Explore our sporting history at Redland Museum

HOWZAT: Sporting memorabilia on display at the Redland Musuem.

HOWZAT: Sporting memorabilia on display at the Redland Musuem.

Sports-Howzat is a fascinating display of sporting clothing and memorabilia from well-known Redland personalities who distinguished themselves in the field of sport. Curated by the Redland Museum Textile Team.

The catalyst for this exhibition was a donation to the museum some years ago of many sporting items from a former mayor of the Redlands, Don Seccombe. A noted cricket player in his younger days he represented Queensland in the Sheffield Shield and Queensland Colts. Cliff Dunn a talented cricket player and early Redland Museum member is also featured. Phil Robinson has lent a framed cricket bat signed by Don Bradman plus other items from famous Australian cricket greats.

Blazers and memorabilia from two foundation members of the Cleveland Lawn Bowls Club - Eric Kidd and Gordon Banks - are on show. Gordon helped to build the CBC in the 1940s and was a talented bowler, cricket and tennis player, President of the RLTA for 5 years in the 1930s.

On display for the first time is a rare set of "ring bowls" from the late nineteenth century with a photo of players. John "Aussie" Dowie was a Redlands soccer coach in the 1960s. His blazer, trophies and photos of early teams are on display. Rugby league, world masters games, boxing, tennis, swimming, roller skating, Cleveland Yacht Club and many others are also represented.

This interesting exhibition is now on display in the Redland Museum's B & J Berry Textile Gallery at 60 Smith Street Cleveland.