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    Kippax Lake and the mystery of Doug Walters’ ball

 

A little while ago we completed the cleaning of Kippax Lake in Moore Park – the first time it had been undertaken in decades. The project sparked a curious tweet conversation about the Lake and former Australian cricket legend, Doug Walters!

First, our early morning roaming CEO, Kim Ellis, stopped to inspect the work and tweeted what he saw.

What came back made us very curious and we set about searching for an answer…and ended up uncovering a long running urban myth!

 

Twitter - Doug Walters

What’s the reference to Doug Walters’ ball mean?

Kevin Douglas Walters represented Australia in 75 Test matches, scoring 5,357 runs with a top score of 250 runs.

And the ball?

Well, we found a few references to an enormous six Walters hit while batting at the adjacent Sydney Cricket Ground. This summarises what became the story…

 

Screenshot from Yahoo Answers!

Screenshot from Yahoo Answers!

 

So, the story suggests that Walters’ hit a cricket ball so hard and high that it left the SCG and landed in Kippax Lake. But is it true?

 

The answer it seems is…

Not quite. Walters did hit that six that left the ground…but according to a Cricket NSW publication, this excerpt explains what happened:

 

 

Close, but no cigar.

 

And Kippax Lake?

This wonderfully historic water body is a stunning part of Centennial Parklands’ heritage and – on a beautiful sunny day – is great to sit by and enjoy.

Although its configuration has been modified, our Conservation Management Plan notes that it is the only remaining waterbody in Moore Park in its original location. The water edges have been transformed from a natural soft edge to a hard paved edge with a more urban character.

Lines of fig ring the waterbody and Plane trees reflecting both the nineteenth- and twentieth-century influence in planting design fashion. It has been associated over the years with military use and model yacht racing.

Tree planting and remodelling of the water edge occurred in 1963. The central sculpture designed by Diana Hunt represents women in sport was erected in 1967.

 

Kippax Lake, Moore Park

Kippax Lake, Moore Park

 

 

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