Harrow, Victoria, Australia

Johnny Mullagh Championship Weekend

Mullagh Championship Weekend


For more information: Contact the Harrow Discovery Centre on 03 5588 1387 Correspondence to: PO Box 48, Harrow VIC 3317

DOCUMENTS FOR DOWNLOAD:     – Billy-cart-registration-indemnity-form-2017


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MINUTE TO WIN IT – THRILL RIDE CHALLENGE STILL $5000 UP FOR GRABS! In the last quarter of a century man has achieved the most amazing feats in travel. The car, for instance is smaller, quicker, faster, can virtually park itself and even give us directions and tell us where to go. So why is it that with all the really handy blokes out there (and ladies for that matter), no one can design a billy cart that can beat the magic minute? Twenty five years ago the small community of Harrow first put out the call to all an sundry to build and race a billy cart, down the town’s now famous, Billy Cart Hill. Today, all these years later, the prize money is still waiting to be collected by the cart to crack the minute. The event now known as the Harrow National Bush Billy Cart and Johnny Mullagh Championship weekend, has attracted hundred’s of competitors over the years from all over the country, but so far nobody has conquered the 1300 metre challenge. The drop over the distance is around 61 meters, but never let it be said your mother raised a coward. So if speed and action is your thing, perhaps this event could provide just the perfect little summer project you’ve been looking for. Details for building specifications, regulations and rules can be downloaded via the link above.               DSC00460                         The Johnny Mullagh Championship This game comprises of an Aboriginal XI and a Glenelg XI, playing off each year on the Victoria Labour Day long weekend, for the Johnny Mullagh Shield. This is to commemorate the cricket team which in 1868 was formed to tour England, becoming the first Australian International Touring Cricket Team. The original international team consisted of Johnny Mullagh and other Aboriginal men from surrounding stations around Harrow and Edenhope and some from south east South Australia.  Johnny Mullagh’s real name was Unaarrimin and as he was born on Mullagh Station in Western Victoria near Harrow around 1841. His personal achievements during that grueling 1868 tour were to bowl 1877 overs, 831 of them maidens, hit 2489 runs and take 245 wickets. Harrow is also home of the ‘Johnny Mullagh Interpretive Centre’ an interactive, exciting and educational centre celebrating 1868 journey to end all journeys. Blade Shearing and Quick-Shear Competition In a salute to Harrow’s history as a wool and lamb-growing region, the annual Blade and Quick-Shear events draw shearers from Victoria and Interstate for the more than $1000 in prizes. Sheep are shorn to shed standards against the clock, with three judges overseeing the shearer’s treatment of the sheep and wool.  The cleanest shear in the fastest time, takes first place. The competitions are held in open and intermediate sections and are popular with weekend visitors. Kids’ activities A terrific fundraiser is available for a group to operate the children’s tent in future years. In the past the Harrow Discovery Centre has run the kids activity tent with excellent returns. Please contact either Sherryn Simpson or Gerard Nolan for more information about this terrific money-spinner for your club. And every year we have loads of extra activities for the kids! Past events have seen the famous Dunk Tank, Jumping Castles, Sand Pits and Petting Zoo – and don’t forget to bring your togs for a swim in Harrow’s beautiful swimming hole!                          


Members of the 2011 Mullagh Team (some of whom are direct descendants of the 1868 touring team) pictured with John Gartlan. The man to John’s left is Uncle Wayne Bell, Gunditmirring Elder.