Email ABC Central Victoria By Larissa Romensky Updated March 15, 2018 15:52:46 Photo: Aboriginal players dominated early Australian cricket, leading them to be the nation’s first touring team. (Supplied: Harrow Discovery Centre) Related Story: The forgotten history of the Aboriginal XI, Australia’s first touring team Related Story: Cricket Australia honours trailblazing Indigenous team Related Story: Cricketing boomerang comes back – with interest Map: Harrow 3317 The story of the First XI Aboriginal cricket team that toured England 150 years ago is a complex story, a landmark occasion marked by controversy.They were the first Australian sporting team to tour internationally, catapulted to a brief fame before being relegated to relative obscurity.Made up of Aboriginal stockmen who worked on cattle stations from the Western District of Victoria, the men were introduced to the game of cricket by their station owners.What began as an entrepreneurial sporting venture, the landmark tour was marked by racism and tragedy.Within five years of the returning from England many of the Aboriginal players had died. Warning: The following story and videos contain images of deceased people. Was this a shameless commercial venture at the expense of Aboriginal players with disastrous consequences? Or was it a landmark occasion in… Read full this story
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