Letter: Pearl Savin letter to Stanley Cowman, 1987; Pearl Savin; 1988; 2018.33.2


Letter: Pearl Savin letter to Stanley Cowman, 1987

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Pearl Savin writes to Stanley Cowman to congratulate him for establishing a New Zealand Cricket Museum. She reminisces about her time playing and offers to donate her New Zealand blazer and cap to the Museum.

The letter reads:

PO Box 41,
Leigh, N. Akd
Nov. 29, 1987
Mr Stanley Cowman,
Curator N.Z. Cricket Museum,
Basin Reserve,

Dear Mr Cowman,
Congratulations to you on having the foresight to start a N.Z. Cricket Museum. It can only go from strength to strength; it must have created a lot of interest from all cricketers, old & young.
I am one of the old ones, nearly 74 years of age. In my wardrobe is a black blazer & cap, as a member of N.Z.’s first women’s cricket team who played against England at Lancaster Park in 1935. I was the wicket keeper & vice-capt, indeed I had to captain the team for a while when Ruth Symons of Christchurch (capt.) took a catch out of the sun straight into her eye & had to retire for some time. Someone found a large juicy steak for her to apply to her eye – it seemed to recover in a slightly black colour!
Might I donate my blazer & cap to your Museum? I have been in a quandary for some time what to do with these precious items as I have no immediate family of my own & the nearest have no interest in cricket. It would give me great joy if your Museum would accept.
Trusting to hear from you soon,
Yrs sincerely
(Miss Pearl Savin)


Pearl Savin

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Letter paper, ball point pen


Pearl Savin Collection

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New Zealand Cricket Museum, Pearl Savin Collection

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Papers, Letters & Documents

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