WACA Historic Timeline

First mention of the game of cricket in the Perth Gazette and WA Journal.


Two other cricket clubs formed - the Guildford Club and the Tradesmen of Perth. Matches were played in the country centres of York, Bunbury, Vasse, Toodyay and Beverley in the period to 1850.


First ever Fremantle v Perth match held on the Perth Recreation Centre ground.


The amalgamation of the Perth and Perth Union cricket clubs formed the Perth Metropolitan Club. This marked a turning point in the creation of the WACA Ground as it was this club which brought about the actual formation of the Western Australian Cricket Association.


The WACA was officially established on 25 November, with Mr JCH James as its first President.
At a meeting chaired by Mr JCH James at the United Service Hotel on 12 November 1885 delegates from the Metropolitan, City Temperance, Perth and Union cricket clubs unanimously resolved "to form a Cricketing Association subject to the Municipal Council letting an adequate portion of the Recreation Ground for the exclusive right of playing thereon by such Association.” On 25 November the Council agreed, granting a three-year lease of a portion of the New Recreation Ground (now Elizabeth Quay). The WACA was born and Mr JCH James was the Association’s first President. The WACA would get its own dedicated ground in 1889.


The Metropolitan Club engaged a professional coach from Victoria, Mr WF Duffy of East Melbourne.


A team sailed from Albany to play matches in South Australia and Victoria. WACA Ground officially declared open in November.


First match played on the WACA Ground turf wickets in February.


First Grandstand built at the WACA Ground, seating 500 people. Beneath were four dressing rooms, a dining room, two bathrooms, Members' rooms and bars. The first paid Secretary of the WACA, Mr H Brown of the Metropolitan Club, was appointed. His commencing salary was 100 pounds per annum.


Eastern Colony teams visited WA and played at the WACA Ground. 5000 spectators attended play on the first day.


South Australia played at the WACA Ground.


England XI played Western Australia at the WACA Ground.
NSW played at the WACA Ground.


South Australia played at the WACA Ground.


WA team toured NSW, Victoria and South Australia.


WA admitted to the Australian Board of Control.


Country clubs permitted to affiliate with the WACA.


Night trotting introduced to the WACA.


WACA Ground used as an aerodrome for demonstration flights by Norman Brearley of the Royal Flying Corps. Brearley reports that despite a very small margin to spare, "I landed and took off several times without accident and only one take off did I actually pluck the electric light wires that then encircled the ground over the trotting track."


Introduction of 'Country Week'. The Boans Ltd Cup was won by teams from Moora and Ferguson.


Trotting moved from the WACA Ground to Brennan Park. (Shortly to be Gloucester Park)


The Farley Stand completed as the Members' stand.


Sir Donald Bradman played at the WACA Ground for the first time and attracted a crowd in excess of 20,000.


EH Bromley, when selected to play for Australia in a Test match, became the first WA representative player to achieve that honour.


The first ever women’s international cricket match was played at the WACA Ground between Western Australia and the touring English cricket team.


Trotting track removed from the WACA Ground.


WA admitted to the Sheffield Shield competition on a restricted basis. Won the Shield at their first attempt.


Scoreboard at the WACA destroyed by storm.


Replacement scoreboard, which remains today at the WACA Ground, was officially declared open in February.


WA was granted full status in the Sheffield Shield competition.


Prince Phillip presented the Queen's and Regimental Colours to the 1st Battalion, the Royal West Australian Regiment, at the WACA.


Western Australia won the 1967-68 Sheffield Shield defeating Victoria at the MCG outright in the final match of the season. This was Western Australia’s second Shield win but their first after being granted full status in 1956. Over 5,000 people were at Perth Airport to welcome the victorious team back home.


New Test Stand erected at the WACA Ground, assisted largely by public and Member subscription. First ever Test match played at the WACA Ground from 11-16 December.


WA won the Sheffield Shield.


WA won the Sheffield Shield.


WA won the Sheffield Shield.


WA won the Sheffield Shield.
First–ever visit by Tasmania to the WACA Ground.


WA won the Sheffield Shield.


First One-Day Final played in Perth. WA defeat Tasmania.


Work commenced on the restoration and refurbishing of photographs and memorabilia stored at the WACA as a prelude to the establishment of a Cricket Museum at the WACA.


WA won the Sheffield Shield.


The Sheffield Shield Final was introduced.


The first Sheffield Shield Final to be played was in Perth at the WACA Ground when NSW defeated WA by 54 runs.


The Sheffield Shield Final is again played in Perth and this time Western Australia defeated Queensland by four wickets. This is the first time WA won the Sheffield Shield playing in the Final at the WACA Ground.
Record one-day cricket match crowd at WACA Ground - Australia v West Indies (27,057).
Sri Lanka played at the WACA Ground for the first time.
WACA Centenary Ground Redevelopment project commenced. Arena realigned and construction of the new 10 wicket centre square. The Prindiville Stand is completed and declared open in November.
The second women’s Test match between Australia and England to be played at the WACA Ground finishes in a draw.


WACA Centenary Eleven team is selected and announced at the Sheraton-Perth Hotel on December 2, 1985. The team selected in batting order: Bruce Laird, Graeme Wood, John Inverarity (captain), Kim Hughes, Barry Shepherd (vice-captain), Ross Edwards, Rod Marsh, Bruce Yardley, Graham McKenzie, Dennis Lillee, Terry Alderman, Ian Brayshaw (12th man).


