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A collection of cricket gear belonging to Australian players over five decades is held by the Museum.

Cricket administrator Swan Richards amassed the material over several decades. Mr Richards is an accomplished bat maker and administrator who established the developmental Crusaders cricketing organisation. He received the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for services to the game.

Swan Richards shows a young Museum visitor Wally Grout's record-breaking ball and other cricket gear including a cap and gloves.
Swan Richards shows a young Museum visitor Wally Grout's record-breaking ball

Fifty years of Australian cricket history

Cricket bat, blue blazer, caps and gloves. - click to view larger image

On acquisition, curator Rowan Henderson said the collection substantially boosted the Museum's cricket holdings. 'The baggy green cap which belonged to Greg Chappell is a first for the Museum,' Henderson said.

'The baggy green has become a cultural icon. Less than 400 Australians have worn the national cap so they are relatively scarce and command high prices when they appear at auction.'

The Swan Richards collection has links to important moments in modern Australian cricketing history.

A highlight is a mounted six-stitcher ball which landed in Wally Grout's gloves eight times when he set a new first-class catching record during an innings for Queensland against Western Australian in 1960.

Record of a consummate

The Swan Richards collection consists of:

  • The baggy green cap worn by Greg Chappell as captain during the
    1982–83 series against England; and a cricket bat used and signed by Chappell in the 1980s.
  • Wicket keeper Rod Marsh’s 1982 one-day international cap, labelled ‘Bacchus’ on the inside; and a pair of Marsh’s wicket keeping gloves used in 1980
  • A pair of Wally Grout’s wicket keeping gloves; and the mounted ball from the 1960 game when he scooped the first-class record for eight catches in an innings
  • Spin bowler Bill ‘Tiger’ O’Reilly’s New South Wales team blazer.

In our collection

Australian One-Day International Cricket Team baggy yellow cap, worn by wicket keeper Rod MarshRod Marsh wore this cap during the 1982 season in which he played 17 matches, scored 179 runs and took 14 catches. Australia lost the series to the West Indies 3-1. These Australian one day international cricket caps were manufactured by the Albion Hat & Cap Company throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. The style is known as a...
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