The 'Sports Ship'
Australian cricket and tennis players on deck of Maloja
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In 1938 the Australian men’s cricket team travelled overseas on the P&O liner Maloja along with the Australian women’s tennis team. Both teams were headed to England to compete internationally.
Like the tennis team, the cricket team also stopped over in Colombo, Sri Lanka and played a one-day single-innings match there against the Ceylon national team. On the day it departed , the Argus called Melburnians to see off what it called the 'Sports Ship' from Station Pier, Port Melbourne. In this image, members from both teams relax together on the ship’s deck. According to the handwritten caption it depicts Lindsay Hassett, Nell Hopman, Arthur Chipperfield, Nancye Wynne and Thelma Coyne ‘sipping beef tea’.