Personal diary of Ian Johnson during cricket tour of the West Indies, 1955.

Object Type
Documents and books/Book/Diary
Date Used
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Object Detail

Brief Description
Ian Johnson's personal diary, compiled during tour of the West Indies in 1955 by the Australian cricket team, of which Johnson was captain. The diary itself is a red almanac style for 1955 with black binding tape on spine. Johnson's entries relate to experiences on and off the field throughout the tour, including match commentary "...Batting failure - not due to lack of courage..." (6 January) and comic banter "...let me take your photo so I can have it on my headstone..." (17 March). Fellow cricket team mates are mentioned, including Richie Benaud and Keith Miller. A loose newspaper article clipping inside the cover, dated 28 April includes photographs of a cricket match as well as Johnson chatting during a sports press function. Front cover of diary features a black pressed title: CONQUEST / DIARY / 1955 / NO.27 / NORMAN BROS. PTY. LTD. / 60 - 62 ELIZABETH STREET, MELBOURNE / TELEPHONE CENTRAL 6780 (8 LINES). The cover page has a hand written note, possibly: DENIS / BARBADOS / TRINIDAD / ???.
0 - Whole: H: 257.92 W: 201.5 D: 10mm (H: 10 1/8 W: 7 15/16 D: 3/8")
Date Used
In storage
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Credit Line
Kindly donated by the Johnson family.



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