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Striped maroon woollen cricket cap with QCA monogram embroidered on the front, worn by Don Tallon

1999.0039.0001

Striped maroon woollen cricket cap with QCA monogram embroidered on the front, worn by Don Tallon

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Physical description

Baggy cricket cap, made of maroon wool fabric with green and gold stripes. Eight gores, with cloth-covered button at apex of crown. Cream embroidered logo 'QCA' (Queensland Cricket Association) on front crown. Underside of brim lined with green cloth, inside of crown lined with black cotton. Maker's label on inside crown: 'Overells / (PTY.) LTD / STORE FOR MEN / THE VALLEY - BRISBANE'.

Statement of significance

Don Tallon (1916-1983) has been acclaimed as the greatest gloveman and doyone of wicket keepers by followers and commentators on Australian cricket. His achievements in the field of cricket have earned him a significant place in Queensland cricket history, but also at the national and international level.

Tallon's story evoked by the distinctive Queensland cap is powerfully connected to Australia's sporting and cultural history. Tallon's career is associated with the halcyon days of Australian cricket. Tallon achieved phenomenal rates for keeping during his playing for Queensland and Australia as statistics attest. Keith Miller is supposed to have said of Tallon that he was to wicket keeping what Don Bradman was to batting and Bill O'Reilly to bowling" (Coward: 35)

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