Earliest film of Test cricket action in Australia
This is the earliest known surviving film of Test cricket action filmed in Australia. Sourced from an incomplete 35mm Pathé Animated Gazette Australian newsreel from December 1910, this half minute silent film has been speed corrected and includes the opening intertitle, now stretched and viewable in its original orange tinting.
This is the only known surviving film of Australian batting great Victor Trumper at the crease, in a career that spanned 255 first class matches over two decades. Trumper is run out for 27, the victim of a direct hit from the left arm of Charlie Llewellyn, the brilliant South African fieldsman stationed at point and just left of frame. Within 5 years of this film, Trumper would be dead at 37, the victim of Bright's disease.