Brief profile of Frank Hearne
by Don Ambrose
Born at Ealing, Middlesex, 23rd November 1858.
Died at Mowbray, Cape Town, South Africa, 14th July 1949.
He was the son of George Hearne, professional cricketer and manager of cricket grounds, playing for Middlesex 1861-68. His brothers Alec and George G. both played for Kent and England, and his son G.A.L. for Western Province and South Africa. He was nephew of Thomas, who played for Middlesex, and cousin of G.F., who played once for the MCC in 1882. His father took charge of the Private Banks Ground, at Catford Bridge in 1872 and Frank was engaged there from 1883, when he was sixteen, until 1889. From 1883 until 1888 he was also a member of the MCC ground staff at Lords. Between 1879 and 1889 he played in 125 first-class matches for Kent, and also played for Huntingdonshire and Ireland in 1883.
He toured South Africa during 1888/9 and played in two Test Matches for England. At the end of the 1889 season, being in ill-health with a chest complaint he emigrated to South Africa, taking up an engagement with Western Province and opening a sports outfitting business in Cape Town. He also undertook a non-first-class tour of England with the South African side in 1894, and played for South Africa in four Test Matches during the England tours of 1891/2 and 1895/6. He retained his interest in cricket to the end and had attended the South Africa v England Test Match at Cape Town in 1949, shortly before he died at the age of ninety.
At the time of the 1881 Census he was living with his parents George aged 51 and Mary aged 52, at Lodge Cricket Field, Lewisham, Kent, where his father was the ground manager. He is unmarried, aged 22, and described as managers son, as are his two brothers, Alec aged 17 and Randolph aged 10. His sisters Rose M. aged 20 and Ada M. aged 15 are also present, as is a cousin, Sydney Voysey, aged 19, a wholesale drapers assistant.
(Article: Copyright © 2003 Don Ambrose)