Six light towers are installed at the WACA Ground. To celebrate the event a Festival of Sport is held 10-11 October when WA played Victoria in a McDonald's Cup fixture and Australia played Ireland in a Gaelic football match. Both were played under lights.


WA won the Sheffield Shield.
Football returned to the WACA as home of Perth Football Club, as well as night matches involving the West Coast Eagles in the Victorian Football League.
WA won the women’s National Championships, played in Perth, for the first time led by Karen Read.


The WACA Museum was moved to a larger venue in the Farley Stand.
East Perth Football Club home ground - shared with Perth Football Club.
Lillee Marsh Stand completed at southern end of the Ground.


WA won the Sheffield Shield.
International Federation of Women’s Lacrosse World Cup.


WA won the FAI Cup


WA won the FAI Cup


WA won the Sheffield Shield


WA State team named 'Western Warriors'.
AFL finals played at the WACA Ground.
The current venue ODI and cricket record crowd of 28,211 spectators attended the Australia v South Africa match.


Western Reds rugby league team based at WACA.


The WA women’s cricket team is renamed the Western Fury, making its formal debut during the 1996-97 Australian Women’s Open Cricket Championship.
Perth Heat baseball team move to the WACA.


Warriors won the inaugural Super 8s competition.
Warriors won the Mercantile Mutual Cup (one-day series).
Warriors were runners-up for the Sheffield Shield.


WA won the Sheffield Shield.
Museum moves to present site in the former residence of the WACA Ground curators.


WA won the Sheffield Shield.
Perth Glory play National Soccer League finals at the WACA Ground.


WA Team of the Century and Player of the Century was announced at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on April 5, 2000. The team was selected on best performances for Western Australia: Geoff Marsh, Graeme Wood, Kim Hughes, John Inverarity, Justin Langer, Barry Shepherd, Rod Marsh, Tom Moody, Terry Alderman, Graham McKenzie, Dennis Lillee (Player of the Century), Bruce Yardley.
In the 2000-2001 season the WAWCA celebrated 70 years of cricket for women in Western Australia.
WA won the Mercantile Mutual Cup.
Last AFL match played at the WACA Ground.


Western Warriors won the 'Champions Cup', an international cricket competition involving teams from New Zealand, India and South Africa.
Women’s Cricket Australia begin a trial merger with the Australian Cricket Board. The process of merging the WAWCA with the WACA continues.


WACA redevelopment completed. Playing arena reduced by a total of 31 metres at east and west boundaries to improve player and patron ambience and atmosphere.


In an historic sponsorship agreement, the Western Warriors change their name to the Retravision Warriors.
In December cricket for girls and women in Western Australia entered a new era with the WAWCA integrated into the WACA structure.
Matthew Hayden scored a then Test-record 380 at the WACA Ground against Zimbabwe.


WA defeat Victoria in the first ever interstate Twenty20 match in Australia, held at the WACA Ground in front of approximately 23,000 spectators – a record domestic attendance for the venue.


A venue record 103,440 people witness Australia regain the Ashes in the Third Test at the WACA Ground, defeating England by 206 runs. Adam Gilchrist hit a memorable century, the then-second fastest in Test history, off 57 balls. The current WACA Ground Test record attendance of 24,175 in a day was set on day one.
Soil on Harvey River in Waroona identified as location to provide the base to bring back the WACA Ground’s famed pace and bounce.


The WACA Ground hosted its first Twenty20 International with Australia defeating New Zealand by 54 runs in front of 17,344 fans.


The WACA Ground hosted the Big Bash Final for the first time, with 16,589 spectators watching Victoria defeat Western Australia by 32 runs.


New Western Australian Mitchell Johnson took nine wickets and won Man of the Match honours as Australia defeat England by 267 runs in the Third Ashes Test at the WACA Ground. The win was Australia’s only triumph in a 3-1 series defeat.


Murdoch University cricket facility, the WACA’s second ground, was opened.
The first Perth Scorchers match is played at the WACA Ground in front of more than 13,000 fans against Hobart Hurricanes.


Perth Scorchers host the inaugural Big Bash League BIG Final with 16,255 fans witnessing the Sydney Sixers win by seven wickets.
Nicole Bolton became the first Western Fury player to score a Women’s National Cricket League century with 121 against Tasmania at the WACA Ground.


The WACA entered into a record $2.1 million three-year partnership with State Government body Healthway.
Australia regained the Ashes with victory in the Third Test at the WACA Ground by 150 runs.


The WACA Ground hosted the only Test match of the Women’s Ashes Series which England won by 61 runs.
WA’s Nicole Bolton became the first Australian woman to make a century on her One-Day International debut scoring 124 in a 26-run win over England at the MCG.
Perth Scorchers won the Big Bash League in front of a club record 20,783 fans at the WACA Ground against Hobart Hurricanes, ending almost a decade without silverware for the state.
Western Warriors won the Matador One-Day Cup in Sydney.


Perth Scorchers became the first club to win back-to-back championships in the Big Bash League.
The WACA Ground hosted three ICC Cricket World Cup matches, including when Australia scored a tournament record total of 6-417 against Afghanistan.
Perth Scorchers competed in the inaugural Women's Big Bash League.


Perth Scorchers reached the inaugural Women's Big Bash League semi-finals losing to the Sydney Thunder by eight runs.