A short history of the Anglesea Cricket Club at Ellimatta Recreation Reserve

The following documents the development of the cricket oval at Ellimatta Reserve in particular. It is an abridgement of a more detailed document prepared by the late Life Member, Mr. Bill Hunt. Bill was a prime mover for the development of the Reserve.


First A Grade Premiership 1985/6


Shane Fitzgerald. 150 runs in a Premiership Game 1985/6


Christian Robertson. 151 runs in a Premiership Game 2005/6


In the camp ground rooms, early 1970’s


Clubroom Opening 1978
L-R.George Thomas, Noel Batson (both from International Harvester)
L.J Morrow (President)


Clubroom extension 1994


Clubroom extension 1994


Clubroom extension 1994

April 1968

Cr. W Hunt approached Resident Engineer of International Harvester Australia Ltd. Proving Ground with a request to assist Anglesea Football Club to establish a football ground and facilities. At the time the oval at the foreshore camping ground was the only sports ground in Anglesea and development of this area was considered impracticable for many reasons.
International Harvester agreed to assist and further proposed that a recreation reserve catering for a range of community activities would be a desirable objective.

On the motion of Cr. Hunt the Council of Barrabool Shire adopted this proposal and an area of 13 acres was obtained by the Council from the Department of Crown Lands and Survey in September 1968. It was gazetted as a Council Reserve.


Clubroom construction. 1977-78

October 1968

Clearing and construction commenced by IH equipment and staff working in a voluntary capacity. Plan for the reserve was developed by the Interim Reserve Committee in conjunction with Cr Hunt. Plan preparation, setting out and supervision was by IH staff.


David Dumbrell, Bob Stevens, Clubroom construction 1977-78

March 1969-September 1973

Successive work was carried out on football and netball areas. Approximately 80,000 cubic yards of clay and topsoil was excavated and compacted for an oval 540 ft. by 390 ft. A clubroom site was planned and excavated. Council provided seed and fertilizer for $500.

Mr. J Russell donated 1000 cubic yards of gravel.
Excavation of approximately 4000 cubic yards was excavated a gravel supplied and compacted for the netball courts.

All this work was completed by IH equipment and staff at no cost to the Council and community. Voluntary labour was also used.


Clubroom construction. 1977-78

September 1973

Anglese Cricket Club was invited to a Reserve Committee meeting to consider moving to the reserve.

December 1973

Lands Department agreed in principle to the area being extended. The cricket club agreed to move to the Reserve Council was to build the pitch and a pavilion was to be erected on the west side of the oval. The oval was to be constructed by IH and volunteers.

March 1974

Approximately 20000 cubic yards of clay and top soil was excavated and compacted by IH equipment and volunteer labour. Negotiations continued with State Rivers and the camps regarding water supply.

July 1976

Council constructed the cricket pitch and supplied seed to the value of $450 for the oval.
Oval was completed and sown by IH, Reserve Committee members and their equipment.
Council agreed to mow the ovals regularly during seasons and investigated purchase of a gang mower.

May 1976

The cricket club forwarded clubrooms building plans to the Reserve Committee.