Lecture 7 – Cricket and social Class in Pre and Post-Colonial Canada
Cricket and Social Class
British song – 1700s
o “Cricket is the game for the low and great”
Patricians and plebeians
o Duck of Richmond’s XI
Cricket as cultural ambassador of British Empire
British officers in Woodstock. Upper Canada
o John graves Simcoe (Lt. Gov. Upper Canada, 1791 – 96)
o Sir John Colborne (Lt. Gov. Upper Canada, 1828 – 36)
British immigrants loyal to Crown
British naval & military officers and sons of the gentry
o 1844: captain Andrew Drew
o Rear Admiral Henry Vansittart & sons & other officers
Woodstock’s aristocratic elite
Time for sport and amusement
Great mansions, vast estates, retinues of servants
Social events with family, some neighbours, military officers.
Woodstock Cricket Club
Next to Northcote, Edmond Deedes’ estate, road to Beachville.
Club-house, spectators’ stand, high board fence, appropriate dress.
Cost of travel.
Covered in local press.
Observing the elite
Lord and Masters’
1876, Phillip’s Canadian Cricketers Guide
o 1850s changes
1849, responsible Government
County reorganization elected township, village, and town councils
Great Western railroad 1853
End of landed gentry experiment
1858 Canadian Cricketer’s guide
Network of elite involvement