Item #122362 A vintage group portrait of the South Australian squad for the 4th Australian National Football Carnival, held in Perth in August 1921. 1921 Australian National Football Carnival.

A vintage group portrait of the South Australian squad for the 4th Australian National Football Carnival, held in Perth in August 1921

Adelaide, Dimond Studios, 150 Rundle Street, [1921].

A gelatin silver photograph (approximately 250 × 380 mm), on the original mount, recently matted (visible image size 245 × 375 mm), ready for framing (or long-term storage in its custom-made Mylar sleeve).

The photograph and mount are cracked across the bottom right-hand corner, slightly affecting the lower portion of three players; an old mat has been removed, causing some marginal damage to both the mount and print, but this has been successfully masked by the new mat; overall, a rare item that presents well, notwithstanding a number of small surface blemishes.

The inaugural Australian National Football Carnival, an interstate competition, was held in Melbourne in August 1908. 'It was known at the time as the Jubilee Australasian Football Carnival because it was designed to commemorate 50 years of Australian rules football' (Wikipedia). The carnival was conducted every three to five years between 1908 and 1993; the second one was held in Adelaide in 1911, the third one in Sydney in 1914, and this fourth one in Perth in August 1921. 'It was the first carnival to take place in Perth and was won by the home state, Western Australia. The decision to stage the carnival in Perth represented a significant additional expense for the carnival, as the transcontinental travel expenses for the visiting states were much higher. New South Wales and Queensland quickly withdrew, and Tasmania equivocated but ultimately decided likewise, resulting in a small carnival of only three teams. Nevertheless, the council saw benefit in staging the carnival in Perth to consolidate the strength of Australian rules football in the city, as it had seen post-war growth in the popularity of soccer as a rival code. Ultimately, the carnival made a good profit, with a total gate of £5530 more than covering the visiting teams' travel expenses of £2000. The crowd of 26,461 drawn to the final match between Western Australia and South Australia set a new record for the highest sports attendance in Western Australian history. In a famous conclusion to the match between Victoria and Western Australia, star Victorian full forward Dick Lee marked within scoring distance, and prepared a place kick which would have given Victoria the lead. He then played on (gathering the placed ball as he ran past it), and was tackled by Nipper Truscott as the final bell sounded' (Wikipedia). The final, on Saturday 13 August, saw Western Australia 12.3 (75) defeat South Australia 9.11 (65). Those featured in the photograph are (left to right, top to bottom) Glyn Trescowthick (North Adelaide), Frank Golding (Sturt), Arthur Biscombe (trainer, Port Adelaide), Tom Hart (Norwood), Snowy Hamilton (NA); John Daly (South Adelaide), Percy Lewis (NA), John Vickers (SA), Dan Moriarty (SA), Clarrie Packham (Nd), Viv Peters (West Adelaide), Walter Scott (Nd), Jack Karney (West Torrens), Shine Hosking (PA); Owen Beatty (St), Len Cossey (WA), Harold Oliver (vice-captain, PA), Charles Tyler (manager, PA secretary), Tom Leahy (captain, NA), Edwin Daviess (WT), Jim Hanley (Glenelg); Jack Bishop (WA), Walter Allen (SA), Steve McKee (SA), and Charlie Adams (PA).

Item #122362

Price (AUD): $1,500.00