Trumper was born in Sydney on 2 November 1877. Trumper learnt to play cricket
on the streets of Surry Hills and at 15 he played with the Carlton Club followed
by the South Sydney Club at 16. He scored 67 runs for the New South Wales Juniors
eighteen against Andrew Stoddart's eleven on 22 December 1894, leading to his
selection for New South Wales side against South Australia in January 1895.
Touring as the fourteenth man in 1899 he became the first Australian to score 300 in England and was admitted as a full team member.
During the 1902 tour he scored 11 centuries and was described by Wisden as 'the best batsman in the world'. He became the first batsman to record a century before lunch in a Test at Old Trafford.
In August 1904 he opened a sports store in Market Street and in 1909 he formed a sports and mercery store in George Street, near Wynyard Station. In 1911 it became Victor Trumper and Dodge Ltd.
Trumper was appointed NSW captain for the 1910-11 season and led the state 24 times for 15 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses. He was the first to score six centuries in Anglo-Australian Test in Sydney in December 1911. Opening in what would be his final test, he scored 50 in the second innings in Sydney in 1912.
Trumper's final game was for his club, Gordon, against Petersham at Chatswood Oval, 24 October 1914. Already tired and sick, he only scored 4 runs. By late 1914, kidney disease had taken its toll and by April 1915 he was confined to bed. In June he entered St Vincents Hospital, dying there on 28 June 1915. Buried in the Anglican section of Waverley Cemetery, he was survived by his wife, 9-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son.
Trumper's first class batting figures are: 255 matches, 16 939 runs, highest score 300 not out, average 44.58. He made 42 centuries and 87 half centuries. He took 172 catches and 64 wickets at 31.73.
Victor Trumper's Death Registration
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