1904 Great Britain Touring Jersey; Unknown; 1904; A255a
1904 Great Britain Touring JerseyAbout this object
A reminder of New Zealand’s first international rugby test played at home (vs Great Britain), this jersey ran onto Athletic Park on the back of Welsh wing Willie Llewellyn, in front of an incredible 20,000 spectators. As Wellington’s population at the time was only around 40,000 people, we can only imagine the excitement a grand sporting event of this scale caused, particularly as the colonial All Blacks beat the Lions 9-3! Thought to be the oldest Great Britain jersey outside the British Isles, it was presented by Willie to the museum’s founder John Sinclair whilst travelling in 1967, who then brought it back to New Zealand in his suitcase.Maker
73(H base of collar to hem)x 47.5cm (w: across shoulder between sleeve seams) x46cm (w: at hem) x 53.5 cm (Length of sleeve)Credit Line
Donated by 1904 Great Britain player W M LlewellynObject Type
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