Tuesday, January 26, 2010

More pilgrimages (cricketing and literary)

In a previous post, I wrote about visiting Petersham Oval, the site of Don Bradman's first first-grade century (on debut). This past weekend, I visited two towns that also have a place in Australian cricket folklore. And all because I went down to the South Coast (south of Sydney in New South Wales) for a little beach trip, the original agenda for which was literary, not cricketing.

I took the South Coast train to Woonona, and first visited Thirroull where DH Lawrence lived for a few months in 1922. But later, our day included a drive through the wonderfully named Fairy Meadow, the birthplace of Australia's first test captain David Gregory (thus, one of the first two test captains in cricket). And afterwards through Bulli, home of the topsoil for the SCG!

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