Wooden cricket bat with twine bound handle, and sealed spliced blade. The face of the bat has the maker KENNINGTON SURREY imprinted, with a silver oval shaped engraved plaque attached in the centre. The plaque reads PRESENTED BY / SIR HENRY AYERS / TO M. MURPHY / FOR THE HIGHEST SCORE / 36 RUNS/ IN THE INTERCOLONIAL MATCH / VICTORIA V 18 OF S.A. / NOV 1874. The bat is housed in a wooden display case with glass panels on three sides. The text panel on the outside of the display cabinet reads 'This Bat was presented to Melbourne Cricket Club by Collingwood Cricket Club. The Match referred to was the first played between Victoria and South Australia. Sir Henry Ayers, after whom Ayer's Rock was named; was Premier of South Australia and also President of, South Australian Cricket Association.'
H: 960 W: 235 D: 145mm (H: 37 13/16 W: 9 1/4 D: 5 11/16")
Melbourne Cricket Club; 1838
Henry Ayers; 01 May 1821; 11 Jun 1897