22 March, 2017

What happened to Harry Graham?

The Cricket Publishing Company and MCC Library invite you to a discussion of Ronald Cardwell’s new book Harry Graham - The Little Dasher on Wednesday April 12 at 1.00pm in the MCC Library.

Members and guests are invited to join the author, Ronald Cardwell, in conversation with former Graeme Watson who, like Harry Graham, was an Australian Test cricketer and played for Melbourne Football Club.

Cardwell and Watson will be joined by 1970 Brownlow medallist and Victorian first-class cricketer, Peter Bedford.

Harry Graham was “fearless and free … it can honestly be said that he was entitled to be ranked amongst the star batsmen of the world”.

The question to perhaps ask and ponder is: What happened to Harry Graham? He was gifted as a cricketer and Australian Rules footballer.

After four games for Victoria he was selected for the Australian tour of England in 1893. He toured England again in 1896 as well as playing in New Zealand on his return from the tour. He was a member of the Melbourne Cricket Club team that played in New Zealand in 1899. There were coaching stints in Dunedin and representative cricket in the early 1900s for New Zealand.

Harry Graham – The Little Dasher looks at Graham’s life in depth both on and off the cricket field. His early days as a promising cricketer and footballer are examined along with his club and representative career in Australia and New Zealand in the 1890s and 1900s.

Fame can be death to some people. Harry Graham is an example. The issues of life were great and his tragic death at Seacliff Mental Hospital in 1911 was a far cry from the cricket life of this extremely gifted sportsman.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

RSVP is essential by 11.00am on Monday April 10 to library@mcc.org.au or phone: (03) 9657 8876.