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Tasmania’s rich cricketing history on display at Blundstone Arena

By Connor Munnings*

VOLUNTEERS from the Australian Cricket Society have been working hard preparing the latest exhibit for the Tasmanian Cricket Museum at Blundstone Arena.

Blundstone Arena’s Cricket Museum was opened in 2003 to display the rich and diverse history of cricket in Tasmania that dates back to the days of early settlement.

“The Museum identifies all the players who have represented Tasmania since 1851, which was the first intercolonial game played in Australia between the Gentlemen of Van Diemen’s Land and the Gentlemen of Port Phillip,” museum volunteer Peter Hallam said.

The ‘Tim Paine’ display is the most recent addition to the museum, detailing Paine’s time playing cricket, including his stint as wicketkeeper for the state side, and his elevation to captain of the Australian team.

Other exhibits on show range from trophies won by Tasmanian sides to displays on players including David Boon, Ricky Pointing and George Bailey.

“The museum also features a database where you can access all the current statistics on domestic and international cricket,” Mr Hallam said.

Along with the extensive memorabilia on display, the museum is home to the Max Atwell Memorial Library, which has a collection of more than 3000 books and is regarded as one of the finest private libraries in Australia.

“If you are a Tasmanian cricket follower, you would get much delight from these exhibits,” Mr Hallam said.

For a more hands-on experience, the museum offers guest interactive technology, as well as a two-hour guided tour of Blundstone Arena.

Mr Hallam said the museum’s loyal volunteers had worked hard to provide guests with a world class cricketing experience by answering questions, cataloguing items, and preparing new exhibits.

“I call myself a cricket tragic, so what else would I do to fill my day,” he said.

After being refurbished in 2016, the Tasmanian Cricket Museum has now been put under the management of the Tasmanian branch of the Australian Cricket Society.

“The museum gives people a chance to reflect on the history of cricket in Tasmania”, Australian Cricket Society secretary Gill McClelland said.

“We want visitors to enjoy their visit to Blundstone Arena, and the Cricket Museum and Library is the perfect place to spend time during breaks,” he said.

Mr McClelland said more exhibits would be created to continue improving guest experience, but in the meantime, he urged people to come to Blundstone Arena to watch local cricket matches and visit the Tasmanian Cricket Museum.

The Tasmanian Cricket Museum is open Tuesday to Thursday from 10am-3pm, with Blundstone Arena tours being conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10am and on Thursday at 1pm.

For more information, visit www.blundstonearena.com.au or phone 6282 0433.

*Connor Munnings is a journalism student at the University of Tasmania.

Caption: Australian Cricket Society volunteer Peter Hallam shows off a few of the exhibitions at the Tasmanian Cricket Museum.