1864 Melbourne Cricket Ground


A lively illustration of an early cricket match on 1st January 1864 at the MCG. The match depicted was between the Victoria cricket team and George Parr's touring All-England Eleven. This was the second tour by an English team to Australia. Judging by the size of the crowd this was a much anticipated event.

In 1862 the first match between England and Victoria at the MCG attracted a crowd estimated to be around 25,000. The grandstand accommodated 6,000 spectators and the English captain remarked that the Melbourne Cricket Ground was better than any cricket ground in England.

The original lithograph was published by Charles Troedel & Co.

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Notes from the State Library tell us that this image "Depicts the first day of the cricket match between the second English team to visit Australia and a team of twenty-two Victorians and shows the ground with marquees, small stands, paling fence and crowd."

This is a digitally retouched reproduction of the original held by the State Library of Victoria. All prints are reproduced without the HOTPRESS watermarks.

Our team of conservators have worked on a high resolution digital image in order to remove blemishes and artifacts such as stains, mould, scratches and damage caused by the handling of the original. We strive to provide authentic representations of the original work that are suitable for enlargements that retain the tones and character of the original.

Collections: Melbourne 1860-1880

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