WACA Historic Timeline

-First mention of the game of cricket in the Perth Gazette and WA Journal.


-Two other cricket clubs formed - the Guildford Club and the Tradesmen of Perth. Matches were played in the country centres of York, Bunbury, Vasse, Toodyay and Beverley in the period to 1850.


-First ever Fremantle v Perth match held on the Perth Recreation Centre ground.


-The amalgamation of the Perth and Perth Union cricket clubs formed the Perth Metropolitan Club. This marked a turning point in the creation of the WACA Ground as it was this club which brought about the actual formation of the Western Australian Cricket Association.


-The WACA is born. At a meeting chaired by JCH James at the United Service Hotel on 12 November 1885 delegates from the Metropolitan, City Temperance, Perth and Union cricket clubs unanimously resolved "to form a Cricketing Association subject to the Municipal Council letting an adequate portion of the Recreation Ground for the exclusive right of playing thereon by such Association.” On 25 November the Council agreed, granting a three-year lease of a portion of the New Recreation Ground (now Elizabeth Quay). The WACA was born and JCH James was the Association’s first President. The WACA would get its own dedicated ground in 1889.


-The Metropolitan Club engaged a professional coach from Victoria, Mr WF Duffy of East Melbourne.


-The WACA Ground is born. A delegation from the WACA meets with Governor, His Excellency Sir Frederick Napier Broome, who grants the Association a lease, later to become freehold, of an area of swampy land on the river foreshore, east of Perth. This becomes the new WACA Ground and the future home of cricket in Western Australia.


-Throughout 1892 and 1893 many sporting events including lawn tennis, cycling, athletic meetings and pony races are held at the WACA Ground.


-The first cricket team to represent Western Australia travels to the eastern colonies. The team travelled by train from Perth to Albany then by boat from Albany to play matches in South Australia and Victoria. The intercolonial team featured: FD North (Manager), HR Orr (Captain), RE Bush, T Cullinan, WV Duffy, WA Bateman, AA Moffatt, W Bird, PL Hussey, EG Bishop, W Back, HF Bennett, H Wilson, EA Randell.
-Official opening of the WACA Ground by Alexander Forrest, the Mayor of Perth, an occasion also marked by his daughter Sylvia’s induction as the WACA’s first honorary life member.


-In February the first cricket match is played on turf wickets at the WACA Ground. The soil used for the wickets was imported from the eastern colonies.


-First grandstand built at the WACA Ground.
-Old rivals Fremantle and West Perth play the first football match of the 1895 season on the Association Cricket Ground in Perth. This is the first football match at the WACA Ground.


-George Giffen’s Eleven played two matches at the Association Cricket Ground. Western Australia fielded teams of 22 and 18 players respectively in the two matches played against Giffen’s team. The second match played, the great Easter cricket match, attracted record attendances reported to be 5000 on the first day.


-The first-ever visit of South Australia to the WACA.
-Perth Football Club established and based at the WACA Ground until 1958.


-Proclamation Day holiday makers attend the Eight Hours’ Day demonstration at the WACA Ground. The trades’ procession from Perth was followed by sporting events which included a three mile motor race.


-South Australia’s second visit to the WACA and Western Australia’s first win at home.
-First WAFL Grand Final to be played at the WACA Ground. East Fremantle 12.3 (75) defeated West Perth 5.6 (36)


-England XI plays Western Australia at the WACA Ground.
-First-ever visit of NSW to the WACA Ground.
-First Country Week Cricket Carnival played at the WACA Ground.


-First-ever visit of Victoria to the WACA Ground.


-WA team tours NSW, Victoria and South Australia.


-The WACA is granted a position on the Australian Board of Control and Mr H Gregory MHR is chosen as the WACA representative to fill that position.
-The Western Australian Trotting Association negotiates a five year lease of a trotting track on the perimeter of the WACA Ground. This would extend to 1929 when trotting moved to Brennan Park (now Gloucester Park). Australia’s first complete meeting under lights was held at the WACA Ground on 24 January 1914.


-During World War One all Interstate and International visits were cancelled and the WACA Ground was used on many occasions for Patriotic and Charitable causes.


