Item #122353 A vintage photograph of the 'South Australian Football League Inter-State Team, 1910'. 1910 South Australian State Football Team.

A vintage photograph of the 'South Australian Football League Inter-State Team, 1910'

Melbourne, The Swiss Studios, 1910.

A gelatin silver photograph (190 × 303 mm), on the original captioned mount (external dimensions approximately 355 × 456 mm), with all players identified in the bottom margin.

The photograph is a little marked and silvered-out around the edges, with two long but light surface scratches; minor loss to the corners of the mount, with a few surface chips to the edges; gilt lettering indistinct in places (particularly in the bottom margin, with some names hard to pick out, but still intelligible); overall in very good condition, now loosely backed up with stiff card in a custom-made Mylar sleeve.

The balance of the title is 'Match played North Melbourne Ground, 18th June. Result of Match - Victoria - 9 Goals 12 Behinds. South Australia 8 Goals 6 Behinds'. The Melbourne 'Argus' (Friday 17 June 1910) reported that 'All Association premiership matches are suspended tomorrow for the interstate match with South Australia. The Association has carried on these games for many years, owing to disagreement between the Victorian League and the South Australian Association, and, if for no other reason, the Association is entitled to great credit for so doing. It has been a good venture, and the Association has gained great kudos through its position'. These comments are at the end of the column headed 'Club Notes by Old Boy'. His opening paragraph is equally informative: 'There is a good deal of discussion just now on the question of football reform, and many suggestions have made. The most sensible that I have heard is that the association and the league should decide between themselves which is the superior body, or, failing that, that one controlling body be agreed upon, with district football as a basis. Then let each senior club have attached to it a junior team, in which it can play its reserves, and thus keep them in match form, allowing almost free transfer to and fro as the senior club requires emergencies. In the old days clubs used to run "second twenties" and so always had recruits at their beck and call. My own opinion is that until a class of men free from outside influence is created, there will never be peace. I do not look for much good to come from the present conference between the league and the association'. Those featured in the photograph are (left to right, top to bottom) W. Peckham, H.J. Pascoe, A. Heinrichs, Tom McKenzie, L. Lewis, Tom Leahy, Richard Head, J.J. McCarthy, V. Kimber; F.C. Curnow, G. Coley, A. Floyd, O. Cocks, P. Matson, R.J.B. Townsend, B. Leahy (captain), P. Marlow (manager), E.L. Renfrey (vice-captain), Harold Cumberland, A.J. Taylor; C. McGavish, A. Congear, W. Dowling, and J.J. Tredrea. 'Tom MacKenzie [sic] was the first triple Magarey Medallist, winning the award in 1902 with West Torrens, and 1905 and 1906 while playing at North Adelaide. Despite rarely training, MacKenzie was "all action" once on the field, playing with a tenacity and verve which made him, along with Tom Leahy, the most popular South Australian footballer of his day. Although primarily a rover, MacKenzie could also perform with distinction in the backlines as he possessed that classic defenders attribute of never knowing when he was beaten. MacKenzie made his league debut with West Torrens in 1900, and was selected to represent South Australia that same year. He went on to make a total of 20 state appearances' (AustralianFootball website). This team contains three other Magarey Medallists: Richard Head (West Adelaide, 1910); Harold Cumberland (Sturt, 1912); and Tom Leahy (North Adelaide, 1914).

Item #122353

Price (AUD): $1,500.00