Englishmen abroad: The birth of Anglo-Australian rivalry

“The pioneers disembarked in Port Melbourne on Christmas Eve, 1861. Although the general excitement was offset by the news that the explorers Burke and Wills had died in the central desert, the streets were lined with cheering people – a high proportion English-born themselves – as the cricketers (“fine specimens of the English yeoman”) were taken to their base, Spiers and Pond’s own Café de Paris in Bourke Street.”

Little did the 11 seafaring English cricketers of 1861 realise that they were forefathers of the most enduring rivalry in world sport. In November’s issue of The CricketerDavid Frith recalls those pioneers who set sail to Australia 150 years ago.

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One Response to Englishmen abroad: The birth of Anglo-Australian rivalry

  1. adrian dixon says:

    Really great article, had seen the photos at the SS Great Britain in Bristol, shame there isn’t more in the museum there about the tour