-WACA Ground used as an aerodrome for demonstration flights by Norman Brearley of the Royal Flying Corps. Brearley reports that despite a very small margin to spare, "I landed and took off several times without accident and only one take off did I actually pluck the electric light wires that then encircled the ground over the trotting track."


-Introduction of The Boan Cup for the Country Week Cricket Carnival.
-Local soil from Harvey River area is first used for the WACA wickets.


-Trotting moved from the WACA Ground to Brennan Park. (Shortly to be Gloucester Park)


-Don Bradman played at the WACA Ground for the first time. He played again in 1932 and that match attracted a crowd of 42,917. He also played at the WACA Ground in 1938, 1940 and finally in 1948.
-The Western Australian Women’s Cricket Association was officially constituted in November 1930. HD Russell became the first WAWCA president and Marie Jegust, its first secretary.
-The Perth Speedway Company commenced operations at the WACA Ground.


-The Farley Stand completed as the Members' stand.


-EH Bromley becomes the first Western Australian to be selected to play Test cricket for Australia. He was playing in Victoria at the time of selection and made his debut during the infamous Bodyline series. Bromley was also the first West Australian player to tour England with the Australian team in 1934.

-In November the WAWCA played host to the first touring English women’s cricket team and the first-ever women’s international cricket match was played at the WACA Ground between the Western Australia women’s team and the England women’s team. A crowd of 4,000 watched this historic women’s match.


-The perimeter track initially used for cycling in 1892 then developed for trotting in 1913 and later speedway in 1930 was removed from the WACA Ground.


-The first Claxton Shield Baseball Carnival to be played in Perth was held in August with matches at the WACA Ground and Subiaco Oval.

-During World War Two Interstate and International visits were cancelled and the WACA Ground was used on many occasions for Patriotic and Charitable causes. The ground was used by the Defence Forces for recreational purposes and in 1942 the Australian Women’s Army Service used the ground as a recruit training camp.


-Western Australia is admitted to the Sheffield Shield competition on a restricted basis and win the Shield in their debut season defeating Queensland away and outright to win the State’s first Sheffield Shield. Western Australia also had the distinction of being the first Australian state to play India on their inaugural tour of Australia.


-First-ever visit of Queensland to the WACA Ground.


-WA fast-medium swing bowler June James is chosen in the Australian team to tour England and subsequently plays in the Third Test at The Oval to become the first Western Australian women’s player to play for Australia.


-The new WACA scoreboard is built to replace the scoreboard damaged by a storm in 1948. This new scoreboard is dedicated on 25 February as the "Memorial Scoreboard” in honour of the cricketers from Western Australia who gave their lives in the cause of freedom in two world wars 1914-18 and 1939-45.
-Australian athletics champion Herb Elliott of Aquinas College wins the open mile in the inter-school sports carnival at the WACA Ground. He also won the 880 yard race in record time.


-WA defensive opening batsman John Rutherford is selected in the Australian team to tour England, India and Pakistan. He makes his Test debut against India at Brabourne Stadium, Bombay (now Mumbai) In October, making him the first Western Australian men’s player to make his Test debut for Australia.
-Western Australia is granted full status in the Sheffield Shield competition.


The first-women’s cricket Test match to be held in Perth was played at the WACA Ground in March. Betty Newman and 41 year-old Marie McDonough were chosen in the Australian team. This was the first-ever Test match at the WACA Ground.


-Prince Phillip presented the Queen's and Regimental Colours to the 1st Battalion, the Royal West Australian Regiment, at the WACA Ground.


-Western Australia won the 1967-68 Sheffield Shield defeating Victoria at the MCG outright in the final match of the season. This was Western Australia’s second Shield win but their first after being granted full status in 1956. Over 5,000 people were at Perth Airport to welcome the victorious team back home.


-New Test Stand (now Inverarity Stand) erected at the WACA Ground, assisted largely by public and member subscription. First-ever men’s Test match to be played in Perth was played at the WACA Ground 11-16 December when Australia played England. This is England’s first Test match in Perth played at the WACA Ground.


-WA won the Sheffield Shield.


-WA won the Sheffield Shield.


