The Australian Cricket Society is a fraternity of cricket lovers, the first meeting of the Queensland Society was held on Monday 9th September 1974 at the Queensland Cricketers’ Club. It was chaired by Mr H.R. (Roy) Tanner and was attended by 24 people.
Since this first meeting the society has continued to grow and now boasts over 250 members and is still growing. Its charter is to promote the spirit of cricket wherever and by whomever it is played. Our members celebrate the game with meetings and dinners with fellow enthusiasts.
Mr Ian Healy was appointed as the Society’s Patron in April 2008.
Dinners are held every January, March (AGM), May, July, September and December, at the Queensland Cricketers Club located at the GABBA. Dinners include a 2 course meal and a speaker from the Whos Who of cricket. The Society has been addressed by the greats of the game – Sir Richard Hadley, Merv Hughes, Ian Healy, Justin Langer, Carl Rackemann, Stuart Law, James Hopes, Andy Richards, Holly Ferling, Michael Kasprowicz, Grace Harris, Phil Jaques just to name a few.
The dinners are a haven for autograph hunters with even the Menu a sought after collectible. Recordings of many of these Dinners have been kept both for their historical value and the enjoyment of members.
The Society has an active sponsorship programme and over the years sponsorship activities have included:
• Providing shirts for the Queensland Blind Cricket Association for their national titles;
• A trophy for the Deaf Cricket International Tri Series between Australia/England/New Zealand;
• Providing cricket equipment under the Eddie Gilbert programme for a Torres Strait Island junior cricket team;
• Providing Caps and Ties for the Australian Country Cricket representative team in the years 2003 and 2008;
• Providing Caps and Ties for the Australian Blind Cricket Team for the 2nd and 3rd World Cups;
• Donations by conducting special raffle for replacement of the Club House and all equipment for the Everton Districts Cricket Club House which was destroyed by arsonists;
• Donation of $1100 to Queensland Blind Cricket Association towards cost of hosting 28th Blind Cricket National Championships.
The Australian Cricket Society's mission is "To enhance and foster the development of cricket through promotion, fundraising, sponsorship and events". That unwavering focus is due to many who have served the Society well down through the years.
Membership of the Australian Cricket Society (QLD) is open to all. The Society has a proud history of welcoming all cricket lovers irrespective of gender, class or creed.