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Mock Obituary of English Cricket, printed in the Sporting Times



Date:
1882-09-02
Object Number:
TN.2008.1031
Creator
The Sporting Times (publisher)
Material
paper
Size
51 x 27.5 cm
Object name
Obituary
Object category
Ashes

Description

Facsimile of the mock obituary for English Cricket printed in The Sporting Times on September 2 1882.

Display caption

Facsimile of the mock obituary to English Cricket: "In Affectionate Remembrance / of / English Cricket / which died at the Oval on 29th August, 1882 / Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances / R.I.P./ N.B. - The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia." The obituary placed by Reginald Brooks contains the first reference to the ashes in the context of Anglo-Australian cricket. It was also a subtle reference to a major issue of the time: the legalisation of cremation.