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Boomerang and Bat

by Terry Denton, Mark Greenwood

The first Australian cricket team to tour England was a group of Aboriginal stockmen. This is their story.

In 1868 a determined team of Aboriginal cricketers set off on a journey across the world to take on England’s best.

Led by star all-rounder Johnny Mullagh, and wearing caps embroidered with a boomerang and a bat, they delighted crowds with their exceptional skill.

From the creators of Jandamarra, this is the remarkable story of the real first eleven.



About Terry Denton

Terry Denton is an illustrator and the father of three children. His creative partnership with Andy Griffiths includes bestsellers such as the Just series, The Very Bad Book and the Treehouse series. He has also collaborated with Paul Jennings, Mem Fox, Natalie Jane Prior and Gillian Rubinstein.


About Mark Greenwood

Mark Greenwood's award-winning books examining history, myths and legends have been honoured in Australia and internationally. Simpson and His Donkey was a CBCA Honour Book. Jandamarra, illustrated by Terry Denton, was shortlisted for the CBCA Eve Pownall and the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Mark often teams with his wife, illustrator Frane Lessac, to produce books that promote history as well as an understanding of multicultural issues.



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