History House Community Museum. Opening 29 March 2024
History House, 11 Mackenzie Street, Bendigo
Tuesday 10.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.
Thursday 10.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.
Friday 10.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.
Saturday 10.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m
First exhibition – 29 March to 15 June 2024
Frisky Matrons & Forward Spinsters – Australia’s first women cricketers in Bendigo
In 1874 cricket and social change collided in the goldrush town of Bendigo when a group of bold women challenged the values underpinning colonial society by playing cricket for charity.
As the first organised women’s cricket game to be played in this country, the Ladies’ Cricket Match symbolises much more than just a brave charitable act set against the backdrop of the revered game of cricket. It was nothing less than a public insurrection which highlighted women’s growing need for self-determination in a single event that changed our social and sporting landscape forever.
This community led project celebrates the 150th anniversary of an event which paved the way for the development of women’s cricket in this country.
Presented by the Bendigo Historical Society and curated by Simone Ewenson, City of Greater Bendigo Heritage Collections Officer, Frisky Matrons & Forward Spinsters brings together new research and rarely seen objects from local collections from the Victorian era.
Coinciding with broader Cricket Victoria and Bendigo Easter Fair celebrations, this inaugural exhibition will launch the new History House Community Museum to everyone.