-WA won the Sheffield Shield.
-West Indies first Test match in Perth at the WACA Ground.


-First–ever visit by Tasmania to the WACA Ground.
-WA won the Sheffield Shield.
-India’s first Test in Perth at the WACA Ground.


-WA won the Sheffield Shield.First One-Day Final played in Perth.
-WA defeated Tasmania.


-Work commenced on the restoration and refurbishing of photographs and memorabilia stored at the WACA Ground as a prelude to the establishment of a WACA Museum at the WACA Ground.
-Pakistan’s first Test match in Perth at the WACA Ground.


-New Zealand’s first Test match in Perth at the WACA Ground.


-WA won the Sheffield Shield.


-The Sheffield Shield Final was introduced.


-The first Sheffield Shield Final to be played was in Perth at the WACA Ground when NSW defeated WA by 54 runs.


-The Sheffield Shield Final is again played in Perth and this time Western Australia defeated Queensland by 4 wickets. This is the first time WA won the Sheffield Shield playing in the Final at the WACA Ground.
-Record one-day cricket match crowd at WACA Ground - Australia v West Indies (27,057).
-Sri Lanka played at the WACA Ground for the first time.
-WACA Centenary Ground Redevelopment project commenced. Arena realigned and construction of the new 10 wicket centre square. The Prindiville Stand is completed and declared open in November.
-The second women’s Test match between Australia and England to be played at the WACA Ground finishes in a draw.


-WACA Centenary Eleven team is selected and announced at the Sheraton-Perth Hotel on December 2, 1985. The team selected in batting order: Bruce Laird, Graeme Wood, John Inverarity (captain), Kim Hughes, Barry Shepherd (vice-captain), Ross Edwards, Rod Marsh, Bruce Yardley, Graham McKenzie, Dennis Lillee, Terry Alderman, Ian Brayshaw (12th man).


-Six light towers are installed at the WACA Ground. To celebrate the event a Festival of Sport is held 10-11 October when WA played Victoria in a McDonald's Cup fixture and Australia played Ireland in a Gaelic football match. Both were played under lights.


-WA won the Sheffield Shield.
-WAFL football returns to the WACA Ground in March when East Perth play West Perth under lights.
-In an historic first VFL/AFL football comes to the WACA Ground when the newly formed West Coast Eagles play matches at the ground.
-In January the Western Australia women’s cricket team, captained by Karen Read, wins the Ruth Preddey Trophy, becoming the first WA women’s team to win the Australian Open Age Championships.


-Lillee Marsh Stand completed at the southern end of the WACA Ground.
-Sri Lanka’s first Test match in Perth at the WACA Ground.


-WA won the Sheffield Shield.
-International Federation of Women’s Lacrosse World Cup.


-WA won the FAI Cup.


-WA won the FAI Cup.


-WA won the Sheffield Shield.
-Western Australia play South Africa in an historic match as South Africa return to international cricket at the WACA Ground.
-The WACA Ground hosted World Cup cricket for the first time, with three ICC Cricket World Cup matches played at the venue including a match between Australia and the eventual winners Pakistan.


-WA State team named 'Western Warriors'.
-AFL finals were played at the WACA Ground for the first time. In September the West Coast Eagles defeated Collingwood by 2 points in the Qualifying Final, then defeated Melbourne in the Preliminary Final by 65 points in front of a ground record 34,317.
-The new One-Day International WACA Ground record is set when 28,211 spectators attend the Australia v South Africa match.


-Western Reds rugby league team based at WACA Ground.
-Fremantle Dockers play matches at the WACA Ground.


-The WA women’s cricket team is renamed the Western Fury, making its formal debut during the 1996-97 Australian Women’s Open Cricket Championship.
-Perth Heat baseball team move to the WACA.


-Warriors won the inaugural Super 8s competition.
-Warriors won the Mercantile Mutual Cup (one-day series).


-WA won the Sheffield Shield.
-WACA Museum relocated from the Farley Stand to the former residence of the WACA Ground curator.


-WA won the Sheffield Shield.
-Perth Glory play National Soccer League finals at the WACA Ground.


