Faith Coulthard Thomas was not only the first Indigenous Australian to play test cricket for the country but the first Aboriginal woman to represent Australia in any sport.
Her first match for Australia came when bowled at The Gabba during the 1958 Ashes series where she put the stump over the wicket-keeper's head after bowling to English captain Mary Duggan.
Faith grew up in Colebrook mission in Quorn in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges.
"Had I not been in Colebrook, I would never have got the opportunities I did have so I consider myself not stolen but chosen," she said.
Growing up, Faith would play cricket on a bumpy road using a rock as a ball, if they couldn't get a ball, and make their own bats from a hunk of 4x2. After finishing high-school in Adelaide before becoming the first Aboriginal nurses trained at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
It was at work that her colleague got her involved in cricket after she told Faith that she was going to miss training.
"Women play cricket?" Faith said.
Her colleague asked her to come along with her the next Saturday.
"And that was it," Faith said.
She was picked to go to England and New Zealand but her nursing career was more important and in the early 1960's, married and eight months pregnant with her son, she played her final game.