David Flood and Warwick Hockey Association president Peter Pickering with a Queensland blazer.
David Flood and Warwick Hockey Association president Peter Pickering with a Queensland blazer. Gerard Walsh

Sporting heritage on show

AFTER finding a cricket bat with the signatures of the English cricket team which played at Slade Park in 1928-29, Warwick and District Historical Society Museum president Janice Flood decided to put an exhibition of sporting memorabilia together.

The English team was captained by Sir Jack Hobbs but the Countrymen from Queensland were not disgraced in the game.

The exhibition Glimpses of Warwick Sporting History was opened on Friday night in Eastwell Hall at the museum in Dragon St and includes memorabilia from 1875 to 1962. The hall is situated behind Pringle Cottage.

Mrs Flood said most items in the exhibition were already part of the museum collection. "We borrowed a polocrosse racquet to add to the display," Janice said.

"The museum has swimming costumes made of wool ranging from the 1920s to the early 1940s."

She said the town hosted the Queensland Hardcourt Tennis Championship final between Rod Laver and Ken Fletcher in 1962 which showed tennis must have been big in the area at that time.

"Rod Laver won the final in two sets," Mrs Flood said.

"It caught my attention to read about Carl Fitzgerald competing in Olympic boxing in 1952 at Helsinki and two years later dying due to heart problems at age 27.

"One of the interesting items in the exhibition is a golf buggy from the early 1950s which is unique. Cars had the two-toned look in the 1950s and the golf buggy was also two-toned with white wheels, which reflected the era."

The exhibition in Eastwell Hall is open to the public in normal museum hours, Friday 10am to noon and 2pm to 4pm, and Saturday noon to 3pm.

"Many items have been donated to the museum since it opened in 1968 and more donations of sporting memorabilia are welcome," she said.

The cost to visit the exhibition is $2 or included with the normal museum fees.

Exhibition features

Nine swimsuits from down the years.

Golf buggy from the early 1950s.

Leather cricket ball from W.B. Slade era - pre 1900s.

Horse racing scrap books on Seremite -1923-1931.

Signed polo ball from game in early 1960s signed by Australian player Ken Telford who once played against Prince Phillip.

Photos from many sports.


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