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Victor Trumper’s famous fiver

“In 1903, during a record-breaking innings for Paddington CC vs Redfern CC, one of the balls Victor Trumper hit out of the ground (scoring five runs in those days) broke a window on the second floor of John Hunter & Sons, bootmaker, at 261-265 Chalmers Street (then Castlereagh Street). On the following Monday employees found the broken window and the ball. Trumper was evidently entertained ‘lavishly’ at lunch by the directors of the company and shown around the factory.

 

“Supposedly the broken window was preserved but the building was burned down in 1936, presumably rebuilt then demolished in the 1960s (Souths Leagues was at that address until 2013).

 

“I am wondering if readers have any knowledge if the window survived and where it might be?”

 

Please write to jamescattlin@bigpond.com

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