Indigenous sportsmen and women are reknowned, both nationally and Internationally. Track stars such as Cathy Freeman, footballers such as Neil (Nicky) Winmar and Michael Long, tennis players such as Evonne Goolagong Cawley and boxers such as Anthony Mundine and Lionel Rose are among our greatest and most lauded athletes.

Less well known is the fact that the first Australian cricket team to tour Britain was an all-Aboriginal team in 1868.

Against the express wishes of the Board of Protection of Aborigines, the Aboriginal 11 was smuggled aboard a ship bound for Sydney and then Britain. Between May and October 1868 they played 47 matches in Britain - they won 14, lost 14 and drew 19, a creditable outcome. A non-Aboriginal Australian team did not tour Britain until ten years later.

 

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