Winnie George

Born 19th January 1914 in Mordialloc, Victoria, former Test cricketer for Australia, Winifred Una Margaretta George.

Winnie made her debut for Victoria in 1933/4 primarily as a batter, but also could keep wickets. That latter is important for she was the reserve wicket keeper for the Australian tour of England in 1937 and indeed was behind the stumps in her debut.

The first Test ever played in England was at Northampton in June 1937. Winnie was one of five debutants for Australia in Margaret Peden‘s team, didn’t get too many runs (18, 16) batting at four but did get a stumping from the bowling of her Victoria team mate, Peggy Antonio.

In the second Test of the series Alice Wegemund took over the keeping duties while Winnie played as a batter only and celebrated with her highest score of 62 not out in the first innings and another 34 not out in the second. Had someone stayed with her Australia might have made the extra 25 runs to win, instead of losing the Test.

Winnie played one more Test in that series and it was the final one of her career. Three Test matches inside a month. 170 runs at 42.5 with 2 catches and a stumping. She passed away in Dandenong, Victoria in 1988.