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Faith Thomas

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Faith Thomas, née Coulthard (born 22 January 1933) is an Australian former cricketer and hockey player. She was also a nurse in regional South Australia.

Faith Thomas
Personal information
Born (1933-02-22) 22 February 1933 (age 85)
Nepabunna, South Australia
Batting Right hand bat
Bowling Right arm fast
International information
National side
Only Test 21 February 1958 v England
Domestic team information
Years Team
1956-1958 South Australia Women's cricket team
Career statistics
Competition WTest
Matches 1
Runs scored 3
Batting average 3.00
100s/50s 0/0
Top score 3
Balls bowled 36
Wickets 0
Bowling average -
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 0/11
Catches/stumpings 1/0
Source: CricInfo, 5 March 2015


Early lifeEdit

Thomas was born at the Nepabunna Aboriginal Mission in South Australia. Her mother, Ivy, was a traditional Adnyamathanha woman and her father German. Her mother took her to the Colebrook Home for Aboriginal Children in Quorn when she was a baby.[1][2]

Cricket careerEdit

After being introduced to cricket by a colleague at Royal Adelaide Hospital, she soon made the state women's team. She played for the South Australia Women's cricket team between 1956 and 1958.

In 1958 she was selected for the Australian national team.[3] She played her only international match against England. [1][4][5] She was the first Aboriginal woman to be selected to represent Australia in sport.[6]



  1. ^ a b "message stick - Faith Thomas". ABC TV (Australia). Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Thomas, Faith (1990), From the shoulder, retrieved 9 November 2016 
  3. ^ "Aborigines meet over sport grants". The Canberra Times. 45, (12,675). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 5 December 1970. p. 38. Retrieved 9 November 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  4. ^ "Faith Coulthard". CricketArchive. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Whimpress, Bernard (1992), Few and far between : prejudice and discrimination among Aborigines in Australian first class cricket 1869-1988, retrieved 9 November 2016 
  6. ^ Booth, Andrea; Briscoe, Luke. "20 inspiring black women who have changed Australia". NITV. Archived from the original on 12 June 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2016. 

Further readingEdit