122_246 - RAAF Services team - circa 1943

Charles Boyles Collection SLV

Link to Photo at SLV Website
SLV Accession no. H2008.122/246

Location: Brunswick Street Oval (Fitzroy)
Date: c1943

Bob Green - Back Row - third player from left
Probably Eric Huxtable - Back Row - fourth player from left
Jim Thoms - middle row, fourth from right
Norm Hillard - middle row, third from left


This is an RAAF Services team photographed at the Brunswick Street Oval (Fitzroy) circa 1943. The Fitzroy grandstand is seen in the background.

Two players are recognised. Footscray wingman . Norm Hillard, Fitzroy centre-half-back, is third from left in the middle row.

Thoms, a former Australian table tennis champion and brother of Test cricketer George Thoms, played 120 games for the Bulldogs 1937-46. Hillard played 32 games for Hawthorn (1933-37) before switching successfully to Fitzroy (94 games, 1939-46). Informed opinion had him as best-on-ground in the 1944 VFL Grand Final. Servicemen and servicewomen in the crowd. Match day.
Bad emulsion damage down right-hand side and along bottom but no players obscured. The group includes two airmen in uniform. Seventeen players only. White shorts.

Further Work Needed

Man in middle is a Wing Commander (equiv to a Lieutenant Colonel)

Back Row fourth from left is possibly Eric Huxtable

Thoms, Hillard, Green and Huxtable played on the Laverton Team in the RAAF Competition.

Laverton won the RAAF Competition in 1943 and 1944
LAVERTON RAAF PREMIERS. (1944, September 18). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 9. Retrieved October 3, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11361611

From the mentions I can find on Trove:

Hillard played for No1 TG in 1943
LEAGUE MEN IN RAAF GAMES. (1943, May 28). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 9. Retrieved October 3, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11337641

Huxtable, Green and Thoms played for Laverton 1943

Huxtable, Hillard, Green and Thoms played for Laverton 1944

Hillard and Huxtable played for Laverton in 1945
Prominent Victorians To Play. (1945, September 28). The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), p. 18. Retrieved October 3, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article26152645

The 1944 Preliminary Final was held at Brunswick Street, the final at Collingwood
LEAGUE SECONDS. (1944, September 11). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 9. Retrieved October 3, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11360558

Laverton 1944 Team names include:
  • Bickerton
  • Bolger
  • Bristoe
  • Smith C.
  • Carrick
  • Ellis
  • Fyffe
  • Gallagher
  • Gibbs
  • Goodman
  • Glover
  • Green
  • Heath
  • Henderson
  • Hillard
  • Hoskins
  • Huxtable
  • Johnston
  • Maloney
  • McKenzie
  • Pielter
  • Plecner
  • Pletter
  • Price
  • Skinner
  • Thoms
  • Wearne
  • Williams
  • Woodley

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