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Kew Sub-Districts Team 1935 (SLV 122_065)

Charles Boyles Collection SLV
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Link to Photo at SLV Website
SLV Accession no. H2008.122/65


Team: Kew (VAFA)
People:
Back Row: Harold Albiston, Unknown, Norm Hillard, Alf Perrin, Alf Flanagan, Unknown, Arthur O'Neill, Probably Frank Bernard, Hugh Marshall, Paddy Mitchell, Probably Harry Mort
Centre Row: Keith Marshall, Jack Stephens, Wally Sutton (VC), Leon Weinert, Fred Ashby
Front Row: Alec Albiston, Unknown, A."Bob" Austen


Location: Westgarth St, Northcote
Date: 1935

Comment

The team is not Essendon. Quite likely to be Coburg Seconds. The grandstand in the background is the Northcote (VFA) grandstand at Westgarth Street. The same gutter seen here appears in the photo of Northcote’s 1939 team (Photo 10 version 3, H2008.122/117). Also at right one can just discern the old Northcote cricket club pavilion (see Caruso, Fiddian and Main, Football Grounds of Melbourne, p. 108). So this is likely therefore to be a VFA team playing ‘away’ in white shorts at Northcote. The jumper worn could easily be Coburg’s dark blue and red strip. Interestingly, this is the same club (as distinct from ‘team’) photographed at the MCG and shown in Photo No. 1 (H2008.122/106).

Four of the players shown here (17/12) in the top row (numbers 4, 5, 7, 9 reading from the left) are easily recognisable as players shown, albeit about three or four years older, in the other photo. The photo (17/12) is likely to have been taken circa 1935-36. Nineteen players, therefore pre-1946. White shorts.

The player on the extreme left in the front row bears a strong resemblance to Alec Albiston (Hawthorn rover 1936-49 and recruited from Kew).

Proposed Text

Initial identification of the Westgarth Street ground and two VFL players, Alec Albiston (Front row far left) and Norm Hillard (Back row, third left) provided confusion, but led to a search for other teams where those two players played together. Both players are listed on Wikipedia as being recruited from Kew and both players do appear in the 1934-35 Kew team lists. So this is probably a Kew team from this period.

Players

After determining that the team is likely to be Kew, with players Alec Albiston (Front row far left) and Norm Hillard (Back row, third left), a review of the other players in the photo leads to three other identifications:

Harold Albiston - In 1935 Harold Albiston (b.1916, Alec's brother) played for Kew but he did not play for Kew in 1934. The player back row, far left bears a strong resemblance to Alec Albiston and is probably his brother. Meaning that this is probably a 1935 team.
Harold Albiston 1938 Harwhorn Photo on left
Harold Albiston 1938 Harwhorn Photo on left


Don Harris - ex Richmond and Collingwood defender (174cm, b.1906) was the Kew captain 1934-36 and although there is no photo to compare him with, the captain usually appears in the centre of each team photo. This leads to a possible identification of Harris as the player middle row, third from the left.

Selwyn Baker - ex North Melbourne and Collingwood rover (166cm, b.1911), originally recruited from Kew, finished his VFL career with one game in 1934 and later played with Brighton 1937-41. There is no record of who Baker played for from 1934-36. There is a Baker in the Kew team who resembles Selwyn Baker, who appears front row, second left (a rover) and who bears a resemblance to other photos of Baker. So a range of circumstancial evidence lends weight to the identification.
Selwyn Baker North Melbourne Photo on right
Selwyn Baker North Melbourne Photo on right



Date and Location

The Kew team currently wear a brown jumper with a yellow stripe, which fits with the Jumpers worn in the image. Kew were in a competition that played matches at Northcote which also fits. The supporters also look rather well heeled for a depression era photo.
Kew Jumper circa 2012
Kew Jumper circa 2012


Kew won their sub-district grand final in 1934 and in 1935 again reached the grand final. Boyles did not regularly take photos of sub-district, so it is likely that any sub-district photo was taken at a finals match...and probably the grand final. This again fits, as the 1935 Grand Final between Kew and Fairfield was played at Northcote. The Grand Final was the only finals match in 1935 that Kew played at Nortcote. Leading to the identification as this as a photo taken at the 1935 Sub-District Grand Final.

