in the 1967/68 season and has also represented the State.

Copies of the book will be on sale.
Sponsored door prizes to be won.
Wines sponsored by Coriole Vineyards.

Date: Wednesday 26 April 2023
Time: 5:30 for 6:00 PM start
Venue; Writing Studio, Level 2, Barr Smith Library

Tickets: $10.00 per person (GST inclusive)
Students: FREE ENTRY
Proceeds support the Library

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About Bernard Whimpress

Freelance historian (mainly sport) who has just written his 40th book. Will accept writing commissions with reasonable pay. Among his most recent books are George Giffen: A Biography, The Towns: 100 Years of Glory 1919-2018, Joe Darling: Cricketer, Farmer, Politician and Family Man (with Graeme Ryan) and The MCC Official Ashes Treasures (5th edition).


  1. Bernard Whimpress says

    Thanks for this post and hope to see a few Almanackers on the night. There’ll be a glass of Coriole to enjoy as well as the topic.

  2. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    What’s the best way for a Melbournite to get hold of one of these Bernard?

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