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Framed compilation of photographic portraits of the Australian XI Cricket Team, 1878


Framed compilation of photographic portraits of the Australian XI Cricket Team, 1878

Object information


This photographic compilation depicts members of the Australian Cricket Team in 1878. They are: David 'Dave' William Gregory, Alexander Chalmers Bannerman, Charles Bannerman, William 'Billy' Murdoch, Frederick 'Fred' Robert Spofforth, Thomas Kendall, Henry 'Harry' Frederick Boyle, John 'Jack' Blackham, Thomas 'Tom' Garrett, Francis 'Frank' Allan, Thomas 'Tom' Horan.

Physical description

Framed series of black and white head and shoulder photographic portraits of members of the 1878 Australian cricket team, in oval window mounts edged in gold. Each player's name is hand painted below their portrait, and some details have been corrected in the photograph. The mount board is also decorated at top with hand painted eucalyptus foliage. 'AUSTRALIAN ELEVEN. / 1878. / Chuck. Photographer. / Presented to / Highest Scorer / Won by D.W. Gregory / in Match Australian XI / v 18 Victorian, played / March 1878.' is hand painted at the base.

Statement of significance

The Dave Gregory Collection consists of a large collage of thirteen individual studio portraits of the members and manager of the 1878 touring 'Australian eleven' cricket team. Each player portrait is mounted inside an oval cutaway, with a larger central portrait featuring the manager. The collage is framed.

Sport forms one of the most significant and enduring characteristics of Australian life. Cricket is a central part of this sporting culture. The foundations for this powerful theme in Australia's identity were laid in the nineteenth century as colonial teams played one another and as Australians played English teams. The collage strongly evokes nineteenth century cricketing culture. In depicting leading players of the period, many of whom toured successfully in England, the collage is an important record of some of those individuals who contributed to the almost impregnable status of sportsmen in this country.

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