Rare items of Aboriginal cricketing history found at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Historic Aboriginal artefacts relating to the 1868 Aboriginal cricket tour of England have been uncovered at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM), in Exeter. The discovery was made by Dr Gaye Sculthorpe, curator and section head of Oceania at the British Museum and curator of the BP exhibition Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation at the British Museum showing until 2 August. While on a research visit last week to inspect the Australian collections of RAMM she noticed a group of artefacts from the state of Victoria. She said that seeing the name and date of the donor, W. R. Hayman 1868, was “a Eureka moment”. Until now, the only Aboriginal artefact known to be surviving from this tour is an Aboriginal club, in the collection of the Marylebone Cricket Club Museum, Lords’ Ground, London which is currently on loan to the British Museum for the BP

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