‘THE LEGENDARY JOHNNY MULLAGH IS ONE OF THE GREAT CHARACTERS OF AUSTRALIAN CRICKET HISTORY. THIS WONDERFUL CHILDREN’S BOOK TELLS HIS AMAZING STORY AND OF HIS LOVE OF THE GAME. I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED READING THE BOOK, AS DID MY THREE CRICKET-OBSESSED KIDS!’ – _JAMES SUTHERLAND, CEO, Cricket Australia
In the 1860’s, the game of cricket was hugely popular and often played between neighbouring pastoral stations in Western Victoria.
One day at Pine Hills station, a tall aboriginal boy steps out from the phalaris grass and joins in a game of cricket. He shows them all how to play the game with skill, grace and flair. His name was ‘Unaarramin’ or Johhny Mullagh from Mullagh Station.
Touring England, playing for the Melbourne Cricket Club and for his local club, the Harrow Cricket Club, Johnny Mullagh’s achievements in batting and bowling are comparable to the best the game has ever seen.
Fifteen years before Test Cricket began, Johnny Mullagh became a true sporting legend, his feats making him one of Australia’s first international cricket stars.
A cricketing hero to a white audience, he was also a man caught between two worlds, facing racism and discrimination his entire life.
KNOCKABOUT CRICKET is a fictional account of how Johnny Mullagh may have come to play cricket, told from the perspective of a squatter’s son. This picture book is supported by historical facts about KNOCKABOUT CRICKET and Johnny’s life from historical documents and newspaper clippings.
In 1982, Shane Howard’s massive anthem “Solid Rock” from the album “Spirit of Place”, (recorded with his legendary band “Goanna”), reverberated across the airwaves and still does today.
It was one of the first songs of its idiom to broach the subject of Aboriginal rights in Australia
and impacted powerfully on a whole new generation of writers and musicians that followed. The album was released in 35 territories, worldwide.
‘Solid Rock’ is an inspirational Australian story by singer songwriter Shane Howard, illustrated by the school children from Mutujulu, near Uluru, Australia.
Shane returned to Uluru with renowned Queensland artist Peter Hudson to gather stunning illustrations from the local school children to adorn the book and retell the story of these famous lyrics for a new generation. Peter Hudson’s brilliant images of Uluru and surrounding landscape place the story in the land itself.
From the Iconic Australian song written by Neil Murray comes an exciting and inspirational story for children of all ages. Every page is bursting with colour to depict the song lyrics as seen by the paintings of school children of the Kintore and Galiwinku communities. Neil Murray travelled back to these places that inspired his beautiful song with renowned Queensland artist, Peter Hudson.
Peter’s artwork graces the book with his stunning landscapes Says writer Martin Flanagan ‘Aboriginal people sing “My Island Home” like it’s theirs. White people sing it like it’s theirs. People in Australia who have come from other countries, other cultures, sing “My Island Home” like it’s theirs. That what makes it such a great song. Everyone who loves Australia can sing it.’
This was the song sung at the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympics and will become a must have in every Australian home!
A percentage of the profits will be returned to Ian Thorpe’s Fountain for Youth, who have in part funded the project and will auspice the raised funds.