Baggy Greens do the Full Monty

As the 2009 Ashes campaign reaches its climax in the final test at the Oval this week, West Yorkshire Archive Service looks back to the visit of two Australian touring teams to the Leeds factory of Montague Burton, “The Tailor of Taste” in the 1930s.

The visitors seem to have attracted quite a crowd!  Here is C.W.Walker being taught to use a sewing machine, to the obvious delight of a sea of female admirers.

Catalogue reference: WYL1951/118/7/11

The Australian Cricket Team visit the Burton's Factory in Leeds, 21 July 1938

On the same 1938 tour, the Australian captain, Don Bradman, was photographed being measured for a ‘Full Monty‘ in a Burton’s store. 

Don Bradman being measured for a suit in a Burton's store, 6 May 1938

Don Bradman being measured for a suit in a Burton's store, 6 May 1938

The day before the 4th Ashes test at Headingley, the 1938 team’s interest in tailoring may have been somewhat limited…

The Australian Cricket Team visits the Burton's factory at Leeds, 21 July 1938

The Australian Cricket Team visits the Burton's factory at Leeds, 21 July 1938

The 1938 team were not the first Australians to have been welcomed at Burton’s Hudson Road empire.  The Burton’s archive (WYAS Leeds, WYL1951) also includes photographs of the visit of the Australian team prior to the 1934 Leeds test, and of the Australian Prime Minister, Joseph Lyons in 1935:

The Australian Cricket Team at Burton's factory, Leeds, 18 July 1934

The Australian Cricket Team at Burton's factory, Leeds, 18 July 1934

A.J.Lyons (on right) visits the Burton's factory in Leeds, accompanied by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Leeds (Alderman and Mrs W. Hemingway), Sir Montague and Lady Burton and Sir Ben Turner, 13 July 1935

Lyons, the Australian Prime Minister (on right), visits the Burton's factory in Leeds, accompanied by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Leeds (Alderman and Mrs W. Hemingway), Sir Montague and Lady Burton and Sir Ben Turner, 13 July 1935

And the results?  Well, in 1934, Australia took the series 2-1, drawing the fourth test after their visit to Burton’s but winning the final (timeless) test at the Oval by 562 runs.  Australia won again at Headingley in 1938, but England triumphed in another timeless test at the Oval by an innings and 579 runs to level the series, although Australia retained the Ashes won down under in 1936/37.

 The cricket fans on the staff at West Yorkshire Archive Service hope for a repeat, later this week, of England’s first innings total from the equivalent match in 1938 (903 for 7 declared)!

All images courtesy of Yorkshire Post and reproduced by kind permission of the Burton Family.

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