1905 'Originals' Tour Whistle; VH & Co; Unknown; B194

From

New Zealand Rugby Museum

Name/Title

1905 'Originals' Tour Whistle

About this object

Now starting on its second century at work, this well-travelled whistle has always been at the heart of New Zealand's historic rugby moments. It first appeared in the hands of Welsh Referee Gil Evans on the 1905 'Originals' All Blacks tour of the United Kingdom. After Evans presented it to fellow referee Albert Freethy, it was used in games played by the 1924-25 'Invincibles' All Blacks, and in the rugby final at the 1924 Olympics. Gifted to the museum when it opened in 1969, the whistle returned to the field in 1987, and has been used ever since to start the opening game of each Rugby World Cup (and even the first Super 12 game back in 1996).

Maker

VH & Co

Maker Role

Manufacturer

Date Made

Unknown

Place Made

Great Britain

Medium and Materials

Metal

Inscription and Marks

"To Gil Evans Esq Referee" etched on top

Measurements

3 x 2.5cm x 6.5 cm

Credit Line

Donated by 1924/25 "Invincibles" Team manager, Stan Dean

Object Type

Whistle

Object number

B194

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