Just an hour’s drive from Horsham, you will find Harrow, a little town that can transport you back in time.
Thought to be Victoria’s oldest inland settlement, Harrow offers visitors a chance to relax and unwind with beautiful scenery and plenty to see and do – especially for the history buffs and cricket fans.
A visit to the Harrow Discovery Centre and Johnny Mullagh Interpretive Centre is a must. It’s here you’ll have the chance to unearth the incredible story of Australia’s very first sports team to tour the UK – an all Aboriginal cricket team led by Johnny Mullagh.
Johnny ‘Unaarrimin’ Mullagh, was the star all-rounder of the team. He played in all 47 matches with the First XI Cricket on the 1868 England tour, scoring 1698 runs at an average of around 23.45.
The team made headlines across England and Australia and is, to this day, a significant achievement in Australia’s cricketing history.
For more than twenty years, the tight-knit Harrow community have celebrated this incredible cricket team with the ‘Johnny Mullagh Cup’. The commemorative game is played every March on the Johnny Mullagh Oval between local and Indigenous players.
With free admission, young and old alike will just love learning more about Johnny Mullagh and the achievements of the First XI Cricket team at the Harrow Discovery Centre and Johnny Mullagh Interpretive Centre.
The centre can now also lay claim to hosting the largest Bradman collection in the world with just under seventy pieces on display. The exhibition includes original, fully autographed photos of the 1930, 1934, 1938 and 1948 Australian test teams. There isn’t a Bradman collection like this anywhere else in Australia!
But whether or not you are an avid cricket fan, this fascinating town is one you won’t want to miss on your travels through the Wimmera Mallee region.
Harrow has a small but dynamic community which hosts a range of events throughout the year. This includes a spectacular Light & Sound show that takes the audience back 150 years for a glimpse into life when Victoria was still part of the colony of New South Wales.
To discover more about Harrow and to plan your visit – click here.
*NOTE: With current COVID-19 measures, it’s important to plan ahead and contact the business you would like to visit to ensure they are open and you adhere to their guidelines.
Written by Wimmera Mallee Tourism on 2 August, 2020