Photos and info by Leigh Gazzard.
In 2014-2015 I spent many weekends visiting cricket grounds in Sydney. It was such a delight to visit glorious Petersham Park. My visit was tempered, though, by the tragic loss of Phil Highes, who had died that week. (I went to his service at the SCG.)
Only a short distance from bustling Parramatta Road, the oval is a wonderful Australian cricket ground, complete with majestic scoreboard and bandstand.
Petersham Park is home to the Randwick-Petersham Cricket Club. Its website states: “A Club with 259 years of combined cricket history based on the values of TRUST, RESPECT and HUMILITY. RPCC is home to David Warner, Jason Sangha & Daniel Sams, and former home to Australian Test stars Simon Katich, Usman Khawaja & Nathan Hauritz. Our President is former Test Cricketer Mike Whitney.”
The cricket ground is also rich in Bradman history. In 1926, playing for St George in his first game in the big smoke, the 18 year old from Bowral made 110 on debut, against Petersham.
If it gets too warm watching the cricket at the lovely Petersham Park you can have a dip in the nearby Fanny Durack Acquatic Centre, named after the great Australian swimmer of the early 1900s.