On the 16th of February 1935, the WHITE FERNS played their first Test, facing England at Christchurch’s Lancaster Park. Among the players that took the field for the home side that day was young Aucklander, Nancy Browne. Like nine of her teammates, it would be Nancy’s only Test. But it was a moment of immense pride and just a small part of a long cricket career.

In 2015, Nancy’s son donated a small collection of objects and photographs to the Museum. Among these items was a copy of a scrapbook which covered that 1935 Test, the preparation of the Auckland side for their match against the touring English, and the early days of serious domestic competition. Flick through the pages in the gallery below. 


If you’d like to read more about the WHITE FERNS’ first Test, read Testing The Ferns. For another perspective on that match, read the story of Pearl Savin, the WHITE FERNS’ first wicketkeeper, here.



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