Obituary

Roger Hartigan

HARTIGAN, MR. ROGER JOSEPH, who died in Brisbane on June 7, aged 78, played for Australia in two Test matches against A. O. Jones's England team in 1907. Born at Sydney, he took part in one game for New South Wales before moving to Brisbane, where he earned a big reputation as a batsman for Queensland. After scoring 59 for his State and 55 not out for an Australia XI against the M.C.C. side, he was chosen for the third Test at Adelaide in 1907 and enjoyed the distinction of hitting a century in the second innings. He (116) and Clem Hill (160) added 243 for the eighth wicket, an Australian record which still stands.

He toured England with M. A. Noble's Australians in 1908, but never found his true form, his one century being against Western Union at Glasgow, and he averaged no more than 18.84 for 33 innings. When his playing career ended, he served on the Australian Board of Control for 35 years and was chairman of the Brisbane Cricket Ground Trust. He represented New South Wales at baseball and Queensland at lacrosse.

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