Year Awarded: 2002
Sport: Cricket
Team Sport Australia Award

Australia's First Cricket Team to Tour England (Cricket) - 1868

Of all Australia’s famous teams, this was arguably the first international touring side and one of the more unusual. In 1868 battling poor health and lack of organisation, a party of aboriginals under Charles Lawrence played 47 cricket matches in England, commendably winning 14 and drawing 19.

Aboriginal Tour of England

Charles Lawrence

Team Members: Dick-a-Dick Jungunjinanuke, Peter Arrahmunijarrimun, Johnny Mullagh Unaarrimin, Johnny Cuzens Zellanach, Sundown Ballringarrimin, King Cole Brippokei, Tiger Bonmbarngeet, Red Cap Brimbunyah, Bullocky Bullchanach, Mosquito Grougarrong, Jim Crow Jallachmurrimin, Twopenny Murrumgunarriman, Charles Dumas Pripumarraman.

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