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Corio Oval, Geelong

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Geelong (VFL) Home Ground

Geelong Home Ground from 1878 to 1940.
Also known as the Geelong Cricket Ground.
Park of Eastern Park

Introduction

Corio Oval had been Geelong’s home ground since 1878, nearly 20 years before the advent of the VFL. It had been used as a cricket ground as far back as 1862 when a Geelong and District 22 played an all England 11. The Oval had been part of the club for 63 years.

But in 1941, the Corio Oval became the first major VFL ground to be used by the Army. Its use was as a Military Training Camp.

By 2013 the former site for the ground had become the Geelong Convention Centre.

Historical Photos

Corio Oval - Brownlow -Young Stand - Geelong Souvenir History Football Book 1951 p59 - Source:State Library of Victoria - Photographer Unknown
Corio Oval - Brownlow -Young Stand - Geelong Souvenir History Football Book 1951 p59 - Source:State Library of Victoria - Photographer Unknown
Corio Oval 1951- Geelong Souvenir History Football Book 1951 p45 - Source:State Library of Victoria - Photographer Unknown
Corio Oval 1951- Geelong Souvenir History Football Book 1951 p45 - Source:State Library of Victoria - Photographer Unknown
Corio Oval is identified as the 'Cricket Ground' beside the Botanical Gardens - Kardinia Park can also be seen - Tourist map of Geelong 1933 & district compiled by the Tourists' Resorts Committee ; photo-lithographed at the Department of Lands and Survey, Melbourne - Source State Library of Victoria
Corio Oval is identified as the 'Cricket Ground' beside the Botanical Gardens - Kardinia Park can also be seen - Tourist map of Geelong 1933 & district compiled by the Tourists' Resorts Committee ; photo-lithographed at the Department of Lands and Survey, Melbourne - Source State Library of Victoria


Boyles Photos



Modern Photos


2013 Photos by Michael Riley

Memorial Plaque - Photographer MRiley
Memorial Plaque - Photographer MRiley
Site of Memorial Plaque - Photographer MRiley
Site of Memorial Plaque - Photographer MRiley
Site of Memorial Plaque - Photographer MRiley
Site of Memorial Plaque - Photographer MRiley

Note that the plaque is not that easy to find. It is situated between the rear of the Geelong Convention Centre and the nearby sporting fields.

The Move from Corio Oval to Kardinia Park

Corio Oval had been Geelong’s home ground since 1878, nearly 20 years before the advent of the VFL. It had been used as a cricket ground as far back as 1862 when a Geelong and District 22 played an all England 11. The Oval had been part of the club for 63 years.

But in 1941, the Corio Oval became the first major VFL ground to be used by the Army. Its use was as a Military Training Camp. A number of newspaper articles through 1941 detail this:

'Advance parties for the 2nd Cavalry Division camps will enter camp to-day. In the Geelong district the camps are at the Geelong racecourse, Corio oval, and Drysdale.' – Argus 4-Jan-1941 p5

'Comprising men from various parts of Victoria, from East Gippsland to the South Australian border and Riverina, the Second Cavalry Division will go into camp on Thursday for 70 days' training. Last year the division was in camp near Torquay; but this year It will be divided...... The 22nd Field Artillery Brigade will be at Corio Oval. Geelong.' – Argus 27-Jan-1941 p4

'With an aeroplane 'dive-bombing' the arena, exercises held by Cavalry Division Signallers at the agricultural society's gymkhana on Corio oval on Saturday were given a realistic touch' – Argus 28-Apr-1941 p2

From 1942, other grounds would also be used at various times by the Army, such as the Western Oval (Footscray), the Junction Oval (St Kilda), the Lake Oval (South Melbourne) and the MCG.

Geelong had to find a new ground before the season started and so the move to Kardinia Park took place. In 1940 the centrally located 16 year old struggling Kardinia Park Oval Committee’s debts had been liquidated by the local Council (Argus 8-Feb-1940 p11) and needed a tenant and became the partner needed by the club, but there would be many costs in transferring to the new base.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corio_Oval

Location and modern photos
http://www.austadiums.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1313(external link)


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