Item #122259 A vintage photograph of the 'Maylands Football Team 1891' in suburban Adelaide. Indigenous Australian Portraiture.

A vintage photograph of the 'Maylands Football Team 1891' in suburban Adelaide

Adelaide, S. Solomon, 51 Rundle St. 1891.

An albumen paper hand-coloured photograph (317 × 425 mm, with a wide border arched at the top), on the original captioned mount (external dimensions approximately 420 × 560 mm, with the photographer's credit inkstamped on the verso), recently matted (visible image size 395 × 457 mm), ready for framing (or long-term storage in its custom-made Mylar sleeve).

The photograph has hand-coloured stripes on the guernseys, socks and ties (presumably originally red, white and blue, but the red has now an orange-brown tone); the bottom right-hand corner is a little marked (but confined mainly to the margins); the visible portion of the original mount has a few marks and minor blemishes; overall, in very good condition.

The South Australian 'Register' (Monday, 20 April 1891) contains an interesting article on a recent match between Norwood and Maylands, adjoining suburbs in Adelaide. 'On Saturday afternoon an opening match was played on the Adelaide Oval. It was a preliminary game arranged for the purpose of getting the senior members in trim for the Association matches, which will most probably start next Saturday week. The weather was all that a footballer could desire. Owing to the races and the fact that the game was regarded as a certainty for the Norwoods, it was not surprising that such a few people put in an appearance. The game was advertised to start at 2.45, but it was 3.30 before the clubs got their respective teams together. After taking on substitutes it was found that both clubs would have to play short handed. The game was a series of scrimmages owing to the men leaving their places. The Norwoods proved far superior to their opponents, and romped home easy winners ... The Maylands have several men who with training and experience will develop into first-class players'. Conspicuous in the front row of this studio group portrait, posed intriguing on dry grass with small eucalypt branches in the foreground and a bucolic painted backdrop, is a young Indigenous member of the team.

Item #122259

Price (AUD): $900.00