cricket clock named Victor
6 January 2006
Cricket umpires and captains keeping an eye on the
time at University Oval No. 1, will be assisted by the "Victor"
cricket clock, erected in honour of talented Sydney University sportsman
Hyde was named after famous Australian batsman Victor
Trumper (1877-1915), who dominated the sport during the golden age
before World War I. How the two Victors met will be revealed at
the clock's unveiling on Saturday January 7.
Trumper, who scored 3163 Test runs at an average
of 39, was captain of NSW during 1914-15 when he became too ill
to continue playing. After finishing training on December 10, he
cleared out his locker at the Sydney Cricket Ground and was carrying
his cricket gear home when he stopped at Moore Park to watch a schoolboy
It was the same venue that Trumper, as a 13-year-old
playing for Carlton, had been spotted by Test cricketer Charles
Bannerman, who had become his mentor.
This day, the new 13 year-old prodigy was Victor
Hyde, who was batting for Sydney Boys High School. Trumper was so
impressed he presented his favourite cap – his 1907 Baggy
Green (with reverse coat of arms) – to the youngster, whom
he dubbed “the most outstanding NSW schoolboy cricketer and
a champion of the future”. It was then the younger Victor
told the older about the origins of his name.
Trumper did not live to follow Vic Hyde’s
cricket career as he topped the batting averages for his school
in the 1917-18 season. In that era playing cricket was costly and
lack of funds meant Vic never realised Trumper’s vision. However,
he gained Sydney University Blues in baseball (1928) and lawn tennis
While a teacher of English and History at Sydney
Boys High School from 1930-35, he was an inspirational rowing Master
and a boat was named in his honour. Vic was a lecturer in Social
Sciences at Sydney Teacher's College from 1936 until his untimely
death in 1959, when he was head of his department. His office looked
towards University Oval and he took great interest in all sports
as President of the College Sports Union. His fondest love was cricket.
On March 4, 1958, in ailing health, Vic presented
his much treasured cricket cap as a birthday present to his 13-year-old
son Victor “Brendon” Hyde. Vic’s cricket skills
were not inherited by his son, who instead represented his university
in swimming, cross-country skiing and athletics in which he earned
a Sydney University Blue (1977). Brendon auctioned the historical
cap on December 16, 2004 and from the proceeds he funded the cricket
clock in memory of his father.