The grandstand in the background is the Northcote (VFA) grandstand at Westgarth Street. The same gutter seen here appears in the photo of Northcote’s 1939 team H2008.122/117. Also at right one can just discern the old Northcote cricket club pavilion (see Caruso, Fiddian and Main, Football Grounds of Melbourne, p. 108).

The Match

The Grand Final was a rough affair and ended in a draw with each team scoring 76 points. A good description of the match appears in the Sunshine Advocate -
Sunshine Advocate 20 Sep 1935 p.6 - SUB-DISTRICTS LEAGUE FINAL DRAW BETWEEN FAIRFIELD AND KEW

Unfortunately for Kew, they lost the Grand Final replay played the following week.

Followup

Four of the players shown in the top row (numbers 4, 5, 7, 9 reading from the left) are easily recognisable as players shown, albeit about three or four years older, in photo H2008.122/106.

Further Work Needed


Alec Albiston Hawthorn Hall of Fame inducted 2011

Albiston’s Father Walter is listed in Australian Dictionary of Biography and was an influention congregational minister. http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/albiston-walter-4989

Don Harris 1926-30; 65 gms; 5 gls; ’27/ ’28/’29 GF
Don Harris was an immensely reliable and consistent defender who was a stalwart of Richmond's fine late 1920s combinations. He was in a back pocket and among the finest players on view in the losing grand finals of 1927 and 1928, both against Collingwood, and he also played in the losing game of 1929 against the same opposition. Ironically, after 64 games in five seasons with Richmond he crossed to arch rival Collingwood in 1931 at a time when the balance of power in the VFL was beginning to shift in the Tigers' favour. Harris added 32 games in two years with the Magpies before retiring. source: Full Points Footy

Harris represented Victoria in 1928; also racked up 36 games with the Reserves between 1923-26. Born and bred in Richmond, he played for Burnley in his formative years – don’t know how the locals took him crossing to Collingwood. It was actually ironic that he did a “Nathan Buckley” in that he played in 3 consecutive losing GFs and crossed to Collingwood in the year after they won their 4th consecutive premiership. Seems he was doomed not to play in a premiership side until he moved to Kew FC.


As supplied by Ian Job Below

1935
Back Row: Unkown, Unknown, Norm Hillard, Alf Perrin, Alf Flanagan, Unknown (behind AF), Arthur O'Neill, Frank Bernard (I think), Hugh Marshall, Paddy Mitchell, Harry Mort (I think)
Centre Row: Keith Marshall, Jack Stephens, Wally Sutton (VC), Leon Weinert, Fred Ashby
Front Row: Unknown, Unknown, A."Bob" Austen

Mentioned amongst BPs and GKs are Alex and Harold Albiston, Teddy Latham, whilst Alan Quartermain though not mentioned could also have played. Possibly Front and Centre could be AQ or Teddy L and Front and First AA. HA could be as you say Back and First. Other names who may have played are Len Clarke,Laurie Peters, Bill Seedsman and Mick Warry. Don Harris did not play because of injury. Sel Baker began his career at Kew but I have no record of him returning

Duplicates - Near Identical Photos


Sunshine Advocate 30 Aug 1935 p.2 Sunshine Must Fight Way to Premiership - Includes a Kew Team List
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74758551

The Argus 16 Sep 1935 LEAGUE SUB-DISTRICTS Fairfield and Kew Draw
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11767528

Sunshine Advocate 20 Sep 1935 p.6 SUB-DISTRICTS LEAGUE FINAL DRAW BETWEEN FAIRFIELD AND KEW
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74758753

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