Guide to the papers of Heathfield Harman Stephenson (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Stephenson, Heathfield Harman
Papers of Heathfield Harman Stephenson (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1861 - 1890
Collection Number
9 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Includes: Memorandum of agreement September 1861 regarding the 1861-62 cricket tour of Australia; photograph December 1861 of the English team in Melbourne; addresses by the Queenscliff, Melbourne and Castlemaine Cricket Clubs to the visiting team; printed items: The Cabinet: A Repository of Facts, Figures and Fancies Relating to the Voyage of the Great Britain SS from Liverpool to Melbourne

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Access.

Conditions Governing Use

Many of the records digitised as part of the AJCP are still in copyright. Readers wishing to publish or reproduce documents should seek permission, in the first instance, from the owner of the original material.

Preferred Citation

Acknowledgement of use of this material should refer to the location of the original material and to the Australian Joint Copying Project.

Items from this collection should include references to the location of the original material and to the AJCP nla.obj number, which serves as the online identifier for the digital copy.

Example: M Series: Journal of Capt. James Cook, 18 February 1770, British Library Add. MS 27885 (AJCP ref:

Archival History

Filmed at the private residence of Mr Harman S. Healy, London, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1972 (AJCP Reel: M855). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

The private residence of Mr Harman S. Healy, London.

Existence and Location of Copies

The original AJCP microfilm of the records filmed from this collection is available at the National Library of Australia [] as well as other institutions holding AJCP microfilm.

Old Cricket and Cricketers (1890).

The Victorian Cricketers Guide (1861); England v Australia at the Wicket: A Complete Record of all Cricket Matches played between English and Australian Elevens (1887); H.H. Montgomery

Finding-aid Notes

This finding aid is a revised online version of the original finding aid prepared by the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP), published by the National Library of Australia in 2018. The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.

Dates used in this finding aid refer to the date range of the records selected for filming rather than to the date range of the Series or Files.


Australia: visits to; Brodie, J.C.; Castlemaine Cricket Club; Cricket; Great Britain, SS (ship); Liverpool, England; Melbourne Cricket Club; Montgomery, Sir Henry H., Bishop; Photographs; Queenscliff Cricket Club, Victoria; Stephenson, Heathfield H.; University of Oxford


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 437, p. 171.

Biographical / Historical

Heathfield Harman Stephenson (1833-1896), the son of a surgeon, was born at Esher, Surrey. He became a professional cricketer at an early age and made his debut for Surrey in a match against Kent at The Oval in 1853. His first-class career lasted until 1871 and in that time he made 7360 runs, took 303 weeks and 152 catches, and made 25 stumpings. In 1861 he became the first bowler to be awarded a hat for taking three wickets with consecutive balls, which led to the term 'hat-trick'. He was playing for an All-England team at Sheffield and, on account of his feat, a collection was taken up and he was presented with a cap or hat bought with the proceeds.In 1859 Stephenson was a member of the All-England team led by George Parr that visited North America, the first cricket team to play overseas. Two years later, Stephenson led the first English team, made up of professional cricketers, to tour Australia. Arriving in December 1861, the All-England Eleven played twelve matches, usually against teams of 18 or 22 players. The first and last matches of the tour were in Melbourne and they also played in Sydney, Bathurst, Ballarat, Bendigo, Castlemaine, Beechworth, Geelong and Hobart. The tour was a great success and made a large profit for the players and tour promoters. After his retirement, Stephenson lived at Uppingham in Rutland and was the cricket coach at Uppingham School. He was an occasional umpire of first-class matches, including the test match between England and Australia at The Oval in September 1880.Harman S. Healy, the owner of this collection, was the grandson of Heathfield Stephenson.

Reference: David Frith. The trailblazers: the first English cricket tour of Australia 1861-62, Southlands, Cheshire, Boundary Books, 1999.

Item Descriptions

Memorandum of agreement between Phelix William Spiers and Christopher Pond of Melbourne and Heathfield Harman Stephenson and eleven others of London concerning a cricket tour of Australia (6pp), 21 September 1861 (File)

Photograph of the first English team of cricketers arriving outside the Café de Paris, Melbourne, 24 December 1861 (File)

Address presented to the All England Eleven by members of the Queenscliff Cricket Club on their arrival at Port Phillip Heads, 24 December 1861 (File)

Address presented to the All England Eleven by the Melbourne Cricket Club, 25 March 1862 (File)

Address presented to H.H. Stephenson and the All England Eleven by representatives of the cricketers of the Castlemaine district, n.d. (File)

The Cabinet; a repository of facts, figures and fancies relating to the voyage of the 'Great Britain' S.S. from Liverpool to Melbourne, with the Eleven of All England and other distinguished passengers, Melbourne, J. Reid (46pp), 1862 (File)

J.C. Brodie, ed. The Victorian cricketer's guide for 1860-61, Melbourne, Sands, Kenny & Co., (113pp) Inscribed by J.C. Brodie to H.H. Stephenson, 1861 (File)

George Brumfitt and Joseph Kirby. England v. Australia at the wicket: accounts of the tours of every English team in Australia and Australian team in England, with full scores of all the eleven-a-side matches and averages of all the principal players, Ilkley, Yorkshire, Brumfitt & Kirby (293pp), [1887] (File)

H.H. Montgomery and C.W. Alcock. Old cricket and cricketers, London, H. Stacey Gold (77pp) Signed by H.H. Stephenson., [1890] (File)