(HAC Rugby Members wearing the jersey at the Richmond Golf Club)
Chris Hicks, the Vice President of Hawkesbury Agricultural College (HAC) Rugby has recently taken an initiative to redesign the jerseys of the clubs’ rugby team, who are proudly sponsored by the Richmond Club Group. HAC is known currently as the Hawkesbury Campus of Western Sydney University. The jersey is inspired by Peter Lister’s book ANZHAC: Hawkesbury Agricultural College and the Great War, a collection of biographical accounts of over half the +700 students, alumni and staff that contributed to HAC and also took part in World War I. Additionally, within the revised book’s appendices, there is a complete record of the approximately 800 individuals’ names that served in WWI from HAC. Lister’s works also include We Are The Dead, a similar title focusing on the lives of HAC members lost in the Great War.
Hicks collaborated with Lister to gain a list of names of the 136 HAC members who lost their lives while serving for our country, and included all of them on the new jerseys. Also on the jersey is a HAC crest, and a poppy that reads “In remembrance of the 136 HAC men lost to the Great War 1914-1918”. The jerseys were first worn on the WSU College Oval on Saturday 14th April.
The Richmond Club Group are delighted to be working with HAC Rugby and feel that these jerseys are a perfect representation of HAC Rugby and Richmond Club’s shared values, motivations and aspirations.