Born 4th January 1941 in North Fitzroy, Melbourne, former Australia Test and ODI cricketer, Dawn Lillian Rae, played in the inaugural World Cup in 1973.
Dawn made her first class debut for Victoria in 1964/5 opening the batting against NSW at Goulburn making 35 against an attack that included Helen Lee, Marjory Marvell and Muriel Picton.
In 1971/2 Dawn made her Test debut at home in Melbourne against the touring New Zealand team. When Pat Carrick and Jill Saulbrey destroyed the Aussie batting for 129, it was the debutant who top scored for the home team with 38. It turned out to be Dawn’s one and only Test.
In 1973 Miriam Knee’s Australian team readied themselves for the World Cup in England by making a stopover in Jamaica where they played an unofficial Test. Dawn top scored with 95. To England and the World Cup. Dawn played four matches in the series but didn’t really fire and they remain her only ODI games – but not a bad tick on the resume, playing in the inaugural World Cup. Dawn finished her career with a first class average of 51.62.