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Over the years Drummoyne Oval has hosted some great cricket matches.

Drummoyne Oval was constructed during the Depression with a grant from the unemployment relief fund in 1930. Equal in size to the Sydney Cricket Ground, the Drummoyne Oval has always been used for rugby in the winter months and cricket over summer.

The photograph, above, shows a cricket match between Ian Chappell’s Test XI and John Benaud’s Rest of Australia which was held at Drummoyne Oval on Sunday, 8 October 1972. The match was promoted by the Balmain Cricket Club and the Spastic Centre of NSW. An estimated 20,000 people attended the match.

Cricket at Concord

The photograph shows a cricket match at Alton, a house which was situated near Concord Road, about 1896.

At the time the photograph was taken, Alton was owned by Edward Carr Hordern, the grandson of Anthony Hordern, founder of one of Australia’s largest retail firms of the late nineteenth to mid twentieth centuries. Edward started working in the family business at the age of 14 and went on to establish his own business Hordern Brothers in Pitt Street, Sydney. He worked for some fifty years in retail before handing over the day-to-day running of the business to his sons.

Local Studies is keen to expand our collection of sports images and welcomes the loan of photographs for scanning and inclusion in Canada Bay Connections. The original photograph of Alton is held by the Mitchell Library (State Library of NSW).

A hundred in the backyard at Mum’s

Amongst photographs added to Canada Bay Connections from the collection of Richard Boothman is a remarkable one of his uncle, Eric William Lukeman aged 18 months, playing cricket in the backyard of his home in Drummoyne.

Eric Lukeman (1923-1993) went on to play cricket for New South Wales. He played 16 first class matches, including 14 Sheffield Shield matches, with a score of 1125 runs at an average of 40.17. Eric also played cricket with Balmain District Cricket Club between 1938 and 1949, scoring 2146 runs.

During World War II Eric Lukeman served in Darwin. He later worked for the Water Board for more than 40 years. In later years Eric successfully played bowls.