Alfred Brown, or “Brownie” as he was known, loved his cricket. He lived in Illabo for many years and was a skilled all-rounder on the field.
The hardworking farmer was playing Red Cow on November 30, 1969 when out of the blue, he tragically died of a heart attack at the crease. He was 50 years old, with three young kids.
His grief-stricken wife Elva donated an encouragement shield in his name to Junior Cricket.
It hasn’t been seen for decades, so Brownie’s daughter, Pam Longmore, is on a quest to find it.
Her desk strewn with clippings, she’s been trying for 10 years.
“It would be the greatest phone call I could ever make to my mum, to be able to say I’ve found it,” Mrs Longmore said.
Elva Brown is 94. She often wonders what happened to the shield.
“Mum loved the cricket, it was something we did as a family,” Mrs Longmore said.
“I really think she’d be thrilled to bits to know it was being used again.”
Mrs Longmore and her mum want to see the shield returned to use by Junee Junior Cricket, which Jacky Charlton started up again last year after a long hiatus. The competition has been missed.
“I can’t believe the looks on their little faces, it’s unbelievable,” Mr Charlton said.
He was on the pitch the day Brownie died. Not long back from the war, he rushed from another pitch to apply first aid.
“We called all the cricket off that day. Alfred was a very respected man,” Mr Charlton said.
He said he’d love to put the shield back to action.
“It’ll encourage the youngsters and put Alf’s name in the limelight where it should be,” he said.
A call to the Broadway Museum unearthed a photo of Junee junior cricketers probably from 1978.
Sadly, it’s not Brownie’s shield.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Southern Cross.