Mt Helena Women’s Hockey team circa 1959.

Mundaring district museum has ‘balls’

An exhibition at Mundaring District Museum seeks to celebrate the area's rich sporting history.
November 16, 2023
Andrew Williams

MUNDARING District Museum will be showcasing the sporting history of the shire in its new exhibition, ‘We’ve got Balls’, opening at the end of the month.

The exhibit, which opens at 4:30pm on Wednesday, November 29, features sporting artefacts donated by sporting clubs, former players and their families.

Former Chidlow Hockey Club player Mary Ball, 81, began playing hockey when she was 10-years-old and will be the opening speaker for the exhibits launch.

Museum curator Janet Baldwin said it’s important to showcase the sporting history of both men and women.

“When people think of sports, they primarily think of men playing sports, as in AFL and soccer, but we do now have many women’s sports. Particularly with this exhibition I want men and women to be represented,” Dr Baldwin said.

The collection includes countless historical photographs of clubs that no longer exist, such as the Smith’s Mill Cricket Club.

Dr Baldwin said the museum welcomed any and all donations to the collections, but in particular would love to see more physical items, like old uniforms.

“We don’t have a great deal of clothing from the early years. People tended to throw them away or wear them out,” she said.

The most recent additions to the collection are the cricket bat and ball used in the very last game between the Stoneville Research Station and Hillston Boy’s Home, adorned with signatures and dated December 23, 1982.

“Sometimes people have their own collection and don’t consider giving copies to the (Mundaring and Hills Historical) society, especially if they’re personal photographs.

“But those are usually rich in history too, not just for the family but for the community, and the players. Those players and their family may not have photographs of their relatives who are seen in those photographs,” she said.

The exhibit will remain on display until June 2024.

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