Charles Eady

Charles Eady (AOT, PH30/1/2215/2)

Charles John Eady (18701945), cricketer, played in and for Tasmania between 1890 and 1908, batting aggressively and bowling quickly with equal effectiveness. In 1895 he became the first Australian to score a century in each innings of a first-class match, when playing for Tasmania against Victoria, and in the next meeting between the teams, took 8/34 and 4/29 with the ball. Though this was rare for a Tasmanian, he was selected for an early Australian tour of England, in 1896, and played two Tests for Australia. He will be forever remembered for his club score of 566 in an innings in 1902, for Break o' Day against Wellington, still an (adult) world record. He represented Tasmania on the national (Cricket) Board of Control, and represented Hobart in the Legislative Council, 192546.

Further reading: ADB 8.

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