Friday May 25, 2012

Digitise and you will discover.

Mr. W.H. Bassett

Take a wander through our local history room, and scattered amongst the albums of photographs, collections of books and networks of computers, are lives from our past, waiting for their aspirations and endeavours to be discovered, again.

One of these past lives is a cricketer from early last century by the name of Mr. W.H. Bassett, a first grade leg spin bowler who pulled on the creams for both Mosman and North Sydney.

Far from a household name, not even to cricket enthusiasts, Bill headed the NSWCA records for most wickets on four occasions: 1926-27, 1927-28, 1929-1930, 1930-31. There were calls in the press for Bill to be elevated to the state squad. A plea which fell on the deaf ears of selectors. Bill’s figures certainly suggest he was good enough, upstaging those of incumbent Australian spinner, Arthur Mailey.

Bill maintained a scrapbook which resides in our local history room, thanks to a donation from his family. A scrapbook “lost” for many years, “rediscovered” through our digitisation program.

Bill Bassett’s scrapbook, along with other treasures from the local history collection, will be available for the world to view online later this year.

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