Adelaide, Edwards & Errington, Photo., 52 Flinders Street, 1914.
A gelatin silver photograph (approximately 280 × 370 mm), on the original captioned mount, now matted (visible image size 423 × 456 mm) and behind glass in a period-style wooden frame (external dimensions approximately 545 × 670 mm).
The photograph is a little silvered-out and has some loss to silverfish to the edges and the slightly larger sheet of paper beneath it on the mount; the mount has a small section of the plain top margin expertly replaced; the frame has a few tiny surface chips; notwithstanding, in very presentable condition.
Those featured in the photograph are (left to right, top to bottom) A. Brunt, C. Martin, A. Pyle, W. Bowden, H.I. Nicolle, H. Hartell, G. Cronin, F.A. Pippett, W.R. Leaker, R.J. Rosevear (timekeeper), and E.A. Lord; R. Barron (committee), W.G. Noal, F.H. Golding, F.C. Curnow, C. Sharp, P.G. Edwards, H.G. Annells, A.E. Hewitt, O.V. Richardson, V. Richardson, H. Hicks, and H.G. McKittrick (committee); A.J. Robinson, F.P. Kelsh (treasurer), D.V. McDougall, C.R. Morris (patron), W. Mayman (captain), T. Ryan (president), J.F.M. Bannigan (vice-captain), W.B. Tank (honorary secretary), and P.H. Baulderstone; C. Ryan, J. Kappler, L. Smith, H.J. McKay (chairman), R.H. Neate, F.T. Sellick, and J. Hicks. The potted biographies of some of these players make interesting reading (for more of the same, see John Devaney: 'SA Football Companion'). The captain 'Bill Mayman boasted the unique distinction of playing carnival football for three different states [WA, SA and Tasmania] ... In 1913, Bill Mayman returned to Adelaide on a more permanent basis when he was recruited by an ambitious Sturt side anxious to break its premiership duck. Playing at centre half forward, he attracted rave reviews, as well as the admiration and respect of his team mates. In 1914 he took over from Murray Brannigan [Bannigan] as club captain, and later in the year was skipper of South Australia's team at the Sydney carnival. After playing superbly for most of the season he was rewarded with Sturt's best and fairest award. The 1915 season brought the long awaited breakthrough for the Blues as they overcame a supposedly near invincible Port Adelaide side to clinch their first SAFL flag. Sturt won a tough and bruising challenge final against the Magpies by two goals, with Mayman best afield'. 'Ivor Nicolle's name has been extolled and eulogised at Sturt ever since his last gasp goal in the 1919 Challenge Final replay against North Adelaide handed the club its second senior premiership, but he deserves to be remembered for a lot more. A stalwart of the Double Blues line-up on either side of World War I' - which could not be said for all players. Percy Baulderstone was the first one of these men to be killed in action (at Gallipoli in July 1915); Osma Richardson was KIA at Pozieres in August 1916 (his younger brother Victor needs no introduction); and Peter Edwards was KIA at Passchendale in October 1917. A few other snippets: 'In 1913, his first League season, Jack Kappler was the first recorded recipient of the Sturt Football Club best and fairest award'; 'Cec Curnow boasted the rare distinction of representing four different clubs in the same competition over the course of his career' (South Adelaide, Port Adelaide, Sturt [1912-15], and North Adelaide); and Frank Golding was inducted into the South Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2002.