1: 18 May

LG Robinson’s XI v Australian Imperial Forces
Old Buckenham Hall, Attleborough
14th, 15th, 16th May 1919 (Three-day match)

AIF XI AT attelborough
The Australian Team of Military Cricketers
Illustrated Section, Western Mail (WA), Thu 31 Jul 1919, p. 19.
Source: National Library of Australia http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article37614883

For our first match we headed out to Old Buckenham HallMr. Lionel Robinson is Entertaining Wounded and Convalescent Australian Soldiers at his Home, Old Buckenham Hall, Norfolk, The Australasian (Vic.), Sat 15 Jan 1916, p. 56. Source: National Library of Australia http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article142985607, where there is a cricket field and pitch second to none in England

‘Mr. Lionel Robinson’, Kyogle Examiner (NSW), Sat 21 May 1921, p. 3. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article234135498
. Lionel G. RobinsonSportsman Dead, The Daily Mail (NSW), Sat 29 Jul 1922, p. 9. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article213052260, known to many of you as the popular stockbroker
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‘Personal Notes From England’, The Register (SA), Thu 6 Nov 1902, p. 6. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article56595746
in the Australian mining industry‘Mr. Lionel Robinson Dead’, The Register (SA), Sat 29 Jul 1922. P. 9. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63924024, extended to us the heartiest of The World of Women, The Sun (NSW), Sun 15 Dec 1912, p. 19. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article228839982welcomes. Although the crowd for the game was low, owing to the neighbourhood being principally occupied by farmers ,Mr. Lionel Robinson, The Richmond River Herald and Northern Districts Advertiser (NSW), Tue 10 May 1921, p. 1. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article126124664 those who did attend were well catered forAnzac Day Celebrations, The Albany Advertiser (WA), Sat 6 Apr 1918, p. 3. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article70132828 cricketwise.Cricket, Daily Telegraph (Tas.), Sat 3 Nov 1900, p. 6. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article153769447 On the field that daySome Good Batting, Sheffield Daily Telegraph (Yorkshire), Fri 16 May 1919, p. 6. were many notable championsAmusements, Leader (Vic.), Sat 16 Mar 1912, p. 35. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article198125767: Sid Pegler and Herbie TaylorUnknown, The captain of the South Africa cricket team Herbie Taylor practising at the Kennington Oval in London, 29th April 1924, 1924, photograph, https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/73/Herbie_Taylor_1924-04-29.jpg-who both turned out forCricket, The Maffra Spectator (Vic.), Mon 1 Dec 1913, p. 3. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article67395008 South Africa in the triangular tournamentThe Fifth Test, The West Australian (WA), Tue 16 Jul 1912, p. 7. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article26515964-joined along with a good stiffening of England cricketersAustralians’ Visit to Sheffield, Sheffield Daily Telegraph (Yorkshire), Mon 16 Jun 1919, p.8., including Johnny Won’t Hit TodayUnknown, circa 1906, John William Henry Tyler Douglas, (1882-1930) who played for Essex 1901-1928 and for England 1911-1925 in 23 matches, c. 1906, photograph, https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d3/Johnny_Douglas_c1906.jpg – a favourite amongst the hillite barrackers at the SCG in 1912English Batsmen Amongst the Centuries, Arrow (NSW), Fri 30 Jul 1920, p. 14. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103430010. The two big draw-cardsCricket, The Daily Telegraph (NSW), Wed 11 Feb 1914, p. 16. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article239015841, however, were MasonGeorge Beldam, Jack Mason c1905, c. 1905, photograph, https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/02/Jack_Mason_c1905.jpg and WoolleyUnknown, Kent and England batsman Frank Woolley, circa 1906, c. 1906, photograph, https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/04/Frank_Woolley_c1906.jpg, whom many of the older amongst you would have had the joy of seeing on their Cricket, Evening News (NSW), Sat 26 Feb 1898, p. 5. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article108766224 toursWoolley’s Big Score, Glen Innes Examiner (NSW), Thu 1 Feb 1912, p. 6. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article180142462 of Australia before the war. The drawn game was entirely appropriate for the friendly atmosphere of the 12-aside gameL. Robinson’s XI v Australia, Hull Daily Mail (Yorkshire), Wed 14 May 1919, p.6.. Our boys would have taken the winCricket, Truth (Qld.), Sun 4 Aug 1912, p. 3. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201746703, but it had been arranged to draw stumps earlyMr L. Robinson’s Side v. Australians, Aberdeen Press and Journal (Aberdeenshire), Sat 17 May 1919, p.7. as we had to dash offInternational Cricket, Kalgoorlie Western Argus (WA), Tue 9 Jan 1912, p. 40. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article33402017 for our train to Leyton the next day.

It is necessary to make allowance for strangeness of surroundings and lack of serious matchThe Australian Service Team, Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer (Yorkshire), Mon 19 May 1919, p.10. practice in the case of the Australian Service Team; yet when this is done it will be seen thatThe Australian Service Team, Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer (Yorkshire), Mon 19 May 1919, p.10. there is a reasonable prospect of the tour proving a success.The Australian Service Team, Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer (Yorkshire), Mon 19 May 1919, p.10. The Australian fielding is smart and accurate and created a very favourable impressionAustralian Tour, Sheffield Daily Telegraph (Yorkshire), Thu 15 May 1919, p.7.. The slips cordon is strong, the boys are picking them up smartly in the slips withNot Out, Cricket, Arrow (Sydney), Fri 23 May 1919, p.3. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103527214 Eddie LongUnknown, D00681, 1919, photograph, https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C389703 taking ‘em behind the sticks.Not Out, Cricket, Arrow (Sydney), Fri 23 May 1919, p.3. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103527214 The bowling is looking good, and I’m sure the batsmen will find formSenior Matting, Call (WA), Fri 5 Nov 1920, p. 8. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article210390894 with the willowWielder’s of the Willow, Sydney Sportsman (NSW), Wed 10 Dec 1919, p. 7. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article168473447 once we clear ourselves of the cobwebs of war and get back to the fresh life of a clean peaceWanted: A Spring Clean, Driffield Times (Yorkshire), Sat 15 Mar 1919, p.4..

In non-cricket news, Dame Nellie Melba is currently performing La Boheme at Covent The Way of the World, The Sketch (London), Wed 21 May 1919, p.6.Garden–like our lads–an Aussie out raising the spiritsWounded Soldiers Appreciation, Luton Reporter (Bedfordshire), Tue 24 Jun 1919, p.4. of the Home countryDistrict News, The Muswellbrook Chronicle (NSW), Sat 2 Aug 1919, p.2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article107567590 and Australian soldiers alike as we leave the war period behind us and get back to the settled times of peaceMajor Courthope on the National Expenditure, Kent & Sussex Courier (Kent), Fri 21 Nov 1919, p.4.. We’re hoping for a chance to get in and seeHis Majesty’s Theatre, Bendigo Advertiser (Vic.), Mon 11 Jan 1915, p. 7. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article89924188 her when we’re in London.

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