|Full name||William Henty|
23 September 1808|
West Tarring, Sussex, England
11 July 1881 (aged 72)|
Hove, Sussex, England
|Domestic team information|
|First-class debut||11 February 1851 Tasmania v Victoria|
|Last First-class||29 March 1852 Tasmania v Victoria|
Source: , 5 January 2011
William Henty (born 23 September 1808 in West Tarring, Sussex, England). He moved to Tasmania in 1837 and for over 20 years practised as a solicitor. In 1857 he was elected a member of the legislative council for Tamar and was colonial secretary in the Weston cabinet. He held this office for five and a half years until his resignation in 1862.
He was also an Australian cricketer, who played two games for Tasmania in 1851. He has the distinction of having participated in the first ever first-class cricket match in Australia, and having bowled the first ever ball in a first class cricket match in Australia. He opened the bowling for Tasmania in both innings, bowling right arm underarm, and took 4/52, and 5/26 for 9/78 for the match.
He was interested in Shakespeare and after his death a small volume by him, Shakespeare with some Notes on his early Biography, was printed for private circulation. This has little value but contains a memoir of the author by R. Harrison.
- Australian Dictionary of Biography
- William Henty at ESPNcricinfo
- William Henty at CricketArchive (subscription required)
|Tasmanian Legislative Council|
|New seat|| Member for Tamar
Served alongside: William Button
Sir Richard Dry