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Nance Clements's banner: A grand tour

Nance Clements's banner: A grand tour

Following England's successful tour to Australia in 1934/35, the Australian Women's Cricket Council accepted an invitation to tour a team to England and Holland in 1937. The English had dominated in Australia, but on the return tour the visiting Australians drew the three-Test series.

For most of the players, the tour was their first trip overseas. They visited exotic ports such as Port Said and Cairo in Egypt, Malta, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and the Suez Canal, and then in England were feted by royalty and billeted with well-to-do local families. The tour provided a team of mostly working-class women with a rare glimpse of the lifestyle of the privileged.

Photos: George Serras.

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