Imagine the excitement that must have been generated by the announcement in early April 1906 that Trumper was going to bring a touring team to Queensland. Now Queenslanders could witness for themselves the flair and grace of his batting, and local players would have the chance to test their skills and their wits against Trumper and his first-class team, containing two other Test players: pace bowler “Tibby” Cotter and all-rounder Bert Hopkins.
|Front cover of John Hawkin's book "Trumper's Team in Queensland 1906" showing a painting of Trumper created by the author.|
Page of draft agreement between Trumper and Geach from John Hawkin's book, "Trumper's Team in Queensland 1906".
|Trumper and team mates at G.M.Kent's "Woodlands", Bowen 24/4/1906. On the far right hand side, Trumper is 4th from the top with catch of window shutter appearing above his hat. Bowen Historical Society Album, NQ Photographic Collection, ID 8166.|
In the north, one of the positive outcomes of the tour was Trumper’s support for the formation of a North Queensland cricket association which became a reality a few months later. Next week’s Fossickings will bring you accounts of these historic matches which pitted local talent against some of the nation’s best.