Friday, 15 November 2013

175th anniversary of The Melbourne Cricket Club

Today, November 15, 2013 is the 175th anniversary of the Melbourne Cricket Club

My grandmother's uncle, Alexander (Alec) Morgan was a very keen cricketer.

He left his family home in Australia in 1886 and joined his uncle, Thomas Kelly, in New Zealand and he apparently traveled back to Melbourne frequently to visit his family who owned the original Cross Keys Hotel in North Essendon.

In later years Alec was accountant for the New Zealand Treasury Department.

His keen interest in cricket continued throughout his life and he became very involved with the Treasury cricket team.

This Honorary Members Ticket to the MCC was dated only 18 months before his death in 1929.

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A young Alec Morgan standing back row, second from left.

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The photo below is of the Treasury Cricket Team, Wellington New Zealand, 1910.  Alec Morgan standing at the right wearing the bowler hat and big moustache.

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 A little further information about the Members ticket has been found with thanks to Patricia who is the archivist for the Melbourne Cricket Club. The only Honorary Members books held in the MCC archives are dated from the late 1800s to 1920.  Patricia found that in 1927 some alterations and additions were made which allowed issue of  a form of temporary honorary members ticket to members of other recognised clubs.



6 comments:

  1. Wow, what a special heirloom this is. A real treasure.

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    1. Although I only have a digital copy Alona I am extremely grateful for it and regard it as a real treasure.

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  2. Fabulous research and pics Kerryn... as always. Thanks for sharing :-) ...

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    1. and thanks for stopping by Catherine xx

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  3. I just noticed Kerryn that, like me, you have far more "visitors" from overseas than from Australia. Can't help wondering if this is true for all Aussies. Maybe it is...
    Toodle-ooo for now, Catherine.

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    1. I just always assumed because the United States is so large it holds more people and it seems more people who are interested in genealogy. Also perhaps a few "spammers" from around the world too ;)

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