The Governor looking at Sir Donald Bradman memorabilia
Sir Donald Bradman memorabilia collection, WACA Museum

Howzat! Governor tours the WACA Museum

The Governor was treated to a fantastic tour of the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) Museum. The WACA Ground Museum is part of the Small Museums Historic Heart of Perth Project.

Greeted by Christina Matthews, CEO, the Governor was introduced to the Museum Manager, Stephen Hall who provided an in depth tour of the treasure trove of cricket memorabilia on offer.

Starting off with “The Don”, Sir Donald Bradman, Mr Hall spoke of the great intertwined history between the WACA and the greatest batsman of all time.

Sir Donald Bradman memorabilia
Sir Donald Bradman memorabilia

Next Mr Hall showed the Governor the original ball used in the infamous underarm bowling incident of 1981. Taking place on 1 February 1981, when Australia played New Zealand in a One Day International cricket match.

Underarm Ball - 1 February 1981, Australia vs New Zealand, One Day International cricket match, History made
Underarm Ball – 1 February 1981, Australia vs New Zealand, One Day International cricket match.

Moving through the plethora of historical artifacts, we arrived at the trophy room. Western Australia has a rich history at all levels of cricket. During the “Golden Era”, Western Australia won seven Shield titles during the period from 1967–68 to 1980–81.

The Governor and Mr Hall looking at trophies at the WACA Museum
‘Golden Era’ WA won seven Sheild Titles from 1967–68 to 1980–81

Mr Hall and Ms Matthews then took the Governor out onto the hallowed turf of the WACA. With the ‘Team of the Century’ list on the famous WACA score board behind, the Governor remembered some of the great game he had witnessed over the years.

The Governor standing on the WACA turf
Standing on hallowed turf. The Governor sharing a memory of great games witnessed at this amazing venue.

Lastly, the Governor visited the ‘Stump Lounge’. This is a collection of stumps signed by umpires and players from both teams from every international test match played at the WACA between Australia and another country. This tradition will continue with games played at Perth Stadium.

The Governor looking at stump collection from international test matches played at the WACA
Stump collection from every international test matches played at the WACA

“This is one of the great collections of cricket memorabilia. I could spend hours looking at each individual piece. Western Australia has a rich history with cricket and its cricketing hero’s. You can lose yourself reminiscing about all the fantastic matches that have been played at the WACA over the years. I’m very excited to see the plans for the WACA Ground Improvement Project that will transform the Ground into a boutique sporting venue. I encourage all cricket fans to check out the museum.”

The Governor

WACA opening hours

WACA Ground Museum
Monday to Friday from 10am – 3pm

WACA Ground Tours
Monday to Friday 10am & 1pm
(Bookings are desirable to guarantee your place but not essential)

To make a booking please call 9265 7222 or email [email protected]

The Governor is proud to be patron on the Western Australian Cricket Association

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