From The Ashes


From the Ashes documents the incredible achievement of the 1868 Aboriginal first-ever cricket team through the eyes of a young team of Indigenous cricketers.

It focuses on two players - Worrin Williams and Cameron Trask - and their journey to England in June 2009 as part of the Cricket Australia Indigenous XI team. It's a journey of selfdiscovery, adventure, challenges, and extraordinary Indigenous heritage. Worrin and Cameron represent a new generation of Aboriginal men who want to succeed at the highest level in their sport and their lives.

They begin their journey in Harrow, Victoria where they meet relatives and historians who share with them the lives and stories of the men who played for Australia 140 years ago. They visit the Johnny Mullagh Cricket Centre and meet with Ian Friend who is the great-great grandson of Charles Lawrence, the captain and manager of the 1868 team.

Cameron and Worrin then join the squad for an intensive training camp in Brisbane before heading to London where they play a series of games over a four week tour of England. They visit the ovals where the 1868 team played, try out the uniforms, even drink the post match beers.

After a long and exhausting tour, the young men return home and begin to make choices in their own lives, inspired by their efforts on tour and the efforts of those who played 140 years ago.

The Ashes tour started with a crime

It was considered illegal for an Aboriginal person to leave the shores in 1868. So Charles Lawrence had to find a novel way of getting the men out of the country. He went out in a little boat pretending they were fishing, put fishing rods in, and actually rowed out, and caught the ship on the way out. And then they went to Sydney, and they were gone. So they got out of that situation.
From The Ashes: Worrin Williams and Cameron Trask with director Dean Gibson.
From The Ashes: Worrin Williams and Cameron Trask with director Dean Gibson. Photo: Cricket Australia


Worrin Williams - himself
Cameron Trask - himself
G - general

From The Ashes is narrated by Queensland actor William McInnes.

The documentary was produced by Aboriginal-owned new media company Carbon Media for the ABC with the support of Cricket Australia.

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[1] 'From the Ashes', ABC1, 14/3/2010 1:30pm

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