Australian honours for an English cricket captain

In December 1934, the first women’s international cricket match took place at the Sydney Cricket Ground.  This Sydney Morning Herald report of the match describes the crowd’s response.

Here’s a photograph of the English captain Betty Archdale courtesy of Trove’s photograph collection.

Betty Archdale moved to Australia and became one of Australia’s finest educators working at first for Sydney University Women’s College and then as Headmistress of Abbotsleigh school for girls.  The University of Sydney awarded her an honorary Doctorate of Letters in 1985.

In 1997 she was named one of Australia’s Living National Treasures.  Betty Archdale talked about her memories on Radio National’s Verbatim.



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