Cricket was played widely in late-19th-century New Zealand, but the elite boys' secondary schools, where many staff were English graduates of Oxford and Cambridge, took it particularly seriously. They regarded cricket as an expression of English culture and a good training in manly character. Wanganui Collegiate School, a private Anglican school, had a proud tradition in cricket and produced many notable first-class cricketers. Walter Empson, headmaster from 1888 to 1909, became president of the New Zealand Cricket Council in 1900 and was especially important in promoting the game at the school. This photograph shows the first XI during his time.
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Photograph by Frank J. Denton
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