The Australian Eleven: Australia's first Test captain
Right: This postcard shows four members of the Gregory family who together played 69 Test matches for Australia between 1877 and 1921. Courtesy: Australian War Memorial, Negative Number H11860.
David William Gregory was born in Fairy Meadow, New South Wales, in 1854. A middle-order right-handed batsman, he was the Australian captain for the first three Test matches between England and Australia in March and April 1877 and January 1879.
Gregory belonged to an illustrious cricketing family. Four of his brothers and three nephews represented New South Wales at first-class level. His family venerated his memory, keeping his collage of the1878 Australian XI squad until the National Museum of Australia acquired it in 2006.
Right: Dave Gregory led the New South Wales team against the English XI at the Sydney Cricket Ground in February 1879. The match ended in a riot after a controversial umpiring decision. The English cancelled the rest of the tour and refused to play a touring Australian team the following year. It seemed for a while that a fourth Test match would never be played. Courtesy: The Times.
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