The Australian Imperial Force XI

In 1919 the Australian military formed a cricket team from soldiers awaiting repatriation in England. From May 1919 to January 1920 they toured the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Australia.

Along for the ride (not really) was the (fictional) cricket journalist ‘Cow Corner’. Discovered (invented) after 100 years, ‘Cow Corners’ Tour Diary written to be published weekly in Australian newspapers is presented here for the first time.

Each week a new diary, full of interactive links, pictures, and audio will be released for you to read here, or, if you prefer, you can listen to Anthony read and discuss the diary with a host of White Line Wireless commentators by subscribing to the White Line Wireless podcast, or through the embedded player on each page.

Introduction to the A.I.F. XI This is an introduction for people coming to this from outside my PhD thesis and is not part of the PhD.

Week 0: 11 May 1919 – Introducing the players of the A.I.F. XI

Week 1: 18 May 1919 – Lord Attelborough’s XI

Week 2: 25 May – Essex and Cambridge

Week 3: 1 June – Middlesex and Oxford

Week 4: 8 June – Surrey and the M.C.C.

Week 5: 15 June – Sussex and Lancashire

Week 6: 22 June – Yorkshire and Hampshire

Week 7: 29 June – Gentlemen of England and Northamptonshire

Week 8: 6 July – West of Scotland and Scotland

Week 9: 13 July – Durham and Leicestershire

Week 10: 20 July – Derbyshire, H.K. Foster’s XI, and Worcestershire

Week 11: 27 July – Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire

Week 12: 3 August – Surrey

Week 13: 10 August – Sussex and Kent

Week 14: 17 August – Scotland

Week 15: 24 August – Essex

Week 16: 31 August – Gloucestershire and Somerset

Week 17: 7 September – South of England

Week 18: 14 September – C.I. Thornton’s XI and XVI of Mitcham

Week 19: 21 September – Departure

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