-WA Team of the Century and Player of the Century was announced at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on April 5, 2000. The team was selected on best performances for Western Australia: Geoff Marsh, Graeme Wood, Kim Hughes, John Inverarity, Justin Langer, Barry Shepherd, Rod Marsh, Tom Moody, Terry Alderman, Graham McKenzie, Dennis Lillee (Player of the Century), Bruce Yardley.
-In the 2000-2001 season the WAWCA celebrated 70 years of cricket for women in Western Australia.
-WA won the Mercantile Mutual Cup.
-Last AFL match played at the WACA Ground.


-Women’s Cricket Australia begin a trial merger with the Australian Cricket Board. The process of merging the WAWCA with the WACA continues.
-Western Warriors won the 'Champions Cup', an international cricket competition involving teams from New Zealand, India and South Africa.


-WACA re-development completed. Playing arena reduced by a total of 31 metres at east and west boundaries to improve player and patron ambience and atmosphere.


-In an historic sponsorship agreement, the Western Warriors change their name to the Retravision Warriors.
-In December cricket for girls and women in Western Australia entered a new era with the WAWCA integrated into the WACA structure.
-Zimbabwe’s first Test match in Perth played at the WACA Ground and Matthew Hayden scored a then Test-record 380 runs.


-South Africa’s first Test match in Perth played at the WACA Ground.
-Western Australia 2/143 defeat Victoria 8/141 in the first-ever domestic interstate Twenty20 match in Australia is held at the WACA Ground on 12 January 2005 in front of approximately 23,000 spectators, a record domestic attendance for the ground.


-A ground record 103,440 people watch Australia (244 & 5/527 dec) regain the Ashes in the third Test match at the WACA Ground from 14-18 December 2006, defeating England (215 & 350) by 206 runs. Local hero Adam Gilchrist hit a memorable century off 57 balls, then the second fastest in Test history. A Test record WACA crowd of 24,175 spectators attend day one.
-Work begins on relaying the centre wickets with new soil from the Harvey River /Waroona district.


-A crowd of 17,344 watch Australia defeat New Zealand by 54 runs in the first Twenty20 International held at the WACA Ground.


-A sell-out crowd of 16,590 watch Victoria defeat the Warriors by 32 runs in the first Twenty20 Big Bash Final to be played at the WACA Ground.


-New Western Australian Mitchell Johnson took nine wickets and won Man of the Match honours as Australia defeat England by 267 runs in the Third Ashes Test at the WACA Ground. The win was Australia’s only triumph in a 3-1 series defeat.


-Go Scorchers! The Perth Scorchers arrive. The new T20 Big Bash League begins in 2011-12 season and the inaugural Perth Scorchers team played their first match against the Hobart Hurricanes in December at the WACA Ground (#TheFurnace).


-The Perth Scorchers hosted the inaugural BBL Big Final at #TheFurnace, losing to the Sydney Sixers in January.
-Nicole Bolton became the first Western Fury player to score a WNCL century with 121 against Tasmania at the WACA Ground.

-The WACA entered into a record $2.1 million three-year partnership with State Government body Healthway.
-Australia regained the Ashes with victory in the third Test at the WACA Ground by 150 runs.


-Perth Scorchers won the BBL|03 Big Final defeating the Hobart Hurricanes by 39 runs at #TheFurnace in front of a club record 20,783 fans, so ending almost a decade without silverware for the state.
-Western Warriors won the Matador One-Day Cup in Sydney.
-The third women’s Test match to be played at the WACA Ground takes place in January when the Australian Southern Stars play England. This is the only Test match of the women’s Ashes series which England won by 61 runs.


-Perth Scorchers became the first club to win back-to-back championships in the Big Bash League capturing the BBL|04 trophy, defeating Sydney Sixers in the Big Final.
-The WACA Ground hosted three ICC Cricket World Cup matches, including Australia’s tournament record total of 6-417 against Afghanistan.
-Launch of the Perth Scorchers Women’s team in the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League Twent20 competition.


-Perth Scorchers reached the inaugural Women's Big Bash League semi-finals losing to the Sydney Thunder by eight runs.


-Perth Scorchers won the BBL|06 Big Final defeating the Sydney Sixers by nine wickets at #TheFurnace.