Edgar Mayne's album: A last hurrah
After the disastrous Triangular Tournament in England in 1912, the Australian XI sailed home via North America, playing matches in Philadelphia, New York, Winnipeg and British Columbia.
During this leg of the tour, Australian batsman Edgar Mayne met entrepreneur Richard Benjamin and together they planned a second Australian tour of North America in 1913.
Left: Members of the Australian team relax on the deck of the SS Otway. In the days before air travel a tour of England would involve months at sea. Photo: George Serras.
Mayne recruited enough players for a team and approached the Australian Cricket Board of Control for support.
The board refused official endorsement, but the players went anyway, enjoying a successful tour through Canada and the United States of America.
The Australians played 53 matches and only lost one. This turned out to be the last first-class match played in the United States, as American cricket surrendered to the popularity of baseball.
Left: Australian cricketers ER Mayne, PS Arnott, JN Crawford standing in front of Ottawa Cricket Pavilion in Canada.
Photo: George Serras.
Left: The Australians on the field at Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada on their 1913 tour. Photo: George Serras.
Left: Australian cricketers AA Mailey, ER Mayne, WW Bardsley, GS Down and PS Arnott play in the snow on their trip to Canada in 1912/13. Photo: George Serras.
Left: ER Mayne and SH Emery on board the SS Niagarato America in 1913. Photo: George Serras.