Our Amazing History!




Randwick Petersham Cricket has one of the most amazing and fascinating histories of any club in the NSW Premier Cricket competition.  Its four founding clubs–Petersham, Randwick, Marrickville and Petersham-Marrickville date back to 1899—102 years before Randwick Petersham was formed in 2001 and cover a total of 240 cricket playing seasons.  Despite their stature and reputation within the Sydney Grade Cricket competition and their local communities, a documented history of each club written in any detail, has until now, never been undertaken.

Randwick Petersham is therefore proud and excited to announce the launch on 17 May 2019 at the Randwick Club, Randwick, of a book titled Heroes of the Ages: The Randwick Petersham Cricket Story detailing the first part of the club’s long history. Written by Club Historian Lyall Gardner, it covers the years 1899 to 1951, and includes the whole of the life of the old Petersham and Marrickville clubs plus the first half of the Randwick Cricket Club which went through to 2001.

Written in decade periods with a preface of life in Australia at that time, it is presented in two volumes. The first of 264 pages detailing the activities of the three clubs while the second of 148 pages covers the biographies of 120 of the principal players and officials of the era such as Tommy Andrews, Sid Barnes, Bill Alley, Cec Pepper, Alec Marks, Ray McNamee, Jack Chegwyn, Stroy Donnan, Bill Brown, Jack Moroney, Ron Saggers and Ernie Toshack.

The second part of the story, the period 1952 to 2001 covering the whole of the Petersham-Marrickville District Cricket Club following the merger between the Petersham and Marrickville clubs and the second half of the Randwick Cricket Club, is currently being written by Lyall and will be available at a later date—maybe up to two years.

Apart from formally recording the history of the club, the book is designed to give cricket lovers, supporters, followers and others connected with Randwick Petersham, an understanding of where we came from and the wonderful traditions and memories we are charged with upholding.  While it will be of great interest and value to present day players, officials and supporters, it will have special relevance to former members or families whose father, brother, uncle or grandfather played with one of the founding clubs.

Cost: The two volumes of the soft-cover version, of which only 150 were printed, can be purchased for just $40. A specially numbered hard-cover Limited Edition version of just 50 copies, binding the two volumes together, is available for $95. Note that due to pre-orders, less than half the Limited Edition number remain. Australia Post advise that postage will be $15 which needs to be added if you would like the book mailed. If you would like to collect, please email below for details.

To purchase: Please email your order to Lyall Gardner at lyallg@optusnet.com.au.  Payment may be made by direct credit to BSB 112 879 Account no. 65424971 in the name of Randwick Petersham Cricket Legends Society. Please include your postal address in the email and ensure your name appears on the bank transfer so you can be clearly identified. Cheques can be sent to Lyall Gardner, 1 Jefferson Crescent, Bonnet Bay, NSW, 2226.

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