Almanac Cricket History: Revisiting Tony Wright’s piece on Johnny Mullagh (from The Age) and other resources


People seem to know about the 1868 tour of England by the Indigenous team from the Western District of Victoria – and some of the players’ names are known too. A number of advocates have attempted to build that prominence, including historians (like Roy Hay and Greg de Moore) and writers, journalists and cricket administrators.


A few pieces are linked below:


Here’s an excellent piece about Johnny Mullagh by journalist and writer, Tony Wright:


This terrific piece, about Aboriginal cricket, is from Deadly Stories, and includes an excellent bibliography:



The Wikipedia entry on the tour is worth a look – and includes a handy bibliography.


Roy Hay’s recent books focus on footy but give coverage to other sports:


Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere by Roy Hay


Roy Hay’s history of the involvement of Aboriginal players in Australian Football is now available in a paperback edition. Read more about this book here. [Includes links to reviews – Ed]


Almanac Footy History: ‘Albert “Pompey” Austin: A man between two worlds’

Roy Hay has released a new book. ‘Albert ”Pompey” Austin: A man between two worlds’ is Roy’s follow up to his highly successful ‘Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere’, where he first introduced readers to Pompey Austin. Roy has provided readers with an introduction to his new book.




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About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears (appeared?) on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three school-age kids - Theo, Anna, Evie. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst three. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.

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